This is quite possibly the meanest strip I’ve done.  I assure you I’m not indifferent to child labor.  I think it’s totally evil.  That’s also why I think this strip is funny.

The first (and only) time I heard child labor humor was in a Flight Of The Conchords song called “Think About It“… The line starts condemning child labor but then switches to condemning the prices of the sneakers they make… “Why we still payin’ so much for sneakers when you got them made by little slave kids?  What is your overhead?”

It’s cruel and funny at the same time.

So now I’m taking a crack at it.  I hope it’s as funny as FOC.  If it isn’t, maybe I should set this strip to music. *shrug*

For the record, This strip was based on an actual conversation in our house. Luna kept standing on a pool ring.  I kept telling her not to or it would pop.

Kate said, “Whatever.  It only cost a buck.”

I jokingly said, “Hey, some little slave kid worked really hard on that!”

Kate replied, “Then HIS parents can deal with her.”

Then we both realized the conversation could be comic strip material. Sometimes that’s how it happens.

I came up with a few variations.  The first starting with the kid showing his Chinese warrior father a picture of Luna standing on the tube.  The father pulling his sword out as if preparing to “do something about it”.

The second had the kid showing LUNA the picture, but Luna was gagged, tied up, and suspended from a rope.  Clearly kidnapped. Ominous angry silhouettes of the parents were behind the kid, glaring at Luna for her insensitivity to their slave child.

Neither one of those versions made sense.  A slave kid with parents who care is an oxymoron.  Plus it was kinda harsh on Luna. I opted instead to focus on sympathy for the slave kid.

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