In which two different parallel versions of me take on different literary lives. This takes place after a the school psychiatrist has told me that a "learning disability" will never make me a good writer and attributes it to something completely stupid.
7.1: On the left side is MU DAVE [Mirror Universe Dave], who stays and listens to the COUNSELOR in sixth grade.
1. COUNSELOR [O.P.]: If only you would stop focusing on comics you could get better as a student.
7.2: And on the right side is EARTH-1 DAVE [real me] who is standing up and leaving the panel. He’s walking out of the room, refusing to listen to the counselor.
2. COUNSELOR [O.P.]: Dave? Where are you going?
7.3: Again, on the left side, we see HIGH SCHOOL MU DAVID as he writes for the school paper. The caption is what he’s writing.
3. CAPTION: … Ms. Blanco was not convicted for murdering her husband, but administration doesn’t buy it.
7.4: On the right side, EARTH 1 DAVE sits in the computer lab with a bunch of grungy kids wearing Pantera and Slipknot t-shirts reading Watchmen and the Dark Knight Returns.
4. KID 1: Man, Frank Miller or what, dude?
5. ME: Yeah, you gotta read Ronin, Jeff.
7.5: Back to the left side: MU DAVE sits at a plywood desk with several other people typing furiously into Macbooks. Above all of their heads is the rainbow colored logo of GAWKER, and a big screen television display numbers that mean unique hit counts.
7.6: E1 DAVE delivering a pitch to JIM VALENTINO at a convention floor.
6. E1 DAVE: The comic is called WORTHY’S CAUSE, and I hope you like it, Mr. Valentino.
7. VALENTINO: Thanks, I’ll take a look at it.
7.7: Back to the left side and MU DAVE is holding up a letter with the SIMON AND SCHUSTER logo in the corner of it. He’s shouting off-panel.
8. MU DAVE: NIKKI! Simon and Schuster gave me a three-book deal!
7.8: Back to the right side and E1 DAVE is holding up a rejection letter from IMAGE: SHADOWLINE. We can see a little bit of the FORM LETTER.
9. DISPLAY: Dear Mr. Press, I regret to inform you that WORTHY’S CAUSE does not conform to our current needs.