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The Japanese Beetle! for September 20, 2004
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September 20, 2004
You know what's better than getting free tickets to a Pirates game? Having that Pirate game turn into a free doubleheader, and then having the Pirates sweep it. Even better, I got to see the Pirates beat up on Kris Benson and see Jason Bay break the team's rookie home run record.

              1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H  E
METS          0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0  3  0
PIRATES       0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X   1  2  0

W: R. Vogelsong (6-12)
L: A. Heilman (1-2)
S: J. Mesa (40)

HR: PIT - H. Cota (5)

              1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H  E
METS          0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1  6  1
PIRATES       9 9 9 2 9 9 4 9 X   6  7  0

W: D. Williams (1-0))
L: K. Benson (12-12)

HR: PIT - J. Bay (24)
If you haven't heard by now, there was some massive flooding in Pittsburgh over the weekend. Fortunately I just had a leak in my basement, but man, there's still a heck of a lot of cleanup to be done the rest of the week...

Book: Robert Coover, "Stepmother" (page 15) Music: Elton John, "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart""

September 22, 2004
Sorry for the delay getting these two strips up. Won't happen again - mostly because the "skip week" coming after this Friday is mostly to help me build up a buffer of new strips. Anyway, more info about the Graphic Smash switchover in the coming days.

Book: Terry Pratchett, "Monstrous Regiment" (page 186)
Music: Shonen Knife, "Nya Nya Nya"

September 24, 2004
Well, and that's it for Graphic Smash. Thanks to T. Campbell, who's been a great editor, and to Joey Manley for making it all possible. I've had a good time at GS, but honestly, I'm just not a group-joining type of guy, and it feels kind of liberating to be back on my own again.

And now I'm taking a week off to recharge my batteries. Join us on October 1st when the Japanese Beetle meets... the Vigilants! In color!

Book: Jonathan Lethem, "The Fortress of Solitude" (page 1)
Music: Zuco 103, "Get Urself 2Gether"


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