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-- First Seen: 2009-02-06
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The Transcript For This Page
Inside the Water Bros. café. Billy Rose and his friend Wally are crouching behind the counter that stands to the left of the entrance (as seen from inside the café looking towards the exit hatchway). Wally is fiddling with some small device a bit bigger than one of those Blackberry phone/PDAs, which is attached by a thin wire to a standard desktop holo-monitor.
Billy: Now what’s this supposed to do, Wally?
Wally (whispers): Shh!! It looks at people coming in the door, and projects a 3D ‘body’ of our choosing onto them.
Closer 2-shot of Billy and Wally. Hunched over and whispering conspiratorially.
Billy: What, for real?
Wally: No, just in the recorder. We edit and broadcast this on Tanglenet. Imagine this joint full of freak-show, Billy. We’ll go viral and become famous.
In this and the following 3 panels, we are seeing the action on the holo-monitor, with Wally and Billy at the far opposite edges of the frame. The monitor is showing the café entryway from a somewhat elevated point at the far end of the room (the camera is hidden in the sign above Babbette the Elder’s usual station), zoom set to provide a full-length view of whoever is passing the counter behind which the boys are hiding.
In the first frame, we see Bert coming through. But his head is on top of the body of a gorilla.
Wally (still whispering): Ape-Bert
Billy (quietly): *snort*
Next, a youngish-looking couple. He has a body something like the Gorn from Star Trek, she is dressed in a clown-ballerina outfit with tutu over candy-striped leggings, flower-print leotard and grotesquely oversized, sagging breasts
Wally: Lizard-man and his bozo ballerina
Next up, Neil Isher (the gunshop owner). He is wearing ridiculously exaggerated “cowboy” garb – big floppy hat, vest with the “Woody” black-and-white cowhide pattern, a pair of comically oversized cartoon sixguns slung low on his hips, bolo tie, oversized cowboy boots with very pointy toes and oversized spurs. And a rope coiled and looped over his left shoulder. Billy is visibly shaking with mirth.
Wally: Lariat Neil
Last but not least, Emily Rose. She is portrayed in a Medusa get-up, with brass brassiere, tattered skirt, and snake-hair. Billy is bursting out laughing now.
Wally: Aaaand – Emilydusa!
Billy: (losing it) HAW!!!
Make this panel narrow so we have more room in the last panel. The boys, in the lower foreground, are looking over their shoulders at Bert, the unnamed couple, Neil and Emily (in their true appearances) glaring down at them from across the counter.
Billy and Wally in unison: Uh-oh!
Exterior entry to the Water Bros. establishment. Billy and Wally are scrambling out the door, enraged Emily in hot pursuit. (Don’t forget the low gravity – these kids are really leaping.
Emily: Billy Rose! You are so DEAD!
Billy: Not if I can run fast enough!