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Javert's going back to the old style of art because of Reasons, but people have expressed an interest in keeping the Jackman version of Valjean. Thoughts? 

590 deviants said Stick with Jackman; it opens up more actor allusion jokes, and he's nearly as tall as Quast.
440 deviants said Go back to the old version, he was adorable.
393 deviants said Return to the original style for consistency.
205 deviants said Keep the Jackman version! He's cute!

Devious Comments

TheDragonPrincess Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
Can't we keep them both?
Art-loving-Fairybug Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I prefer that the consistency of what you've already done be kept, though you've plainly shown that the 'canon' of this world could allow for a change like this. I suppose the better question is, "How would it serve the story?" And, if you prefer drawing him that way, so be it. This is your tale, and I trust you to know how best to tell it.
StormcrowX Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
as long as there promises to be more valjean/javert in general all is good.
Arwigirl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Just think of the Aussie-splosion of having Quast and Jackman! Although I personally found the old style of Valjean cuter.

And I really hope no-one says that Crowe is an Aussie. I have nothing against him, but he's from New Zealand, not Australia
kendermouse Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Well, I mostly want to see what other kind of annnoyances you can visit on Javert before he reverts; and beyond that, I'm not really all that fussed about it.

Anyway, Valjean looks cute this way, but he looked kind of... sweet, the other way. So really, it's all good.
Kymareah Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I was mourning the changes in Javert automatically.
both these characters appeared. I loved the original movie.....The new changes are very well drawn but I haven't been to see the new movie yet.

(I'm still just in general shock over Javert's hair....o.O All men, with hair, should wear it long, it makes them look more sophisticated...At least my g/f tells me so.)
Kymareah Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want the long hair back!!!!! I like the old Javert visually so much better.

and the consistent height thing......
Mali-chan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Um. The question is about Valjean and specifically begins with "Javert's going back to the old style". :confused:
MytanaSilvers Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I clicked "same for consistency" but I guess the actual view is "same, cos I liked the style better." It doesn't make a huge difference.
rilly-08 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I prefer the old version, but given character allusions, I only have three things to say. Mother. Fucking. Wolverine.
TsukiMizu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Whoever you feel is best I'm okay with. I like both your original style and Jackman. Either way I'm happy.
EpiphanyBlue Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
With all due respect, my arguments in favor of returning to your original Valjean.

1. Pale hair is closer to canon.
2. There is no particular reason that Valjean should be nearly as tall as Javert.
3. Avatars from different incarnations of the story provide a reminder of how different the book, musical, and film are because the contrast is concretely represented.
3a. It's fuzzy logic, but I would expect Jackman!Valjean to have a different understanding of Javert (and to a lesser extent, of himself) than Colm!Valjean, because they really were dealing with different characters and circumstances. By clear extension Brick!Valjean would have yet another idea. Sundry (admittedly obsessive) persons would never be able to stop thinking about that.
3b. It's fuzzy logic because the same reasoning would in theory bar Quast!Javert from thinking and acting like Brick!Javert, but I have no problem with that... in part because despite whatever I have convinced myself of regarding Musical!Javert being OoC, I will listen to the TAC "Stars" repeatedly, because I love how thorough he is. He does not simply rely on the power of his voice. There is conviction and fear and hope and reverence in his words, and I stop fretting over the details because the spirit is right on and this Javert might not be canonically accurate- and since when was that his fault?- but he is real. (Okay, so I just went and did that again.)
4. There is other fodder for actor allusions.
5. Whatever you think of Wilkinson, it would be well nigh impossible to deny that he played a sizeable role (even disregarding the double meaning there) in the show's history. His role in the phenomenon as a whole has been greater than Quast's, to be fair and frank. (I know that your image of Valjean is only partly based on him, but nonetheless that counts for something.)
6. I'm sure you can come up with a good in-Buildingverse excuse for why one of them reverts and the other doesn't, but there's probably a better use for your stockpile of suspension-of-disbelief chips. (Even in this crazy world there's occasionally a use and a need for them.)

This is where I stand, but feel free to remind me that if I must be so opinionated, I could always draw my own comic.
It would be dumb for me to let this keep me from reading yours.
BarbedXSkullXCap Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Well said! I don't think she'll take offense to this at all~

A friend once brought up a valid point to me, that anything not written by the author himself will be Ooc no matter how close to the original the characters are depicted. Considering this, I think the musical does a good job regardless~

Although the Brick will always be my favorite ;)
Kallaster Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
This is far to split to make one decision, it's as close to 50/50 as I have ever seen. I would suggest you switch between the two depending on jokes or circumstances. This way both sides are happy, because right now it looks like either way half the audience will be disappointed otherwise.

I mean, if Javert can get affected by the movie and yet decide to change back, perhaps in this world a character can choose to change to their favorite actor that plays them. I believe Phantom changed at some point, and most the other mains (Jareth, Sarah, James, Legolas, etc) only have one actor to choose which is why they don't change.
I loved original Valjean's facial hair. And I loved the height difference simply because he's supposed to be so strong and it was a nice contrast. That way his strength caught us by surprise.

Besides, it's cuter when you do those side pages and he's tiny when cuddling with Javert. *innocent look*
PrinceWarrenWolfson Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm kind of indifferent, I guess.
babykittys Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
keep Javert the way he was. he was so much more sexy and dangerous XD! the new version, is just... no. no. just, no. (the make up crew should have looked to your pics of him for inspiration ;D )
TornAsunder7916 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Jackman and Quast as a pair. Slash or no slash. Although I would prefer some slash. XD
Friglit Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Personally while I love Russel Crowe as Javert, nothing beats your version so PLEASE keep him. He is infinitely sexier... and yes I appreciate the irony of saying that about a cartoon over a real human, but there you have it. And he has fangs. I love the fangs. They deserve a fanclub of their own.

Personally I would prefer that Valjean stay in the old art too as again, I preferred your version, and the consistancy of sticking with the new however I don't feel as strongly on him as Javert so if he did change I would cope. JUST DONT CHANGE JAVERT!

Much love!
ME-inator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I have nothing against Jackman, but I think that changing the character designof Valjean so drasticly might confuse some people.

But, it remains that it is your comic. Choose what makes you happy. :D
AteMozzarella Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Nooo but your Valjean matched his look before D:

Unless the Jackman look leads to slashy things then BY GOD, LET THERE BE SLASH

But personally I prefer the old version.

thewastedgeneration Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
RedKiwiBird Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Go back! I can't very well slash them together if they look like they could be father and son! Or brothers or something... It would be two weird. The first time I ever saw Hugh Jackman was as Wolverine. I think Javert would have to break up with him.

Although, if it meant he would end up with Jamie, I could be persuaded.
AmbreeChristineSkye Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I really loved both of your original designs (Javert!!) and Valjean was cute so, if it suits you please return to the original. (If you ever feel like stirring trouble you can make them shift between or something, like the imfamous cold arch. =D)
MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I was rather fond of Jackman!Valjean. But not Crowe!Javert. :no: So, keep Jackman!Valjean, and Quast!Javert.
teh-chilla Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm with this girl!!!
ZixxVandom Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I know in the end the choice is ultimately up to you. Your art is amazing, and I really don’t care one way or another….I just picked the “Return to the original style for consistency.” Because…well as stated….consistency….Good luck with this either way, can’t wait to see what you come up with next.
BlueBat7 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Writer
I'm fine with either option. I know you'll do splended with either Javert. So... no votey since that isn't an option. P:
rubberduckyutah Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Quast!Javert was much more my tastes, please and thank you!
kyuubikasai9 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
It is so close! At the point I am reading this jackman has 566 and keeping as is has 565!
LilithArtist Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jackman? What does that mean?

On another note, I'm not sure that's wise to change Valjean's looks so quickly.
WenchyPirate Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I love everything you have done, so really I don't care which version you go with. You are the artist and author... everything I have seen from you has been wonderful so far and I am sure it will continue to be so.
mindsend Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
While I like both versions, he seems so happy with his current version, and it DOES lend itself to more jokes. And considering how much 'control' Eric apparently has (since it seems the phantom picks the youngest actor that played him but doesn't change his physical appearance to match judging from his conversation with Jareth where it was pointed out that the actors playing him are actually getting younger), which makes it seem like perhaps after the initial sticker-shock of a new rendition they settle into what they are the most comfortable with, even if its at a subconscious level.
TachikomasGhost Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I'll keep reading either way. :)
Zippy1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
I'd have to vote for the old style...he was so freaking adorable :3
ThexShadowxQueen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I prefer the older version, but that's just because I was introduced to him first. In the end it's your comic = your decision
shadow-hostage Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
gtqgrl Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Do what you feel like. I'm sure I'll love the result whatever you decide.
oncomingbeige Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I was originally in the Jackman camp, but...yeah, I think I prefer JVJ as he was. Partially because he's adorable like that, but also because I enjoy the fact that he looks more time-worn, and I feel like that's fitting for him.
Ranuel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
There is no, "Whatever you want to do" option so I'm posting my vote here. I don't have a strong feeling either way about Valjean the way I have about the two versions of Javert.
LunaInvidia Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I liked Pika's version, where they can switch at will. I can't think of the specific page but I like the idea that the characters have a certain kind of control over that.
Yuki-Kiryuu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Writer
I say go back, It's a bit confusing for us without good memory.
thinkingofcanniblism Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like both but whatever you go with I'll still like it.
FaeryReel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know I should begood, and tell you that "you are the artist" and so on........but...... Oh god please don't take Javert's sideburns away!
Mali-chan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ummm.... Isn't the question about Valjean. :confused:
FaeryReel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
... uh it appears that I misread the question.
Thanks for pointing that out.
Feel silly now.
Mali-chan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually there was a poll about whether or not Javert should get a more permanent "makeover" earlier (a month ago or so) but Quast/Original won that with a mile. :meow:
RurouniAlchemist25 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
You know what? Just do whatever you want. The rest of the comic seems to work quite well when you do that.
(Besides, I can't decide which version of Valjean I like better.) :shrug:
Silva-Adrianiel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I agree with this. The thing about Quast's version, at least in this comic, is that his image has kind of become the character.
11th-Memory Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad that Javert is going back to the old style. I was honestly worried I'd forget who he was with his new design. But you should keep Jackman, I think. Because the jokes would be good.

Also there's that one episode in GND where Javert was 'being John Malkovich" which implies that they can switch from one portrayal to another at will.

No one every drew Valjean or Javert as Liam Neeson and Geoffery Rush though and that makes me sad. That adaptation wasn't my favorite but Rush has this one line ("I KNNNNNEW IT!") and it's hilarious.
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