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Fisheye Placebo: Ch0 - Part 7 by yuumei Fisheye Placebo: Ch0 - Part 7 by yuumei

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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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For more promotional art and character designs, check out the Fisheye Placebo gallery! 

Diamond Sky by yuumeiRise - Night Version by yuumeiFisheye Placebo: Cypherpunks by yuumeiUnderground by yuumeiFisheye Placebo: Solo for the Self by yuumeiAll City by yuumei
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d3skinner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If they slowed down or stopped, that girl with the knife could have easily popped their tires.
Then again, it'd make for a terrible plot-twist.
Calycia Apr 5, 2014  New member
I saw that shiny rayquaza on Vance's 3DS :D
Awesome series btw!
Vagabonds and hobos are common here in Mexico. My parents have taught me to be cautious when giving money or food to them. You really can't trust appearances! Desperate times call for desperate measures and all that...

Jesus, you art is so amazing I feel like I'm watching a live-action movie. I can even hear the characters speak as if they had sound.
I spy a Rayquaza! What version is he playing?
NinShroom Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually think it might be Pokedex 3D...because of the bar  on the top.
ouch ): I'd be the charitable fool.
Rianetta Mar 6, 2014   General Artist
This is gorgeous!

And wonderfully written.
You just have such talent for storytelling and panelling and design and--just :iconcryforeverplz: I ADORE YOU AND YOUR WORKS SO MUCH

This is my favorite page so far for this very message, and I'm only giddy to see the rest to come!<3
Absolutely gorgeous art and a strong message. Please keep making more!
BirdPuppet Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad to see someone like you speaking out about issues like these, because we NEED people to know.
My mother also grew up during the Cultural Revolution in China, and with her family originally being from the bourgeoisie you can imagine what that was like. Everything taken. Everything gone.
And although not as oppressed as my mom, my dad also grew up in poverty in post WW2 Japan.

So for me, although I've grown up having everything I needed and most of the things I wanted, I try very hard not to take the affluence for granted. I've never had the opportunity to work for myself either, but I know that everything I have isn't truly mine. I think it's important that people pass on the stories of hardships to their children like my parents did, because it's difficult for people to truly understand after they hit a certain age like Vance and Alex. I would like to one day pass on my parents' stories to the word as well. And perhaps mine, as well. I've lived in China for 8 years and it really opens your eyes to how ugly things can get when corruption rules over a country.
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