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GND212 - Chick[en] Magnet by Pika-la-Cynique GND212 - Chick[en] Magnet by Pika-la-Cynique
(first GND of 2013, wh00t!)

A bit of a miscalculation/Sod's Law there, Sarah....

Once again *LouisaGallie comes through with an awesome colour job on a short deadline.


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

Sarah, Sir Didymus&Ambrosius, the Wise Man and his Hat, glittery sets [Labyrinth] (c) Lucas, Froud, Henson; Connelly&Bowie
Luna Lovegood [Harry Potter] (c) JKRowling and WB
Vicious Chicken of Bristol [Monty Python ObRef]

Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder
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CaseMayday Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Excellent coloring on that last panel. Plus I love the "dunce cap" title for the stupid hat bird.
DrawingIsLikeDancing Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist
and the frying pan is back in buisness!!! :D <3
Moonstone27 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014   General Artist
I bet if the Goblin kingdom got cable, the chickens probably saw the Birds for inspiration:lol:
writerwright Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
The chicken of Bristol!? HA! Yes!
Otaku-Artisan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Lol it's like the Cucco's Revenge Squad fro the Zelda games all over again!
only Sarah can look badass when up against chickens.
NightShadow13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
I love how fucking serious the Rebellion is. It's Chickens. Ah, the Chicken of Bristol...I hope he has a West Country Accent.
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Things just got interesting.
shorewall Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
I wholly love the chicken hat.  I love how he is annoying, I love how he gets silenced, I love how he is now in over his head with danger, and maybe thinking a boring chess game is not so bad.  Some reversal eh?  (I also love your expressions.  Sarah's face when desiring non-pg swears and chicken hat's in the last panel.)

Also, Luna could've silenced him any time?  She proves this by taking no time to think when she needs to cast the silencio spell, but that means she forbore silencing him before, even as HE WAS SINGING THE SONG THAT NEVER ENDS!  Thus showing her patience for such tomfoolery and further proving why my adoration of your portrayal of her is so justified.  (I have seen much in fandom that makes me like her character, which makes me wonder why I didn't appreciate her more in the books.  I guess I was just focusing on the main story too much, but I would like to go back and read them with my Luna goggles on.  :))
Igenlode Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So, just drop the pendant down your jumper, Sarah! (And access your mysterious latent powers into the bargain... though it's probably a bit late for the cover-up where the chickens are concerned...)

Luna is more than a match for the Hat :D

'Chickensign' is... deliberate communication patterans/tree blazes left by the chickens, rather than inadvertent stray scratchmarks/feathers? (I'm guessing from the high-up position of the black feather and what look like deliberate scores on the tree-bark...)
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Toooo laaaate.... :D

Yep, Chickensign is guerilla communications.
Mizuki-chu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Also, IT'S ALL SO SPARKLY!!!! >.</ <3
Mizuki-chu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Luna has just solved the biggest problem with that Hat! :)
Irrissa-cicero Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Woah. (un)Holy chickens... 
Crazykitty2222 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Evil Chickens the best evil!
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
... in which Sarah's bag is revealed to contain ONLY the frying pan!

I like how Sarah's hair now is neither precisely up or down, but simply Adventurous. And her expression when she lacks a PG-swear word. I suppose that invoking a reference to the Bog WHILE Underground AND wearing The Amulet would be unwise. :D
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
I never got to develop it as planned, but Luna magicked both their bags with the Bag of Holding spells perfected by Hermione. Sarah had packed with many precautions, including a change of clothes that Jareth later magically pre-empts.

(Kinda wish I had been more consistent with the "Sarah can't swear properly" gag - she gets some bleeped out F**ks in early pages...)
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That totally makes sense! I saw the bag left dangling in Sarah's hand, and thought (somehow) that it was only for the frying pan. Your explanation totally makes more sense!

You could just say that the bleeps happened to Sarah in-comic, so even when she tries to say something beyond her rating, she can't, so she's just given it up. :D
Greeds-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
The Chicken of Bristol, oh how I love Monty Python references <3
TheDiva1977 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
WE HAVE CHICKENSIGN!!! *door sequence*

No? Just me, then? Okay.
13stepping Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
when will there be more?
AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student Writer
So that's what happened to all the chickens Erik brought into the apartment. Where's Graverobber to narrate ominously when you need him? Leggy's out of commission, so I went with the next best available option.
TheBasketKid Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013

It seems that our pair have fallen aFOWL of the rebels, non? (instantly hates self for making that godawful pun)
ldycaillean Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
That last panel is simply perfect! :)
molly798465 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist
can i say just one thing? I love that "hat(?)" bird thingy, that Luna is wearing in the last panel.
JosetaFugeta Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I think we need The Great Gonzo to appear and at least bring some peace to these chickens. :D
PrincessEmarelda Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
CHICKENS! Wait - Where is Rosalinda?
J-m-T Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I've been trying to comment on these pages for weeks now, but work keeps me so busy that by the time I have the time a new page appears and I get hit with all these fresh feelings D=

ANYWAY. Been really liking this arc! The previous page made me so very happy. I love Erik. I really want an entire page where all nice things happen to him because he's earned a bunch of nice happenings, like just forty panels of Erik playing on his piano and eating sweets and turning into the Fat-om of the Opera.

I like that Jareth sought Erik out even more than that though, because while the color and return to labyrinth wanderings have been really fun to watch, 'BUT WHAT IS JARETH DOING?' has been keeping me from enjoying it all entirely worry free. So it was nice to see what Jareth was up to in the interval. His struggling makes me buy that it's not all an act, and maybe he really does want what he wants for the right reasons. If he didn't care about her being happy with him, he wouldn't be so conflicted =)

Also, you've really been hitting the sweet spot between fanservice and positive portrayal of how-ladies-should-be-treated-by-dudes, Pika =) cheesecakey, certainly, but I like that your Sarah and Christine take no shit and stand up to the idea that a controlling, prison-like love is okay so long as the dude is really really hot. And I like that dudes like Erik (and possibly Jareth) are getting that =) thanks, as always.

P.S. Oh god chickens? Token provocation...??? Sarah, if I may: fucking Jareth.

Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your comments are always so good to read.

Would you care to clarify "cheesecakey", tho? Like, cheesy-twee, as in the kinda kids-morning-cartoons -level message of "girls can do stuff too!1!", or cheesecake, US-comics lingo, as in indulging in sexy shots of our leading ladies? I mean, I'm quite happy providing both. I mean. Don't go looking for the infamous Boobs'n'Butt poses, but I will 'fess up to intending the girls to look good on top of the storytelling...
Yanno. Fluffy shippy fanservice (and sexy innerly conflicted villains) for the fangirls, eye candy for the few fanboys?

Also, your PS? Was that a "blame Jareth for EVERYTHING. ALWAYS.", or "How to provoke the chikins even further: actually sleeping with the GK" use of 'fucking'?...:D
J-m-T Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Certainly! I was referring to the US-comics lingo definition, though I take no issue with ladies looking good in comics/media, or with readers enjoying them looking good. It's hard to explain, actually, but I'll try...

I grew up watching all kinds of Cartoons. One of the ones that made a big (and not entirely positive) impression on me was Ranma 1/2. I don't know if you're familiar, but it was this show with a large cast of mostly teenage guys and girls who spent their time fighting everything that moved as well as competing with each other for the ladies and dudes that caught their respective fancies. Good show, had some really interesting/original ideas. Unfortunately there were also a lot of girls ending up topless/caught undressing and a lot of lady underwear theft/peeping in windows at girls. It got creepy (and that wasn't the only media I saw it happening in, which made it harder to accept as out of the ordinary). Then as I got older it became even creepier, because those kinds of experiences in real life aren't funny or cute (strictly in my experience; I can't speak for every person everywhere, though I'm not sure who would find their bra/panties being stolen by some horny dude funny, unless I guess it was a prank and you knew the dude personally or he was like a brother...actually, no, that just makes it even more unsettling). Creepiness aside, I think what bothered me most is the one-sidedness of it all. Like the guys were interested in checking the girls out, but there weren't ladies also walking in on guys in the buff or peeking in their windows (or drilling holes through their ceilings =P)? I call bullshit.

So that's the kind of cheesecake I was referring to when I said you maintain a good balance between it and positive female portrayal, if that makes more sense? And that success is probably in large part due to what you're talking about, putting in the more fanservicey elements with the intent of pleasing the fanboys AND fangirls equally. I mean, the guys in this comic get perved on by the girls and seem to end up naked/undressed at least almost as much, so while it bothered me when I was first reading, as soon as I noticed it wasn't one-sided I felt a lot better. Plus since the ladies of GND are portrayed as strong and perfectly capable, the boys bad behavior reads as less of a threat (still not okay, but at least I'm not worried someone is going to show someone else the old dark alley and the even darker idea without a fight) more often than not because I know if they get out of hand the girls will be ready to bring them back to (painful) reality. The underwear thieving still makes me grimace when it occurs, but that's a personal thing I gotta deal with, haha. Sarah's angry outburst at Jareth's reaction to her wet t-shirt moment is still one of my favorite pages to this day, though =)

And your first guess about my P.S. was the correct one =P c'mon, how long have I been commenting here? Poor Jareth will never get more than one break a story arc from me, and he used his one break a couple pages ago when he was sympathetically conflicted. Now I'm back to biting my fingernails and worrying this is all some kind of sinister plot that will set me a-mutterin'. At least Sarah still has her frying pan on hand to dole out the (painful) reality, if necessary.
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional General Artist

However, I can't quite agree with your take on Ranma 1/2 as creepy/double-standard with the sexy, mind you. I kinda love how flippantly casual (and CUTE) Girl!Ranma is about wandering around topless, and there's some rather intriguing gender pyschology issues faintly present in how s/he can be pretty casual about the female form, having one himself. Ranma himself as a main character is rarely pervy (often mistaken for such, but rarely guilty), and more often being perved on - both by delusionally amorous or sex-addicted guys when in girl form, AND by several girls with massive and varyingly unhinged crushes on him. There's a girl character, Kodachi Kuno, who rather blatantly has dominatrix imagery going on, and attempts several versions of the honey trap or date-rape drugs on a very unwilling Male-Ranma. The creepster&underwear-thieving characters are also cartoony villains and get called out (and bonked over the head) with great frequency. Also most all the girls are decent-to-amazing martial artists and rarely in any serious danger of being physically over-powered (except the main love interest, admittedly).
It's also written by a woman - that's no free pass out of accusations of sexism, well I know - and possibly the anime adaption was a bit less subtle than the manga, which is something I love and cherish and was a major inspiration in drawing hilarious SD faces.

Your twocents are always interesting, mind you, and usually a piquant and welcome change from the persistent background noise of comments re: Jareth's sexiness and Sarah's paranoia/bitchiness/heartlessness. ;)
J-m-T Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Oh my gosh...I completely forgot about Kodachi. I must be working too hard, or I blocked her out...she alone renders the double standards I was reflecting on null and void. God, she was the worst, she creeped me out as much as some of the guys!

And I was mostly referring to the animated show, I actually liked the comic version more! I think your suggestion holds credence, if memory serves it was less subtle than the manga. I'm actually not sure how involved Takahashi was with the anime, it's possible it ended up with more male hands on it and that resulted in more T&A...? (I don't know if anyone more informed than me is reading this, but if y'all know offhand, help a sister out). Whatever the case, I'm glad it inspired your art =) I think it's just a personal comfort thing, there was more in the animated version than I was comfortable seeing at the time. Maybe I'd feel differently watching it now, I was a lot younger. I do remember liking Ranma as a character and not really minding his/her topless scenes (probably because his being casual about it seemed logical, even as a girl he was still a guy mentally so it wouldn't be a huge deal to him). I usually felt bad for him too, he had like three fiancees who were either trying to kill him or each other and he ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time a lot. Happosai, Kodachi, and Kuno I could still do without, they were more unsettling than funny to me, plus they took up valuable Ranma/Ryoga/Nabiki/Akane screentime! =P Haha, but yeah, different strokes for different folks!

And I'm glad my two cents are a more pleasant kind of background noise! I promise to continue not finding Jareth too sexy (as long as he has a mullet, not hard) and to keep the Sarah bashing to a minimum. I mean, compared to how Akane Tendo treats Ranma Sarah's practically warm and fuzzy towards Jareth =P everyone who thinks she's bitchy should read/watch some Ranma 1/2 to gain perspective.
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Cool. I wasn't sure how well you knew the manga.

Happosai's introduction caused me to laugh out loud in the bookstore where I was sneakily reading the manga as a penniless high-schooler; so I still have a fondness for him. My main beef with the series, at least in manga form, is that it wears a little thin and keeps adding less funny Bigger Bads - but the first dozen volumes, so much madcap insanity, crazy dramatic overreactions, and perfectly civil time-outs among mortal enemies around the kotatsu! - you might say it's a MAJOR source of inspiration. ;)
J-m-T Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Hahaha well I suppose I can see the influence =P and I agree completely about the manga! I loved the early volumes the most, volume 1 in particular is still a personal favorite. I thought the Akane/Ranma/Dr. Tofu bits were handled really well. There was some other early volume too where Ranma and the gang were fighting and then they took a random panel out to eat crackers (or something), and then they were like 'wait this is no time for crackers' and it was back to battling, and that still makes me laugh to this day =)
greeneyesandglasses Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You had me at Bristol! *still laughing heartily!* Great job! I must go and get more popcorn before the chicken carnage begins!
courtdmatthews Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
And a frying pan! And of course all the monty python quotes. I love references!
Vampiyaa Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
CHICKENS!! :DD i just had that for dinner!
... but srsly, monty python? :( b
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Imma hiding your comment, because you iz a clever, clever goblin and might have intuited something a tad spoilerish and I'd like to keep my long-plotted one-liners snappy and unforeseen. :)
RightorLeft Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Squeee! I love being clever. My lips are sealed... and I did reread the whole comic. Wasn't there. *wistful hopefulness at a possible future crossover*
Vampiyaa Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
........ what? XD
riamachia Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Somewhere in your pages of comments, there must be someone else who has requested the bottom panel as a wallpaper, right? We can haz????
Sylistra-The-Scholar Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
If not, here are two requests! ^-^
PrincessOtaku778 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:happybounce: i'm loving this arc more and more all the time!
Lcsaf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Ooooh! I love Sarah's political knowledge of the Rebellion. Acting Majesty, indeed!
Chika1345 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
the vicious chicken of Bristol. God, I can't wait to see that fowl leader XD too many puns can be made of this page! <3 Love it!
Shits going down! *scoots closer to the computer hugging onto pillow*
GingerDarkness Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Frying pan, FTW!!!
Jade506 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
So the Vicious Chicken of Bristol was not slain by Sir Robin, the Not Quite So Brave As Sir Lancelot?!
This is grave news indeed...

Also, love, love, LOVE this comic!
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nope. He bravely ran away. It is known.
The-Pondering-Poet Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
This is beautiful! I can't wait to see what happens next! Will they overcome the chicken-y masses? Or will they be overwhelmed by the poultry coupe? And what will the Dread-Yet-Sexy-Tight-Pants-King Jareth have to say about such an event?!
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