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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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:iconnorthernfox21:
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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:iconlovelyneckbeard:
lovelyneckbeard Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Thank you, glad you like it :).
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WolfPack82 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ah at last people see the good in changlings
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AChangelingOfficer Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  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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:iconlonelynightrain:
lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh...shoot.
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:iconcrystal-leviathan:
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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:iconmysteryezekude:
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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:iconsfaccountant:
SFaccountant Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
"Ponies = Bad"? I thought "Ponies = Food Source"!

This changes everything!
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Royal-Equestrian-AF Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
This comic made me think about how similar changelings are to ponies, in the way of how their militaries are built.  Didn't Princess Celestia have a nationwide program to look for young prodigies of magic to be used to defend Equestria?  In my eyes, Celestia took Twilight Sparkle away from her parents in order to use her as a last-resort defense weapon for Equestria.
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3catsinatreehouse Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Poor dear(gives a forever hug and doesn't let go)Waaaah! Waaaah! Waaaah! 
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lanternjoe Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
I've never liked the hives and drones and hive minds shit. To me, it smacks of that pundit from Starship Troopers.
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:icontheartist3711:
TheArtist3711 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool!
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:icontheferbguy:
TheFerbguy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I keep imagine just making this comic into a short and have it be nearly familiar to Education for Death.
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Kst3xh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
This changes everything :I 
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:iconaeon-silence:
Aeon-Silence Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is sad. It hurts my heart.

Poor kid.sad 
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:iconsazerlite:
SazerLite Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've seen the short film. And this really captures its spirit.
:(
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:iconfrostroo:
FrostRoo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting. I like it.
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ArcticZoroark Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
"...Changeling Kingdom fanon, where changelings are entirely individuals with their own friends, families and children."
That was pretty much my headcannon from the start.

"...
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..."
New headcannon accepted! :D

I like your art style btw.  I almost mistook this for one of IDW's comics!
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Abi-Sain Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
This reminds me of the old cartoon skit 'Education for Death'
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yuuki-takaya Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
exactly what o thought of when i saw this was the nazzi recruitment method. you portray the material perfectly
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
:iconraritysadplz:
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FrostyVixen92252 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
it so sad poor guy. i love the art tho!
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marinus18 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
I love the comic.
I don't see that everybody does the same thing, I actually love the variances in what the changelings are. In some stories they are complete slaves to the hive mind and Chrysalis is the only changeling with a mind of her own. In other stories Chrysalis has a connection to the changelings and can sent messages to them but that's about all of it, the changelings are complete individuals and follow her mental commands out of loyalty. the definition of 'hive' is very varied.
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
I'm glad you like the comic.

I guess my main gripe is really with "they're all the children of Chrysalis" aspect, and which is more often associated with the whole 'hive' thing. Now true, the definition 'hive' does vary from fic to fic, but it's usually the biological connotations that come with the term that makes me have a knee-jerk reaction to it.

Also, please forgive me for not replying yet to your well thought out comments on Maternal Instinct. I've just been very busy working on the next chapter of the story.
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marinus18 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
I can't actually come up with a large story where they are her children. I can think up one where she refers to them as her children but only as an affectionate term.
also the biological reaction varies. But I already explained that.

that's no problem, I'm used to being ignored.
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Scarheart76 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gooooood.
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!!! This looks amazing!!! Wonder if cangeling lives are like this... hope we can now more about it on the next season... :eager: :eager: :eager:
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petersson21 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
a cangeling episode would be awesome
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, right? :D
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
-shivers- This is one of the creepiest Changeling comics I've ever read. I actually like the idea of Changelings being individuals, instead of being a Hive Mind. Also, nice touch with the male Changelings' indoctrination having no pupils, yet pre-indoctrination male Changelings have pupils like the female Changelings.
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antibug5 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Why there eyes lose there colour when they get older? Or is it because of the hair,Chrysalis and the mother still have eye colours(and hair),but in the Recruitment Panel the eyes of the backgound changelings are already blank before the shave? And/Or just the male ones?
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:iconmagicman001:
MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Well, it's really to show their loss of innocence and individuality as they are recruitment/indoctrinated by the state. As for the ones who are already blank eyed before their being shaved, well, like lovelyneckbeard said, he didn't apply gradients...whatever that means.
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:iconlovelyneckbeard:
lovelyneckbeard Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Their eyes loses colour because they've been indoctrinated to fight or something. The mother didn't because she was never indoctrinated. Chrysalis is on a whole other level. The background changelings are like that because I didn't apply gradients.
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antibug5 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Thanks :D that was a fast and good answer^^.
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o0Airheart0o Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
...But he was cute...
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nioniosbbbb Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
I myself support a mix of this. The birth is a mix of gestation and growth outside in an egg. Society is Monarchy with a mix of Mental Empathy Link. The society all in all is built around solidarity and union.
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:iconmagicman001:
MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
I like the idea of a Mental Empathy Link. I also kind of like to see them as isolationist, kind of like Feudal Japan, hence the ponies not having much knowledge about them.
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nioniosbbbb Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
My idea of isolationist may be for different reasons. Would you like in the future for me to link you with my headcanon about this?

Also a personal question... why do you always feel the need to tackle controversial ideas like this? I mean sure it's interesting and all but why? Is it your style of writting? Is it that you prefer or like to view them as controversial beings?
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:iconmagicman001:
MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Perhaps.

Why not tackle ideas like this? I just simply like changelings and love to explore them more as characters
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:iconnioniosbbbb:
nioniosbbbb Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Why not write an adventure fic? I've seen you elusively avoiding the subject...
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:iconmagicman001:
MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Well, because I'm just not into adventures.
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:iconnioniosbbbb:
nioniosbbbb Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Gorefics or something else? How about mystery? Or maybe even romance?
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TickleTron2000 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Wow. I watched that cartoon not too long ago on U-Toob.
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Centaur71 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
I've seen that film on Youtube; with all the Nazi propaganda and hate Idealism, it's REALLY disturbing (not just because I'm part Jewish), and your 'Changling' rendition fairly mirrors it. That's most likely how Queen Chrysalis was forged; from sweet baby to Hellish Regiss...
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AvengedRitsuko Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
....*sighs* Reminds me of my days in the hive before i was banished /U_U\
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:iconmagicman001:
MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Thank you. Though just a sidenote, here it's the Changeling Kingdom, as it says in the notes above.
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:iconavengedritsuko:
AvengedRitsuko Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, the queen herself, banished me, abusively
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Okay, sorry to hear that. Just saying, it's not the "hive" here, rather the "kingdom".
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