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Saturday, October 13, 2012

West of Bathurst 1155

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Note of Interest: This comic exaggerates absolutely nothing. The edition of Lysistrata Barbara mentions exists. The first time I read the lines of a Spartan character, I was seriously unsure what the heck was going on.

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, Marie is dressed as a woman of ancient Greece and smoking a cigarette, while Barbara is next to her in Scottish gear, including a kilt. They are standing in a spotlight. In vaguely Greek-looking script, or so I claim, are the words "West of Bathurst" and "by Kari Maaren."

Panel 2: Marie and Barbara are working at a table in the Davies College Lower Library. Marie is writing on a piece of paper. Barbara has a book open.

Marie: Is this for one of your classes?

Barbara:'s this ancient Greek comedy called Lysistrata.

Panel 3: Barbara shows Marie the book.

Marie: I don't know that one.

Barbara: It's about the women of Athens trying to stop the Peloponnesian War by withholding sex from the men.

Panel 4:

Sounds like fun.

Barbara: The best bit is that the translator's updated all the ancient Greek slang.

Panel 5:

Barbara: And since he's British, it's all "shagging" and "bollocks." The characters talk about shagging a lot.

Panel 6:

Barbara: Also, the Spartans have Scottish accents.

Panel 7:

Marie: I'm not really sure what to say about that.

Barbara: "This. Is. Sparta. Och, aye!"

Alt-Text: And then the bagpipe music begins.

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