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4 Panel Comic Strip: “Whole Lotta Cheatin’ Goin’ On” SUMMARY + CHARACTERS: Set in the 1940’s with old-school Italian nuances, this comic is about a married couple who are well past the prime of life and decide to take a walk on the ‘greener side’ for a night—resulting in a very embarrassing rendezvous later on. The main character, Giuseppina, is often forced to fare alone in her recreation—due to deep roots ‘in the family’ with her husband, Carmine, being a mob boss.

PANEL 1 GIUSEPPINA IS OUT TO DINNER AT AN UPSCALE RESTAURANT AND IS ALREADY IN PROGRESS WITH HER MEAL, DINING ALONE, WHEN AN ATTRACTIVE MAN IN HIS FORTIES WALKS UP AND OFFERS TO JOIN HER. WE SHOULD SEE GUISEPPINA SEATED, LOOKING UP PLEASANTLY SURPRISED UPON HIS GREETING. Caption: Giuseppina often fares alone in her recreation, as her husband always seems to have business to do… Roy: Excuse me, may I join you this evening? Guiseppina: You may.

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PANEL 2 THE TWO HAVE HIT IT OFF TALKING AND LAUGHING AND GUISEPPINA IS ENJOYING THE COMPANY OF THIS CHARMING FELLOW— INDEED, SHE HAS ALMOST FEELS AS IF SHE IS IN HER YOUTH AGAIN. Caption: Tonight, the night is young! Roy: Oh Guiseppina! Truly, your husband must have something urgent… If I were married to you, I wouldn’t want to miss a moment with you… Guiseppina: My dear, that’s very kind of you… Guiseppina: *Thought bubble: I can’t get over this young man… He could be my son… but…Oh! How I do wish Carmine would pay attention to me, but he never has…even after all these years of faithfulness to him!

PANEL 3 IN THIS PANEL, GUISEPPINA IS CAUGHT OFF GUARD AND SPOTS CARMINE ENTERING THE RESTAURANT WITH THE GIRL—THEY ARE ARM-IN-ARM. THEY ARE NOT CLOSE TO WHERE GUISEPPINA AND ROY ARE SEATED, BUT GUISEPPINA CAN STILL OBSERVE THEM FROM A DISTANCE. Caption: Luck be a Lady tonight… Guiseppina: *Thought bubble: Oh dear God, there’s that CARMINE! That good for nothing… Oh!! I just knew he’d be out somewhere… And I know just what kind of business he’ll being doing tonight too… Guiseppina: Roy, I certainly have enjoyed your company very much… Roy: Guiseppina, I’d love to accompany you to your car, if that would be ok. For your safety, of course… Guiseppina: Ohhhh. Very nice of you to offer, tonight is a little chilly, after all…

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PANEL 4 BOTH COUPLES HAVE LEFT THE RESTAURANT. GUISEPPINA AND ROY AND ARE WALKING DOWN THE STREET ARM-IN-ARM TO HER CAR, WHEN CARMINE AND THE GIRL COME FROLICKING FROM AROUND THE CORNER. Caption: All good things must come to an end… Carmine: *Thought bubble: I can’t believe my eyes…it’s Guiseppina!!! All these years, I thought… I just thought that she’d never… Guiseppina: *Thought bubble: Oh, it’s him again! That’s right Carmine—you go ahead and you take a good, loooong look… I bet you thought I never could…

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