So, the story here is that my last divorce was not done in a judge’s private chambers (like the first) but in a courtroom where several couples were handled in batches, then shuttled down like cattle to processing. It was also being handled way too swiftly as by the time I got there (5 minutes before the ‘appt’) they’d already called our case twice! Waiting to come back around on the docket I noticed said news anchor and then the oddest thing happened. Someone called the judge and she took the call on speakerphone.

Man: Yeah, I’m running late for my divorce and I just wanted to let someone know.
Judge: I hope you don’t mind, sir, but you’re already divorced.
Man: Didn’t I need to be there?
Judge: Well, your wife was here and all of the paperwork was in order, we just went ahead and took care of it.
Man: Oh, okay.

A little while later, he calls back, the Judge rolls her eyes and answered his questions and, as she finished with him she asked the courtroom at large: “What do you want to bet he calls back again?” And damned if he didn’t just a few minutes later!

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Playing with gray tones today, along with the thick and thin line thing, and I’m kinda liking it. Still need to practice with it, but it’s nicer than the plain backgrounds, no? The idea to use silhouettes in panel 1 totally saved my bacon on this one, I was cursing myself for having so much nonessential detail at first, even though I wanted the place-holder. The conversation actually took place in the parking lot after closing-time.