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Saturday, April 14, 2012

West of Bathurst 1064

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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Panel 1: As a young man watches, Barbara slaps a poster reading "West of Bathurst by Kari Maaren" on a wall next to a number of other posters. The biggest reads "Ad Astra 2012." The others feature, respectively, a girl holding a sword in front of a fiery mountain, with the word "Shadowstalker" beneath her; the cover of the book Ninja Versus Pirate Featuring Zombies; and yellow cat eyes on a black background.

Panel 2: At a science-fiction and fantasy convention, Barbara is sitting on a panel with two men and a woman. The balder of the two men is the moderator.

Moderator: Do you think the role of evil in fantasy has been shifting lately?

Woman: Well--

Man: Absolutely.

Panel 3:

Woman: It's been a long time since a good old-fashioned good-versus-evil plot has been a necessity.

Man: Maybe. But the trope hasn't disappeared. Take Harry Potter.

Panel 4:

Moderator: I think it's all been very ambiguous, very dark.

Woman: There's certainly a fascination with alternate points of view.

Man: Even in books for young adults.

Panel 5:

Especially there.

Woman: We've always been drawn to darkness. In a way, it's healthy.

Man: It helps us come to terms with who we are via what we hope we're not.

Panel 6:

Barbara: One of my best friends is Satan.

Panel 7: Later, Barbara is sitting with the young man from the first panel.

Barbara: They may not ask me back next year.

Young Man: No, that was totally the best part.

Alt-Text: I've never done this on a panel, but I can't say I haven't been tempted.

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