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Panels aaaaand...Action!

Couldn't help it.
Yes, more Water Tribe thing (some of you must be bored of that right?), but the action sequence was just flowing off so easily, I had to put them on paper while the ideas were fresh.







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snapes_angel
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
Zhao's going to pwn him, in the end—the guy's overconfident.
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, Lao's getting a bit too cocky for his own good...
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ali_wildgoose
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
Heh! I've been so bad about commenting lately!

I love the fluidity of these pages...your pencils are always so lively, but this is gorgeous. Everyone has so much weight and momentum, you can really feel them move from panel to panel. I especially love the last two panels of the third page.

ALSO! Thumbs way up to the new icon. :D
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Eh, we all been very busy, haven't we?
Third page has come out as my fave of the bunch. I'd probably fix quite a few things on the others so they'd read a bit better (picky picky nitpicky)

Thanks- The icon was a fun moment of madness with toys :D Sokka is not getting his water tribe club anytime soon.
alexds1
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Holy shit!! Love these, esp pg 79, makes me want to put colors on it.

And Zhao's not old ;_; Ok maybe a little, but the other guy's no spring chicken either.
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
79 came out the nicest of the bunch. Still room for improvement on the others, but what the hey- thumbnails are for that.
Zhao's way into his 40's here. Not that old indeed, but Lao can claim a few years off.
Dangerous game here: Lao taunts Zhao into making a mistake, and Lao's being too cocky at the same time.
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fani
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
I'm like WEEEEEEEEE FIGHT SCENE!!!
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
Action is fuuuun :)
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rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
Heh, Zhao's learning to respect fire in a way that master Jeong Jeong could never teach ;)
Zhao has experience with that club: mostly used on baby seals and molebears, but should do the trick on humans (it's just Lao moves around a lot)
amiraelizabeth
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Bored of "Watertribe"?!? Never!

Great pages. The action sequence is amazing.
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
Well...it could happen. Boredom I mean.
Thank you! Had lots of fun with these pages :)
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rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much! *blushes*
rohantm
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
Holy crap! These are awesome! The large frame on page 79 is so beautifully composed, and the corridor on page 77.

I'm probably imagining any connection to the Sinistar arcade game in the dialogue on page 77... maybe if the first balloon said "Run! Run!" =)
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
I have not played the Sinistar game, so the connection is totally lost on me. Ah well...
incandescens
Aug. 8th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
So very cool. Totally awesome art.
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
star_puppet
Aug. 8th, 2007 08:33 am (UTC)
Oh wow...the fight sequence just blew me away. :>
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
It ain't over yet!
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takumee
Aug. 8th, 2007 08:34 am (UTC)
I have a problem typing in full sentences right now.

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rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Haha! Good use of a previous panel :D
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mikari_chan
Aug. 8th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
Wah! what great action sequences! dg ckgds jcsxhc xwhegfc sbcf sdmvfcdsm....for better lack of words! X3
I hope we get to see Zhao kick some firbender butt!!
...that is a rather ironic wish isn't it? XD
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
I wonder if Zhao could kick his own butt...Probably.
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bannman
Aug. 8th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
great fight sequence !
Bravo !
:-D
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
Un gros gros merci!!
Y'a des trucs que je vais réarranger pour une version plus finale. D'ici là, je trouverai bien une solution à ce qui "bug"
aimo
Aug. 8th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
At this point, I'm terribly in love with Zhao TwT

I dig that the fight is a frenzy of fierceness! That Lao has a bigger advantage through firebending and swiftness makes this a dramatic duel indeed :D
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
They are equally matched, in a way: Zhao for brute force, Lao with quickness and firebending.
ambrmerlinus
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
Dude, cloak on fire! So badass!

Spinny Water Tribe club ahoy!

And then they're jumpin' around, and Zhao's trying to lay the smackdown with the club, and...

Yeah, I would go so far as to say that this fight scene is as good as the ones in the show. I am absolutely riveted. MOARPLZ!
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
If these panels had been done by master Dean Kelly (quite possibly THE fight sequence board artist on the show, but there were also many other good artists doing awesome fight scenes...), they would have kicked even more butts.
rock_rhapsody
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
Those are some brilliantly executed (and drawn) fight scenes! Me thinks Lao's going to slip up if he keeps up his cockyness..
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Nothing worse than slipping on your own cockyness.
(ok, I'm getting a gross mental image)
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archangelbeth
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
Five pages? WOO!

Eeeee, c'mon, Zhao, wipe that smug off his face!

Though if a certain Water Tribe woman showed up and smacked Lao unexpectedly, that would make me happy, too.

Actually, just about anything to smack Lao would make me happy, and I'm sure you'll come up with something.
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Heh, when the drawings flow easily, updating is fun :)
darkjediprinces
Aug. 8th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Bored? Of the Water Tribe comic? NEVAH!

(Of course, I personally would love to see more of the Alternate History comic, but hey. It's all good. ^__^)

Lovely action poses, angles... God, I suck at that. I need to work on it. And panel layout, and... *list goes on and on*

*cough, shrinks back into the shadows*
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
Aw thanks! Hopefully, I can keep the pace up story wise.
I'll finish the other AU. I promised myself that. It's just that Zhao is a harsher master and demands more attention all the time. ;)
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rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Oooh, actiony scrolling action word!
Lao ain't no pushover.
Fire nation clothes are sturdy, but not all that sturdy- Zhao got burned there. he just has no time to think about it.
tammylee
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
Third page, middle panel, FOR THE WIN!
Awesome pages, I especially like how your sketches really convey the fact that the club is a solid, rather heavy weapon.
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you- I'm glad I didn't mess that one up too much.
Maybe Zhao should have chosen a lighter weapon for that fight, something that can be moved faster.
Then again, he prefered fighting with a weapon he understood better. His loss.
tesseracting
Aug. 8th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
bored? no, just wishing for a clear way to read it from the beginning. :P
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Mea Culpa.
I've been so busy with just updating the thing, I spent little time thinking about the best way to post the pages for easy reading. Apologies about that.
Anyone has suggestions? I'm not too tech savyy when it comes to internet, so what would work best and would be easy to implement?
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pooryorick
Aug. 8th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
WOW. I can't get over how awesome this is! Every shot is incredibly dynamic, and there are so many punchy, exciting angles. And the movement is fantastically fluid.
Man, I love action sequences, especially tight fight scenes, but I always have a hard time actually making the action look convincing. How do you go about blocking this sort of thing out? And do you use any sort of reference (like yourself in the mirror) for the poses, especially the heavy foreshortening?
Anyway, woo! Brilliant!
rufftoon
Aug. 8th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you ever so much.
If I have trouble thinking of a scene right away, I'll first doodle a few random interesting poses and angles. Then, I try to put them in order. For these pages though, my brain seemed to know which way to go, so I just let the action flow. There are a few things rough around the edges here and there, but nothing that can't be fixed later on (this is after all, a WIP).
For certain poses, yes I'll try and make them myself. Fireshortening is purely trial and error until I get it somewhat looking ok.
xxoathkeeperxx
Aug. 9th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
Woah, I had no idea that you had a journal! :D
I'm totally friending you ^-^
rufftoon
Aug. 9th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
I'm always hiding in little corners of the internet.
Thank you! :D
onion_sama
Aug. 9th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
OOOh my gawd you draw so fast you put us other storyboard artists to shame XD I just love the energy in these fight sequences - and how is it that you manage to turn Zhao, possibly one of the biggest a**hole in the show into someone completely likable, and root-able?? I am cheering for him all the way in this fight! Go Zhao go!
rufftoon
Aug. 9th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm not really fast- I get burst of speed but it ain't constant, which makes me rather average.
Well, this Zhao is not quite the same Zhao as in the show afterall- got his memory wiped by the Ocean Spirit, got some (bad) habits from the Water Tribe. Yet, he's still very much an egomaniac that looks after himself first and foremost.
I guess you are cheering for the lesser evil here (Lao being a pretty good bastard himself)
booter_freak
Aug. 11th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
*3*

Woooooow.

Zhao's gonna kick his pirate ass. Does Lao not SEE the fluid graceful balleria-of-death movements of Zhao?
rufftoon
Aug. 11th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Why oh WHY do you put these images in my head!?
Why do I see Zhao in a tutu!
I will blame you for my histerical fits of giggling.
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