Comic 331 - And who is Tinker Bell then?
9th Jul 2018, 12:00 AM in Parabellum
And who is Tinker Bell then?
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
It seems that even today Camilla is still trying to recruit new crew members exactly the same way...

Also, I imagine that Seamus didn't go all King Midas with the philosopher's stone, turning every iron object into gold that he could find. He rather only used it in small but financially effective dosages. But Camilla was smart enough to notice the discrepancies...

Seamus O'Donnel is sort of a combination of two different ideas:

Firstly, I have wanted to introduce a McDonald's parody called O'Donnel's (with a giant O as logo) for a long time.
The only time I would have had the opportunity so far, I decided to give preference to Autumn Bay's Spiffee Burger instead. (Perhaps O'Donnel's and Spiffee Burger have a rivalry like McDonald's and Burger King...?)

Secondly, the comments below the first published picture of Samuel Goldberg got me thinking...
Seamus is therefore also sort of an older version of Sam, who found the life as pirate to be so horrendous that he eventually deserted.

(BTW, I said earlier that Seamus is is completely fictional. But strictly speaking, one could see him as the "Cryptida-verse" equivalent to Richard and Maurice McDonald of course.)
User comments:
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Did he use it to get immortality (for himself or his burger chain)?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I see (my comic's version of) the philosopher's stone more like an "get extra money" cheat in a video game.
He used it to create some gold whenever he needed liquid assets that he couldn't get otherwise in an acceptably risk-free way. Therefore e.g. he never had to take up a loan, or fell in debt, or whatever pitfalls running a business may usually have.
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
I figured it could also transmute base metals into gold, but the idea of a burger chain being magically immortal explains a lot. (And also made me laugh).
Chippewa Ghost edit delete reply
Chippewa Ghost
@Raptor Ha ha ha "extra gold" it's such a mundane use for such an extranormal item that I'd probably never think to use it that way!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Oh, there is an even more mundane (though nevertheless awesome, or at least I hope so) use for the stone coming up soon... ;-)
MST3KFan edit delete reply
MST3KFan
So all her pirate crew are orphaned kids she took in?

I guess it's easier to manipulate kids into working for you than adults sometimes. Though you'd think in the modern day it would be harder.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
A large chunk of her crew are orphans (and in general kids coming from sub-optimal life situations), but not everyone. Aino for example was already old enough to have fought in a war, before she joined the crew.

I imagine Camilla pitches the pirate's life to them like a used-car salesman - and many kids may not yet be experienced enough to see through the ruse...
Chippewa Ghost edit delete reply
Chippewa Ghost
Sometimes on the forums I feel like I'm Captain Hook...

And well, we all know who the gator is.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Ha! :-D

At first I noticed the parallels between Camilla and Peter Pan: A person who keeps being eternally young shanghais invites kids to a life full of adventure...
And then I remembered that the Peter Pan story does have a pirate character...
AmeliaP edit delete reply
AmeliaP
Jaysus XD Oh the Irish accent!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I actually had to do some rechearch to find an Irish expression of shocked surprise that would be appropriate here. :-)