Derby #126: Events of 2009 Illustrated

Hey, this Derby's over. When you're finished reliving past glories, check out what's going on in the Derby right now. It's probably even cooler. Or at least newer.

Ah, what a year. A lot of us got pink slips, a lot of us got swine flu, and some really unlucky suckers got both. Also, a bunch of other crap happened, most of it equally depressing, as you can see here and here. So now it's time to exorcise the demons of 2009, either by celebrating what little good came out of this anno horribilis, or poking at the wounds this year left until they don't hurt anymore. We can't force people to vote one way or another, but we're really hoping that the Derby voters prefer inventive, allegorical, figurative takes on the year's news.

No celebrity likenesses. Showing a sequined glove is OK; showing its most famous owner is not.

Incidental text is allowed.

Video-game references are allowed. But as always, do not use any imagery that's the intellectual property of someone else. Showing four beetles playing music with rocks is OK; showing the Beatles Rock Band logo is not.

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