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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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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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