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Saturday, August 21, 2010

West of Bathurst 742

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Saturday on Thursday. The colour comics always take me way too long, but now that this one is done, I may even be able to catch up, albeit a full month later. I should also phone Future Shop and demand my laptop back. Why has summer passed so quickly? Whyyyyyyy?

Saturday, August 21, 2010
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic is a vast darkness with a teeny weeny little planet Earth in it. The tiny Earth has a signpost stuck in it. The sign reads, "West of Bathurst by Kari Maaren." Red lettering next to the planet reads, "YOU ARE HERE." An arrow points from the lettering to Earth.

Panel 2: Marie and Casey are in a park at night, looking up at the sky.

Marie: I wish we could see more stars from Toronto.

Casey: I don't.

Panel 3:

Marie: Why not?

Casey: It would just perpetuate the illusion.

Panel 4:

Casey: When we look up and see millions of stars, we are more easily able to convince ourselves that there must be something--someone--else out there.

Panel 5: Casey and Marie are little white silhouettes in the darkness.

Casey: Toronto's blank sky tells us the truth: there is no one else. Earth is an anomaly, the ultimate freak of nature. We are alone.

Panel 6: They gaze up. Marie seems rather dispirited.

Panel 7:

Casey [cheerfully]: I'm hungry; let's go get pizza.

Marie: With luck, it will fill the howling emptiness you've just carved into my soul.

Alt-Text: Here Casey once again demonstrates his ability to be cheerful and depressing simultaneously.

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