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Not watching, but listening...

...to the Oscar.
Heh, I need to work! Them comics don't make themselves.
Uptil now, all the category I rooted for lost (well, except Sweeney Todd). Booooh! No Persepolis, no Madame Tutli Putli...*sigh*
Took some time to add new pages to Water Tribe, in between doing some colors for the cover.
Last stretch of preparing all that!

On a small victory note, I finally managed to fix the glitch on my computer, and now can connect wirelessly! Woot! Let's see how long that lasts.










So I guess they will have a nice candlelit dinner next!
Well, actually the candles will be lamps fueled by whale fat, which gives off that peculiar smell. I can't say about the food quality either, but I think she will have brought the food, not particularly trusting Zhao's provisions.
And there will be much talking. And planning. And how to take over the world which I think counts as romantic between these two.

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king
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Haha, Azula gets her own full page. She's like a pin-up. ;) I love Zhao's thoughts... it's almost depressing how displaced he is wherever he goes.

She's much too young for you, Zhao.
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Azula demanded the full page. Who am I to refuse.
Ok, so Zhao's old enough to be her father...can't he love how power hungry she is?
buttfacemakani
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
*brain explodes from BOTH Zhao/Nauja and Zhao/Azula thoughts* adfsfgdfhdsh
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
Can Zhao handle both at the same time? I don't think so. He can barely handle one!
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rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
He's got other priorities, unfortunately.
And I'm not sure he's ready to face Horuk afterwards...
gladdecease
Feb. 25th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
Ah, Azula! I like how you draw her; she draws your attention--no, more like claims it. You can't ignore her (unless she wants you to), and that's expressed well in that last page. Subterfuge against multiple nations should be a fun topic for dinner.
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
Lauren Montgomery (one of the board artist) drew the best Azula <3. If I could manage to channel her talent for a panel or two, I'd be happy.
Azula is anything but boring for dinner conversation.
alexds1
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

ARGH so much love for these pages! Naujhao! Azula! and of course that Zhao smile on the second page, that was priceless by itself... and the dreams of water tribe victory... oh man I wish I could peek into your head and see which way Zhao goes, I'm beginning to start feeling sad that this is the last chapter D: alk;sflkjads;kla
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 08:09 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Tempting as it is to tell which way Zhao goes, I'm afraid I'll have to say wait and see.
armadaryu
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
I love the second panel on 189! I can almost see his arms lower in sad contemplation as a cold arctic wind blows. You portray "emotional transition" from panel to panel so well (if.. that makes any sense...) And Azula?? Awesome.
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm very glad the transition worked- especially since you read the movement right. I'm happy! :D
mesias_rocket
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
I also wanted that oscar for Persepolis, at least Surf's up didn't got it.

Didn't expected that, wonder what toughs are in her mind.
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 08:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, no love for Persepolis...well, no. It got nominated. And it has good review. It will do well in the long run (and I am definitely planning on buying it when it comes out).
As for Azula, she'll soon explain why she's there.
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rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 08:15 am (UTC)
Zhao only appears in a few episodes- so you may have seen them all already. It's easier to build more on a character that is considered minor. Or should I say, easier to toy around with, hehe.
As for speed, these pages stay very rough- just pencils, a bit of Photoshop gray to help and is all. It would take way longer if I was to ink these.
Tomorrow is still good- and it would be utterly awesome if you have something!! I'll send you a pm with my email.
psychoe
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
Azula is smokin' hot as ever. See the ice melting? XD Nice entrance!
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
You know Azula- she'll be melting all the ice around her in no time.
And if that means destroying the whole Northern Water Tribe in the process...
angelwingkitty
Feb. 25th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Wow! This has come so far from where we chatted about it back at Comic Con! I'm so excited to finally see it completely drawn out! Love it as always! Let's hang soon ;)
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
I know! Zhao's been kicking me in the ribs and the head about his character. It's taken a slightly different direction, though you'll recognise a thing or two.
And hey! This week would be good! I've finally managed to jump over one work hurdle. Maybe lunch or dinner before another hurdle gets in the way.
carluasoul
Feb. 25th, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
*Imagine them sitting and eating candles together*
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
Eating candles? This better be good wax...
(but the mental imagine is very funny XD)
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rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)
Ha ha, no worries. The only thing these two share in common is a thirst for control and power.
And burning stuff.
And perhaps a few other things.
Maybe she likes cake too?
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incandescens
Feb. 25th, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
Woo totally hoo. Azula looks fantastic.
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
The challenge will now be to try and make Azula look good in every panels (or else).
invaderk
Feb. 25th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
Oh dear, I seem to have fallen behind. Darn real life, getting in the way of my Zhao-time. >_>
I think it's time I devoted some real time to making up the pages I missed of this comic!
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
YOu may find yourself jumping back and forth between reworkrs of part 2 and new pages for part four. Hope it's not too confusticating.
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rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I thought Jet and Zuko had the everybody ship XD
Zhao loves power and control- it gives him that "high" that nothing else manages to (maybe he should try some extreme sports or something...).
Zhao's face- it's either "crap", or "wtf?" or "deer caught in headlights- my brain has just gone dead"...or all together.
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archangelbeth
Feb. 25th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
I don't think she's a proper Fire Nation lady, y'know...

Poor Zhao. The Nauja one came to him unbidden... Although some of that might've been more in the "I want to be important!" ambition.

And of course she gets a full page! *cheers teh evil*
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
He certainly has not invited her, therefore not chosen her.
As for his little sudden Nauja thought...I think he wants nice coats XD
ambrmerlinus
Feb. 25th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
O NOES!

Or is this a good thing for Zhao...? We must wait and find out! *camps out with sleeping bag*
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
This is Azula we're talking about! How can it be good in the end.
Or..well...since Zhao does tend to think like her, it just could work.
tobu_ishi
Feb. 25th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
I'll admit it: I took one look at Zhao's Nauja fantasy and began cheerfully humming "If I Were A Rich Man". (All day long he'd biddy biddy bum, in the Water Tribe equivalent of mad bling. For him and his woman. :D)

THese pages are excellent. I love the flow of Zhao's thoughts, still such a bombastic prat but slowly coming around to some sort of serious consideration of his future and prospects, and then--bam--cut short for the time being.

Azula has an interesting look about her, sort of...calculatedly not feral. She isn't fraying at the edges, but something about the way her hair and clothing sit gives me the impression that if she were any lesser of a strong woman and an unimpeachable sociopath, she would be. I'm not sure if that conveys what I see correctly, but that's the closest I can describe it at this time of night.

(The one thing I'd adjust in any of these pages is Azula's chin. It needs some firming up, a clearer outline; as it's drawn now, it sort of straggles away down her collar and gives the vague unsettling impression of a goatee at a glance. Please tell me she hasn't been taking a leaf out of Haru's book. ;_;)
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, certainly if Zhao had his way, he'd not only control the world but manage to get the equivalent of Water Tribe's best fashion XD
Hmmm...good observation on Azula- no, she's not pulling a Haru there. I'll see if I can fix it up better.
aviaq
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Aghhh, though Ratatouille is okaaayyys, I wanted some sorta something for Persepolis and I wished the russian "Moya Lyubov" would win as best short. Damn Oscars :C

But YES THESE PAGES ARE LOVE, I've always admired how you handle paneling, and how each frame is distinct but not overwhelming in showing each scene.

Also: ILU NAUJA!
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
I hadn't known about the russian film- I've loved his past work, but my heart was being patriotic so I was going for Madame Tutli Putli (or the I met the Walrus, but I preferred the esthetic of the other one).
Thank you very much- I'm starting to relax a bit panel wise, learning not to cram everything in one page, though sometimes adding more panels is good. Got to learn to balance it all.
azvolrien
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
...I take it that wasn't quite the 'proper Fire Nation lady' he had in mind?
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
She's certainly pretty enough- but in terms of character, he may have preferred something else.
tammylee
Feb. 25th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
*gibbles*
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rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
I must apologise for jumping back and forth between chapters like that.
This belongs in part four. The whole gallery for that chapter can be found here:
http://pics.livejournal.com/rufftoon/gallery/00036sh2
sajina
Feb. 25th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
A whole page full of Azula's beauty ... Nothing I can handle with (and I think Zhao, too)
(I print it out and hang it on my room wall.
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
We'll soon see if Zhao can handle Azula...
meryl_jed
Feb. 25th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
*happy squee* Zhao/Nauja! The thought entered in his brain! BWAHAHAA. Arluk and his rumor mill are now my heroes.

Page 187-9 is most lovely. Zhao's alone times are always so wonderfully characterized. The times we DON'T hear what he is thinking are particularly poignant. Especially in contrast to his little inner monologues.
rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Kinda hard to ignore, when someone like Arluk keeps going on and on about it!
It is tempting to put dialogues in every panels. I'm still learning to appreciate the silent moments. Let people wonder what he's thinking.
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rufftoon
Feb. 25th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
You'd think he'd be more obvious in his assault rather than sneaky XD
Extreme sports- I think we'll keep that in mind for a future contest for the DA club.
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