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Survived!

Back from NYCC- had an absolute lovely time with everyone!
Many thanks to Raina and Dave for the couch space and the great company. Hope I didn't make you stay up too too late last night.
Huge hello to Ali, Foxy, Rawles and all the other people with onscreen names I know but can't remember right now, Ha ha!

I will not repeat all the Avatar info that's swimming all over the web - they are all pretty easy to find now, especially if you visit the big fan sites like avatarspirit.net , DongBuFeng or the different Avatar LJ communities.

Many thanks to everyone who came to visit us at the Comics Bakery and came to the panel on Friday. Your presence and participation was extremely appreciated. It will be fun to keep celebrating fan creations, especially after the serie ends.
I mean, after that, that's pretty much the only Avatar thing that we are sure will keep going on at least until the movie. So if we want our dose of Avatar- yay fan creations!!



As has been announced, Avatar returns and\or finishes in July. That means that part four of Water Tribe will take a break until then.
July?!?

I'll be mostly focusing on the reworks of part three. I'll also keep tweaking part four.
One of the thing I shared with Foxysquid and a few others this weekend is a tiny upcoming scene- Zhao, trying to practice his firebending in a tunnel of the old mines (might as well share with everyone else).
His problem is, even though he has learned the firebending basics when he returned to the fire nation, that's about all he knows. Now that he's back, he has no way to learn more firebending so he experiments. Using his observations of waterbenders, he tries to find moves that work for firebending. Not always...successful.
He's certainly not as talented as Iroh when it comes to find new moves based on another technique.
What is fun is doing the research: this is a bit like doing work on Avatar- watch moves, break down poses for reference. Don't be surprised if you see me using these:
Moves

The trick will be to find the right poses. These will obviously not animate, so finding a move that is strong and shows the movement will be the key.

Before I forget!
Foxysquid has given me a wonderful gift: the completed version of her fic "Two Spirits"- an AU of my Water Tribe AU (maybe we'll get an AU of an AU of an AU soon, haha!)- it is awesome! I do hope she shares the final chapter soon, when she is ready.
Thank you again!
Another beautiful Water Tribe gift- a drawing from Aimo, that her friend brought to me.
gift art
Aaaaaawwwwwww! Almost makes me want to write fluffy stories. Almost! Aimo, huuuuuuge thanks for this.
Really, I am very very touched by all these. My heart is melting from all the niceness <3
Or maybe it's the lack of sleep. Ok, early bed for me.

Comments

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conga_chili
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Ooooh.. awesome sketches! Are they drawn on the cintiq? I still can't get used to drawing on it! =/ I got so hyped up with all the Avatar stuff on the net... why the heck are they waiting until July to release new things?! Argh... I love the fanart... gotta draw some Nauja too (hehe... the cleavage lady playing Katara in the Ember Island players kind of reminded me of her ;)
rufftoon
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
Yup, the sketches were drawn on the Cintiq- I have to learn to sketch on it fast, due to the nature of the storyboard work we're doing.
Oh man, so much Avatar goodness in just a few days!
I still can't believe the design of actress Katara got through with the cleavage. It's awesome!!! XD
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marianlibrarian
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
Lovely sketches!

This post has given me the hilarious image of Zhao doing his own version of the "Shoes" video. XD
rufftoon
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
*snort* Zhao and shoes. That darn song keeps staying stuck in my head.
star_puppet
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
fluffy hehehehe...I've already seen fluffier. >D
with Zhao and Nauja...anything's possbile. >D
rufftoon
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
The one problem is, Zhao just doesn't do fluff very well. He just doesn't really have it in him. Maybe he needs a lesson in fluff.
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amiraelizabeth
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Nice drawings! And the fan art is lovely! I am glad you had a good time. It looked like a lot of fun from what I've seen and heard. I saw some of the panel on friday through the live feed and it was great.

So Bravo! :)
rufftoon
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
It's really great they had a live feed going on Friday. A few tweaks need to be done to the technology, but still! It was really great that some people organised it. Kudos to them.
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muffins_of_god
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
XD I think everyone is doing the big WTF over Nick's choice of airdate. Ah well.

LOVED the players clip. I was crying I was laughing so hard. That is an episode I can't wait for.

^_^ I always look forward to your art. It's always so awesome! And I'm glad that you had a good time!
rufftoon
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
I think the "Ah well" is the only response anyone can give.

Ember Island Players is indeed a very fun episode- if only the show was a solid 30 minutes, all the jokes that were suggested during the storyboard pitch could have been kept. Still, people will enjoy what is there I'm sure. As Mike and Bryan said, it was the perfect opportunity, just before the big finale, to reflect back on these characters and what they went through. Even if the play turns out being built mostly on twisted facts and rumours ;)
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trufflehog
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
love love love the quick sketches!

and the fan art is adorable :]
rufftoon
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
Thank you very much- getting the hang of sketching on a Cintiq. I'm just using the basic brush shape. I need to get one that imitates a good pencil or something.
Isn't that Nauja and Zhao pic adorable? Awwww, much love to Aimo for it.
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psychoe
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
Awesome sketches! And I'm definitely thinking of rewatching the series to bide the time til July. XD

Must draw Nauja soon! :D
rufftoon
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
Thank you!
My roommate here hasn't seen all the Avatar episodes, so we're slowly getting through them.
I just noticed that Nauja is wearing a bethrotal necklace. Unless this is before her husband passed away...
redvelvetaddict
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
aww yay! it was soooo nice meeting you [i was foxy & ali's tagalong friend, jen].

firebending practice with zhao = love!
rufftoon
Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Ah yes! I knew it was you because of owls, and the sketches I saw you do.
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rufftoon
Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Zhao and Azula were hoping to take over the world a bit earlier and then take the summer off. Ah well...
As for NYCC, it is interesting to see how every frames of the trailer are getting analysed.
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rufftoon
Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah- not too sorry for Azula and Zhao.
You make Two Spirits madness, I make Water Tribe madness- so it's madly balanced! No pressure for you to post it, only when you are ready.
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sdskuld
Apr. 22nd, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
But this IS my Avatar LiveJournal community! You're the one who got me to watch it in the first place.
rufftoon
Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Oops! Hrum... well ok. Easy link for a lot of Avatar online videos:
http://www.avatarspirit.net/
Pretty much everything on the main page.
For the puppet video, the link is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8urXdyee7g
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aimo
Apr. 22nd, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
Coolness, you got the gift art! Glad that you like it XD I wish I could give it to you in person, but it's certainly awesome that my friend managed to track you down on Sunday :D I drew it the night before her flight, so it had to be a quick doodle; Was contemplating to draw a nekkid Zhao, but I didn't want to draw a bad one...thus semi-fluff Zhao and Nauja it was.

Man, I wish I could've been at NYCC T_T
rufftoon
Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
I certainly did, and heaps of love to you for doing it. I'm serious when I said my heart melted when I saw it.
You in NYCC would have rocked so hard.
kino_kid
Apr. 22nd, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
Love the first illo!

People have begun emailing me three of the sneaks, and honestly all this information takes all the fun out of it. It is such a good series, I don't really like having the amount of info. I watched the first minute of one, and I loved it! But I think watching more ruins the surprise. Sometimes ignorance IS bliss.
rufftoon
Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Hee hee, thanks!
I do agree with you with wanting to keep a few mysteries- the less the better, but I can assure you there are plenty of surprises left. Mike and Bryan are smart and talented enough to give only tidbits, without affecting the amount of twists and surprises left in the serie.
mosskat
Apr. 22nd, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
I've been avoiding avatar spoilers like the plague x____x I love that show so much but the hype around it is starting to scare me.

Like... people's expectations will get so big that there's no way to meet it?

I'll just wait patiently until July watch that, wait for the next book then buy the box set (with great glee).

I've really been meaning to read your water bender comic but I keep getting sidetracked with work.

(p.s. been a big fan of your work but was too shy on DA to say anything ;__; )
rufftoon
Apr. 23rd, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, it is better to stay away from all the spoilery thing and approach it with a fresh mind.
But the third DVD still comes out May 6th (unless they change that at the last second).
Awww, thank you very much! *blushes*
You know, the more you wait to read the comic, the more pages get added, meaning an even longer read.
Which may be good, or not.
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(Anonymous)
Apr. 23rd, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
Would I be a terrible person for suggesting that maybe, possibly, you could work a bit more on the other AU comic, the one where Katara and Sokka find Aang much later? Just, to tide us over a bit?

I dunno. I really loved that comic. But of course, no pressure.
rufftoon
Apr. 23rd, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
I will get back to that other AU- I may even go and polish it properly, a bit like this Zhao story. Fix and tweak, fix and tweak.
But Zhao demands attention first. Control freak...
(Anonymous)
Apr. 23rd, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
The real reason Zhao lives near the mines...
it's warm underground! Well, comparatively, if you live somewhere cold. I think it's around a constant 54 degrees in NY caves (not sure, been a while since I went caving). Perfect workout weather for a firebender.
rufftoon
Apr. 23rd, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Re: The real reason Zhao lives near the mines...
Hmmm...he probably found out about that, and decided it would indeed be perfect.
Firebending practice in 3 feet of snow is not fun. It gets all slushy around you.
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tobu_ishi
Apr. 23rd, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
You know, actually, I'm okay with waiting until July. Lets me know there will be something high-quality-awesome and Avatar-related to look forward to, after the series ends. Also keeps me curious, wondering what the big reveal(s) will be; not that I'm not already curious, but you picked a very interesting place to screech to a halt.

(There's also the semi-epic AU I've been planning for about a year, which I can't start on until the series ends, but. While it is Avatar-related indeed, I can make no guarantee of high-quality-awesome there. >_>; )
rufftoon
Apr. 23rd, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
It's...I can't go any further without revealing too much, based on Azula's plans. *shutting up now*
Yay for semi-epic AU! Looking forward to that :D
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sonne_of_sun
Apr. 25th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
cool sketches :D
I hope that they will show 3rd season already DX We still don't have it and the fake copies/dvds lack many episodes
rufftoon
May. 5th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
Depending where you are, it may take time to get new episodes: in the US, everything returns July 14th. But, the third DVD of season 3 is out this Tuesday in North America, with episodes up to 3-15.
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eiko82
May. 3rd, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, can't wait for more Water Tribes! Looks like July will be an Avatar overdose month with the Season 3 finale AND more Water Tribes comics.
rufftoon
May. 5th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
I couldn't possibly compete with the awesomeness that is the animation...but I guess we could consider Water Tribe as that fattening snack and the TV serie as the main 5 course meal. Keep your appetite for the main event XD
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