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From Cradle To Grave by lovelyneckbeard From Cradle To Grave by lovelyneckbeard
A commission for :iconmagicman001: MagicMan001

Here's his idea:
"Inspired by the 1943 Walt Disney WWII propaganda cartoon, 'Education for Death', this comic follows a changeling from a hatchling through the grim years of regimentation to stallionhood as the imperialistic and militaristic society of the Changeling Kingdom vigorously moulds him into a cold-blooded, ruthless soldier, the role it decided for him to fill since his birth.

It should be noted that this comic doesn't follow the popular hive fanon for changelings, but instead the Changeling Kingdom fanon, where changelings are entirely individuals with their own friends, families and children. Therefore, it should be pointed out that this is set in the actual changeling homeland, instead of the imperial colony they turned the cat land into in the IDW comics.

Now I respect the hive fanon as one of different popular fanons and also respect people's right to adhere to it, sure, but I do feel mildly annoyed how pretty much Everybody does it, to the point where few seem to be willing to try something different, something fresh.

Also, the whole idea with giving civilian changelings more pony-like eyes and manes is kinda my way of wanting to "humanize/ponify" the changelings in a sense. In my headcanon, changeling soldiers' manes are shaved off to make them more aerodynamic in combat when they join the army. The eyes becoming a solid azure is more symbolic, representing the colt's loss of innocence and individual identity which the harsh militarized state effectively wrings out of him and his fellow changelings."


Also, check out the fanfics by MagicMan001
Citizen Weevil: www.fimfiction.net/story/14225…
Maternal Instinct: www.fimfiction.net/story/66500…

Here's a link for the Walt Disney WWII propaganda cartoon "Education for Death"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8bCuN…

Inked version
Changeling Comics Update5 by lovelyneckbeard 
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NorthernFox21 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
This is my first comment on Deviantart and glad its for this one.
I have to say, this is amazingly done, love it. Also being a History Major and having done research and several papers on WWII Propaganda within the USA and Nazi Germany, this strip really does go well with the Propaganda film. Well done. This is something that, if turned into a short animation, would be very very cool! :D This is, primaraly based on the fact of what its trying to show, my utmost favorite item on deviantart. Keep up the great work.
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lovelyneckbeard Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Thank you, glad you like it :).
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WolfPack82 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
Ah at last people see the good in changlings
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AChangelingOfficer Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
Wow this is a very well done comic. I almost miss took it for one of the IDW comics.
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lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh...shoot.
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Crystal-Leviathan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
I love this! I really love :iconmagicman001:'s way of writing the Changeling Kingdom. He does it so masterfully that it just sucks you right into their world as if that was how the writers always intended it to be. Great work on this piece! 
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MysteryEzekude Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm amazed by how well you emulated the art style for the IDW Comics. Plus, I really like how you explored a potentially tragic side of the Changeling race and reflected upon it in both drawing and commentary (e.g. military balding, eye colour change due to desensitization).

Well-planned, well-drawn and well-presented! All in all, a job well done!
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ulriksen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
monster are not born, they are created.
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Wingpeanut Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
So is Education For Death the first animated short to be a horror feature and a first animated feature to made for adults before The Simpsons, Family Guy and South Park?
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SFaccountant Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
"Ponies = Bad"? I thought "Ponies = Food Source"!

This changes everything!
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