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GND219 - Yet more notes! by Pika-la-Cynique GND219 - Yet more notes! by Pika-la-Cynique
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Several le bustèds going on here...
Raoul weren't trollin without an ace up his sleeve - he was bribing/making nice with Marsha for a reason. And nope, last time Chris went to Paris to have that serious talk and 'fess up to Raoul that, yeah, um, she still sees Erik... like, everyday, he lives in the flat just underneath... she didn't include each and every one of the less-flattering-to-all-concerned anecdotes of the past few years... Zut.

As far as Mag knows Raoul is just bashing on old stories. And lookit Raoul almost being a bro to Erik and not spilling the beans on that account. Or is that keeping him squirming...

Also, line 4 - Plot Thread Merge! :evillaugh:

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

Blind Mag [Repo!The Genetic Opera] (c) Smith, Zdunich, and Bousman, Sarah Brightman
Christine Daaé, Raoul de Chagny and Erik [Phantom of the Opera] (c) Leroux and Webber
James Norrington [Pirates of the Caribbean] (c) Disney, Bruckheimer, Verbinski
Cheryl (c) me

Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder
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DrawingIsLikeDancing Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist
*giggle all over* ^^
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ShadowShay Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I somehow get the impression that eating sushi with chopsticks would be difficult for someone who was blind. 
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
As I attempted to show on the previous page, Mag is also using fingers, which is, I believe, Allowed for sushi.
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ShadowShay Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, that makes sense :)
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LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I wonder what happened?
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Forgot to say that Norrington's body language in the bottom-left panel reminded me strangely of Luna Lovegood in the Labyrinth pages...
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
"When you held her hostage on the rooftop" -- didn't he already make that point at the bottom of the last page? Not sure why Erik is looking so shocked all over again... unless he was desperately hoping that Raoul didn't really mean that the way it sounded...

Judging by his expression, Erik doesn't seem to appreciate Mag's attempt at peacemaking much, even if she is making a pointed display of holding his hand...

I do hope that Marsha's camera footage did not include the Truth Potion Incident, because there are some things you can't forget once you've heard them... and Raoul would really, really be better off not knowing that one. :(


"I'll just tell Raoul to pay up" -- so Christine not only invited Erik along to glower across the table all evening, but she 'invited' him and his date on Raoul's tab? :p Well, I suppose he can afford it!

*re-examining costumes in #218*
So where exactly was Raoul hiding that large-format notebook? He doesn't seem to have an inside jacket pocket, it wouldn't fit in the hip or breast pocket of what he's wearing... briefcase under the table? ;)
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Raoul did indeed drop a heavy hint on the previous page, but it kinda flew overhead since Mag focuses on "wait, WHAT happened to Sarah??" rather then her "by her own villainous stalker this time". Erik gets the reaction he has here since the notepad makes it explicit that Raoul is indeed referencing the Rooftop Incident, which he wasn't supposed to know about because Erik and Christine both assumed it would be a total dealbreaker to her living in the same building as the Phantom, AND making it clear he guesses Mag isn't supposed to know about it either. His words can make it sound to Mag like he is, in fact, despite Christine's forceful requests he drop the matter, still kvetching on about Erik's canon villainy - the note makes it clear to Erik that he is talking about more recent events, and that he knows that knowledge has blackmail value.

Because that is the reason behind Erik's expression in that panel where Mag speaks up in his defense. He still feels hella guilty about abducting Sarah, for one, and moreover Mag is talking about post-canon amnesty and second chances (in a vague hint at the nature of this meta fancomic...) when the psychotic breakdown in question was recent(...ish!) and did take place during this whole parole/rehabilitation phase that is the Building life for former villains (and characters otherwise abused by/simply escaped from their canon). Arguably Erik's kidnapping of Sarah kinda spits in the face of her fine sentiments about new chances and better lives, and is a very bad mark against him that doesn't get excused by ''what the Story required of me as the antagonist''.
(A slight parallel over on the main shipping lane would be Sarah's decision, post-Conversation, to stop considering her canon grievances against Jareth in the equation when attempting to assess his behaviour and her feelings. Like, she will still snark about 'em and they're not forgotten, but they are no longer such an emotional issue and she has officially moved on from those old grudges.)(Jareth just keeps providing fresh annoyances for her to focus on, anyway...)
Sarah was pointedly immature and stubborn (and using her old resentment as a defense mechanism against her feelings for Jareth). But most of the characters in this comic have to arrive at this point where they acknowledge that they are the creatures they are because their canon happened, but now they are kind of free to be their own persons (well, when they're not aware and ranting at the fanservicey plot-railroading or being Az and Crowley, that is) and not be determined solely by their previous grudges or canon motives. Erik spent the first hundred or so comics supposedly at peace with his canon ending, but multiple Raoul-assassination attempts and cracking under emotional duress proved that to be a facade...
Essentially, it is poor form for the Building residents to truly blame one another for their canon deeds, because there's a whole lot of glass houses being lived in, and some meta acknowledgement of being fictional characters dancing to an author's plot. And because the set-up can't work if villainous roommates remain reclusive murdering maniacs and truly dangerous sociopaths, obviously.... Same-canon casts are of course free to rehash old grievances and maintain alliances and rivalries to the extent that they are somewhat essential to their characters. But in the non-scripted Buildingverse, you earn your happy ending, and your screw-ups are your own doing. Erik can't appeal to his tragic past, cruel fate, unrequited love... blahdeeblah backstory as an excuse for his in-comic actions, and basically did blow his official second chance that Mag is pleading for here.
(He was under a lot of pressure from that horrid sequel pending in our reality, which most of the residents accept as a contributing factor to his meltdown, no real harm was done, and it's not impossible Sarah's own tricky Certain Powers got a little drama-happy... And the Parisian arc finally dealt with the last lingering issues.)
But he did f*ck up majorly, and has to own it.
 
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ooops, sorry -- I had the "What?! Sarah" pegged as Erik's reaction there, due to my customary ineptitude at attributing speech bubbles :(

I hadn't realised that Mag was completely ignorant of the kidnapping-Sarah tendencies (though she must know Erik well enough to realise that he is still potentially meltdownable when she isn't there to calm matters for him?)
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Mag doesn't actually live in the Building. Erik's beserk buttons tend to be Jareth (who to be fair is an insanely annoying roommate), or the only-recently somewhat-healed-over raw gaping wound that was that business with Christine. And autotune. Outside of what we see in-comic, which tends to be ''overreactions for shits and giggles!'', Erik mostly comes off as a somewhat angst-ridden, well-mannered, shy, too-sensitive-for-these-brash-modern times, gifted introvert, ever-remorseful for his past horrific actions. (''Man of wealth and taste'', *coughcough*) And while I can't quite say he's deceiving her as to his many issues (she is quite perceptive), all those pleasant traits go a great way into making him acceptable and likeable to Mag who has been surrounded by so much worse with fewer redeeming qualities. A certain cavalier attitude to casual homicide does not really even ding as abnormal to Mag, so I guess all in all she considers he has the crazy under control and shouldn't be a danger to other cast members [unless massively triggered by deliberate creator intent to make him the antagonist. etc].
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austheke Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013   Writer
Screechysingy Pretty-Hair Near-Bosslady. Try fitting that on a "Hello I'm ___" sticker!
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EpiphanyBlue Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
It was mean, Raoul. Very mean. I sort of hope that you are deliberately testing Erik, and that if- no, WHEN, you wake up tomorrow, or at least within the next, say, three days, you will be willing to back off somewhat. You and I both know how significant it is that you can get away with this.
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Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah... yes. The One Where Raoul REALLY displays surprising Troll-abilities. I STILL love this ep!! Raoul has been learning from his association with Lupin and Adler. :dance:

This ep also brings me back to a random point that I have to consider at other times: the Building and Technology. I love that James (apparently) sent Christine a text instead of her having a beeper / pager. I find it wonderfully amusing that all of these characters from a least a century ago (or more!) are effectively using modern technology! They do it in such a way as to fit seamlessly, not drawing attention to that fact, unless as a deliberate joke (i.e. Sarah with the VCR).

And, yeah, ditto what others have said about James looking totally HAWT in a scarf (and, frankly, in anything), Christine's Goblin-title, and "The restaurant is still standing this time...". :laughing::rofl:
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
So... are these the 'recent developments' you wanted my opinion on once I reached them? ;)
I seem to have reached the front page of the comic at last, which is slightly worrying -- the end is in sight...
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
There's a fun game I saw mentioned once that consists of realizing how many classic 80s and 90s films would have their plot gutted by the existence of generalized cell phones, or internet search engines...
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Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Word. And not just classic 80s and 90s films. How about classic literature?
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
My absolute fave YA novels, the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, are getting a technology update in their new digital edition, from their original 80s flavour to cell phones and mp3 players, to better relate to new potential readers in the age bracket. I am glad my old paperbacks at home cannot retro-actively be altered, but I see the sense in it.
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Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yikes! I'm not sure what I think about updating / changing EXISTING and well-established stories like that. In a philosophical / literary sense, I mean. The fact is that we didn't used to have all of this technology, and in changing stories to include it, we communicate that we can't learn anything from the "old way" and...

*reins in hobby-horse, and sits down*

Ahem

I'm glad that you have your old paperbacks, too. :D
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
There's actually a lot of tweaking and tightening involved, since her series has grown much bigger than the original trilogy and some stuff needed re-fitting in the light of recent canon... She's a clever, clever lady; like I said, so long as I keep the version that spoke to me, I get the sense in the updates, that aren't major plot points.
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Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's a good way to look at it. I hope that she had a good team of editors to help her with it all.
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NikiMaweird Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok...Raoul it's enough. Stop bullying Erik!
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NoteSpellingOf Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I want to find out what happened at the sushi resturant that they keep refering to...
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CheeseyBee1 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So is she like... Nemesis the Godess of balance. Coz shes blind and she has a ying yang symbol in her hair
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Phoneix-Faerie Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well done, and I'm glad that he's not telling Mag, that would just be cruel
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AvalonRae Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hopefully it will remain standing...
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ChucklingDevil Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
I love the Goblin speech :)
A definite thumbs up, as always.
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13stepping Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
when will there be more
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Art-loving-Fairybug Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I still think Raoul's being an ass, even if he does have a point. He's supposed to be the hero! Shouldn't he act like it?
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Fell4 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
THIS time? Oh no...
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MorganaRowan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Ummm... want... more... J/S. Meeeeeeep?
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Dracawyn Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
In my head I hear, "Here, another note!" every time Raoul writes something.
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MorganaRowan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Let me see it!

... Please.
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winterseas Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
I hope this group keeps going on horribly awkward double-dates forever and ever because they are just THAT entertaining. <3
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PastMisfortunes Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Eh, it's still standing...?"
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RosesRed4Ever Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
XD Poor Erik. Uhoh, what's the message Christine's going to get? Great work as always! :D
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OrangeHuskie Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Raoul just HAS to rub Erik's faults in his face, doesn't he?
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54viruses Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Don't say that James, she just left them unsupervised.
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OverlordK Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
How to measure success in the GNDverse:
1- Did any extra characters need to be brought in?
2- Is the building still standing?
3- Any hospital trips?
4- Anything plot twist related?
5- How badly was the fourth wall damaged?
6- Anything that I'm forgetting to add because thinking of all the things that can go wrong would take to long for me to sit here and do...

If less then half of these points are brought up, the event was fairly successful!
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RomanceFreak Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE Mag!!! She's so perfect for Erik!!
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PrincessYvonne Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
I know!!! It looks like their holding hands!!XD
I wish they had a scene where their alone togather!!!! ;)
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RomanceFreak Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am SO with you!! I want to see some love between these two!!
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FlailingHands Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Bless her for being the ONLY mature, adult fictional being at that table.
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RomanceFreak Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know, right!? :iconeeeeeplz:
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9leben Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
I need some comics with clips from the camera videos of the house. And how did Raoul got a copy of those?
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Goblins911 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL I love the waitress in the second line creeping in on the conversation... So freaking FUNNY :D
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elfinmyth Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
I really, really don't like Raoul either... don't have anything against the canon-him, although even then I still ship E/C a lot more than R/C, but in this he's just being a major twat and completely unfair. Erik tries to leave his past behind, Christine tries to do the same, and Raoul just keeps rubbing it in..
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Leni84 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Aw. Love it when James is so optimistic, in that 'well, it could have been worse' way. Canon did make a number on him, huh?

And AWWWW you've renewed my potential for Raoul-liking with this. Underhanded and kind of petty, but with a wiff of honest retribution. Me approves.

And heh! Goblin-speak for 'Christine' made me laugh out loud.

Thanks for the wonderful work, as always. You're my hero, with your constant updates!
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EveryDayArtist Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Dammit, I was reading and cracking up and loving this. Then I saw Jamie and all I could think was, 'ARRGGHH, I forgot how HOT you draw him!!' Sorry, back on track, your writing over the last couple pages has been totally amazing. I really love your Raoul, you make him so sweet and I think that more interactions between him and Erik would be great for future pages. (BTW, is James wearing a scarf? Because !!!!!!!!)
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Katwalker Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I actually barked out an expected laugh at Raoul's utterly unruffled "Oh, I'm certain I could."

And although I know some people are upset that he's been sneaking around making friends with the landlady, I for one am glad that he's not letting people just keep him in the dark about everything, here. I mean, everyone, including his own fiancée, has been hiding things that he probably would really like to have known about from him for years (I'm assuming. The comic timeline is a bit wibbly-wobbly.), under the assumption that...what? What he doesn't know can't hurt him? Knowing would just upset him? He's a less-popular romantic protagonist and thus his opinions don't matter? Yes, he's currently being a bit of a jerk, but considering what he's being asked to put up with in terms of making nice with a previous murderer/attempted murderer/fiancée-napper, being a bit of a jerk can be justified.

Also, he's also kind of...being nice to Erik? In an incredibly jerky, slightly blackmail-y way? Again, I feel very bad for Mag being caught in the middle of this.

James, does anything even flap you, anymore? You have recently become utterly unflappable. And this sushi restaurant is a Noodle Incident, isn't it. I vaguely remember some previous comic mentioning something happening here involving Jareth.
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Katwalker Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Aside, after a second read-through: Good grief am I in love with the way you draw Raoul's nose.
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