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If you're not familiar with the story, please read the Fisheye Placebo: Intro first. 

This strip is inspired by a personal experience I had as a child in China. Like in the story, I was in the car with my dad when a group of street children came begging for money. My dad immediately locked the doors and explained to me that these kids were known to stab and rob people when the passengers open the window to give them food or money. And like in the story, my dad also grew up in extreme poverty, having to eat rats for survival in his childhood, but instead of sympathizing with the street children, he believed that anyone can pull themselves up like the way he did so there was no need for charity. 

There is no moral to take away from this situation. I can't say what would have been the right thing to do at that moment, but I did gain a better sense of the class struggle that existed and still exists. I want to show in this strip how ignorant and spoiled Vance and Alex were, and the kind of country that Frey and Robin wants to change.  

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c-rose-artist Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
omfg can i just take a moment to say

how you draw your shoes
and your hanDS

IS SONICE

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:iconmidnight-traveller:
Wow. This has touched me more than anything I've read in a while. I grew up in the Philippines and was quite privileged, so driving the highway I experienced this a lot. Kids and sick people would come up to the windows asking for money or selling little homemade flower necklaces. I had friends who would give them money to help them out. The problem is, as soon as you give them money, it encourages them to walk the street more often, which can result in them being killed. Plus, the money never ends up in their hands, it goes to someone higher up. As for the stealing part, whenever I walked in parking lots, my driver would always shoo any children away and pull me to walk faster, warning me that they would try to steal stuff from me. And don't get me started on Halloween. The street children would be allowed into out village for that one day, and the closest thing I can compare it to was a zombie apocalypse, with people in rags reaching their arms through your gate to get food. It was horrible and I felt so terrible and powerless to know that people were living the way these people were living. Of course, I'm still just a privileged kid, so what would I know of their struggles? :(

Oh course, now that I'm in the US, everyone is completely shocked to hear stories like this. Thank you for putting it out there in such a way for people to see. And portraying it so well. There's no question anymore, I'm sticking with this comic.
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scribelIsi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow thats hard. i wouldnt believe that this could really be a real thing if hadnt read this
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kawaiikatie13 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  New Deviant
But the children truly had knives and such? 
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Shadowstriker17 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
Wow, this hit pretty deep and I love how ignorant Vance and Alex were portrayed. People that grow up in a more privileged society don't understand the struggles unless they educate themselves. And for children and other poor individuals in China or anywhere else for that matter to get so desperate to stab and rob people that try to help them is very saddening and must have been frightening for you to find out about.
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WinxRose Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Wow
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Mymy202 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is sooo good! The art, the atmosphere, the colors! I've been to Afghanistan and I really understand how tense a situation like that can be. 
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midnightwillow11195 Featured By Owner Edited May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can sympathize with the father a bit in this scenario. I work at a morgue in the US, and we get several homicides a year from people doing charity work or just donating on the side of the road, only for someone to mug and murder the same people trying to help them, just for the change in their pockets. We also get children in the morgue who starve to death on the streets or are beaten to death by their own parents. Yes, the level of poverty is unfair and many people need the help, but at the same time by helping they put themselves and/or their family at risk. Where do you draw the line? You said "There is no moral to take away from this situation." and that is a truth many people don't want to accept. It's life, right and wrong is interpreted differently by everyone. There is no end all right answer.


On a side note, loving the story and an waiting for the next paaaaaaage!!!!
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cupcakealina Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
someone is playing pokemons Vulpix Barboach pokemon gif Tyrantrum pokemon gif  umbreon 
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zneoben Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2015
you notice that too lol
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OEiaKayH Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's creppy, the little girl :C
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gracemwing Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
I'm Chinese too! My mom told me she used to be really poor when she was young as well, but at least they had shelter and some food.
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Cab1Son Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FEH
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YsabeauValikov Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What program does Yuumei use?
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Nagneto Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This makes me angry at humanity.
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rachjackson Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've actually encountered women and children like this when I was in Bulgaria. There was usually a man just casually passing by (who actually had a gun and was watching them in case you fought back). Very creepy.
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shiningmystic Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
that would be really scary to be stabbed, eek.to be robbed of everything including your life?I question the origin of the knives they get, and why they need to rob us of our lives and everything.Well, atleast I learned something.Hopefully I don't stumble apon some scene like this with any of my family members someday.
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hamlet451 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You clearly didn't get the actual message
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shiningmystic Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
not everyone does.
Im just pointing out an opinion over it
not the actual message
and yes i didnt clearly get the actual message
if im being mean im sorry
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hamlet451 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry for assuming as well. It's just that some people really have it hard. My country is far from safe but I have never bumped into something like this, although I know it happens. What I mean is that instead of fearing such situations, we can stop for a bit and question their causes. Our indifference is highly at fault... It's just tragic, sorry if I took it out on you. .:sorry bunny:. 
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shiningmystic Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
plz don't apologize
i accept the facts
you don't have to take the blame either.
communities were meant to be friendly, 
so forget any of the problems we had, 
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hamlet451 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree,
let us enjoy the amazing comics then! I am dying for a new chapter...
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WyrWolf22 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
wont load helpppp
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TamaeKurogane Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So far so great... I love red <3
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Sky-Lily Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, those last three panels speak volumes.
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iobnbng Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
great
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HannaLee123 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student General Artist
The art is absolutely amazing! So much detail and all that vibrant colouring! Loving the story so far!! 
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Phoenuxx Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Reminds me of when my family was driving through Atlanta and we were stopped at a red late. I made eye contact with a homeless man so I gave him a friendly smile and waved to him and my parents said something similar...
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Krinmu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
poor people on the street. i mean sereously! you had like a million red cow boxes!!
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SnowChild6 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Talking about poverty is difficult, but you made it so cool here, with the murderous children and the right imagery at the right time. It's utterly awesome. It's time we get to know the country more.
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Souchie-kun Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
Any society that forces children to kill in order to survive has no right to exists...
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ChocomintIcecream Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The cruelty of reality. 
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NightFaLLOtaku Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student Writer
this is so amazing. can't wait what will happen if he sees Frey and robin. 
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sketchywhiskers Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
this is so amazing... how long does it take to make this?
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Mufastang Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
wow, this is ... Incredible.. Is this from a book or something because i'd love to read more!
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Arcamira Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my, Is that a Shiny Rayquaza I see you have there, Vance?

>w<
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ImitationofDeviance Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Did anybody else notice that the little girl had a knife and had pulled it out right before they drove off? What a sneaky little deceiver!

... I still feel sorry for them. Even though I probably shouldn't after seeing the knife.
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taemart Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
awesome i like it in the 2nd tab of this awesomenes thing the red caw box has indirect light reflected on the others that from the sun light that comes from the window that what makes it nice and looks real but yet that is what makes my background dont blend with the 2d characters any advice ?
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AK-I-T Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want Vance's shirt XD
Hell I want ALL THEIR OUTFITS
Though I can't rock em lol
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KatouMiwa Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I freaking love Vance's shirt!!!Chitoge Excited Icon
 
"Eye(I) heart(love) apple pi(pie)"

CLEVER!!

        -!Ri$
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snakehelix Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist
its so short but sends a really good message
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:iconmrfunkytoon:
mrfunkytoon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
wait a minutes does he make this ALONE *throws the graphic tablet* *burns the sketch books* *feeds the drawing mats to dog* yup im done never ever thinking that im good at drawing ever ever ever again
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Bowserboy129 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
No. OK no. Don't say that. Don't EVER say that OK! Just because you think that somebody is better than you doesn't mean that you yourself aren't good. Not does it mean that you won't ever get to be as good as the people you think you're worse than. So no, don't ever say that you're not good at drawing because somebody else's art may be "better", because that is bullshit.
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SoulCrapper Featured By Owner Edited Apr 3, 2015
haha well said; you took the words out of my mouth. people who are better than us exist to give us a goal to strive for. Something to reach for, or better yet, surpass.
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mrfunkytoon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
wow! i swear to good you sounded like my dad but you know what you are right ... LETS DO THIS *gets a new graphic tablet* *revives the sketchbooks with MAGIC* *points at the dog and says* "GIVE ME MY ITEMS BACK!!!" BTW thanks for the boost dude really needed one 
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MyHappiiDays Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No matter how many times I read this this part, I always start to tear up ( >A< )
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jitterwhack Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014   General Artist
The sad part is… it's true.
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T-Rexis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
17. 11. 1989 The velvet revolution in the Czechoslovakia... I was very suprised. :)
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Rosanna24 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
*GASP*
He has pokedex 3D pro

On another note I am completely in love with your artwork and I would do anything I could if it meant I could make artwork like you do. You are my inspiration and all your work holds something significant for me.
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Narnia4719 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
(( DAMN! I LOVE THIS!!))
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