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Before I get to my ranting, I should state that is Alex in the last panel, and she was in What Do the Shadows Hide
. I'll discuss her character at a time when I don't have real life stuff to rant about.
This comic is, well, REVENGE. It is based upon actual events, of which I have a witness! ...who I don't think is on DA. But he was there!
Anyway, in Graphic design, we often have to use a mounting spray to attach our print outs to boards for critiques. This spray mount isn't good to breath in, as is the case with many sprays, so the college provides a specially ventilated room for spraying stuff. It is small and shared by all.
Shortly before a class, I had to use the booth, and found it empty. It's much easier to work if one uses both of the tiny tables available, so I went ahead and was using both. Then some other student, followed by a teacher who apparently approved of his actions and a huge line of others, came in to use a spray to preserve charcoal drawings.
There was NO politeness, there was no asking to move things, there was just "I'm taking over this space and I'm spraying, and if it's in the direction of you, so be it". I would have cleared everything from one of the tables for them if asked, but they didn't, and this guy was going to put his drawings and such right on top of my stuff, WHICH, by the way, I had already sprayed with that sticky spray mount. I stopped him and moved my stuff, but... argh. And I had other people in my class who needed to use the booth, but this drawing class was primed to just bully their way in, apparently with teacher consent.
And before anyone says "well, dude, you took both tables, what do you expect?" As I said, it's easier if both tables are there when spray mounting to use both tables. One to spray stuff on, one to apply the sprayed things to the board; it vastly reduces the odds of making a mess of the board. Also, it is most common to have the room to one's self; this was a freak occurrence in my experiences with the room. And most importantly of all, I would have instantly moved my stuff and relinquished a table if given the opportunity, but I wasn't. They were happy to just plop their stuff right on top of mine without giving me the chance to move or get out of the way of their spray. Considering I have a mild (ha!) fear of toxic sprays, it's a wonder I didn't flip out.
This isn't the only charcoal related incident, either. A friend of mine had someone put their charcoal stuff right on top of hers under similar circumstances (which is worse than it sounds if you're not familiar with charcoal; charcoal is really messy). In my life drawing class, someone left like a snowfall's worth of charcoal on an easel, an easel with a dark stand making that charcoal invisible, with the end results being me and my drawing pad covered in the stuff. I was ticked off most of the rest of that day.
Apparently there are a LOT of inconsiderate charcoal users at my college o_O
EDIT: Sadly, my vengeance was tainted somewhat by the unfortunate fact that my graphics editor saw fit to distort the comic. It was much thinner vertically and a little thinner horizontally, resulting in a non-proportionate resize. Resizing is one thing, but non-proportionate? That bird won't fly!