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GND223 - Approaching Skittish Wildlife by Pika-la-Cynique GND223 - Approaching Skittish Wildlife by Pika-la-Cynique
Godsdamnit Hat, they don't need that. -_-

(and nope, I ain't designing Snorkacks!)
(but these ones are quite cool: [link] )

What’s with the costume change?
Well, there’s been some adventuring off-screen with our motley crew. After exiting the Fiery Forest they found themselves on the outskirts of the Marshlands of Existential Ennui. This is fed by river water that comes from sources in the mountains that ring the Labyrinth, and then carries on all the way over to Fantasia before widening into the Swamp of Despair – its manifestation within the borders of the Underground is far less perilous, thankfully. So they skirted the Marshlands with barely a dampening of spirits and boots, and eventually reached firmer terrain near the foothills. Jareth was in full Pemberley mode during this lap, amicably answering most of Luna’s questions on Goblin-rearing, and Sarah was watching their interaction most thoughtfully, when she fell into a Sudden sinkhole.*

This resulted in a mildly thrilling interlude quickly solved by a timely Wingardium Leviosa from Miss Lovegood who levitated a mud-sodden Sarah from the sinkhole; but before she could apply one of her custom Squeegee spells, Jareth courteously intervened and magicked Sarah into the nifty little leather number she is wearing here**. This caused some surprise and heated debate and accusations of using her as a decoy, met by the Goblin King pointing out that it better clarified her temporary role to the dimmer Goblins and that the Blikins had already attacked her regardless of her garb. Sarah eventually relented and subsided into glaring at His Majesty because she didn’t feel like voicing her suspicions that he was getting some pervy gratification from dressing her like him (and the rather snug leather jerkin) in front of the others present.
(Pendant worn down the front of her shirt at present. Sarah is in this case correct to assume Jareth is indulging in some discrete thrills of delight thinking of it there.)

And then they came across the shallow valley the Snorkack herd is grazing in.

(*) Sudden Geography is one of the topics covered by cryptogeology, a sadly obscure branch of study on almost every plane save Discworld, where Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography Rincewind is an expert, and the Lancre witches know a thing of two (see: Gnarly Ground). Had Luna chosen to major in that field, rather, she could’ve explained that the sinkhole Sarah fell into was in fact a Whee Groaner (or Wee, the spelling is a matter of controversy). It is a form of Sudden Geography where local trace narrativium in the ground reacts with the passing of questing characters to throw an unexpected and plot-irrelevant obstacle their way (see: Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth); the name comes from the reaction of onlookers and audiences who’ve read the damn book and/or can tell there’s no way a major character is going to get killed off halfway through the first film by a random rockslide…. for example. Their arguable use is to keep things thrilling and the soundtrack rocking, occasionally furthering character interaction, but they do not react when tested for true Plot. At first glance a beginner cryptogeologist may not see the difference between a Whee Groaner and a Cockiness Chute, but their narrativium consistencies are markedly different, and a simple test for dramatica ferrous levels will ascertain which is which. The pit of Helping Hands is a remarkable Cockiness Chute of interest in the Labyrinth; still, nowhere near the impressive sight of the Pridegoethbefora Falls.
(One of the field's great tragedies was that Underground cryptogeologists never encountered Discworld trolls, while their Discworld colleagues would've found Ludo's symbiotic relationship with the landscape equally fascinating.)

(**) Actually recycled from a long-ago collaborative work with *MelissaFindley


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&Ambrosius, 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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titanicdragon Featured By Owner Edited Jun 5, 2016
Love it
zwartekraai Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
That footnote. Sir Terry Pratchett would have been proud.
CaseMayday Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Secret hiding place sounds fun. ;) ;)
DrawingIsLikeDancing Featured By Owner Edited Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist
Didymus just keeps trying to make Sarah a real (and proper) queen xD Lunas face in the first frame is great :D
nightcrawlerfan19 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student General Artist
I love how angry Didymus looks in the last panel.
gotta love the hat!
NightShadow13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
*slow chant* Oubliette, oubliette...
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Igenlode Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
What, we never get to see the Snorkacks after all? :(
I have to admit I hadn't actually noticed the costume change...

I observe that Jareth's mind immediately links the concept of 'aesthetically pleasing' to 'sleeping with' (at the very least in its most literal sense!), although Sarah doesn't seem to pull him up on that so is presumably expecting nothing less (or nothing better :p) He actually looks remarkably meditative and straight-faced in that panel -- rather than trolling for reaction -- so it may be an unconscious bit of self-revelation.

What on earth is Luna doing with her scarf and the bag in the fifth panel? I thought for a moment she was using it as some kind of boom  mike -- one of those big fluffy things they use in sound recording -- but evidently not as it is firmly round her neck again in the last panel. Is she doing something or other wand-related?

The Hat really doesn't seem to have the survival sense of, say, Hoggle, when it comes to irritating the Goblin Monarch; presumably Jareth hasn't been forced into prolonged proximity with this particular one of his 'subjects' before, since one feels its survival in its current form (and distance from the Bog) would probably otherwise have been limited!

Poor Sir Didymus is desperately trying to warn Sarah of some approaching danger and being totally ignored due to her bickering with Jareth...
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Jareth is lightly trolling here, in that he is trying to frame his stalking/interest in Sarah in the ''objective'' terms of her visual appeal, which is both a sly compliment and so a massive understatement it borders on bald-faced lie, really, so yes, the conversation slipping from ''aesthetically pleasing'' to ''waking up besides'' is really not a surprise and they are both on that train of thought. Also, directing the conversation to Hoggle's ugliness is also a shortcut to annoying Sarah.
To be quite fair, he gets whimsical/droll in reaction to her snarky jab about neglecting his kingdom for stalker proclivities, which probably actually stung a tiny wee bit (responsibilwhatsits?), at a point of their implied/offstage shared trekking time together where both had been behaving quite civilly - Jareth was quite honestly sharing his mild perplexity about the Snorkacks with her, in a companionable fashion. He takes cues from her here.

[And on a more meta note, there have been acts of 'Jargle' committed on a labyfic community I participate in, and the suggestion of it here was a wee horrifiedly amused note to its (I hope) ironic proponents.]

Ah, poor colour choice I didn't pick up on - that's not Luna's scarf in panel 5, more like a deckchair or tent being pulled out of her Bag of Holding to set up field camp.

There is some fanon to the effect that the Wise Man is actually a pretty powerful creature, sometimes an incarnation of the sentient Labyrinth; without quite going down that path, I am vaguely of the opinion that Jareth respects and keeps some distance from him, and thusly the Hat, usually. (''I don't consult the Oracles needlessly'', waaaaay back during the Blackmail Date arc - plus, the Wise Man and Hat's tendency to deliver cryptic/caustic truthbombs probably make GK a little uncomfortable.)

And Sir Didymus is actually reacting to Sarah's rudeness in shock and disapproval. Flowery courtly knight aghast at his Lady's irreverent and foul-mouthed bickering with His Majesty.
Igenlode Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Aha, so those are tent-poles sticking out of the end of the blue-and-white thing then.

And I hadn't previously picked up on the Hat's addressing  blonde Luna as 'Heidi' as she gallops surefootedly down the slope ;)

Didymus' shock: ah well, no need to worry about unknown hazards at least!
shorewall Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Luna is forever my favorite.  The way she stone cold silences chicken hat!  :)  Her serious bidness attitude.  And I'm liking her reparte with chicken hat.  It's a good dynamic.  Funny/annoying hat, kindly girl, and the girl has the ability to muzzle the hat, yet most times lets him ramble.  A very good mix, and I really enjoy how you write them.  :)
FlailingHands Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
I adore this page.
chrj Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
I love the outfit change
FlailingHands Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
I adore the explanatory note to explain the outfit change.
NoteSpellingOf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
He got Hoggle's name right!
Irrissa-cicero Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ooh, good point Cervantes! Oh, please let them get stuck in an Oubliette!!! 
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Today's Noticed-Wonderfulness (in the crystal ball bullet points):

:bulletblue: Sarah's hair: slightly braided. For some reason, this just makes me so so happy!
:bulletblue: Sarah and Sir Didymus are holding hands. Is this to help reassure him that Sarah knows that he's there to protect her (even though the Goblin King is there)?
:bulletblue: Luna giving hints of the no-nonsense type of crowd-control that we associate with McGonagall
:bulletblue: Jareth and Sarah, both picking on not quite thoroughly-relevant points of the other's dialog to prolong their "discussion". All's well when it's familiar! (or something)
:bulletblue: "She's the loud one"... could be followed by "He's breathing too loud" "she's looking out my window"... and all sorts of other chestnuts of family road trips.
:bulletblue: Poor Sarah... if only the hat hadn't offered such good advice, she could have let Jareth angle for a little bit of fanservice-leaning action.
:bulletblue: I like Jareth's hand in the last panel... the strangulation motions. :D

Ahhhhh... poor Sir Didymus. He's going to need therapy after this Adventure. Unless perhaps the knowledge that Sarah's going to help her friend throw a ball will restore his faith in Sarah's inner-lady / inner-princess?
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hmm. Look again (though it another admittedly teensy drawing), Didymus has both hands resting on his baton in panel 1, not holding Sarah's hand.

"She's the loud one" - you know, I thought you were going somewhere else by picking out that line. :D But then againg, Jareth can't make that call yet.

Poor Sarah indeed. Just as with her "this will go screwy and the GK will be annoying" prediction upon re-entering the Labyrinth, she is genre-savvy about this comic enough to expect a Straight Art Moment with Jareth had to happen, (and the Blikkins were unplanned for), and is honestly pretty curious about his motives in magically bankrolling this expedition for her and Luna. So here was a point where she'd accomplished her primary objective, and has been recently reminded of Luna's magical capabilities in a pinch, so won't be too worried about leaving her alone a while, and she was definitely as mentally prepped and open as she could be to a serious talk with Jareth. Hat was unhelpful to the max.
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, well... I'm probably due for a visit to the eye doctor, too.

:D :blush: Ummm... nope. Not til we see some regular, in-continuity, happy J/S kissy moments! (and maybe not even then). I can't imagine that Sarah'd tolerate Jareth trying to embarrass her that way. How to Train Your Fae and all that.

Stupid hat. *Sarah notes to herself to put a silencing charm at the top of the list of things to learn how to do with her own Certain Powers.*  I'm guardedly optimistic about where the latest ep is going in terms of them getting a Straight Art Moment. (more comments and speculations will be confined to those pages)
Crazykitty2222 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh the classic!
deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I seriously imagined Snorkacks to kind of look like a smaller version of a snapping turtle (with the big jaws), with a bunch of scaley, earthy stuff on their back like a little mountain, and about the size of a dinner plate. Brown and hides in the dead leaves like a frog or a snake... that's how I imagined it.. The book made it sound like they were as small as that. Maybe my imagination got away from me..
Photosynthesis-Cat Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I never cease to miss your storyline and comments- wonderful dear! :D
winterseas Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Best. Notes. EVER. <3
IceAngel262 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my Gallifrey, I'm in love with you. (i.e. Best Description Ever)
Hawthorn77 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
There is too much clever in the notes and footnotes. TOO MUCH. I can't even...
SeraphimKiss88 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
"Marshlands of Existential Ennui"—you know what the word "ennui" always makes me think of? In the Muppet Movie screen tests (WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE IF YOU HAVE NOT, IT'S THE FUNNIEST THING EVER), Fozzie has an existential breakdown because Kermit informs him he is not a real bear and that his "bones" are made of foam rubber. He eventually comes to terms with it, but at the end of the video he says he has a sudden feeling of ennui.

I doubt you were referencing that, but I felt it was worth pointing out since the Labyrinth is full of Muppets. Muppets who must one day face the harsh reality that they are made of foam rubber...
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well that comes together neatly. :) Unintentional but serendipitous.
LibbyVanHelsing Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
cAN'T wait for the next page
Withdrawn-Moonsilver Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Fav for notes.*
. . .
(And Luna's faces)

*and sub-notes.
SuzietheModeraelyRed Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Well! *Someone* was feeling a teeny tiny bit Pratchett-inspired today, hmm?
Leni84 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Still loving the hat. Poor Dydimus, I don't think he's gotten over the idea that his Lady Sarah might be growing up - or growing more likely to snap at His Majesty rather than ignore him. Hm. (That almost makes me write Laby-fic, and it's been ages since I was inspired. Kudos to you!)

Loving focused!Luna, too. :)
Nexttosomething Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Probably the fifteenth time I've read over this one. You can really feel the collective held breath of fangirls everywhere in panel six.

Or perhaps that's Tim Curry in fishnets.... "Antici....PAY-tion."

As always, great job you; great job Louisa. :D
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
That description of panel 6 tickles me pink.
Paulthored Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
nightcrawlerfan136 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
We haven't seen Legolas in a while! New catchphrase for Cheryl, Leggo my 'Egolas!
ME-inator Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I had to favorite this page because of your spiel on cryptogeography. :)
tomboy0219 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Noooooooo I've caught up :( bogdammit all!
Mitsukai-Aka Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Your explanations of what has happened off screen, what's going on in Jareth's head, and cryptogeology are wonderful. Reading this strip always makes my day. :)
NatAsplund Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
um omigosh this is a thing! LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Indigo-Night-Wisp Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
You... you are so brilliant. I mean... like... I wish you wrote books. I mean, I love love love love love love love love loooooove this comic and all your fanart stuff (and your original comic, I'm sure, when/if I ever get my hands on it), but... You are brilliant. There. I almost enjoy the author's descriptions you add as much as the actual artwork. :)

And I just love everything about this page, but almost especially Sarah's outfit.
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Pika actually does have some legit, for-sale stuff out there. Info in her journal here:
Indigo-Night-Wisp Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Coolo! Thanks for letting me know!
Vampiyaa Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHA everytime you manage to get me... XD
Onambarwen Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
I really love this comic. And its just a sad commentary on everyone else's maturity when Luna's the reasonable, level-headed one in the group...
Gorgeous illustrations.
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, this is Serious Business for Luna, what with her Cryptozoology studies and proving her family right, so she is unnaccustomedly focused.
But your point is not wrong, either. :D
ashley2876 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
I've never commented on anything before...but I sincerely hope this story arc includes a speshul between Jareth and Sarah...something involving 'snogging' as you folk say, and someone being pressed between a warm body and a hard place. *surreptitious nudge*
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
If it's a Speshul it's out of regular storyline, tho, that would be a shame wouldn't it?
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Pshaw! Their most recent Speshul / Time Jump is still a shared memory... and if it happens Underground... well... :D It'll become an in-Kingdom fact.
ashley2876 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
I'm terribly depraved.
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