I’ve written at least three blog posts since my last one that I haven’t actually posted because they were all terrible. Or maybe because my self-esteem and energy levels are in the toilet at the moment. Anyway, I thought I would show you this instead. It’s something I was working on at university: a modern adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera set in a high school. I wanted it to be a novel with visual and comic book elements. Unfortunately, I can draw well enough to not suck at Pictionary and that’s about it. You’ll notice that the only character I got round to putting facial features on is the one wearing a mask. Bearing all that in mind, though, I just discovered it and found that I was kind of proud of it, so I thought I’d show it off.
More under the cut.
These were kind of meant to be terrible lyrics but also I am kind of terrible at lyrics.
Let’s just not talk about whatever is going on with Chrissie’s leg there.
That’s as far as I got. It’s not a great loss to culture or anything but I think there are one or two interesting ideas in there. I was utterly obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera in my early teens after having all sorts of strange and hormonal feelings awoken in me by the Andrew Lloyd Webber movie with Gerard Butler in it. (Curiously, I don’t really fancy Gerard in anything else.) In retrospect, this is obviously kind of creepy, since Lloyd Webber’s Phantom is a vastly softened, weepy version of the original character and is still a stalktastic murderer. Phantom was my Twilight. I guess, in a way, this was my attempt to point out to my teenage self how utterly terrifying it would be if something like that actually happened to me.