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GND216 - Sleight of claw by Pika-la-Cynique GND216 - Sleight of claw by Pika-la-Cynique
In which Dark(?)Jareth is trolled right out of his would-be callous demeanour, go Sarah. And awww, lookit all that actual show of genuine appreciation and polite inter -- oh, bugger. PLOT TWIST!!

(Sorry for the late. Some internet issues and various RL hassle got in the way. Happy belated V-day/Discount Chocolate Day!)


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

Sarah, Sir Didymus, Bird-hat, glittery sets, Jareth [Labyrinth] (c) Lucas, Froud, Henson; Connelly&Bowie
Luna Lovegood [Harry Potter] (c) JKRowling and WB

Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder
Colours by *LouisaGallie
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DrawingIsLikeDancing Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist
and right when things were going so well :) hahah can't have all those quiet nice moments it's just to boring :b
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What noooooow.
AutumnInNewYork17 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sir Didymus chucking the hat into the distance in the middle panels cracked me the heck up.
DaEvilKitty Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013

Goblin King, while you are quite lovely in panels 6 and 7, just- I’m sorry your majesty but-but Didymus. :heart: I simply can’t look at those two panels and not get completely distracted by him despite Jareth looking so lovely in the foreground. Didymus just stole this entire page for me with those two panels by being so adorably hilarious. ^^

tierraangelica Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
I got distracted by Jareth's face the first time around but when I went back (to stare at his brilliantly colored handsome face a THIRD time) I noticed Sir Didymus throwing that bird-hat laughed sooooo hard!
jangamon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
I literally didn't notice till I read your comment... Oops. No, I disagree!
Irrissa-cicero Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
BrothersGrim1000 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG I just noticed the background in panel's 6 & 7... Lol!
NikiMaweird Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No I'm so not having a fangirl moment because of Jareth in this no. And I'm not living in denial right now.
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
(as always, feel free to skip because long, rambling, nothing new to see here, etc)

Mood Armor / Clothing... now with Mood Collars! (loving how the adjustment of the collar so wonderfully helps in conveying the shifting mood / emotion in panels... ummm... 6 and 7, I think. The ones that are that LOVELY middle-section Jareth).

And... I can imagine that Sarah kept her hands on his chest up until she gestures at her own face, right? :D I like my J/S shipper goggles the way we like our Goblin King's pants...

I can hear the tenderness in Jareth's voice at the start of that last line, when he says "Ah - your cheek". I'd say it's, what, 95% genuine concern, 4 1/2 % simply wanting to return the touch, and only 1/2% vaguely hoping to begin something-leading-to-seduction? Which, naturally, is why Sarah was uncomfortable in the next panel. Gentleman!Jareth is something fairly new, after all.

It's a good thing that it's Luna and Didymus (and Ambrosius) and the still-Silencio'd hat in the background, instead of Pirate King Lizzie or someone who'd demand to get involved in the OMG!DRAMA. And it's good for Jareth to experience the rapidly-shifting mood / approach / perspective of Sarah apart from the Fail-Field. Sarah as Mortal Human Girl (Canny Human Dream Girl), reacting to the strong but-not-creepy message that Jareth conveys in his desire to tend to her wounds... I hope that he sees / knows that overall, this is a win...

Except for that pesky lost pendant. Oops!
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ha. Hate to harsh your fun-having, but that shift in collar angle between close-up panels has a lot to do with making sure the antics of Didymus in the background are visible enough... ^^;

As for the exact emotional constitution of the various undercurrents here. For a change Jareth almost does some defusing of the Moment by attempting a would-be-scornful-'cept-he-doesn't-sound-the-least-bit-miffed [this time] with that "anyway this wasn't just to rescue you, little girl". It's rare that he goes for his movie-scenes-style blowing-cold attitude with Sarah in-comic, but that is a dynamic I like to ressucitate at points. But maybe he is concerned at showing too strong a response to her open appreciation... ^^. And he is also hella bothered by her bleeding cheek - a shame I went with the profiles that hide that from us - and definitely wants to deal with that before upping the flirting.

The thing is, Sarah obviously knows enough shipping tropes to tell when Jareth is angling for them (she calls him out on the goodnight kiss scenario - and generally knows the fanservice is out to get her), so she is pretty damn instinctively leery of a wound-tending touchy h/c scene. ^^;
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, the background antics, too. ;) Makes sense... I was kind of hoping for Expressive Clothing, kin to Expressive Mask.

So Jareth opts to help defuse, seeing that he doesn't find it fun to play at being almost Dark when Sarah's not going along with it. And we do enjoy the movie-scenes-style blowing-cold attitude with Sarah moments! :D But I think that Sarah can see in his eyes that he enjoys the open appreciation.

What would have been the arcane consequences, had Sarah let Jareth tend to that wound? Since he mentioned that it would be "just following your advice, love" for context, I would think that it wouldn't be an irrevocable connection, but Fae / magic lore hasn't even been a strong suit for me.

And again, the fans bemoan Sarah's genre-savvyness. By now, she's developing a habit of trying not to be automatically suspicious of everything that Jareth does, so EVENTUALLY she'll allow some wound-tending type of caring from him, right? Right? Pleeeeeeease!
NoteSpellingOf Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
They were actually making civil conversation! Quick, take a picture before it, oh too late...
Crazykitty2222 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that look on his face all of them!
OchitaSora Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Quick Jareth, act smooth! Bless his evil glittering soul.
IsabelM Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I hope I have stated enough how much I loving love this comic.

However, I find something missing in these panels. I don't see Sarah with a sweatshirt. OK, she matured in the movie and all that, but... Orange sweatshirt? There's some costume porn missing in here. Is there such a thing as wardrobe fanservice? I mean... It's sarah... I miss her poet's blouse or something similar. I guess she matured, she's fed up with the stalker and now she likes "real life" much more than fantasy, but... I miss a bit of the lovely dresses. Sorry, probably your Sarah wouldn't wear that stuff... It's the fangirl inside, wanting glimmer XD

I'm off to tell LouisaGallie how awesome her coloring is. It must be stated and engraved in rock and all that.
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think your comment percolated a bit and helped clinch the idea of her recent costume change. :D
IsabelM Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
You are way too kind to your readers, Madam :-)
AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student Writer
I love Jareth's "Oh guano!" face in the second to last panel. Also, love your "Are you freakin' kidding?! I was worried about you!" and "Don't test me!" faces for Jareth in panels 2 and 3.
Kinshi-Setsunai Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Realsies. X'D

I love Didymus in the background.
The hat totally deserved it. <3
ButterflyPigment Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"For realsies." That cracked me up more than it should have.
Eryan14 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
B'aaawwww GOOD V-day present! I am taking that Jareth face and making it my background! I agree with Blueforestangelcat: Quick! Kiss him! (This is ALWAYS the solution Sarah m'dear)
brightlotus Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Ahh, those mismatched eyes..
blueforestangelcat Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AH! Quick! Distract him with a big smooch and maybe he won't notice you lost it! :eager:
iPeony Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh no!
Callista-MacLeod Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I especially love Sir Didymus' not-so-innocent disposal of the talking hat.
Jeweliedolly96 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait!
eclipse561 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ValentineNights Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
At least Sarah has the grace to look abashed in that first panel- also I LOVE the irritated GK and grinning Sarah scene, MADE my day. And Didymus ridding the party of a silenced Hat. I guess I just loved this whole thing. <3
viciously-witty Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Egads! It's gone! Sh*t is going to hit the fan!
OrangeHuskie Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
O.O OMGosh!! this is gonna get good!!!
Tiffs-is-my-name Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
THE CHICKENS HAVE THE PENDANT!!! I am dying. Also, Sarah, you SHOULD HAVE JUST KISSED HIM ALREADY! ("for realsies" - I am dying.) Love this plot twist, can't wait to see where this arc goes!

Gorgeous coloring, many thanks to the wonderful Louisa Gallie. :)
Caraval Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
~GASP~ The Chickens have the amulet!

..............anyone having Blink flashbacks?
Indigo-Night-Wisp Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
You may have been late, but so am I in reading and commenting so... shrug.

Love! Makin' with the fangirling now. They are just too adorable. I loves.

Gasp! She LOST it?!?!

Many thanks to LouisaGallie for lovely colors...
rossni Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
As always well done and thanks for the smile this fanart comic brings to my face when I read it.

Also, what happen to the pendent Sarah had????
AvalonRae Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jareth + eighth panel= the hottest thing ever created
I wonder if she's going to have to compensate for losing the token? Or maybe- probably to Jareth's delight- it fell into her shirt.
Or maybe the mother cluckers got it and are now in charge.
megamiaki364 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHAHAHA!!! Did Sir Didymus just chunk the hat!?!? :giggle:
TronLives Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
asdfghjkl; Is that an anime-esque eye-sparkle I see or just his heterochromia??? -dead- This is so ridiculously gorgeous. And the fantastic coloring just makes it even more fabulous. -bows down-
VAMPYRETEMPTRESS Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
<------ *dies* her hand on his chest...... When will we get something other than antagonization with these two?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!
VAMPYRETEMPTRESS Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
UMMMM pika? WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE NECKLACE???????? lol i love this! *art goes straight*
doodlemaniac2 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist
Okay, so we see it in 215 but not 216 or this one...THE BIRD-HAT ATE IT!!!!
DePseu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
"Well, you'd bloody well better not lose it."
Phoneix-Faerie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks amazing, fantastic details :)
epona51 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Sir Didymus' actions.
OX-CAB Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
JeenDarkcat Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i like what happens in the back ground
ADYLostintheShadows Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
GAWDDAMMIT Sarah you clutz! How could you lose something so important DX
girlsquirrel Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oOoOoOh his eyes!! Well done!
EowynsPen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
renagirl9 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I like how you were very careful to block all the shots that might have revealed the (missing) necklace. I'm impressed!
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