Comic 291 - A Present For Cleo
15th Feb 2018, 12:00 AM in The Power of Pink
A Present For Cleo
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
I hope my little "non-linear storytelling" experiment with the Timmy's ToyCo video isn't all too confusing...
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Chippewa Ghost edit delete reply
Chippewa Ghost
Yeah, I don't think I've seen any depiction of magical wands that doesn't convey a very real and present danger--The Magician's Apprentice, Harry Potter, that one trailer for Bright... of course, maybe magic has its own version of the National Rifle Association.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Regarding the safety of using magic wands: Wait for the very next page! ;-)
Cooke edit delete reply
Cooke
Gah! Every parents worse nightmare. Imagine willingly giving your child access to magic. Not a good idea. Think of the destruction.

Also for use on magic wands, the second series of Dirk Gently on Netflix.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I have been meaning to check out Netflix's Dirk Gently (I quite enjoyed the books by Douglas Adams of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" fame), but didn't come around to do that yet. (Now it's definitely on my to-do list!)
Cooke edit delete reply
Cooke
I watched the short lived BBC adaption which I've been told are close to the books. The Netflix adaption however is miles apart from them. But it's still quirky and weird. They've got an holistic assassin by the name of Bart Curlish and she's my favourite.
JammyTheBirb edit delete reply
JammyTheBirb
Oh dear, there's a reason hogwarts students aren't allowed to use magic outside of school XD
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Let's just hope the further events of this chapter won't attract any Dementors...
Taily edit delete reply
Taily
Magic is dangerous, but let me tell you, it is nothing compared to the destructive power of gender norms.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I actually got the idea for this aspect of the story while watching a YouTube movie review for one of those super-saccharine and super-pink GGI Barbie movies... (It might have been this one.)
Jeremy7 edit delete reply
Jeremy7
Is that the Evil Stick? The infamous dollar store toy featuring evil laughter and a person cutting herself?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I had to google this Evil Stick now...
(The only think that initially came to my mind was the "Deathstick" as an alternate name for the Elder Wand from Harry Potter - you wouldn't want to give that one to a little kid either...)

But after googling: Holy fuck!!

Firstly of course because: Why on Earth was this made and sold!!??

Secondly because the design of that thing is indeed remarkably similar to what I came up with!
Though this may be because I was indeed inspired by wands as seen in "magical girl" animes, wherein you can just tell that they are designed as "toyetic" as possible, in order to sell them as merchandise to little girls...
Jeremy7 edit delete reply
Jeremy7
I am so sorry I made you google that.
I remember finding out about it on Chezburger or something, and it's also on TV Trope's Horrible Toy listing.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Oh, there is no need to feel sorry about making me google that!
I mean, this is oddly fascinating... Per se, but also in a "life imitates art" sort of way.
AmeliaP edit delete reply
AmeliaP
Paint the magic wand blue!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
From a marketing perspective, releasing the "Boy's Edition" would probably be the next logical step...