Often when I think of Erik, all I can imagine is one of those jerk-faced cats who like to stare you right in the eye and push your valuables off counters. I like to think the Daroga responds appropriately.
What she means:I am shocked, astounded, and disappointed when confronted with the incessant lack of the Persian in adaptations of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. The daroga was one of the novel's most important and prominent characters, even narrating several chapters and without whom the story could not function. He provides backstory for Erik and is one of the few positive influences in the lonely man's life. Despite this, he is almost never in any adaptation of the famous book, though a similar character appears in the 1925 silent film. I remain dumbfounded as to why he is never present or simply has his role given to another character.
You know, Joseph Buquet, a character who is dead before the beginning of the novel, is in more adaptions of the Phantom of the Opera than the Persian, a character that the whole climax of the novel is told from the point of view of… I just find this strange.
Hello there, dear readers! I apologize for the lack of updates recently! CTN, Thanksgiving, and finals all decided to happen around the same time–and tragically, that left me with very little sleep and even less comic time! Today is my last day of finals and I am very excited to get back to the story. There is a two-page update headed your way soon! Soon!
Anyhoo, this is the poster that I created for school! Going for that wacky 90s family road trip theme, I guess? It was a lot of fun to work on and I got to hang it in the gallery at school!
Also, Fantomestein got nominated for an award?? What? Today is the last day to vote here for Fantomestein as Best New Webcomic of 2015! I am hugely honored to get nominated with such an amazing group of artists! Regardless of the outcome, I am a happy camper.
Aaand that’s a wrap for Chapter 1! Parallels, angst, and whining ghosts–oh my!
Thank you all so much for the support and love! You guys are the best–and I know I say that, like, every time but it is true. I can’t wait to share more of this project with you in the future. The comic will be on hiatus for a few weeks while I work on Chapters 2 and 3! But not to worry, there’ll still be art goodies and stuff like that happening, so stay tuned!
Been kicking around the idea of doing my own spin on Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera.
Based on my interpretation of the story, Raoul, who usually is depicted as a dashing hero type, is this precious dandy baby. He’s sheltered and naive and just a little ridiculous, but he means well.
Then there’s the Persian/Daroga. The people of the Opera are a bit frightened of him. He’s this big intimidating presence who’s always lurking around. He’s actually a very empathetic, it just keeps getting him into trouble.
And Christine. Christine is a haunted young woman in more ways than one. Never fully recovered from the death of her father Christine is left this faded version of herself. She’s clearly vulnerable and finds solitude in the Voice teaching her to sing, even when she suspects it might be a delusion.