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    I'm surprised Gina and Sandra didn't mention the anvil. I've seen dozens of tandems in my life, but (not counting the ones in Saturday morning cartoons) only a handful of anvils - and not that many anvils can fit in my hands.

    Ig is getting some free legal advice - and we all know what that's worth.

    Okay, I admit, I 'borrowed' a pic from page 26. It's not something I do on a daily basis, but sometimes it fits and I need to cut down my production time. Honestly, how many of you noticed. On the last panel, I drew Gina and Pete from scratch - no help from CGI, just my memory and limited talents. They came out all right, although it took a while. Sandra, as a young girl in panel 2 was also drawn from scratch (as was her father's arm). However, when it got to drawing Slide and Sandra, I caved and used some CGI help - it just makes things so much faster. Still, it's nice to know that I can draw my characters without any computerized assistance, if I have to - which, fortunately, I don't. Bleh, takes ages... By the way the word in the magnifier is 'fugo'. It's Latin (or Remun). Look it up.

Drawing completed - 07 MAY 2009
Drawing posted - 19 AUG 2009

20 JUNE 2001 Wednesday - 1640
Page 39
The tre' Basement

    "And what was that?" asked Ignatius.

    "A tandem," Sandra and Gina chorused.

    "A tandem? As in a velocipede?"

    "Most people call it a bicycle, Ig," Pete put in.

    "Just like that one under the stairs, over there," Sandra pointed.

    Ignatius followed the line of her finger. "How odd," he muttered. "Never noticed that there before." He turned back to face the others. "So obviously, this isn't some sort of sub-cellar or abandoned mine shaft," he conjectured.

    "Oh, no," Sandra answered. "There were windows, with daylight coming through. I was very disappointed that Father wouldn't let me look through them."

    Ignatius' tail waved some more. "Well, then, it appears I have some research to do. Are there any questions before we adjourn?"

    "Ain't it illegal to enter Reality?" asked Pete.

    "Well, the Pedestra Charta says . . . Come to think of it," Ignatius pondered for a second, "I don't recall what it says, exactly."

    "It says it's illegal," Slide said. "I'm no solicitor, but I've heard it a million times."

    "It's what I've always heard as well," Gina added. "You don't have to be a solicitor to know that."

    Ignatius scratched his chin in thought. "I'm not sure that it does, actually . . . "

    "Course it does," Gina stated.

    "Everyone knows 'at," Pete confirmed.

    "And you as a solicitor," Slide teased.

    "Yes, imagine that," Ignatius said, his patience wearing thin.

    "Surely there's an exception for rescuing children," Sandra stated.

    "At the end of the day, regardless of law or exceptions, we have no choice," Ignatius agreed in a roundabout way. "It seems we must do something unethical to accomplish a wholly moral objective. My only recommendation at this stage is that we establish a watch. Perhaps if the children return, they can instruct us as to how to open the box and let them out."

    "I'll watch until midnight," Gina volunteered.
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