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Saturday, August 4, 2012

West of Bathurst 1120

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I've done a "Dana Kavalis" page to collect all the comics related to Donna Vakalis's Great Olympics Adventure (plus there are some links on the page as well).


The Clarion Write-a-Thon ends on August 5th at 3:00 a.m. (I am posting this notice on August 4th at 9:00 p.m., so there are currently six hours to go). We're now over the $900 mark (and yes, we've now hit $666.66 twice, meaning that there will be two random Casey panels popping up eventually); let's see if we can go kind of crazy and hit $1,000, thus earning ourselves seven more comics and a comic-book-style story about Marie's past. Stranger things have happened. Considering that this is WoB's last year, it will be fun to see how many strips we can cram in there. As well, Clarion is still falling short of its goal of $18,000. As of the posting of this notice, it has raised $15,780, plus an unspecified amount in pledges; considering how many participants have failed to meet their writing goals, it is entirely possible that the pledges will not equal $2,220.

The final coaster draw will take place on Sunday evening, at which time there will also be a draw (involving everyone who has contributed and asked to enter the coaster draws) for a framed print of a black-and-white WoB comic of the winner's choice. There will be two smaller prizes as well; each runner up will get a giant magnet displaying a comic of his or her choice. Remember that you need to e-mail me at kmaaren(at)gmail(dot)com if you want to participate in any of the draws; you name will not be entered unless I hear from you before Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EDT. If you stick your name in the hat now, you still have a chance to win the prize of priority registration! I mean a blu ray player! I mean a comic in a frame! (If you do not get these references, immediately watch the Community episode "Modern Warfare." No, really: do it now.)

I'm up to 55,604 words written for the Write-a-Thon, meaning that I've exceeded my goal (30,000). If you click on my word count, it will take you to a page that will ask you for money. It will also tell you my word count again. Yes, I am continuing to write (why not?).

Saturday, August 4, 2012
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Marie and Casey walk past a stone wall on which is graffiti reading "West of Bathurst" and "by Kari Maaren."

Panel 2: As Casey stands nearby, Marie kneels on the grass and picks up a large rock.

Marie: Have you ever tried any of the Olympic sports?

Casey [points at his missing right foot]: Well, I'm not exactly a sporty guy.

Panel 3: Marie stands up and hefts the rock.

Marie: We did javelin and shot put in high school.

Casey: I knew a shot putter once. Greek. Very engaging.

Panel 4: Marie throws the rock as if she is competing in the shot put. It goes about a foot.

Casey: He did get a bit obsessed with winning. He said if he couldn't win at shot put, how could he win at anything else?

Panel 5:

Casey: He went through this whole losing streak that eventually led to him breaking down and laying waste to a small city. It was one of those things.

Panel 6: Marie stares at Casey.

Panel 7:

Marie: What century are you from again?

Casey: After that, he took up the discus.

Alt-Text: The plot gets even thicker when you realise that there was no shot put in the Olympics in Ancient Greece. More recently, Greek fellows tend not to lose their tempers and lay waste to small cities. Casey, you drive everyone crazy.

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