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Saturday, November 13, 2010

West of Bathurst 784

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I would hereby like to congratulate my sister Jan and her husband Paul on the birth of their son, who as yet Has Not Been Named and whom I thus dub Voldemort (albeit in a good way). Welcome to the world, little Voldy. I'm sure you'll like it here.

Saturday, November 13, 2010
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Barbara glares at the gigantic title page of an essay. The paper's title is "None of This Is Significant:  Some Stuff About Literature." Someone has written question marks all over it in red pen, plus the words "West of Bathurst" and "by Kari Maaren."

Panel 2: Barbara is sitting at a table with a pile of student essays in front of her. She holds one up.

Barbara: So what?

Panel 3: She stands up and glowers down at the essay.

Barbara: So what? So what, so what, so what?

Panel 4: She waves the essay around angrily.

Barbara: So. What. So. What. So. Bloody. The hell. What?

Panel 5: She crumples up the essay in a fit of uncontrollable rage.


Panel 6: Marie, wide-eyed, watches Barbara tear the essay into hundreds of tiny pieces.

Panel 7: Marie picks up the heap of essay bits as Barbara buries her face in her hands.

Marie: This essay has paid dearly for the terrible crime of irrelevance.

Barbara: So what?

Alt-Text: One of the profs in my department has made up a batch of "So what?" buttons and distributed them to his students. I think he should market them online; every English prof in the world would buy a batch.

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