An illustration from something that is not mine! This happens rarely, but this had too much stuff in it that I love to ignore.
This is a bit from Wish You Were Here, which, despite appearances in this image, is a post-canon story. Thanks to G’Kar’s extended time with Lyta and the fragments of the link he made with Londo ages ago, he’s makes this jointly dreamed space for Londo to get away from his daily fate out of the memory of a trip he took with Garibaldi’s family to ‘The Happiest Place on Mars’ and I just could not stop being enchanted with the idea.
G’Kar is just largely delighted that it worked and steers Londo around while Londo himself is baffled and confused for most of it. It’s not stated out right what the place is, because neither of these two would know, but there’s enough in the story to tell you. The idea of using this theme park, but empty, as a place to escape from the horrible stuff going on for Londo post-canon really struck me, and the image of this fake castle going up into an orange sky. Plus G’Kar pouring some generic cola which I’ve made into a Coke bottle, because I just really love that he has no idea how commercial the things he’s picked are. This is just before he pours into some cup that I’ve decided just magically appears, because dreaming.
I kept thinking even that it wouldn’t even be the ‘real’ park, but would be whatever G’Kar remembered of it. Landmarks bigger or smaller than they were, layout not quite perfect, logos and signs indistinct.
That this managed to be sort of wistfully sad but have this kind of surreal juxtaposition of images made me unable to stop thinking about it. It should be a crack fic that basically says ‘and then Londo spends every night dreaming about going to Disney World’, but this just manages to hurt kind of softly. After I revisited it a few times and doodled it in my sketchbook, I decided to paint it properly.