• What she says:I'm fine.
  • 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.

Monster Masquerade!

Haha, this month’s drawing for the lovely Taryn got SUPER out of hand really quick but, much like small Raoul’s ponytail–this is quite impractical, but still fun!
Thank you for your support, Taryn! <3

Oh, and sorry, Daroga. 

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Fantomestein Cover: 2015 + Glad Tidings!

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. 

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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! 

Part 1 + Part 2 + Part 3 + Part 4 + Part 5 + Part 6 + Part 7

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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.