West of Bathurst, by Kari Maaren
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Friday, July 12, 2013

West of Bathurst 1300
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    Yay:  I'm back on schedule.  Of course, this will change once I hit the colour comic in a couple of days.

    This comic is West of Bathurst's 1,300th.  That's...a lot of comics.

    This comic also marks the end of the entry period for Summer Contest #3, though it doesn't mark the end of the contest itself.  The contest asked you to guess which character or characters would return to the comic this week.  With the reappearance of one of the Fates, we have our first winners (since everybody who guessed "the Fates" guessed all three of them together as a single entry, I'll count the one Fate as representing all three).  However, it's quite possible that other characters will turn up soon as well.  I'm going to expand the contest a bit; as long as the July 18th-related plot continues, any reappearing character who turns up will be worth a point.  Entries are now closed, but all entries submitted thus far--including SunshineRain's, which were posted a few hours ago--are eligible.

    The people who guessed "the Fates" are Preethi and Lumair.  They have been added to the list below.  Again, fear not:  this particular contest is ongoing.  Some of your guesses may still pan out.  Then again, they may all be completely wrong.  We shall see.

    Friday, July 12, 2013
    Panel 1: Marie is having a hallucination in which she is journeying into a cave with Evil Marie. Marie is carrying a candle.

    Evil Marie: A candle?

    Marie: I'm hallucinating. I can have a candle if I want.

    Panel 2: They come across a young woman sitting on a stool and spinning on a drop spindle. She is one of the three women they encountered on the bus at Christmas.

    Marie: ...Hi?

    Woman: Oh, hey. About time you got here.

    Panel 3:

    Evil Marie: Ask her questions.

    Marie: Sorry?

    Evil Marie: Ask her questions. That's how these things work.

    Panel 4:

    Marie: With me, nothing ever works "how these things work.

    Woman: It's scary how true that is.

    Alt-Text: What good is a complex hallucination if you can't use it to make candles out of thin air?

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