The trip to Istanbul goes better for Jim than Chuck in this week's Molarity. Chuck does make some nice friends in prison, though. p(image-center). !/assets/103609/original/7980_201.jpg(Strip 201)! 201. This begins the infamous Istanbul prison series which stretches over a few weeks. I never got there as a student. Recently I stepped foot in Istanbul to reclaim a carry-on bag, but did not see Hagia Sophia which is on my list of things I must do. p(image-center). !/assets/103610/original/7980_202.jpg(Strip 202)! 202. I saw the movie “Midnight Express” the spring before the fall I went to Rome with the architecture program. I did the cartoons over the summer so _The Observer_ could start off the year with enough cartoons. And remember my cartoon motto: “Food jokes are always relevant.” p(image-center). !/assets/103611/original/7980_203.jpg(Strip 203)! 203. I must pat myself on the back. I caught the essence of the movie characters, including this character played by Randy Quaid, even with no means back then to see stills of the movie after which I modeled the cartoons. p(image-center). !/assets/103612/original/7980_204.jpg(Strip 204)! 204. At the time, Longine watches had a commercial that no matter how nice the gift, the recipient would lament, “I was hoping for a Longine.” p(image-center). !/assets/103613/original/7980_205.jpg(Strip 205)! 205. By running four cartoons on the Istanbul series and allowing the fifth to be back at Notre Dame, I hoped to appear au current. I also did not want the strips from Rome to tease, “I am in Europe and you are not!”
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