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Saturday, June 23, 2012

West of Bathurst 1099

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Sorry for the tardiness; I am so far behind on everything that it isn't even funny. I'm hoping Monday's comic will appear at some point on Monday; it may be ready by the morning, but no promises.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, we are in a fairy-tale forest. Marie, wearing a poofy pink princess dress, is at the pretty outskirts of the forest, surrounded by flowers, butterflies, and tweeting birds. Barbara, dressed in rags and holding a bloody sword, is farther in, in a more tangled bit. Casey, in his green jacket, is standing surrounded by fire. He is smirking and holding what looks like a contract signed in blood. The words "West of Bathurst by Kari Maaren" start out in pink cursive and eventually turn red and spiky.

Panel 2: Marie, Barbara, and Casey are sitting on the floor in Barbara's apartment, playing a board game. Casey has found some books on the floor.

Casey: Fairy tales?

Barbara: I'm teaching a class on them right now.

Marie: Bleah.

Panel 3:

Casey: "Bleah"?

Marie: Not a Disney fan.

Barbara: Who said anything about Disney?

Panel 4:

Barbara: Real fairy tales are about murdering bastards who leave trails of bodies behind them as they plunder their way through the countryside.

Panel 5:

Marie: Those are the villains?

Barbara: Those are the heroes.

Marie: But...good versus evil?

Barbara: In these stories? Nah. All the monsters double as otherworldly helper figures.

Panel 6:

Casey: You have no idea how much fun it is to be an otherworldly helper figure.

Panel 7:

Casey: ...In one's imagination.

Marie [to Barbara]: At least Disney doesn't creep me the hell out.

Alt-Text: Well, come DON'T have any idea how much fun it is to be an otherworldly helper figure. And, you know, a monster. It's kind of liberating.

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