Childhood's End

The Toymaker Assassination Saga


28th Nov 2018, 10:22 PM
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lirvilas 28th Nov 2018, 10:22 PM
Whiplash anyone?


Yeah, probably not going to be able to draw/post tomorrow due to travel.

I appreciate your comments, ratings, and subscriptions. I draw plenty of stuff that (rightfully) never sees the light of day; the feedback on these pages spurs me on!

edit: cynical adults aside, the kids really do dig ToyCo products

edit edit: Alexander's talking about living in a "VUCA" world... are you?
Microraptor 29th Nov 2018, 8:27 AM
Those kids just look adorable!

Is one of them indeed Trinity (with Maureen as the supervising adult), or are those just random people??

And incidentally, this sort of re-contextualizes a soon(-ish) to come Cryptida page in an interesting way...
lirvilas 30th Nov 2018, 9:21 PM
@Microraptor: yes indeed, that's Maureen and Trinity. Yeah yeah yeah, I draw them so rarely that they're inconsistent.

Looking forward to that Cryptida page!


ProfEtheric 28th Nov 2018, 10:38 PM
Without words, and before that last panel, this is a sweet, nice, innocent-looking page.

Than the Tiny doll goes all terminator (I'm guessing "camera", but I could be wrong), and with Gus's words, it goes max creep.

I could see ToyCo going full Silver Shamrock. Seriously.

And I feel you on the comment front. When they roll in, you're Superman. When they don't, you're Aunt May on a bad day...
lirvilas 29th Nov 2018, 6:16 AM
"Max creep"

Yeah, similar phrasing may have come up in a point-to-point email with Microraptor.

Probably going to keep pushing these pages out so I can get done and shift fire to figuring out Webtoon... despite numerous deficiencies in that site's design and interface, the next short will probably be over there. You should probably figure out an appropriate juncture to shift as well.
Call me Tom 29th Nov 2018, 1:43 AM
And it's always the children that get caught in the middle.
lirvilas 29th Nov 2018, 6:16 AM
ha ha they'll get over it, this isn't Yemen
anonymous coward 29th Nov 2018, 11:35 AM
Shit, a toy spying on your kids is just another day of the week. Every single cellphone is a personal tracker and electronic spying bug, and most people just live with that so they can continue playing Candy Crush or sending gossip and dick picks to each other. Good try, but people tend to either ignore or fail to understand that this is a threat unless there's a person physically present doing that spying.
Microraptor 29th Nov 2018, 12:06 PM
It reminds me a bit of the concerns raised due to Furbies recording and repeating stuff.
(Ironically, the section in Wikipedia that talks about that mentions the NSA of all people being worried about this!)
anonymous coward 29th Nov 2018, 12:51 PM
The cynical answer to that is that the people who do the most spying in the world know as well as anybody that electronic spying is a threat. So of course they are alarmed by the idea of cheap and easy to use toy spy-bugs potentially getting used against them by other states and non-state actors.

The charitable answer to that is that the existence of innocuous, mass-market toys that are bugs or almost bugs makes protecting people against them harder. If I remember correctly, the NSA isn't only supposed to spy, it's also supposed to protect against spying.
lirvilas 29th Nov 2018, 12:10 PM
Stand by for the plot-critical fulfillment of an issue raised by this comment.
anonymous coward 29th Nov 2018, 12:40 PM
Well that's cause to hope. You have often done a good job of showing and mocking the messed up parts of the modern world, and my complaint was a list of some of the ones most in need of it.
AmeliaP 17th Dec 2018, 6:45 PM
Quick, burn the doll, kids! You will have to do that anyway, in a near future.
Microraptor 17th Dec 2018, 6:47 PM
Unfortunately, there are a lot more where this comes from... ;-)
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