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GND134 - Buckets of angst by Pika-la-Cynique GND134 - Buckets of angst by Pika-la-Cynique
... and red paint.

Yeah... somehow I couldn't get the boys to have a fraternal heart-to-heart to echo the girls'...

For those who like to imagine behind-the-scenes shenanigans, and enjoy a tight sense of causality, it's entirely possible that the boys overheard last week's chitchat between Chris and Sarah, and Jareth was probably a little bit stung and envious of the ultimately trusting rapport between Christine and Erik... and decided to stir the pot, just for the evulz.

:iconalexandradawe: suggested to me some time ago that the Goblin King would definitely be a fan of Takeshi's Castle ( this [link] sort of thing). I totally agree.

This was another last-minute inspiration episode - the current situation is quite the goldmine for just letting the characters play themselves out...


This is a work of fanart and solely intended for shits and giggles and vicarious fangirl thrills. Not mine, not making money from it.

Jareth (c) Lucas, Froud, Henson; Connelly and Bowie
Christine and Erik (c) Leroux and Webber

Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder
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Alys18 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Wow, that was pretty evil of Jareth.  Poor Christine probably had some terrible flashbacks.
Moonstone27 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014   General Artist
This is just a guess but I'm also thinking Jareth probably watched Carrie before, lol
Jareth was, is, & will always be a big, spoiled child
MissMcGuire Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
This whole not enough villain/not enough man dichotomy seems to be a huge issue with Jareth...we've seen this multiple times. Being wholely good or bad seems to be hard for him. 
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well I don't get quite so deep into the meta as Roommates, but his problem is as simple as it is cruel. He is, as a fictional character, created to be the villain to Sarah's tale. But he is in love with her. And villains don't get the girl.
What he is and what he wants are at odds.
MissMcGuire Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
So with the whole ballroom story arc, he's trying to create a story in which he *isn't* the villain and is thereby able to be with Sarah?
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Place your bets....?
Mizuki-chu Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Do you know any Japanese? Your hiragana look much nicer than your typical copied-by-looking Japanese handwriting.
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
To my great shame, in the intervening...10 years now, yegods and little fishies - I have forgotten most of what I knew, but yeah, I actually studied Japanese for 3-4 years at uni and went out there one summer, used to have basic conversational level.

Nice detail-spotting!
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That was deep, even for you.
Still heartfelt though. Jareth!Lolz ftw.
Springcloud Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah, the return(?) of the tape! Is the Pale Man still in their kitchen with Gaga?
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Gaga left him for Judas without even giving him her te-te-te-telephone number, but Pale Man is still there.
Emalthya Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*Rolls around laughing at Takeshi's castle* I can totally see why he'd love that show! I mean, here are people actually TRIGGERING the elaborate traps he sets up in the Labyrinth, which sarah just... negates... through the power of friendship (and looking pouty). Also bribery.

I do like Jareth's line about not being able to fix it. In my experience, when you cry, (to use an unforgivable generalisation) men want you to go away until you've stopped, whether it's because of them or something else you might want a hug for. Then again, when I was thinking about it, it's in (to use another unforgivable generalisation) their DNA to want to fix things, so I see where he put them together. Must have more thinks about this...
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Not that it excuses any such behaviour, but I recall reading some SCIENCE! article to the effect that there really is some trace natural chemical in [women's? not sure] tears that makes males uneasy and is the anti-sexy. Like, obviously not in anyway overpowering, but a subtle influencer. Whatevs.

And again, yes, generally speaking, women are socialized to talk about what's bothering them and can find some measure of solace in the simple fact of sharing upsets with sympathetic listeners, whereas men have more of a pragmatic "this problem is being voiced how can it be fixed" response, and cue all the 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus'-type misunderstandings and frustrations.

Eh, it does Jareth good to poke at the bruise from this emotional uppercut.
Emalthya Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I read that article as well! They used vials of tears and vials of tapwater and the tears were from women watching a sad part in a film. And after that, the men's libido levels went down.

Well... Jareth is so well armoured- whether form actual smexy armour or STABBY RANDOM PROJECTIONS FROM HIS CLOTHING- that it is good for him to have a bruise to poke at. It could always be worse. There's a dude who took too much viagra and had to have his penis removed. It could ALWAYS be worse.
DaEvilKitty Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013

I must admit, when Jareth says “I’m not man enough to fix it”, I wonder if he’s using that phrase in the ways we mere humans would mean, or if he is referring to the fact that he’s not human enough. (I highly doubt it’s the latter, but the thought cropped up and demanded to be shared. >>)

Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Y'know, there's a wee bit of both, I'd think. What's the right word to use as an opposite for 'villain', in this context?
Irrissa-cicero Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

"I made Sarah cry. And I'm not villain enough to enjoy it, and I'm not man enough to fix it." Yeah, well now you made me cry too!

Crazykitty2222 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Erik watch where your going!
NikiMaweird Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jareth you are...god damn! I don't have any fitting words for him anymore! Argh!
Goddessa39 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Lol. Maybe she will learn not to help Jareth after all.
Kyndsie Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
and... I really like how Jareth's speech bubbles went from fairly standard, to self-loathing villainous grey to I'd-be-nearly-pitch-black-but-then-nobody-could-read-them in such a short time. And then back to bog-standard as he's brushing of Erik's attempts to help.

I'm also curious about the picture on the wall that we see in the 3rd line, first panel. What is it of?
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think it was intended to be a Persian engraving, a depiction of a palace. One of Erik's...
thalle-my-honey Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yay ! takeshi's Castle !^^
SynesetheticSymptom Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Google translate seems to think that Erik is speaking he speaking some interesting dialect of French? *knows next to nothing about the subject but finds it interesting*
I totally thought the "teeter" was referring to Erik's emotions on whether manly feels-sharing was in order. Then I read the next panel. Well done.
Sorry for spamming your inbox--I didn't have an account when I read most of these, and procrastination is a bitch.
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
No, that was fairly standard afaik...
No prob. Comments are nice!
etile Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
heh hehe I love Jareth
AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Writer
I knew it was paint, even when I saw this in the webshow, but seriously Jareth! Stop moping and ragging on your roommate, though it is fun to watch Erik squirm here. :blush::stab::no: I should cut out my tongue just for saying that. Notice my username.
OrangeHuskie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
lol XD
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
LOVING the development of Jareth from before this, through this, to the most recent ep #211 here: [link]

PLUS the drawing of his moods... simply beautiful! This arc is possibly an illustration of Jareth battling his Fae nature / training.
LadyDesmoria Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Erik, be grateful its only glitter. Howl slimes it up and its hard to clean up, much harder than glitter.
Tujima Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That panel....I made Sara cry...

So many feels
Ebonlake Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Gah! More aaaaaaaangst.
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
I can't tell if you're enjoying or not. :D
Ebonlake Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
I'm enjoying it a lot actually.
It's just-
My gosh!
You are making me ship Jareth and Sarah.
Well, now I DO ship them.
I just saw Labyrinth this summer and I told myself I wouldn't ship it.
And now I am shipping it (Because it's a freaking perfect ship)
And I love angst (Moffat fans kind of have to to survive)
Blather blather blather
Anyways, your comics are freaking perfect.
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am such a pusher of glitter and JS feels.
Ebonlake Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
*Crawls back from being dead to hand a flower*
deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You drew his angst beautifully
LilyWinterwood Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
PastMisfortunes Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
selena-lenoir Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
BWAHAHAHA! Yeeeeeees! xD
killeraardvark Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
bad jareth that was mean
fateavernicus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i swore his step uncle neuron nougami had a part in this.
Tiffs-is-my-name Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Stop being so petty! (Even if it is funny...)
yokogreyword Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
EVERYONE is a fan of Takeshi's Castle. Man that show is the BOMB.
TheBasketKid Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Takeshi's Castle? I used to love that show. The original, non-dub version.
I was a sad, Japan-obsessed child.
wheeze86 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
aww i feel bad for jareth....
Sylistra-The-Scholar Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I just now realized something and I feel derpy that it took so long to register.

Jareth's collar is not only dramatic and thematic for his ominous glowering, but it serves as a noose deterrent. Form and Function, oh Jareth, you master of melodrama, you.
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
AteMozzarella Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh Jareth.
This dark humor reaction to Erik fail does not suit you!
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