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A small behind the scene look.

Dug out of my sketchbooks a few thumbnails done for the comic Avatar Special from Nick Magazine.



I first pitched the idea of doing something with Bosco, the Earth King and Sokka. At first, Toph was going to play a bigger role, but she kinda fell to the wayside (sorry Toph!).

We'd sit with the other writers, and everyone threw ideas around. I sketched some of them during those meetings. Some stayed, others were put in the trash.
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Josh would then make sense of our crazy rambling and do an actual script. I'd sometime make suggestions, add or delete stuff (sorry Josh!). He was very much in charge of polishing the dialogue, which explains why the word bubbles in my sketches were mostly blank this time.

Actual size of this page sketch: 3,25" high.
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And that's all from me for now. More Water Tribe soon, got five pages in the works.

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ukasaag
Sep. 17th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
YOGI THE BEAR!!!
rufftoon
Sep. 17th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
Haha, I bet Bosco would understand picnic baskets too :D
archangelbeth
Sep. 17th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
So cute! (I think the Earth King is so adorable. I just wanna hug him and nibble on his ears...)

Also, yay Water Tribe!
rufftoon
Sep. 17th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
He is adorably naive, that's for sure.
tammylee
Sep. 17th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to this magazine!
I missed out on the first one, but I noticed Dave had info in his DA account for how to order backissues so I shall be doing that!
rufftoon
Sep. 17th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to getting a copy too :)
I've seen some issue on sale on ebay- some selling for cover price actually. Though I guess bids are going to go up. *sigh*
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rufftoon
Sep. 17th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
Posting my little chicken scratches. These are the ones that made most sense. Plus, I didn't want to post about any pages that were not officialy shown anywhere else.
snapes_angel
Sep. 17th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
:thumbsup:
gallo_de_pelea
Sep. 18th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting these! I love seeing conceptual work. Even at this early stage, you've already got such strong composition ♥
rufftoon
Sep. 18th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
My pleasure and thank you very much. I try to work things out as early as possible, so less headaches when it comes to work on the finals. Doesn't always work out mind you...
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rufftoon
Sep. 18th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
Now that you mention it...we've seen very little bunny things in the Avatarverse. Except for the Rabbaroo.
angelwingkitty
Sep. 18th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
Wahaha! ^^ I remember these! I lvoe seeing your sketches again! So quick but so cute!
rufftoon
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
It's all about quick and cute :D
Thanks!
yaytime
Sep. 18th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
woah! I never heard or saw anything about this giant bunny scene!!!
We would have pushed to keep that! ;)
rufftoon
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry about that- One of those doodles that never left the sketchbook before. I found it kinda hard to keep it in and still tell the story...hmm...perhaps with an extra page and another gag or two...
yaytime
Sep. 18th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
dvd extended edition!! tee hee ;)
rufftoon
Sep. 18th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Well here's an idea!
Put all the comics as an extra in the next Box Set for season 3, like they did for the exclusive flash animation in box set of season 2!

Er wait...I guess there could be copyright wrestling stuff happening with different mediums. Gah.
yaytime
Sep. 18th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
I really need to check that electronic comic thingy out! I had wondered at first if it was the original comics that Justin drew but I'm assuming now it's something from the Escape the Spiritworld stuff on Nick.com
rufftoon
Sep. 18th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
It is the Escape from the Spirit World story- oh man,I hope they really put loads of specials for the season 3 box set, seeing as it is going to be the last one - more artwork, more deleted stuff, more comments, more everything.
I am being very demanding.
rock_rhapsody
Sep. 18th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
Woot! Love going behind the scenes..your sketches are hilarious! Even without the dialog! Giant bunny ftw!
rufftoon
Sep. 18th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
Too bad the giant bunny didn't stay. Oh well, keeping this one in mind for possible re-use.
takumee
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
Oooh! These look so different from your WT sketches.

You make Bosco look so fluffy and cute. I wanna hug him. :D
rufftoon
Sep. 18th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
The WT sketches are done bigger, with pencils instead of pens, lots of little things to make it different in terms of final look.
Aw, but Bosco IS fluffy and cuddly. Even with those claws.
star_puppet
Sep. 18th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Hihihi...Bosco's too pampered his natural instincts are all drowned. Sokka may not succeed in 'training' him. >D Knowing him of course. XD

But Bosco fishing with a pole, now that's cute. Beware of the GIANT BUNNEH! >D


ARRRGH! They don't even put commercials for Aeason 3 here!! I'm gonna have to wait like 5 months or so. ~_~;
rufftoon
Sep. 18th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Bosco doesn't have much natural instincts left. but he knows many many tricks!
Hope the new episodes will be broadcasted soon for you guys
tehlobster
Sep. 19th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
I bought four copies of the magazine my first chance this morning! :D Your comic was completely awesome. ^^ I'm giving one copy to my best friend, and I know she'll love it as much as me. ^^ I was fangirling over you all through Japanese class. XD

Too bad I didn't get a receipt, so I can't enter ASN's contest. :(
rufftoon
Sep. 19th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you very much *blushes*- hope you and your friend have enjoyed the whole magazine. Everyone worked very hard.
Weird that you didn't get a receipt. Hmf!
tehlobster
Sep. 19th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
I think part of the not getting a receipt might be due to my sprinting out of the store almost before I got my change. XD

Ooo, I replied to you on dA! There aren't two nuts out there taking the mag to Japanese 101.... Or maybe there are.... *Twilight Zone music*
rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
I can imagine the clerk yelling: "hey! your 15$ change!!"
Haha, so replying in both LJ and DA. You're right, two people with Japanese classes and talking about the same thing would be a big coincidence.
tehlobster
Sep. 21st, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
I'm going to go back tomorrow and purchase a few (read: five or so) more copies so I can actually have a receipt. XD

Do you get royalty for x number of mags sold, or just get paid a set amount? If you don't mind my asking. ^^
rufftoon
Sep. 21st, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
For this contract, one set amount and that's it.
pooryorick
Sep. 29th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
It's really neat to see your rough sketches! Always interesting to see how different people use visual shorthand.
Sigh, I still haven't gotten a hold of the magazine, but am hoping to soon. By the way, any idea if there will be more Avatar-centric issues like this?
rufftoon
Sep. 29th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
I haven't heard of any news about more Avatar magazines. I do hope there will be more though.
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