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Saturday, July 7, 2012

West of Bathurst 1106

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In-Joke I Shall Share With You Simply Because I Can: the book cover in the title panel is actually displaying a scene from the novel I'm shopping out at the moment. I stuck it in there for fun.

Here is the bit with the trivia contest:

I'm up to 15,114 words written for the Write-a-Thon, meaning that I've passed the halfway mark (my goal is 30,000). In celebration of the fact that I have written 15,000 words of fiction when I probably should have been writing 15,000 words of non-fiction, I have decided to give an item away completely randomly. The item is this anti-Twilight comic on a great big magnet. Seriously...that's a GREAT BIG MAGNET. It's meant to go on your car, but you can also stick it on your fridge and startle people with the hugeness of your magnet. In August, when I order all my prizes, I shall order this magnet as well, and it will be handed off to the first person (living anywhere in the world) to answer the following trivia question correctly in the Comments section:

Who caused the second annual scandal?

You'll need the full name of the character in question. It will also help you to figure out what the "second annual scandal" is.

Have at it. There is a giant freaking magnet at stake, people. UPDATE: The magnet has been claimed by Tobias Battlestorm, Lord of Chiswyk. You may see his correct answer by clicking on "Comments" above.

Saturday, July 7, 2012
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Barbara, holding a piece of paper, is walking towards an arrow-shaped sign with a dollar sign on it. She is also glancing back towards a novel entitled West of Bathurst, by Kari Maaren. On its cover is a picture of a girl and a boy walking through a door into a snowy landscape. On the other side of the door is what looks like a backyard in summer. [Author's note: as the commentary blurb says, this is an actual scene from the novel I was shopping out at the time I was drawing this comic. As the commentary blurb doesn't say, the novel, Weave a Circle Round, was published in 2017.]

Panel 2: Barbara sits at a table, staring at her laptop. A piece of paper and an open book are on the table in front of her.

Panel 3: Her eyes bulge.

Panel 4: She types diligently.

Panel 5: She grits her teeth.

Panel 6: She squeezes her eyes shut and waves her hands around in frustration.

Panel 7: Barbara and Marie are sitting on a couch.

Barbara: The more paid work I have to do, the more innovative young-adult fantasy trilogies attempt to force their way violently out of my brain.

Marie: Difficult.

Alt-Text: This always happens. It is a Rule.

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