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  1. Wow. If my interpretation is right, this is really grim. Clearly daddy doesn’t love them. He is waiting for them to fall off of the roof and die. Come on…come on…

  2. Come on! How could they not have fallen to their death yet?!

    Yeah, grim indeed. What’s this comic, are these established characters?

  3. Oh come on guys 🙂

    Simply we’re to question the safety of the seesaw, but since Dad built it it’s OK.

    Then it’s revealed the kids have put it on the roof, not really a safe place.

    Dad appears to disapprove. (I’m not so sure he put it there himself).

  4. The father does have an angry expression, which could be (charitably) interpreted as disapproval (of something the kids did or are doing), but the expression “come on” indicates impatience. If he was really interested in their well-being, he would be yelling at them to stop and get down off the roof. This is clearly a case of attempted infanticide.

  5. “the expression ‘come on’ indicates impatience.”

    It can also indicate disbelief.

    ” If he was really interested in their well-being, he would be yelling at them to stop and get down off the roof.”

    Unless he’s far enough away that he dpesn’t think they can hear, or he’s worried that yelling at them will startle them and cause the very fall he’d like to prevent.

  6. The ellipses after “Come on…” make it sound to me like impatience or anticipation. As in “Come on, baby, do it.”

  7. “Come on” can also mean “Really? I don’t believe this.” I’m hoping the kids put it up there.

  8. I first thought the morbid explanation, but I’m hoping that he simple built it for them for the yard, and then came home from work and saw where they put it.

  9. I hate to say it, but it looks like the morbid explanation to me. For one thing, there’s the “Daddy loves us” comment. If the kids were ungrateful brats we might not be quite as shocked at the dad’s horrendous act. Plus the first two panels make sure we as the reader see that the toy squeaks and wobbles, indicating that it wasn’t meant to hold up.

  10. I’ve been going through Up and Out (benefits of no longer being a productive member of society) and some of comics are pretty edgy.

  11. “Up and Out doesn’t have recurring characters until Julia starts doing autobio comics.”

    And there are a the occasional recurring characters. Besides authorial inserts from both Jeremy and Julia days in the regular comics, there’s the “fat demon”, the professor that teaches bad lessons to the kid, and the masked kidnappers. Also Willy Wonka.

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