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GND182 - Entr'acte (Reprise) by Pika-la-Cynique GND182 - Entr'acte (Reprise) by Pika-la-Cynique
(End of the first day of Monster Hunter interviews, like Christine said; Round Two commencing next week.)


Interestingly enough, depsite the Parisian arc and what with all that memory-wiping going on, this is actually Erik and Raoul's first in-comic reunion...

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

Christine, Erik, Vicomte Not-Frequently-Appearing-In-This-Comic deChagny (c) Leroux and Webber

Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder
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I would think she would be flattered.
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LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Erik could always consider Dafoe over Chris.
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Really, Erik was in an impossible situation: not announcing his presence for that call would have amounted to an unjustifiable state of eavesdropping!
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:iconigenlode:
Igenlode Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, the classic duel-of-words -- biting thrusts sheathed in the most civilised and sardonic of courtesies: my favourite Golden Age movie trope :happybounce:   (Even better than the inevitable swashbuckler follow-up, in which the blades come out for real...)

Honours about even here, I feel, messieurs!

Not quite sure what it says that my first reaction to the second panel is to do a double-take at just how short Christine's skirt is :D
Is this her 'interview clothing'? Or am I imagining that she used to wear them longer?
(If this is Erik's perception, he's clearly not in an entirely disinterested state of affection!)

Plus I actually went to the trouble of transcribing Erik's music-thoughts onto the computer (via a thoroughly user-unfriendly mouse-driven interface) in order to play it back and see if I recognised the snippet:   no, not this time :(


Ouch, poor Raoul: not quite the expression (verbal or facial) one would choose to find oneself addressing to one's longstanding rival. Inadvertently sweet-talking Erik has to be one of the more embarrassing situations to get caught up in! (Although he and Christine don't seem to have that many inhibitions where her flatmate is concerned, so maybe it's not quite that sort of fiery embarrassment for them;  as Sarah complains, they're French...)

One thing I've always enjoyed about this strip is that you show a Raoul who is happily confident about Christine's feelings for him, rather than caught in a state of constant angst and inadequacy: it's a great rarity to get to see the 'normal' side of the relationship -- the characters simply sharing their ordinary lives -- for a change. (Not that I'm complaining about the Parisian Arc; though even there, 'do you love me?' wasn't really the issue in question, was it...?)

I see that Raoul has astutely noted the advantages of residing outside the regular cast (i.e. the Fail-Field...) :p

However, given that one gets the distinct impression that it's Christine who is responsible for the absence of wedding-bells, that particular riposte has to hit home!  (Narrative inertia -- after all, it has been an awfully long engagement -- or deeper insecurities? After all, they're basically living in a state of cross-continental matrimony at the moment.)

Death threats -- however, as Raoul observes, hackneyed in Erik's case -- are not the most convincing method of laying claim to mere 'friendship' with the former lady of one's heart... although for the ex-Opera Ghost, this probably is a reasonably genuine form of friendship. It's not such a very far stretch to imagine him promising the same for Sarah, after all (though I'm not certain I can quite do it).

It does occur to me, all the same, that so far as GND canon goes, Raoul looks statistically far more likely to get 'hurt' in that respect than his fiancee does: on their record so far he has been the one to end up bruised, confused and falsely accused Wink/Razz (Which is slightly amusing, given the context of a 'non-bashing' story...)


I wonder if Jareth is missing those old opportunities for getting his flatmate out of the way by sending him off on wild-de-Chagny-hunts to the yacht club etc?
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
- Ah yess. I loves it too, though the day I can come up with lines as sparklingly vicious as, say, 'Singing in the Rain's Don's put-downs of Lina, I shall be one happy writer indeed.

- Goodness, it's pleasant and refreshing to read some E/C/R meta. I try to do fairly by them though it's no secret my OTP is the glittery one. You seem to have caught on to most everything that I put in here for the catching... Sorry, I can't recall the musical snippet for you, though.

- besides narrative inertia, Christine has a thesis to finish before planning a wedding, for in-universe logic; in a more meta-savvy way, she now has the niggling worry that when they are in fact married, the 'Love Never Dies' storyline would be that much closer to kicking in...

- As has been pointed out, in the recent arc where Raoul gets the missing info and Deals With It, his character development has come at the cost of one humourously lost and befuddled character reacting to the Building's immense weirdness, and given me just another blasť snarker. It's still got novelty value at present; we'll see how that goes...
But then again - Christine does point out in that Rooftop incident that "this [getting taken hostage to sway her] just tends to happen to him, it's kinda cute really". I think there will always be caps to Raoul's crisis-solving aptitudes, and something of a seesaw balance with Christine about who gets put in distress and who does the badass rescuing at a given time, which seems a reasonable conclusion to draw from their canon, now Raoul has dropped the sneering aristo act and they are a refreshingly rare non-power-game-y couple (except whenever it amuses me to cause much-begrudged admiration for him from upset phangirls.)

- oh, how characterization - and status quo - doth march on...
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
"As has been pointed out in the recent arc"... 
*jumps up and down in the front row with hand waving in the air*  That was me! :shout:
 
But of course I'm still running 20-30 episodes behind any current character developments...

Yes, I grinned at the nod to Raoul's propensity for getting used as a damsel-in-distress :D  And it is rather sweet (unless you're a Manly Man fanatic -- but then, I liked Louis Hayward versus George Sanders, though Sanders is ultimately the making of the film given the vital importance of a good villain...)

The equal power-balance in that particular couple (and lack of gaming) is very refreshing, although from a meta point of view I suppose it only works for either 'background'/guest characters, or else for a pair teamed against an external challenge: otherwise no tension/conflict = no plot.

Upset Phangirls scare me stiff :( 
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh. Well, good analysis, and again, on that "stable couples don't drive plot" remark. :cookie:
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I've been writing E/C/R pretty much solidly for the last few months (though I mainly tackle R/C: I don't feel I've really got a handle on the Phantom's thought processes), so my head is buzzing with 'meta' at the moment -- nice to have a legitimate outlet for it :-) And as I've just been writing Raoul-sympathetic "Love Never Dies" (it needs to be done by someone...) it's involved quite a lot of head-canon about how that marriage would actually work in practice (or could be made to work again, after undergoing ALW's attentions).

And so having now finished researching Surinam and the Hamburg-Amerika Linie in 1907, I've embarked on a course of Paris circa 1940... because I've still got your story idea nibbling away at the corners of my mind, and I'm still totally unqualified to write it... Unfortunately what's really wanted for this one is less the modern "The Sorrow and the Pity" line and more the de-Gaulle era Resistance mythology -- I need to print the legend, not the facts -- and I suspect it may prove hard to come by: what I need is a Jeffery Farnol/Rafael Sabatini equivalent. And I'm very aware that this sort of thing is politically fraught :(  Also, coming by detail on the collaboration side of it is likely to be tricky... I suspect I'm going to end up with some kind of cross-fertilisation from Arsene Lupin and the likes of Louis Hayward in "The Son of Monte Cristo", etc.

Part of the problem is that instead of having a plotline and researching setting, you effectively have a setting and need to research plot tropes for it!
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oooh, you think you might actually write that??! Thanks for taking a demanding plotbunny to a good home!
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well, I'm doing some 'research', and now have more idea what the city was like *before* the war...

I wonder if Dennis Wheatley's Gregory Sallust WW2 spy stories would be any use? Pulpy enough, and the right era. "V for Vengeance" is supposed to be in store somewhere.
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Crazykitty2222 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BUSTED!
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NikiMaweird Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Hurt her feelings and I will hunt you down and kill you." Erik sounds like a protective older brother. :D
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
And/or a lapsing former murderer...?
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NikiMaweird Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And a lasping former muderer.
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ArsGratiaAmoris Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Awh. :'(
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Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I wonder... was Christine doing research on the possible interviewees? Expecting a call from Raoul? Planning a movie-night-out with Sarah? (or, you know, checking messages and working on updating her class notes and responsible stuff like that?)
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Eh... any of those works.
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PhantomGirl Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I think it's sweet he's saying "You hurt her, you die." He's like a protective older brother.
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TheDiva1977 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Ooh, burn!

Not that I wouldn't mind seeing Erik having a legitimate reason to go Papa Wolf for Christine (and/or Mag), just 'cause it allows him to put his insanely violent tendencies to good use for a change...
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AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Writer
Can I get a "le busted" over here?!
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Winnyao Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
erik: EEEK!!
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Disgaeagirl565 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
oh hohohohohohohoohhohoh :iconheplz:
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OrangeHuskie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
XD
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LaLadayCavalier Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist
OMIGEEEERSH!!! 0o0 DUDE, PLEEEEEEASE tell me who Erik is courting? I cannot remember at all.
AT ALL. OOOH, the angst if it! X3X
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Blind Mag. Go back to re-read "Incongruous" for her introduction in GND, she's been in Roommates a bit longer.
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LaLadayCavalier Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh, right. Actually, I remembered just after I sent that. ^-^" But thank you anyway.
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RomanceFreak Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was WONDERING when Moiseure Raoul and Erik were going to clash... :giggle:
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AmbreeChristineSkye Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
How do you make a mask have expressions and not look wrong?! :heart: This comic is so awesome!
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PastMisfortunes Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
By "someone new," do they mean Mag? Squee~!
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Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
(Typo alert... the spelling of our beloved soprano's name in the credits appears to be missing an "r")

Another fan of Erik's facial expression(s) in this. I especially enjoy Christine's double-take about the keys.
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fixed that, ta.
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Erik's face. Awwww. I feel so sorry for him here! But both of them need to sort of have a friendly talk one of these days. XDD this one's awesome!
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madis-hartte Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Erik . . . :XD:
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autumnsprings Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Can I just give Erik a hug?
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Perigwen-f0ab Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Erik deserves so many hugs... His life has been way too hard!
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missrotem Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
o.o;;;
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Tainted-Peaches Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Writer
I have to say I enjoyed their taunting. Poor Erik.
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Maroon-Kitten Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Lmao. ah, thank you Pika. I've stayed up giggling myself silly for thirty more minutes than I promised myself. And, in the book, Raoul was a fop. But in the book, the phantom was a lecherous murderous bastard with no redeemable qualities and Christine was an annoying waif. So.............. Yeah. Lol, I'm pretty sure it must get quite confusing for the PtO cast sometimes. *snicker* I wonder if they've asked Az to help them with an exorcism if the multiple reality demons start harping too bad?

Thank you for the laugh. This semester has been intense! If ever near, I owe you at the very least some pants hemming for the entertainment! XD
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nothing personal about the rant, sorry.

It's just been waiting to come out for a while, and this was a convenient post to hook it onto...
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So many people seem to write words to the effect if "but if you read the BOOK, Raoul is a fop!"

Given that Raoul is in fact the main viewpoint character for large chunks of the book -- he is in fact the Dr-Watson reader-substitute figure for this particular mystery/thriller, which in fourth-wall terms is why Christine won't tell him anything: the author is trying to keep the readers in the dark -- it would be extremely obvious if he were a fop: we get to know everything he is thinking. He gives absolutely no sign of it whatsoever.

You might, with a bit of extrapolation, make out big brother Philippe to be a fop, although I don't think there's really any suggestion of that either...

If you read the book -- in any decent translation at least, which tends to exclude the out-of-copyright 1900s version which was massively abridged, losing among other things large chunks of Raoul's character and background development -- what you get is a portrait of a boy undergoing the agonies and humiliations of first love while having the misfortune to be mixed up in a bewildering and ultimately lethal kidnap plot. He is not a coward, he is not stupid (unless you count a certain recklessness towards his own welfare expressed in exploits like climbing out of a bedroom window -- presumably in his nightshirt -- to chase after Christine through a snowy churchyard, and nearly dying of hypothermia as a result!) and he is, in fact, quite right about the Angel of Music.

Raoul may be sensitive and musical, he may have about as much sexual and emotional experience as a modern fourteen-year-old, he may be in love with Christine and have shared her childhood fascination with  fantastic stories, but he doesn't believe in ghosts and has a pretty shrewd idea that mysterious male voices who tell young girls that they are angels are probably very human and are acting with ulterior motives in mind... and if Christine or Madame Valerius had believed him when he tried to tell them this, a lot of death and suffering might have been avoided :-(
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LadyMGreystone Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
dun dun dunnnnnn.... oh dear. The OG's put his foot in it quite well, hasn't he?
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FadingStarlights Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I read all of these in one go and am now rereading most of them because they are so good! Please make more soon!!!
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Juhux Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012   Writer
HA! Considering how much has gone on I find it hilarious that this is there first in comic reunion. I like how Erik played the threatening concerned friend card here. Even though Christine was less than impressed I totally had a d'aww moment. Leave it to Sarah to forget her keys. Gotta be honest, I keep expecting Sarah's parents to visit. XD
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Vivid-Vivo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH GOSH!! I. Just. DIED. LAUGHING!!! :rofl:
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GingerDarkness Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Aw, come on! Raoul was doing some baiting of his own as well!!

Maybe because I've *seen* Erik trying to redeem himself, but I really think Raoul is being kind of a dick here...

Also, is the lady he's referring to Blind Mag?

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I'm Gonna Kick It Up A Notch!

"Just love me. Fear me. Do as I say and I shall be your slave!" - Jareth, Goblin King

"i haz a doobyus." Gip, Goblin of GND, by :iconpika-la-cynique:

~You alone can make my song take flight...~ - Erik, Phantom of the Opera
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DeiPie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I pretty much love this, :D.
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teardowndoors Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
i do so adore Erik
my hopes for him and Christine will never be dashed
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hawthorne-cat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
as much as I prefer Eric... i have to agree with Raoul's
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Eliza-Aacher Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
His face when he see's it's Raoul... :rofl:
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MariePhotography Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
I have to say that my day was spent well reading your comic! I wish there was more but I'll be grateful that you are still currently working on it. :D I love your art/style. Thank you for all your hard work!! :) You're doing a great job!
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