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GND182 - Entr'acte (Reprise)

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By Pika-la-Cynique   |   
Published: April 18, 2012
© 2012 - 2020 Pika-la-Cynique
(End of the first day of Monster Hunter interviews, like Christine said; Round Two commencing next week.)

Interestingly enough, depsite the Parisian arc and what with all that memory-wiping going on, this is actually Erik and Raoul's first in-comic reunion...


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

Christine, Erik, Vicomte Not-Frequently-Appearing-In-This-Comic deChagny (c) Leroux and Webber

Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder
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civil-twilightHobbyist Traditional Artist
Love how Erik’s mask can be shaped to fit every one of his expressions, especially in that last panel
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FlimflanboyHobbyist General Artist
"Back in a sec."
Heh heh heh...
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CaseMaydayHobbyist Traditional Artist
He meant so well, but all she heard was the threat. :(
Fighting-Dreamers-94's avatar
I would think she would be flattered.
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moonbaby17Student Digital Artist
Erik could always consider Dafoe over Chris.
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IgenlodeStudent Traditional Artist
Really, Erik was in an impossible situation: not announcing his presence for that call would have amounted to an unjustifiable state of eavesdropping!
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IgenlodeStudent Traditional Artist
Ah, the classic duel-of-words -- biting thrusts sheathed in the most civilised and sardonic of courtesies: my favourite Golden Age movie trope :happybounce:   (Even better than the inevitable swashbuckler follow-up, in which the blades come out for real...)

Honours about even here, I feel, messieurs!

Not quite sure what it says that my first reaction to the second panel is to do a double-take at just how short Christine's skirt is :D
Is this her 'interview clothing'? Or am I imagining that she used to wear them longer?
(If this is Erik's perception, he's clearly not in an entirely disinterested state of affection!)

Plus I actually went to the trouble of transcribing Erik's music-thoughts onto the computer (via a thoroughly user-unfriendly mouse-driven interface) in order to play it back and see if I recognised the snippet:   no, not this time :(

Ouch, poor Raoul: not quite the expression (verbal or facial) one would choose to find oneself addressing to one's longstanding rival. Inadvertently sweet-talking Erik has to be one of the more embarrassing situations to get caught up in! (Although he and Christine don't seem to have that many inhibitions where her flatmate is concerned, so maybe it's not quite that sort of fiery embarrassment for them;  as Sarah complains, they're French...)

One thing I've always enjoyed about this strip is that you show a Raoul who is happily confident about Christine's feelings for him, rather than caught in a state of constant angst and inadequacy: it's a great rarity to get to see the 'normal' side of the relationship -- the characters simply sharing their ordinary lives -- for a change. (Not that I'm complaining about the Parisian Arc; though even there, 'do you love me?' wasn't really the issue in question, was it...?)

I see that Raoul has astutely noted the advantages of residing outside the regular cast (i.e. the Fail-Field...) :p

However, given that one gets the distinct impression that it's Christine who is responsible for the absence of wedding-bells, that particular riposte has to hit home!  (Narrative inertia -- after all, it has been an awfully long engagement -- or deeper insecurities? After all, they're basically living in a state of cross-continental matrimony at the moment.)

Death threats -- however, as Raoul observes, hackneyed in Erik's case -- are not the most convincing method of laying claim to mere 'friendship' with the former lady of one's heart... although for the ex-Opera Ghost, this probably is a reasonably genuine form of friendship. It's not such a very far stretch to imagine him promising the same for Sarah, after all (though I'm not certain I can quite do it).

It does occur to me, all the same, that so far as GND canon goes, Raoul looks statistically far more likely to get 'hurt' in that respect than his fiancee does: on their record so far he has been the one to end up bruised, confused and falsely accused Wink/Razz (Which is slightly amusing, given the context of a 'non-bashing' story...)

I wonder if Jareth is missing those old opportunities for getting his flatmate out of the way by sending him off on wild-de-Chagny-hunts to the yacht club etc?
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Pika-la-CyniqueProfessional General Artist
- Ah yess. I loves it too, though the day I can come up with lines as sparklingly vicious as, say, 'Singing in the Rain's Don's put-downs of Lina, I shall be one happy writer indeed.

- Goodness, it's pleasant and refreshing to read some E/C/R meta. I try to do fairly by them though it's no secret my OTP is the glittery one. You seem to have caught on to most everything that I put in here for the catching... Sorry, I can't recall the musical snippet for you, though.

- besides narrative inertia, Christine has a thesis to finish before planning a wedding, for in-universe logic; in a more meta-savvy way, she now has the niggling worry that when they are in fact married, the 'Love Never Dies' storyline would be that much closer to kicking in...

- As has been pointed out, in the recent arc where Raoul gets the missing info and Deals With It, his character development has come at the cost of one humourously lost and befuddled character reacting to the Building's immense weirdness, and given me just another blasé snarker. It's still got novelty value at present; we'll see how that goes...
But then again - Christine does point out in that Rooftop incident that "this [getting taken hostage to sway her] just tends to happen to him, it's kinda cute really". I think there will always be caps to Raoul's crisis-solving aptitudes, and something of a seesaw balance with Christine about who gets put in distress and who does the badass rescuing at a given time, which seems a reasonable conclusion to draw from their canon, now Raoul has dropped the sneering aristo act and they are a refreshingly rare non-power-game-y couple (except whenever it amuses me to cause much-begrudged admiration for him from upset phangirls.)

- oh, how characterization - and status quo - doth march on...
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IgenlodeStudent Traditional Artist
"As has been pointed out in the recent arc"... 
*jumps up and down in the front row with hand waving in the air*  That was me! :shout:
But of course I'm still running 20-30 episodes behind any current character developments...

Yes, I grinned at the nod to Raoul's propensity for getting used as a damsel-in-distress :D  And it is rather sweet (unless you're a Manly Man fanatic -- but then, I liked Louis Hayward versus George Sanders, though Sanders is ultimately the making of the film given the vital importance of a good villain...)

The equal power-balance in that particular couple (and lack of gaming) is very refreshing, although from a meta point of view I suppose it only works for either 'background'/guest characters, or else for a pair teamed against an external challenge: otherwise no tension/conflict = no plot.

Upset Phangirls scare me stiff :( 
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Oh. Well, good analysis, and again, on that "stable couples don't drive plot" remark. :cookie:
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IgenlodeStudent Traditional Artist
I've been writing E/C/R pretty much solidly for the last few months (though I mainly tackle R/C: I don't feel I've really got a handle on the Phantom's thought processes), so my head is buzzing with 'meta' at the moment -- nice to have a legitimate outlet for it :-) And as I've just been writing Raoul-sympathetic "Love Never Dies" (it needs to be done by someone...) it's involved quite a lot of head-canon about how that marriage would actually work in practice (or could be made to work again, after undergoing ALW's attentions).

And so having now finished researching Surinam and the Hamburg-Amerika Linie in 1907, I've embarked on a course of Paris circa 1940... because I've still got your story idea nibbling away at the corners of my mind, and I'm still totally unqualified to write it... Unfortunately what's really wanted for this one is less the modern "The Sorrow and the Pity" line and more the de-Gaulle era Resistance mythology -- I need to print the legend, not the facts -- and I suspect it may prove hard to come by: what I need is a Jeffery Farnol/Rafael Sabatini equivalent. And I'm very aware that this sort of thing is politically fraught :(  Also, coming by detail on the collaboration side of it is likely to be tricky... I suspect I'm going to end up with some kind of cross-fertilisation from Arsene Lupin and the likes of Louis Hayward in "The Son of Monte Cristo", etc.

Part of the problem is that instead of having a plotline and researching setting, you effectively have a setting and need to research plot tropes for it!
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Pika-la-CyniqueProfessional General Artist
Oooh, you think you might actually write that??! Thanks for taking a demanding plotbunny to a good home!
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IgenlodeStudent Traditional Artist
Well, I'm doing some 'research', and now have more idea what the city was like *before* the war...

I wonder if Dennis Wheatley's Gregory Sallust WW2 spy stories would be any use? Pulpy enough, and the right era. "V for Vengeance" is supposed to be in store somewhere.
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"Hurt her feelings and I will hunt you down and kill you." Erik sounds like a protective older brother. :D
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Pika-la-CyniqueProfessional General Artist
And/or a lapsing former murderer...?
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NikiMaweirdHobbyist Traditional Artist
And a lasping former muderer.
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KyndsieHobbyist Writer
I wonder... was Christine doing research on the possible interviewees? Expecting a call from Raoul? Planning a movie-night-out with Sarah? (or, you know, checking messages and working on updating her class notes and responsible stuff like that?)
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Pika-la-CyniqueProfessional General Artist
Eh... any of those works.
PhantomGirl's avatar
I think it's sweet he's saying "You hurt her, you die." He's like a protective older brother.
TheDiva1977's avatar
Ooh, burn!

Not that I wouldn't mind seeing Erik having a legitimate reason to go Papa Wolf for Christine (and/or Mag), just 'cause it allows him to put his insanely violent tendencies to good use for a change...
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AnaxErik4everHobbyist Writer
Can I get a "le busted" over here?!
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