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100: This...Is...WATAAAA (Tribe)

Day would have been perfect, if I hadn't been sick for part of it. Eurk. Still, much much better tonight. Will most certainly sleep soundly.

Managed to get a bit of work done, some groceries (yay for favorite Camembert- Le Bocage), t'was a beautiful end of summer day, and squeezed out some Water Tribe pages too.

So apart from a bad tummy- all was well.



From here on, things are going to move a bit slowly.
And I didn't do anything special for page 100. Ah well, no big loss, let's just move on...



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turntap2
Sep. 3rd, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
Gah! Everything is so amazing. I said the title of your post outloud and laughed immediately afterwards.
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
You're too kind *blushes*
Oh man, if I reach 300 pages with this thing, I'm making a Zhao-Sparta Icon :D
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thesuperfreak
Sep. 3rd, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
sorry to hear you were sick~ Glad you're feeling better nowz ^^

Water Tribe Zhao is such a n00b....so cute XD
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
Sickness comes and goes (ah, old age is going to be fun I tell ya).
WTZhao was a total noob- he only very slowly grew out of it.
aimo
Sep. 3rd, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
Zhao, you so crafty :D

I love the flashback panels, particularly the curious look on Zhao's face...I really appreciate little moments like these when he expresses emotions other than his signature aggressive look. So adowable...*gets burned to a crisp*
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
I don't know about his craftiness level, but he certainly likes to tease his opponents.
It is kinda nice to give him another expression than a smug smirk or just plain angry.
*gets burned to a crisp seconds after you*
star_puppet
Sep. 3rd, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
Heehee...the tables have turned for Zhao but still a mighty gamble to play. :D

Spartan Zhao?? I'm encouraging you to go for it~! :D

Zhao with mellow emotions shown on that face of his...he's so dreamy when he does that.. <3
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
The table will be turned only if he gets out of this.
If.
Dang, second person to tempt me with spartan Zhao.
About mellow emotions...all I know is when I draw them, he loses some Zhaoness. Ah well...maybe that helped him survive in the Water Tribe that long.
andy_longwood
Sep. 3rd, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Very nice! I'm very fond of the last panel. Hope your tummy feels better. Sleep well!
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Last panel- one of the easiest I ever had to draw- hurray for tiny ships and loads of ice!
Thanks for the good wishes too.
alexds1
Sep. 3rd, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
Wow! Impressive... apart from the pages being awesome, I like that you've included so much info about the ice, like the growlers... after reading that thing about the Franklin expedition I'm in a good place to receive these pages XD

Also love those rounded panels, because rounded panels are cool, and the burn on his nose is adorable.

Uh... I wish I had something more constructive to say other than how much I like where this is going, but I don't!!
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you-
I read the book about the Northwest Passage years ago, so all my memories of people crossing the ice is a bit foggy. If I tell something stupid, someone will correct me (I hope).
Rounded panels are very cool- I must make more.
novabat
Sep. 3rd, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (Can't believe I went on that far...sheesh)
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incandescens
Sep. 3rd, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
Go Zhao! Oh yes. Very nice indeed.
archangelbeth
Sep. 3rd, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
What incandescens said, yeah! And lots of other people. That flashback was... oooooo. Yes, Zhao, your time in the water tribe may be the saving of you!
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rohantm
Sep. 3rd, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)
Oooh, I love the cat-and-mouse aspect of uneven naval engagements. (I'm a huge Horatio Hornblower fan.) Looking forward to this part.

I also like when we're reminded that the faceless minions are really just regular guys with a face-covering helmet. That's something Miyazaki did with Nausicäa, with Princess Kushana's troops.
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Uneven naval engagement fun? Tell that to Zhao!
And I don't think I have much talent telling naval battles, so I think I'm going to get cold feet and not bring this too much further (thought there WILL be a final confrontation).
The random extra characters sometimes come out with personalities I had not planned- they just started existing on the page. The soldier from a few pages ago, Jung, is a book and scrolls collector of all things. The crew goes to see him to borrow books, but usually they find them pretty boring.
Except that one artistic one with the images of the pretty ladies and how to please them. That's a crew favorite.
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kluna66502
Sep. 3rd, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
were can I start from page 1?
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
This is the first page of part 1
http://pics.livejournal.com/rufftoon/pic/000190c4/g71
At the top, you'll notice a previous and next picture button. To see the image bigger, just click on it.
Not the best system ever, but...
First page of part 2
http://pics.livejournal.com/rufftoon/pic/00028cxp/g81
And first page of part 3
http://pics.livejournal.com/rufftoon/pic/00039gx4/g82
ambrmerlinus
Sep. 3rd, 2007 11:40 am (UTC)
Eeeee Zhao is so cool. :D I really like the little "Zhaoka" flashback in there.
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
About time he starts remembering his (recent) past- he's back in the "homeland"
goraina
Sep. 3rd, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
Only you would have tummy troubles, and then go out and buy cheese. :P
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
The cheese is for later, after the tummy troubles *gives guilty puppy stare*
snapes_angel
Sep. 3rd, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
Landmark! So, is Zhao listening to the ice, and maybe thinknig the ice will crush or at least trap the hulls of the other ships?

(100+ pages = Happy Birthday! lol)

Tea with lemon and honey? Ginseng? What?
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Naaaa, Zhao won't listen to the ice- he certainly doesn't have that good a skill. But he'll keep an ear out anyway in case he hears a big crunching noise, that's for sure!
Sickness gone, so no need for little teas and stuff. Just relax time and easy food. White rice..guh.
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queen_marshed
Sep. 3rd, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
The more I read you comic, the more I find Zhao adoreable~~ :3
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
...though he still very much deserves a few nasty hits over the head.
(hehe, he's gonna hate me for making him adorable- ruins his warrior image ;) )
tammylee
Sep. 3rd, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Zhao watching 300: This show is so hawt! No wait, THEY LOSE?! What sort of show is this?! If *I* were in charge I would have blahblahblahblahblah

Love these pages! Zhao is such a clever monkey.
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
But...they fought with bravery against all odds and...ok, so Zhao would still claim he could make them win. Clever monkey- ha!
pooryorick
Sep. 3rd, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
Have long ago run out of ways to rave about how great this is... but dang. Fantastic.

p.s. congrats!
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Aw thank you very much!
And the drawing...it's so close to reality it is scary!
Hop, this goes in the Zhao folder.
enaka
Sep. 3rd, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
I Could Have a Fangirl Moment
Oh, this is the coolest thing EVER.

I used to admire Zhao for his awesome villainy (remembers speech in Siege of the North), but now I love Zhao for everything you've made him into.

Awesome job. Panels, story...beautiful. It's inspiring to my little aspiring-comic-artist self. You don't mind if I add you as a friend?
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Re: I Could Have a Fangirl Moment
Zhao did have great talent when it came to give speech.
I'm not sure if the changes I've made Zhao go through have destroyed his Zhaoness...it is hard to try and keep that.
Aw what the hey. This is all done for fun anyway.
Glad you've enjoyed my Zhao madness so far. Thank you.
angeladunn
Sep. 3rd, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
Zhao just keeps getting more and more awesome in this story...

I absolutely love the last panel on the last page. <3

I can't wait to see how this turns out!
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you. I am having fun with Zhao (to his dismay, heehee)
Next few pages should be slower paced.
invaderk
Sep. 3rd, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Zhao=Beast
I love his cocky/devious grin in panel for of page 102.

And wow, 100 pages! Your icon for this entry pretty much sums it up. Congratulations!
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Zhao=Beast
Zhao will always have cocky grins, yay! :D
Thank you (can't believe I've been mad enough to make that many...and continue!)
conga_chili
Sep. 3rd, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
This is getting so exciting!! And congrats on breaking 100! X)
rufftoon
Sep. 3rd, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
It won't be exciting in the next few pages, I'm slowing things down a bit before the last stretch of part 3.
I don't know if congrats or psychological help is in order with breaking 100 pages of Zhaoness...
takumee
Sep. 4th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
*rolls over in laughter at the title*

Your sense of humour is just unbelievably great!
*sees your icon* Alright, are you on sugar high?

I love all these talk of battle tactics. :P
rufftoon
Sep. 4th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Naaaa, my sense of humour is questionable ;)
No sugar high, maybe stress high. So much work to do, these pages are like catharsis or something.
karine
Sep. 4th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Would you believe I went through the whole archive of these pages, and everything else you've posted in your LJ album last night?... And despite not having any background on the story or characters, that I was able to not only enjoy the story, but get into it and understand the characters even if I haven't any background info? Perhaps it helps when dealing with an amnesic main character... but I'm really enjoying this story a lot.

Plus, the art rocks my socks. *licks it*
rufftoon
Sep. 4th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Whoa, through everything?
(even the bear rug?)
Thank you ever so much for your kind words. *blushes*
rock_rhapsody
Sep. 4th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
100 pages and going strong! W00t! Zhao's got game! Love the part where he has a flashback.. Hope your feeling better, and btw, awesome icon!
rufftoon
Sep. 4th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much :D
Time to bring back some of his water tribe background, now that he is back "home"
sylvacoer
Sep. 4th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Plowing straight thru an ice floe to avoid/trap your enemies? o-0 Generations of polar explorers take their hats off to you.

I'm trying to work this in my mind - the ice breaks apart because of the ship's momentum and mass (F = MxV), it's bow configuration, and the heat from the friction of iron/steel on ice. However, if the ship slows or the ice's density > the ship's force, Zhao is stuck. i'm guessing he has a general idea as to where faster currents make the ice floe thinner in certain areas, and is going to take that route.

However, the enemy ships are bigger (are they faster too?) All they have to do is stay on his tail and follow the trail he breaks for them. Unless their commanders are over-confident, wherein they will go out and create their own breaks, trying to head him off/trap him/catch him in a double-broadside.

Oooooohhhh~! Sneaky, sneaky, Zhao! *huggle*

rufftoon
Sep. 4th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
Haha, I'm pretty sure the polar explorers would rather shake their heads in disbelief. That man is MAD!

You are guessing right- Zhao is trying to find the right currents to help. He needs the maps to situate himself at first, but as he mentionned, he knows these waters (hopefully better than his enemies).

The ice Zhao's ship breaks keeps moving- and with faster currents, it may close again pretty fast. Still, there is a bit of overconfidence on the pursuers' part too.

(I am making this up as I go along- not knowing much about polar sailing, just read a bit about it years ago...)
shadowmullet
Sep. 4th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
You're awesome!
This is Phil.
Can't wait for page 463. Haha!
rufftoon
Sep. 4th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Wait...THE Phil? The one and only? Woot!!!
Hopefully for my sanity, I won't go to page 463. Eeep!!
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