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A bit of variety (for once)

Time to give a heads up on a few different items:

Flight Explorer is out! It is now available in stores. Many fun short stories for readers of all ages. My egyptian cat (see icon) has a story in it, slightly longer than in the previous Flight books.
flight explorer cover

On a serious note, a friend of mine, Emru Townsend, has been diagnosed with leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. Finding a match is proving extremely hard, and he relies on the international donors list for bone marrow. For infos on bone marrow donation and how to help, you can visit Emru's page:
http://healemru.com/index-en.php

ASN http://www.avatarspirit.net/ have been advertising the TWO Avatar panels happening at the NYCC. The official programming will be online sometime this week on the NYCC site:
http://www.nycomiccon.com/App/homepage.cfm?moduleid=2577&appname=100453
I just want to give a quick heads up now, just because some people wishing to travel from out of town may wish to organize themselves.
Please note that these are TWO different panels: one focusing on the magazine and the fandom, and the other one on the show proper.
I'll be there all weekend, either at the Comics Bakery table with Dave Roman and friends, plus possibly at the Random House booth signing some Flight Explorer books.



The awesome Amberguesa on DA has done a wonderful little piece that I just had to share:
http://amberguesa.deviantart.com/art/Water-tribe-games-81593136

To which I could only answer this:
singing is hot!

In the Water Tribe, they don't need "exotic dancers", just singing girls.

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tammylee
Apr. 2nd, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
HAhahahaha! OH ZHAO!

I hope you have a blast at NYCC!
rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
Zhao should really watch his language. *tsk!*
Thank you- already looking forward to go back to NY. I had not visited in a while.
aidosaur
Apr. 2nd, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
Goodness, I'll have to check that out! I haven't gotten any volumes of Flight since the second one, I need to get caught up.

Ah, the best of luck to Emru-- I wish I knew anyone of African/Caribbean descent. Donating bone marrow is something I've always been curious about pursuing. I've always wanted to be able to donate blood, but I'm under the legal weight for a person to be a potential donor. :/ I wonder if it's the same for bone marrow donation?

BAHAHA THOSE COMICS XD Those are great! Speaking of Nauja/Zhao banter, I borrowed Nauja for a wee bit while replying to buttfacemakani on TegakiE. H--HOPE THAT'S OKAY. @_@
rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
You'll have a bit of catch up to do- Flight 5 is coming out this summer!
Hmmm...if you're considered under the legal weight, they may pass you for the bone marrow donor list. But you could always ask, they'll be able to tell you right away.

Oh wow! The Tegaki replies were great! I am honored you had some fun with Nauja. Of course she'd prefer Iroh- at least he's a decent, proper, fun...er well, he's the opposite of Zhao, so that's good.
kino_kid
Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
Hi, Emru asks that everybody go to register if they are willing and eligible. Certain people have a higher chance of matching, but there is a slim chance someone outside of the expected group might match him.

If you are interested in being in the donor pool to match him or someone else, consult your country's registry. In the US, check out marrow.org for more details.
amiraelizabeth
Apr. 2nd, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
My thoughts are with your friend.

Loved the Zhao comic! Looking forward to adding that volume of Flight to my others. And have a great time in NYC.

:D
rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
We all hope he finds a donor soon. His sister has been doing amazing work spreading the word around (unfortunately, she was not a match even to her own brother).
Thank you- looking forward to NYCC.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
well have a great time. I will be experiencing NYCC vicariously through you all. Having yet another knee surgery that week. I was bummed cause I'll miss seeing all the fine folks I got to meet at SDCC. :D

rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Ouch for the surgery! Hope that goes well and that you recuperate fast.
Will you be well enough to return to SDCC this year?
alexds1
Apr. 2nd, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
I hope something comes through for your friend!

Ooh, Explorer is out? I must take a peek next time I'm in a bookstore...

Haha, Zhao has a dirty mouth to go with his dirty thoughts XD
rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
We're all crossing our fingers. The bone marrow list is international, but there aren't a lot of people from african-carribean decent registered. The more people know...
Gotta love bookstores for book browsing!
He he, seems it is the only time Zhao uses dirty words- he better watch himself though.
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rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
I'll probably need your mailing address again. Just email me or PM me.

Oh, and did you know that at NYCC, there will be a special Doctor Who presentation? First episode of the new season (and I know you like the show, so...).

Horuk WILL catch Zhao. Then skin him and throw what's left of him to be eaten by fishes.
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rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Checked the schedule for you:
Sci Fi Friday - Doctor Who
8:00 PM - Friday
And from the official blog:
..."New York Comic Con will be premiering Season 4 of Doctor Who during our Sci Fi Friday night on April 18th!

Also, while you're in NYC for the con, head over to Forbidden Planet in Union Square. They've got the most Doctor Who toys and gadgets in NYC (and probably North America)..."

We can almost feel sorry for Zhao. ALMOST...
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star_puppet
Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
woah...first time for me Zhao saying "F***ing" and "Hot" in the same sentence! >D
rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
He never had a reason to put these two words together.
Now he does.
amberguesa
Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Hot wintersports with furclad chubby girls can do that to a person :D
rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
Who knew that would be his trigger but...there you go! He just couldn't resist.
amberguesa
Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
6 plus layers of fur, lining and um.. thermal underwear...? Just adds to their feminine mystery!

Try finding THAT in fire nation during the summer!
rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
There's definitely enough layers to hide a LOT of feminine mysteries.
And men can be soooooo curious.
star_puppet
Apr. 2nd, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
Ooooh...makes me wonder...

Nauja in the Fire Nation? :D
rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
She might feel slightly underdressed at first, but then appreciate the lighter clothes because of the heat.
And if Zhao says "I prefer when you have all your coats and furs on", he will get kicked, punched, gouged and a few other nasty things pounded into him.
star_puppet
Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Hahahah oh yeah...more bruises for Zhao. *ROFL*
kino_kid
Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
Love this strip. :)
yanocchi
Apr. 2nd, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
I bought it! Last week! I work in a comic book store, and it was my "pick of the week." Sold out the same day! ♥ I love it! Are there going to be more?
rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Sweet!
As far as I know, there are plans for more Flight Explorer, and Flight 5 is coming out this summer.
I gotta think of a fun story now. I need to get that Zhao stuff out of my head!
yanocchi
Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Lol, NO, WE WANT ZHAO IN FLIGHT! XD

Oh, by the way, I showed your thing in Flight (the one with the birds) and "Perfect Cat" to my roommate. You have a new fan, now! ♥
rufftoon
Apr. 3rd, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
Ha ha, if only he could be!!
Awww, thank you! Glad your friend enjoyed the cat stories.
onion_sama
Apr. 2nd, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
LOLOLOL I love Zhao so, especially when you put him in such situation. This is super GOLD

They're selling Flight Explorer at NYCC right? I'll be there on the last day (to bug you for a sec of your time too haha). It finally really hits me than I'll be going in a little more than 2 weeks away?? My heart almost couldn't take it!

I really really hope something good'll come up for your friend.
rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
He he, Zhao just doesn't handle anything considered relationships or women very well. Give him a war, weapons and boats, he's in his element.
I do believe the Flight Explorer book will be available at NYCC. Random House will have a booth there.
Oh frik, you're right! I look at the calendar and it looks so close now (I got to finish work!! Augh!)
yaytime
Apr. 2nd, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Just a heads up that Random House doesn't usually SELL books at shows. Not sure how they'll work out the details of the Flight signings at their booth!


rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Hmm, you're right- I forgot the Random House booth usually only has book previews and such. I'll have to ask Kazu if he's heard of any plans.
azvolrien
Apr. 2nd, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha! Horuk SMASH!
rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Horuk just needs one good reason to get rid of Zhao. Ok, even a little reason would do.
karine
Apr. 2nd, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
hey-- on the cover there, that 4th icon, who did this? Because I know someone who created a character like this and I'm wondering if it's the same or what...

Zhao doodles = <3
rufftoon
Apr. 2nd, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
The one with the fishbowl? That's Steve Hamacker. He's got a duo called "Fish and Chips"- mind you, Fish doesn't always use the special robot to carry him around, but it is useful.
And I think I know the person you refer to. Maybe.
karine
Apr. 3rd, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Greg Woronchak created Pike Armstrong and I have him in this comic we did together at Ciné-Groupe: http://www.kantharasloft.net/library/comics/mp01.html
rufftoon
Apr. 3rd, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
I thought it was Greg's idea- I wasn't quite sure. I remembered vaguely he had once mentionned it to me.
I know Steve has been publishing Fish and Chips for a while now, so it looks like a case of synchronicity.
snapes_angel
Apr. 4th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
*snicker*
sonne_of_sun
Apr. 25th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
XD that was quite entertaining watching him say such words
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