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Three years ago around this time, I was asked to draw a comic for my local alt-weekly about events in the year ahead. At first it felt like I'd been asked to predict the future, and I thought it would be difficult. But after a bit of mulling, I found I could write an entire two-page comic addressing many of the "big" news stories of 2009 -- Obama's inauguration! The Star Trek reboot! The First Puppy! -- before the year even happened. It made me realize just how much news is formulaic. Not to diminish the importance of good journalism; on the contrary! It is the antidote to normalizing fluff.

So I decided to do a mini-version of my "predictive" comic, in a sense. Just remember it in November when you hear some pundit waxing triumphant about the American electoral process, which will most assuredly have sucked in a thousand ways, no matter who won.

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Originally posted to Comics on Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 06:50 AM PST.

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