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The evil of broccoli

I just never learn.
I know my system doesn't like to eat raw broccoli. Gives me stomach ache. But that salad today looked so tempting, I...I couldn't resist!
So here I am, feeling miserable again because I was hoping this time would be different (it was a mighty tasty salad though- only the after effects are bad).

Enough complaining- had an awesome time at TCAF this past weekend. No pics from me unfortunately. Did table duty, and it was nice and relaxed. Meeting and talking with loads of nice folks.
I just hope they forget about the kids tent next year, and just keep everyone in the same place. You could still have kids activities without isolating some of the artists.

Continuing part two of my work contract (I'll mention what it is at some point)- will be busy for a while on this I'm afraid. And it looks like I'll have to be juggling a third assignement at the same time soon too. Ayeee! But it won't last long, so it's not bad.

So what does it mean for the Avatar AU? Well, sporadic updates. But it continues!





The crew on Zhao's ship are not feeling too too hot about fighting not only their countrymen, but also the same navy.
I'm not feeling too hot about drawing naval battles (never did before), but hey! It will be a good exercise.
That Zhao is causing trouble for everyone I tell ya...

Comments

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jkivela
Aug. 21st, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
It is hard to figure out what ship those crew members are from (unless you have reused faces from other panels and I just don't notice since I don't have all of the pages in front of me). Just mentioning (since you've asked for suggestions in the past)... still liking it all.
rufftoon
Aug. 21st, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
I was slightly afraid of that...I'll have to think of a way to show these are part of Zhao's crew.
Mental note: I could show them earlier on! That's something for the corrected version.
jkivela
Aug. 21st, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
or if you pan out enough perhaps you can show Zhao in the background? Or show that crowd in the background of one of the panels that is focusing on Zhao? Just ideas.
rufftoon
Aug. 21st, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
All good ideas. I will have to rework this. Thanks for your suggestions, very appreciated :D
rufftoon
Aug. 21st, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
Ooh!
I'm going to fix it by making just one big long panel :D
Easy solution, all clear.
jkivela
Aug. 22nd, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
genious like this is why you get paid the big bucks, no?
rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Must not be much of a genious, as I never see those big bucks ;)
jkivela
Aug. 22nd, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
artists don't make money until they are dead, didn't they tell you that in school? ;)
catiechu
Aug. 21st, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
The lines on these pages, especially, are so nice and clean. I know I've said so before, but your updates make my day whenever they pop up. :)
rufftoon
Aug. 21st, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
Clean? Really? *looks at mess of a page*
Guess a bit of Photoshop cleanup helped a little.
Thank you :)
snapes_angel
Aug. 22nd, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
Especially crisp, compared to some of the rest of us. ^_^
ambrmerlinus
Aug. 21st, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
The little crush that the wounded soldier has on the healer is adorable. And "THEY'RE IN THE WAY!" was good for a laugh. XD
rufftoon
Aug. 21st, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
Those poor soldiers, at sea for so long and no relationships. Some tend to fall for a crush really fast and easily.
archangelbeth
Aug. 21st, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
"Get them down, they're in the way!"

Oh, Zhao, ever-sensitive and tactful. Though in a battle, being able to get people back up and running faster is a good thing! Really!

...though with three opposing ships, Zhao'd probably prefer a battle-trained waterbender 'bout now.

*squees at you*
rufftoon
Aug. 21st, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Zhao would loooooove to have a whole regiment of waterbenders right about now.
But all he has is one woman, and she was only trained as a healer a long time ago.
And she didn't really like it, so she quit. So she's a half healer (better than no healer).
archangelbeth
Aug. 21st, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Half a healer is better than none! Poor, poor Zhao. C'mon, Zhao! Pray to the spirits for help! You've got a waterbender on board, so it might help... Can't hurt, anyway... Eeeee! *gnaws her fingernails*
invaderk
Aug. 22nd, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Apparently they will attack!

The little heart from the guy that was being healed gave me a nice chuckle, yes it did. Zhao is just so grateful, isn't he?

On a random side note, I learned how to pronounce your first name today, thanks to the ASN ComiCon coverage. Couldn't quite read the comic they zoomed in that you drew, but that's okay.

At any rate, good luck with your project, whatever it is. And stay away from the broccoli! :)
rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
Zhao knows they will, the crew hopes not.
Zhao is just pure gratefulness...yeah, right.
I will stay away from raw broccoli (until I spot another good looking salad). But the cooked one, like in soup, will be ok.
snapes_angel
Aug. 22nd, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
You can lay the broccoli bits aside, you know. ;-)
tammylee
Aug. 22nd, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
*cheers Zhao and his crew on*

rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
One VS Three. They will need cheering, unless...
incandescens
Aug. 23rd, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Unless?

(And this is as great as ever. If not more so.)
alexds1
Aug. 22nd, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
Woah, raw broccoli? I've never eaten it any way but cooked or at least steamed... how hardcore of you XD

Zhao's such a sensitive guy in that last panel on pg88. Also, damn! 88 pages! This is quite the Zhao epic :D Which is of course, the best kind of epic there is.
rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Hardcore, hardcore...hard on the stomach, is what!
It was chopped in fine pieces, mixed with other veggies in light oil. Very very nice. My stomach couldn't take it though.

88 pages already...and I will pass the hundred with part 3. It is definitely the longest (I don't plan these things in advance- THIS is the planning!)
kabochan
Aug. 22nd, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
So sad that broccoli doesn't agree with you! For me, it's a gift from the gods! I'd happily eat it at every meal.. that's not breakfast (because broccoli is *not* a breakfast food).

And while you're keeping busy, just remember: having lots of work is very much preferable to having NO work. How else are you going to pay for that broccoli?
rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
I will have to stick to cooked broccoli.
I could deal with a tiny itsy bit less work- so I can still pay for food AND relax. Good thing I like my job.
pooryorick
Aug. 22nd, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
The expressions on the bottom two panels of the first page - oh man, so great. And hey, look who's back! Ooooh.

I imagine it's difficult to deal with the ships and the individuals in combat. Lots of cuts back and forth between long shots and closeups, I suppose.
rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
Yup, these guys are baaaaack! heehee. Can't get rid of them.
Looks like I'll have to have a lot of wide shots: I like to be able to see what is happening. I know I keep bitching about it in movies. I almost yelled during the Transformers film "pull the frigging camera back, these are GIANT robots!!"
pooryorick
Aug. 22nd, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
So glad to see them! You really worked up a great team with those characteres.

Hrm, yeah wide shots makes sense. I totally know what you mean - I hate films that go in way too tight for action sequences. We're here for the spectacle of big stuff getting busted up, so let us see it!
Some tallship movies, like Master & Commander, do a pretty good job of shooting sea battles in good - and visible - ways.
rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
Hmmm...I should rent Master and Commander. It was on my list of "I should see this movie one day". Inspiration could be good.
pooryorick
Aug. 22nd, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
It is a good movie! Of course, I only saw it once and that was back when it first came out, so hopefully I'm not misremembering the cinematography! But either way, it's a fun watch. :)
cro2
Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
"I just hope they forget about the kids tent next year, and just keep everyone in the same place. You could still have kids activities without isolating some of the artists."

We here you. Thanks for coming out Johanne! :)

- Chris
rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
Hullo Chris!
Hope I didn't sound too harsh here- it's just that the kids tent looked so deserted this year, it was slightly heartbreaking. I do hope you keep kids events, it is a great initiative. Let's just keep all the artists together :)
angelwingkitty
Aug. 22nd, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
Awww I love the little heart the fire nation soldier is sending her way ^^ I love Zhao's expression too when inquiring about her healing capabilities, really great interaciton!
rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
That poor soldier- after months and months at sea, finally someone gives him a little care. No wonder he's got a crush :)
Thanks! :)
angelwingkitty
Aug. 22nd, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Awww hehe indeed. That's gotta be nice for him. Funny thing I just noticed is that there doesn't seem to be any female soldiers on Zhao's ship XD
rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Zhao, in his macho way, didn't think of getting any women for his crew.
rock_rhapsody
Aug. 24th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
The soldier in the 2nd last panel of the first page is hilarious! And trust Zhao to utilise everything he has, no matter how little.. hope you're feeling better now.
rufftoon
Aug. 24th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Feeling much better, thank you. The broccoli has made its way.
Zhao is not the wasteful type...which could be taken in a good or bad way.
sylvacoer
Aug. 25th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
Zhao's right, medics need to get below. could have done it a little more tactfully, but hey...
rufftoon
Aug. 25th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Tactfully? He's all about tact. He didn't hit her to get below deck, right?
;)
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