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Sorry for the delay uploading new Water Tribe pages- what with me trying to get to bed earlier (which I can forget about tonight, almost midnight), that leaves me a bit less time with drawing for fun. Ah well...

Let's continue, shall we?



In which Zhao gets frustrated a bit...







Another tricky part to write, in terms of what Zhao's thinking. So he's always talked openly to Horuk- that hasn't changed at least.

NEXT: the beginning of an insane plan...

And! I have put a tiny, mini ninja-spoiler from season 3 in the Water Tribe pages for a while. First person who guesses what it is gets a cookie.

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star_puppet
Sep. 20th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Hahahahaha! Horuk's got that "I dont want you going near my daughter look" on that Fire Nation soldier.

Insane plan? Hmmm...hehehehe...Zhao has better have some nifty plan up his sleeve. >D
rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
More like a "you get any closer and I kill you dead" look ;)
I don't know if it is a nifty plan. But insane, yes.
gallo_de_pelea
Sep. 20th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
Wonderful as always - the whole thing is intriguing, but that very last panel made my heart go *sqwunch* from the nervous tension.
rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much...heart going *sqwunch*, now that is a compliment :)
alexds1
Sep. 20th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Great pages! I really like those dramatic big panels, the only thing that seems a little weird is how he jumps so quickly into what he's thinking. Even though you mentioned that he often talks to Horuk like that, maybe stressing that point more in the first pages would make it more clear?

Ninja spoiler?! Must have missed it... unless its that Zhao's coming back (but of course I already knew that... )
rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that annoys me a little bit too. I'll have to figure out something to make it flow better. If I add a page, what would I make them do...though I guess I could establish it in the first part. As long as the reader hasn't forgotten by then...we're a long way away from the first pages now!

The ninja spoiler is a little detail- Zhao wouldn't call himself a little detail ;)
angelwingkitty
Sep. 20th, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)
Wow! Even after knowing all of Season 3 I'm still not sure what the mini-ninja spoiler is! XD Probably because much of Season 3 is already integrated into how I see everything of Avatar ^^;; Meh, it's probably for the best so I don't ruin it for the people who haven't seen it yet :)
rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Oh it is a very subtle, tiny detail. People might notice while watching the episode. Might!
(I can't do big ninja spoiler- I'm bad at that)
firnheledien
Sep. 20th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
I think the second page where the Fire Nation officer and the father are interacting is my personal favourite XD

The lighting on Zhao in the fourth page is just divine! And it's really nice how the simple aspirations of the water tribe folk contrast with Zhao's worldly aspirations X3 Good job!
rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
Zhao would agree that you put the word "divine" near his name. ;)
Not that the Water Tribe folks have no ambitions, but they don't reach the heights that Zhao can have.
incandescens
Sep. 20th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
"What? The entire universe doesn't revolve around me? . . . how dare it!!!"

Great stuff.
rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
Life would be so much simpler if it did revolve all around him (that's his thoughts anyway)
archangelbeth
Sep. 20th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
Awww, I hope you get more sleep. Eeeee, morestuff, whee! (I hope Zhao gets the idea to look for the others who were already sold... Save the world from ninja waterbenders on rescue missions!)

*poings and waits with patient poinging for more*

(Oh, the second to last panel on the last page -- should be "It is those other fire nation ships that worry them." [/editor])
rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
Every once in a while, I manage to get to bed earlier. I also wake up freakin' earlier (3am), which means I fight to get myself back to sleep.
Zhao, think of others? Hmmm. That's going to need a bit of coercing I believe before that happens.
Many thanks for correcting the grammar (stupid grammar...)
gauffin
Sep. 20th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
The first panel is the fakken spoilah!
Background.
I think.
G/j as always.
second page last panel.

"...What?"
rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
ummm....no. No cookie. You have a better chance of *maybe* catching the spoiler after watching the episode.
It is a tiny detail.
Haha!, I don't even thing "what" comes into his mind. It just went blank.
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snapes_angel
Sep. 20th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
I finally got the magazine!

Looking forward ot the next installment.

(I do have to admit though, that the first panel made me think of that Monty Python sketch, where the boat—was in the Queen Ann?—sailed through city streets, lol)
snapes_angel
Sep. 20th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
And here's hoping you manage to catch up on a bit of sleep. A fan needs their rest.
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rock_rhapsody
Sep. 20th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to see the insane plan in action! Good drama as always, beautifully characterized by your wonderfully emotional drawings, with a nice bit of humour. What I love about your work is that you would sometimes sneak in a tiny bit of physical humour without breaking the mood(2nd page 3rd panel was nicely done)..brilliant as always!
rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
That plan will be built on a lot of assumptions.
Thank you very much- I can never get far away from a little bit of humour. My brain can't stay that serious for so long.
rohantm
Sep. 20th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Zhao's face at the top of page 119 is simply wonderful. Such a great expression, and such good handling of a difficutl angle.
rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much- glad I managed to make that angle work. The first drawing was just a boring shot of the back of his head, but I redrew it because I wanted to show his eye.
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rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
Insane plan coming up soon.

When you mentionned temporarily distracted by Zhao awesomeness, the only thing I could thing of was "I hope she never drives with Zhao as a passenger. An accident is sure to happen!"
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rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, but Zhao didn't get such a big hug from Horuk though ;)
Council talk coming up next.
kaitiedid
Sep. 20th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I just found out this AU was on your livejournal and read the entire thing. 100+ pages of Avatar goodness is a great way to start the morning! :D
rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
That would occupy part of the morning indeed.
Glad you enjoyed the story so far.
ambrmerlinus
Sep. 20th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Ninja-spoiler? Is it Fire Lord Zuko?

Also, I love Zhao's little breakdown here.
rufftoon
Sep. 20th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Haha, sorry, no it isn't.
And Zhao wouldn't call it a breakdown...just a moment of frustration. Purely temporarily, he assures you.
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sylvacoer
Sep. 22nd, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
I love the evil eye horuk is giving that fire nation sailor - he's like a big ole polar bear who's overprotective of his cub! *squee*
rufftoon
Sep. 22nd, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
And that is exactly how he is- you don't mess with his kids, he'll bite your head off and do something even worse if you're fire nation.
booter_freak
Sep. 24th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
Tearful friendship reunion!

"I missed ya so much, buddy!"

Or not. :)
rufftoon
Sep. 25th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
I would have to say...a resounding not.
Zhao doesn't do tearful or friendship very well ;)
pooryorick
Sep. 29th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Nice contrast between the tight crowd scenes of the first two pages, and then going to those big, open panels for the rest of this sequence. The expression are, as always, really intense and well done. Think you did a good job in keeping Zhao's speech non-whiny but still emotional.
rufftoon
Sep. 29th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Thank you. It was really really hard not to make Zhao not to whiny or Emo or angsty. He is allowed frustration and anger all the time though ;)
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