West of Bathurst, by Kari Maaren
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

West of Bathurst 1372

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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Panel 1: In the title panel of this Sunday-style colour comic, we see a Google Maps-style map of part of Toronto. A location box reads:

West of Bathurst

by Kari Maaren
Toronto, ON
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Panel 2: Barbara is talking on the phone while walking through the Davies College basement.

Barbara: Okay, now you've got to go south.

Panel 3:

Barbara: Got it? All right, head towards it. Look for the subway sign.

Panel 4:

Barbara: South. You know...towards the CN Tower. Just look around; you can't miss it.

Panel 5:

Barbara: Yes, of course there is. It should be right--no, the subway. The train. Not the restaurant.

Panel 6: Barbara is getting frustrated. Marie edges into the panel and stares at her.

Barbara: Why would I have been telling you to look for a restaurant? You're where? Why are you walking west? The CN Tower is one of the tallest buildings in the world. How do you not notice that?

Panel 7:

Marie: I take it your sister is adjusting well to Toronto life.

Barbara [into the phone]: No, Google Maps is not upside down!

Alt-Text: As someone with absolutely no sense of direction whatsoever, I sympathise with the disorientation that arises when one visits a new place for the first time.  In fact, I ran into this very problem in Ottawa last weekend (this was AFTER I drew the comic, incidentally).  And yes, Toronto contains both subways and Subways.  Confusion reigns.

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