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Hurray!

Today during lunch time, I officially went down from three jobs at the same time to two.
One more to go to return to normal life. Yay! It will take a few more weeks, but it will be feasible.

To celebrate my somewhat freedom from one less work, I offer a big dump of Water Tribe stuff, drawn at night while in bed.
I draw (almost) everywhere you know. Except in my sleep. Dang! That would be useful...
Caution, mild swearing as Zhao loses patience.






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alexds1
Aug. 31st, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
At first I thought 'yay! So many pages!'... then I read them and thought 'oh no! Not enough pages D:'

Can't wait to see what happens next!! I like the role Kwon plays as well, he's so reasonable...
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
That's the curse, isn't it. Too many is often too little.
And if Zhao can't have a brain to think properly (mr. No Self Control), I had to give that to someone else so Zhao wouldn't die in the first few pages.
rock_rhapsody
Aug. 31st, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
I concur with alexds1 's comment! Also, last panel's "Stop being philosophical, Jung!" had me thinking of Carl Jung..
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
At first, his name was supposed to be totally different (forgot what it was), but I settled on Jung.
Pronounced quite differently from that of the good doctor Carl Jung.
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rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
No wrist braces yet. It might happen one day, but not yet.
armadaryu
Aug. 31st, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
I agree with alexds1, not enough pages! D: I like that Zhao tries communicating with the ocean spirit. For the last few pages, he's been acting so "Zhao-ish" that I almost forgot about the whole water-tribe thing XD
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
Oh believe me, Zhao also wanted to forget about the whole water tribe thing. Not that he ever could, always being surrounded by the ocean, but he tried.
megami_maxwell
Aug. 31st, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
Good Goddess, so much Zhao in one place, and yet not nearly enough! *_* Oh Zhao. Jeeze, your skill with boats... You said this was the first time you'd done a naval scene like this? It's so good, wow. *_* <3
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
There can never be enough Zhao in one place (his victims would beg to differ, though).
As for the naval scene, you're only seeing what has not been rejected. It used to be way worse.
star_puppet
Aug. 31st, 2007 06:52 am (UTC)
So many pages...but still they're not enough...oh man...
Hehehehe...
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
I'll be going back down to two pages at a time soon. This was special, as in I could work a little bit on it every night, but never finish anything properly.
rohantm
Aug. 31st, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
Oh cool, maybe we get a glimpse of the Ocean Spirit's intention...?

Really, really nice job with the ships on these pages. They feel massive and real. The stern view on page 96 is especially cinematic.

The lower-right frame on page 98 is just a beautiful tonal composition. It's neat because you made it feel as if the ice could be either encroaching or retreating, like it hasn't decided...
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
Spirits intentions are hard to understand- they like to keep us guessing.
Thank you, really glad you like the stern view. That was a last minute addition, as I hated the two previous panels that were there (in doubt, bring the camera out- it sometimes work). So it was a stern replacement panel surgery.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 31st, 2007 07:29 am (UTC)
The thought spark, damn the thought spark on the last panel of the last page! How am I supposed to stand this sort of suspense?

P.S. Been lurking for months, you and your comics are fabulous!

P.P.S. Note to Zhao. Not trying to tell you what to do, but I think you ought to at least offer to track down the others that were sold as slaves if you want a miracle.
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Heh, I am evil, I like cliffhangers of all sorts. Little ones, big ones...
You're being too kind. These are good exercises for me. It's storytelling practice.
Zhao will not take your advice - just cause he's Zhao and pigheaded.
aimo
Aug. 31st, 2007 07:39 am (UTC)
Happy that there a huge page update.
Sad that I read them fast and am left wanting more.

But 99 exciting pages so far, that's an achievement! Congrats :)

Now I'm really intrigued to know what kind of hoops Zhao has to jump through to please the Ocean Spirit >:)
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Comic pages are like box of chocolates; you wolf them down, and when it's empty you just want more (or feel sick to your stomach...ok, bad image)

Thank you. Never thought I'd go that far in doodling.
You can bet the Ocean Spirits has special hoops made just for Zhao.
angelwingkitty
Aug. 31st, 2007 07:40 am (UTC)
Just wow. I love this impression you've given of Zhao and this side of him he's revealing. So true to his character yet so... I dunno, just wow. I'm beyond words! Can't wait for more!
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
I am just making this up as I go along. The joy of AUs, you don't have to be extra canon :)
mikari_chan
Aug. 31st, 2007 07:48 am (UTC)
Wargh you are so good with the plotline twistyness. XD I was half wishing that the Ocean Spirit would pop up half hoping it would be like 'haha no Zhao you lose'. ^^; I can't wait to see how this all is going to end up! :D
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
Spirits are fickle things. Zhao should know by now. Aw heck, let him break his nose a few more times, maybe he'll learn.
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queen_marshed
Aug. 31st, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
I must concour with the other that there are not enough pages! I'm on the edge of my seat now!!
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Darn, I should never post more than two or three at the time. Small doses does seem to be better ;)
incandescens
Aug. 31st, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
Eeeeeeeee.

Oh, Zhao.

Come on, universe. Give him a break. Just this once.
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
The Universe: "no."
ambrmerlinus
Aug. 31st, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
These pages were all so goooood!

"The ocean takes, it doesn't give back."

...oh shit. Does that mean what I think it means?
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Will it be what you think? Wait and see I'm afraid...
fayren
Aug. 31st, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
So many pages!!

You're spoiling us all.

I find Zhao's stubbornness and 'this isn't running...' talk to be hilarious. XD <3
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
I'm spoiling myself too- I'm having way too much fun doing these- relaxes me in a way, clears the brain of cobwebs.
And Zhao would never call it fleeing, but a strategical decision.
archangelbeth
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, poor Zhao. Humbling himself even that much... And not getting instant rewards. But it looks like he's got an idea? Aie! Cliffhanger!
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Trying to bully the Ocean Spirit into doing something in front of his crew...not good.
He's got a sort of idea. Sort of...
tammylee
Aug. 31st, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Keep and eye on Zhao, Jung! I think he's going to do something stoopid!

Wonderful pages!

The stern shot on the second last page is really nice for a couple of reasons, but my favourite one is seeing all that black on the page; like the darkness has something to say.
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
Zhao mostly does dangerous, lethal things. Though stupid things are definitely within his range too.

The darkness has something to say: "we will eat you, Zhao!"
reuxben
Aug. 31st, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
I'm starving because the dining halls haven't opened yet, but this installment completely perked me up.

My absolute favorite panel I've yet seen in the comic is "What do you want from me!?". Maybe it's the freezing air conditioning, the hunger pangs, or the temporary helplessness, but I really felt his frustration!

Beautiful job! I love this blog!



rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'd go with the hunger pangs. I could replace Zhao's dialogue for "I WANT FOOD!" and it would work perfectly.

Thank you very much, glad you enjoy this blog of Zhao Madness (shirtless madness comes as an option)
canterlope
Aug. 31st, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Oh the suspense! So close and yet so far...

Really like the way the falling snow adds to the atmosphere, especially on the second panel of page 99. Zhao just looks so defeated there.
Quick, somebody give that man a hug! XD
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much :)
Glad you like the snow - and that it works in the scene.
Zhao is not so much into hugs. Do at your own risk.
snapes_angel
Aug. 31st, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Damn it, Kwon! I thought I told you to stop being so perceptive! ~FTW!

The ocean takes, but it doesn't give back. Then why is Zhao there? He gonna take a dive?

...Can he swim?
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
That is exactly what Zhao is wondering. Why is he there. What is he supposed to do...
Zhao can swim- but the water is pretty darn cold there. He wouldn't want to jump in there.
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conga_chili
Aug. 31st, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
Ack!! Don't jump!!
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Are you kidding? That water is cold!
azvolrien
Aug. 31st, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Awesome stuff, this. I'm afraid almost all of my critical thoughts went clear out of my head, except this one: it's spelled 'ice floe'.
rufftoon
Aug. 31st, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Aha! Thanks for catching that! I must fix. The moment I have access to the original file...
And thanks also for your kind words on my Zhao rambling moments :)
invaderk
Sep. 1st, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
Gasp! Zhao hath seen something!
And wow, this comic is getting immensely popular, isn't it? 99 pages! What a feat!
I never noticed your comments at the bottom of each thumbnail page before now (I'm a little slow on the uptake). But the comments are very much amusing!
rufftoon
Sep. 1st, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
More like Zhao had a thought.
Yes, it does happen. The man can have thoughts.
I don't know about popular (bof, who cares), but I kinda find it hard to believe I've reached 99 pages. Woo!
takumee
Sep. 1st, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
I really liked the sound effects, makes the story seem more epic. :B And the little details like the FN soldier coughing and stuff.
... I think that Kwon doesn't think that Zhao is nuts. (wierd sentence)

Oh shi- ANOTHER CLIFFHANGER!

Okay, I'm addicted to your comics again!
*starts waiting for the next installment of comics*


rufftoon
Sep. 1st, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
I'm always torn between putting in sound effects or not. Sometimes, I like completely silent fights and all.
Kwon is not quite sure what to think about Zhao...
Yay for addiction!
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sylvacoer
Sep. 2nd, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
Screw the maneuvers, I have divine intervention! (^-^)
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
You know how hard that is to get? Screw divine interventions...he's gonna take matters in his own hands.
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