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Integration -I kissed the boogeyman and I liked it by vegechan Integration -I kissed the boogeyman and I liked it by vegechan
Messing around with Candlejack and his girlfriend, Merlin and the possibilities of how they met, so my muse produced these random sketches. Random Halloween party and Jack feels like mingling. Merlin is dressed as 90's style Jean Grey from X-Men (she even dyed her hair velvet red to make the look more believable). She also happens to be able to relate to her favorite comic book character (Merlin loves comic books and cosplay) because she possesses the power of telekinesis/telepathy (Jean is kind of her hero).

Everyone knows about the boogeyman Candlejack and she notices Jack, not realizing he's the real thing and assumes he's some dude dressed to look like him (This is the first person she's ever seen dressed up as the one and only Candlejack in a good while and wants to let him know she admires his 'costume'). She "says his name" because she never abides by the childhood warning to "never say his name". She calls out to him "Candlejack!" and Jack is like "Who, me?". (I forgot to mention that Jack is wearing a brocade coat with a hood that emulates the design in Assassin's Creed. He rather enjoys cosplaying too, so he occasionally indulges in dressing up and attending conventions for the fun of it). 

Jack plays along with Merlin thinking he's just some average joe in a Candlejack outfit. :iconloolfaceplz: :icontrollfaceplz: At this point, Merlin has had a little too much to drink. They dance and talk (they get along very well and are having fun). After a time, the suspense is killing her and resolves to discover the face of this stranger and since they're already in close proximity, she tugs up the lower half of his mask.

Jack starts to pull away and Merlin respects his privacy and doesn't go further than exposing the lower half of his face. Then, without even thinking, Merlin boldly leans in to kiss the boogeyman's pale lips because she just "had this feeling" and ...well, Jack hasn't been kissed in a VERY long time and well he's :iconforeveraloneplz:.. he's a bit surprised to say the least.

Sorry. I had too much fun with this...

The center drawing of Jack with the angry face and smokey eyes was just sort of thrown in there as an after thought because, why t'feck not? There was a huge space that needed to be filled....

and so, I think this might be how they get started as an odd couple (still debating).

I'm beginning to enjoy the mask of Candlejack more and more so I figured that in my fanfic he wears it whenever (part-time) depending on his moods and certain situations (like when he wants to be ornery:iconhurrplz:, scare people, be extra stealthy or more antisocial than usual :iconfacepokerplz:)... It's part of his image when he wants to remind people that he IS and always will be the boogeyman with the creepy stitched smile. :icondealwithtrollplz:. :meow:

The title of this piece is inspired by Katy Perry's "I kissed a girl" because, why not?

Related Art:

Integration - Silly Man by vegechanIntegration - Jack's lovely lady by vegechan

Candle Jack © Warner Bros & Stephen Spielberg, John McCann, Paul Rugg, and all the staff of dreamworks

Jack beneath the mask also known as Jacque “Bougie” Larouche (Origin French) The rock, a lonely mass of stone. De La Roche, 'from the rock.'
(Candle, in french also means “Bougie”, hence the American nickname “boogie man”)
  & his lovely lady, Merlin Devereux © Me
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Campdpi Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Dude, so amazing!!!! I love them all, but my favorite is the bottom drawing. Even without seeing his face you can tell, he's pretty freaking surprised :D 
vegechan Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
intoxication makes everyone do things they wouldn't normally do and this certainly left an impression on them both. So much so in fact that it eventually draws them back to one another. Can never forget that one special kiss that made you melt, your toes curl, break out in goosebumps and a chill race down the length of your spine. It's been a long time since Jack ever allowed himself to fall in love with anyone. Too much tragedy and hardship has jaded him and Merlin senses that, which just makes her want to pursue him that much more. And well, who is Jack to deny her siren call to his heart?
student-yuuto Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
ohhhh awesome!! before your arts i never even thought about the person behind the mask... your CJ is wonderful :love:
vegechan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ugh. why is it that I only ever notice my typos AFTER I've posted a reply or comment?!  I wish there was an option to edit comments because I feel like an idiot... my only excuse is that I have a migraine and I'm exhausted. hahah. I'm sure you don't mind. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I'm deeply appreciative, not to mentioned honored!! (sorry if I sound like a crazy fan-girl - I love your work!)
student-yuuto Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Ahhh you're too kind !!! I think it's so cool how you gave him more depth like that, and more personality really...I'll have to look thru and find your old drawings of him on here too! Heheh! ^__^
vegechan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God, I'm so very glad you like my 'mystery man beneath the mask'. I wish I could share the back story I've created for him and in some my older (terrible) drawings of him I have revealed certain parts of his personal information, one being that he's several hundred years old (his immortality is part of his mutation and in his former full-time role as the boogeyman, he's often confused for a wraith or lich (both being partially true), however he is in fact living (not undead) because he still requires food and sleep, etc. It's all very deep and intense, but I'd spend a lot of time taking your ear to cover everything he is, has done, and experienced. 
nucularman Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
great ;)
vegechan Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, thanks! I'm so very glad you approve! It makes my efforts worth it!
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