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GND205 - Not-Pocket Monsters by Pika-la-Cynique GND205 - Not-Pocket Monsters by Pika-la-Cynique
In which Toby devises quite a cunning plan to get what he needs to hang out with the cool kids and their mons.

(Step one, distract Karen/keep her busy. Step two, acquire address and phone book from mum's strictly out-of-bounds study. Step three, find Sarah's number, backing up hesitant 5-year-old reading skills with a birthday card signed by sister to compare letters and identify her name. Step four, make call to cool big sis in secret from mum who doesn't like you talking about monsters and goblins. Result: Get to borrow cool big sis' giant shaggy monster friend to show other kids on the playground.)

(Yeahh. I had a late, and a bit of a hurry.)

One possible plot point to take away from all this: Ludo won't be around for the girls' Labyrinth run.


Oh gosh so many credits.
Any recognizable creature or character featured here not mine.

Toby, Ludo, Sarah, Karen, Merlin the sheepdog [from 'Labyrinth'] (c) Lucas, Froud, Henson; Connelly&Bowie
Kipper and Sarge are mine
Totoro and Mei ['Tonari no Totoro'] (c) Ghibli
Sully and Boo ['Monsters Inc'] (c) Pixar
Lilo and Stitch (c) Disney and Chris Sanders
Calvin and Hobbes (c) Bill Watterson
Max and a Wild Thing (c) Maurice Sendak
Bastian Balthazar Bux and Falkor from 'The Neverending Story' originally by Michael Ende.
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CaseMayday Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
*squeee* I love the monster club!!!!
CroonerLover Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
*girly squeel coz I can't imagine appropriately-lettered onomatopoeia for that*  I nearly flipped when I saw Falcor!
DrawingIsLikeDancing Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist
*squeeeaaaaalllll!!!!!!!!!!!!* to... many... references.... that i absolutely ADORE!!!! <3<3<3<3
Alys18 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Hahaha! Best party ever!
nightcrawlerfan19 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh, this is brilliant. This is utterly brilliant.
DoodlebugQT Featured By Owner Edited Jan 23, 2015
How is Calvin allowed membership and Lilo isn't? She's got a badass, blue alien Frankenstien that can benchpress twelve elephants and he's got a stuffed animal that's only alive in his imagination. Stitch should kick his ass for her.
Stitch Tiger Punch? 
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
Calvin's got those junior sexist ideas going on.
Why do you think Hobbes is in his toy form? He has no desire to fight it out!
Bookwormgal Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
She's a girl and boys think that all girls have cooties and are weird at that age.
DoodlebugQT Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
He seems to be the only boy that really has a problem with it. I bet if she asked the others, they'd let her join with no complaints. After all, Mae and Boo have seriously cool monster gardians, too. Calvin's the real oddball. Everyone has amazing monster buddies and he's only got stitches and stuffing.
Bookwormgal Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Calvin's got a reputation of not getting along with girls. Just look at his comics. But yeah, some of the other kids would probably love to have her and her alien experiment join. Of course, Hobbes is neat in his own way. Most people just can't see him the way that Calvin does, though.
TheSidhe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Just had a bit of a thunk: did Mei and Totoro arrive via catbus? If they did, that would have easily sent Mei's coolness level straight through the roof, methinks!
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Haha. Imagine if the schoolbus for all these kindergarteners is in fact a disguised-to-adults Catbus....? :3
TheSidhe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
If that was the case, nobody would want to avoid school! ;-)
TheSidhe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
So many iconic fantasy creatures, including my favourite, Totoro! And vea, I could easily see Totoro enjoying a slippery-slide.
DoodlebugQT Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Yay! Monster club for kiddies!
Miko-The-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see Hobbes.
Moonstone27 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014   General Artist
I feel I should had seen this crossover coming XD. Ah well, I loveeeee this page though:la::la::D! Brings me so much nostalgia! 
5th--Dimension Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
I really would like to see a spin-off story with the monsters club.
TheSidhe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Sentiment seconded!
that is so cute!
Kyuohki Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, I have a feeling that Calvin and Lilo would get along rather well (after the initial fight, of course...)
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, me too.
LaLadayCavalier Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist
HOHMAHGERSH HERBERBLE FLURBE Ahhhhh there's Totoro and Mei and Lilo and Stitch and Hobbes and Calvin and *swoons*
:retarded-clap:  Mind. Blown.
And kudos on aaaall the proper copywriting you do. Did. Done. Well done, Mlle. Pika. Well done.
DarkHoodAssassins Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this ! ^^
ghoulsville Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
;w; suuuch an adorable addition to the crossover-sphere!
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Nickelodeon needs to make a cameo and fast.
Sirifel Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
eeeeeee Falkor and Bastian~!

that is all.
Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Calvin and Hobbes! :heart: And Totoro!
Igenlode Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Finally got "Labyrinth" on a couple of days' hire from a distant library, for the princely sum of one pound ten pence... so now I'm free to continue on with the Lovegood and Williams expedition for their return trip!

And now I finally understand the meaning of "call rocks" here...  I was also very surprised to discover that Ludo is actually bipedal, an element which somehow I'd never grasped. (And your Toby succeeds in looking amazingly like the baby in the film, which I wouldn't have thought a possible achievement given a child of that age :D)

I'm afraid I didn't manage to notice any glitter-poofing (or even any glitter to speak of) in the film, which may be due to the quality of the home video recording (I think someone else mentioned this); I also missed out on the astonishing Package and the tight trousers -- in fact, the Goblin King seemed to be shown from the waist upwards most of the times that I noticed, presumably not due to censorship -- although this may have been a consequence of lack of the appropriate hormone flow ;) Either that, or I was mesmerised by the eyebrows...

I liked it. After the fandom build-up, I did expect the whole "my will is as strong as yours and my kingdom as great" declaration to be, well, bigger -- it's almost stumbled through -- but from the very first scenes it's clear that it's a clever, economic script (look at the amount of backstory that's conveyed in that one brief scene with the parents), and as 1980s fantasy movies go it's a lot less unconvincing than most, possibly because it's not trying to do the whole Ye Olde Muddy Peasant Realism thing. (I blame Monty Python for that particular trope.)

And I particularly liked the way that the film didn't go for the moral that it looked as if it was inevitably preparing to deliver to the target audience -- that we all have to grow up and stop clinging to fantasy and childish things. Instead of ending on Sarah giving away her toys and shutting her old treasures in a drawer to welcome her parents back home, it chooses to climax with a wild fantastical party :D

The amount of love and labour that went into the puppetry, as discussed in the Making Of documentary that accompanied the film, I found painfully poignant, given the way that people just throw computer simulations at that sort of effect today. Ironically the only actual 'greenscreen' effect -- the Fireys -- was the only one (save for the owl in the titles) that came out looking fake; the version shot against black velvet looks better than the composite with the background put in.
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I gather there is some sad factoid to the effect that Jim Henson died with 'Labyrinth' having been a bit of a flop in cinemas and generally misunderappreciated/sniggered at, and never got to see the cult fandom that grew up around it. But it was definitely a labour of love - both the world-building and the pretty damn clever psychology tropes/female initiation quest stuff.

Also that wonderful "eh, some fantasy is fine and dandy even when you grow up" moral is a lovely implicit approval of most fanfiction sequels, I tend to think. Because yes, Jareth is a selfish bad boy and the wrong choice and the tempting villain to be overcome. But then again, an older level-headed Sarah confident in her own power and sexuality is also totally allowed to have some fantasies as well.... ;)
Colanah Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I went 'D'awwwwww!' aloud at 6am.  Kudos!
Emalthya Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Jeal-ous as heck.

WHo was the argument with? 'No girls' 'Stupidhead'? I can't bully my brain into understanding...
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Calvin and Lilo. Could be clearer, sorry.
Emalthya Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yay now my brain understands! TYVM!
count-her-culture Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful, just wonderful! I love that you brought in Falkor--The Neverending Story is one of my favorite books and films.
Arachnakid Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student General Artist
All the ten-year-old pokemon trainers would rule this club.
HyruleUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

You're a genius. GENIUS
Sylistra-The-Scholar Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This one isn't in my favorites? WHY WAS THIS NOT IN MY FAVORITES. This is probably my favorite solo page. I'm disappointed in myself.
sylph-on-fire Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Squeeing with glee over Stitch!
SylverFire-Lilithe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Crazykitty2222 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stitch I love Stitch now my dear you are my favorite deviant by far!(Acide meself)
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awww! Sarge and Kipper... where's Flurfle? (or whatever his exact name was?) I wonder if Sarah knows that Jareth has instructed / allowed goblins to be around Toby?

*sigh* Definitely a happy sigh in re-reading this one. Thank you.

One more thing that I've noticed develop in your art & story-telling skills: an overall sense of timing and plot-heavy vs light-hearted balance. So often, an otherwise WONDERFUL story is diminished by a lack of this skill... and you, my friend, have grown so much in this area! The overall effect is somewhat mitigated by it being a weekly-ish web-comic, and accessible on the reader's schedule instead of HAVING to read it the instant it's posted (*checks over shoulder to stifle laughter... no... nobody in this audience makes it a point to check for updates by noon the day before... :roll: ). I notice it while I'm doing this re-read.

This... THIS comic is totally awesome, and could have been a one-off, but it is part of the story-arc, and gives us a needed-breather from JS fanticipative overload.
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Flurfle is a sort-of extra Speshul agent and kept for those missions where his unique imitation/voicepiece powers are required.
I'm not sure if Sarah knows about Toby's Goblin bodyguards, though I suspect it's a case where she pretends not to know because it shouldn't be ok but she is kinda relieved Jareth is doing it.

You're very kind, as usual. Honestly, one thing that I have noticed sneak up on me is, well, having a coupla hundred pages behind me and a LOT of people getting very invested in my storyline kinda weighs a bit, and I am more careful about inner continuity (esp. with scrutinizing re-readers like yourself!) and, after getting into a lot of meta-fandom and pop-culture criticisms from a social justice POV, feeling some responsibility not to convey sucky messages. It's a different challenge from the original giggly fizz of comedy one-shots delighting in the absurd potential of Ashe's set-up, but it's pretty fun too. And like I may have mentioned elsewhere, I spend time on this comic that could be more sensibly and profitably invested elsewhere, so doing some good and honing my narrative chops is about the only excuses that hold water.
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Makes sense, both about Flurfle and about Toby and the goblins. Sarah would probably have to admit to herself that she's still worried that some other Other-type beings might be on the look-out to hurt Toby simply because he had been Underground and in Jareth's company for much of that 13-no-10 hour Adventure, and so the goblin presence is as much of a sign to those potential enemies that Toby's not unprotected. (or something)

Not sure if it's any comfort, but I read just about everything as thoroughly, or even moreso. (Some things just aren't worth it.) Yeah... but practice is good. :D I've started telling myself that whenever I sit down to write fanfic stuffs, instead of <insert list of "more productive" things I could be doing>.

And we all much appreciate being the "preview audience" for that honing.
beautifulprince Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
zomg this is perfect 8'D I just love the face-off between LILO and Calvin, my favourite fictional kids of all time!!!
thalle-my-honey Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yay ! totoro and stitch ! :3
theimpracticalgirl Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Best page yet.
ME-inator Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I've been away from this comic for too long.

I just made an audible, high pitched squeal for the first time in months, when I saw Calvin and Hobbes. :squee:

Thank you for this page. Thank you. :love:
Negimafangirl Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
omg all my favorite movies in one place! ^_^ awesome page!
CheeseyBee1 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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