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I don't need distractions...

...'cause I got to work on that storyboard! I must be finished before the end of the month. I want to be able to go to Montreal knowing it is all done (I'll be there for a few days: doctor visit, friends and family time...)

I did go see Iron Man this friday, at the Arclight theater in Hollywood (comfy seats!!). Really liked it, a super hero film that was lots of fun. I didn't know about Iron Man much (read a book or two), so maybe I was less critical than fans of the serie. I don't know, I'll see what some of the guys at work say tomorrow. But I'll keep on liking it anyway! Ha!
(I wanted to tell this bit of news to my friend in Montreal, but we ran out of phone call time...)

My roommate Phil needs to send his X-Box for repair- no Halo3 and no GTA4 for at least a month. Not that I play them, but I enjoy watching him play.

Got some more Water Tribe part 3 reworks- slight tweaks, expended one page to two pages. Not much has changed, so I'll put those on DA tonight (before we may get new Zhao contest entries)

...

I just realised: my whole page count is going to be soooooo off on LJ, as part 3 will not hook up with the page count of part 4, which is based on the old version of part 3.
Oh boy. This is going to get even more confusing...




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alexds1
May. 5th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
Hahahaha its so wrong but the only thing I can think of while rereading these pages is 'yes, nauzhao is possible!'

Oh yeah, I keep forgetting to ask, would you be willing to donate a water tribe copy as a prize in the contest? Either way is fine, I suppose if push comes to shove I can part with one of mine ;__; hehe
rufftoon
May. 5th, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
Well, it *could* be possible, but Zhao is such an idiot. A self centered idiot.
Of course I will give a copy! Heck, I'll give three! I've got plenty more here.
alexds1
May. 5th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, the idiocy might be a problem (but at least Aatami is out of the way >__> )
rufftoon
May. 5th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
As if that idiot Aatami could have stopped him if he'd wanted to make a move.
(Horuk would have broken Zhao's skull in though...now that was a strong argument!)
buttfacemakani
May. 5th, 2008 08:00 am (UTC)
Zhao isn't too self centered and idiotic for nauja to not partake in drunken activities you kind of remember the next day but not really and the other person is like "OMG I can't believe we did that -_-" and you're like "What what did we do"?


er..

we want zhaoja :|
rufftoon
May. 5th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Get both Zhao and Nauja drunk enough, and you may just get Zhaoja.
Though if they're both drunk, they'd both be going "what the %^$@! did we do?!?"
And Arluk would give them all the juicy details (made up or not)
aidosaur
May. 5th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, I fully support this.
king
May. 5th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)
Haha, Zhao's OW face is perfect. I also love his "I'm gonna KILL" face in panel 5 on the third page. Your expressions are PERFECT. And the water on the second page? GUH. Fantastic!

Iron Man just doesn't look good to me. I guess it's because I never really liked mechs or robots much. :/ Same reason why I never wanted to see Transformers.
rufftoon
May. 5th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
I'm trying to practice water, after Marion Vitus showed me a very pretty illustrated book. I still have a way to go, but...practice practice and more practice!

Oh, but Robert Downey Jr. brings a lot of charm to the character. Forget the robots and mechs, he is worth it! <3
buttfacemakani
May. 5th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
;__; why would they kill naujababies

Oh yeah and what is the timeline of this again? Liiike last year/season was the whale trip incident, but how long has Zhao been away from the water tribe?

And idk why I didn't notice this before but omg Zhao's hands ♥.
rufftoon
May. 5th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Maybe her little brats were too much trouble. Especially if they tried to bite.

With his time spent in the fire Nation, Zhao's been gone about a year (prison time, training, back on the sea and Lao's deal), give or take a few months.
Zhao had imagined a possible whale hunt incident to explain his own origin when he was still with the Water Tribe...I don't know if he remembers that theory.
Zhao's hands...he better be careful where he puts them or he'll get bitten again, or worse.
(could he be taking advantage of the situation? Hmmm...)
archangelbeth
May. 5th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
I hope whichever pirate they bit got an infection and diiiiiiiied.
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rufftoon
May. 5th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Lao and his crew are ruthless.
He he, I keep saying to people who may not like the robotic suit aspect to go see it for the actor.
queen_marshed
May. 5th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
Zhao! Why are you such an idiot?

XD
rufftoon
May. 5th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Because he IS Zhao.
The idiot part is just stuck to him. Package deal of sorts.
(Anonymous)
May. 5th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
Hey Iron Man, cool -

Another cool sequence - some suggestions-

(your storytelling reminds me of Fred Zinneman - which is great - I think he's great)

p. 112 - panel 3 - close-up of nauja
p. 114 - pn. 4 - maybe zoom in a little more - crop out guy on right - have guy on left with grabbing hands instead of spear
p. 115 - pn. 1 - maybe zoom out a bit
pn. 5 - Cool panel! maybe zoom in a bit more...

rufftoon
May. 6th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Thanks again for the suggestions!
I'll play with them, as many mention either zooming in or out. I could test to see the effect.
I'm not certain about the panel 3 close-up, since we kinda had a close up in panel 2. Worth investigating anyway.
archangelbeth
May. 5th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the storyboard! And... Awwwww! Nauja! Her KIDS... *sob*

No wonder she was willing to get hugged by the first friendlyish person she saw. And no wonder she bit him. He deserved it.
rufftoon
May. 5th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
At least, he was a fiendish person she knew. Or she would have hit, punched kicked and bitten first.
tammylee
May. 5th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Goosedog!
Hahahahaha!

I mean, I weep for Nauja's loss.
But goosedog! So beautiful!
rufftoon
May. 5th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Little known (totally made up) fact: the Fire Nation used to have goosedogs to guard their camps at night. Vicious animals that would make quite a noise if enemies tried to sneak in. They'd also have a tendency to bite the camp's soldiers, so goosedogs were slowly discarded from being used by the army.
Many legs were spared that way.
suppai
May. 5th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
First time I read this I didn't realize they killed her kids. That's so sad. ;_;
rufftoon
May. 6th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
Someone actually convinced me to change that.
So now, the kids have been sold instead. It works better with Lao's dialog a few pages back anyway.
suppai
May. 6th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't want you to change your story just to make people happy but oh I'm so glad they are still alive :)
rufftoon
May. 6th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
I'm not here to make people happy :3
But, if the argument is good and makes a lot of sense, I can be flexible and adapt. Plus, since it doesn't change the plans overall, why not?
suppai
May. 6th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
8] true true, but your comics make me happy regardless.
kkitty23
May. 5th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
I can't ever get enough of your comic, Rufftoon! Every page has something for me to geek out over xD

I really love the flow of the story. And I love how the mood went from sad sob story to like...angry lash outing! xDDD It's the right amount of comedy and doesn't ruin or distract from the transition. Very nice!
rufftoon
May. 6th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you! *blushes*
Heh, that's my fault. I can never stay serious for too long. There's always an odd element bumping in.
bensaret
May. 5th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
More great comics, of course ^_^.
And as an Iron Man fan, I gotta say that movie was AWESOME -- saw it twice this weekend, Robert Downey Jr was the PERFECT choice for the character and the movie as a whole was fun for everyone. Glad you got to see it :D
rufftoon
May. 6th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
I wouldn't mind seeing Iron Man a second time. Gotta agree, Robert Downey Jr. was indeed perfectly cast for it.
aidosaur
May. 5th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
M-man, you're just fueling the fire here. I'm guessing there's going to be an awful lot of Zhaoja icons popping up here soon... >_>

A--also, were Nauja's children killed or sold? ;_; (I want stepdad-Zhao... )
rufftoon
May. 6th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
Ha ha, I don't think there will be icons of that...of course, now that I've said that, someone may just prove me wrong.
The story just changed slightly- Nauja's kids are alive. Just sold.
ananthymous
May. 5th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Awesome pages as always!

And echoing your sentiments on Iron Man ... the suit stuff is kept to a minimum ... most of the movie is Robert Downey Jr. being smarmy and disarming (also an ass). XD

And your icon made me grin. Zhao looks like he's going, "Ladies ... please, control yourselves."
rufftoon
May. 6th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
But what a cute ass he is!
Ha ha, that icon does seem to suggest that, doesn't it (he always thinks he's the greatest- pfah!)
meryl_jed
May. 5th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Add another tally to the NauZhao mentions. :3

Iron Man was wonderful. Downey, Paltrow and Bridges were perfect, and as a robot/armour fan I thought the suit was so awesome at times it took my breath away. That scene when all the outer armour moves around? BEAUTIFUL! The S.H.E.I.L.D. running gag thing was also a crack up. Did you stay for all the credits? :D
rufftoon
May. 6th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
Yup, we stayed until the end of the credit. Lots of people did mention that we should stay, without spoiling us. Yay for them!
meryl_jed
May. 7th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
I would like to say about that, the person they chose for the role was the LAST one I would have though of, BUT WORKS SO COMPLETELY.

....there. that sounds vague enough. XD
evebolt
May. 6th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oooooo you're coming to Montreal at the end of the month? Awesome :D How long are you staying in town...?

rufftoon
May. 7th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Not as long as I'd want, just a few days *sigh*. I was possibly going to be downtown on Thursday the 29th, as I have a few things to do there. Maybe visit the folks at A2M, if I have the time.
evebolt
May. 7th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Ton emploi du temps doit etre pas mal deja tout plein, mais je perds rien a demander... :) Est-ce qu'il y a un soir ou ton souper est pas deja pris par quelque chose..? Si ca te tente, on pourrait aller manger en groupe quelque part...
rufftoon
May. 19th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Ouais, je vais avoir un problème de temps: je n'ai malheureusement aucune soirée de libre. *soupir*
evebolt
May. 19th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
Rah zut tant pis. On se reprendra p-e une autre fois ;)
rufftoon
May. 19th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
Définitivement!!Après les fêtes, peut-être, quand mon contrat sera terminé. Ça semble un peu loin.
evebolt
May. 19th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Mhm, effectivement... C'est a peu près le temps ou j'aurai fini mon contrat aussi... Mais bon, d'ici là faut survivre a l'été alors, courage! XD
tobu_ishi
May. 10th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Aaah, true love. XDDDD

(It's odd to see such vulnerable expressions on Zhao's face. He really has changed, to some degree, it seems. Interesting, indeed. On an unrelated note, I love the shine on Nauja's hair. It's a beautiful effect. Good to know she's still keeping it combed--grief breaks down a lot of the basic routines for some people, but others find comfort in familiarity...)
rufftoon
May. 19th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Thanks!
That's not a side Zhao shows a lot. His macho side certainly tries to keep his expressions closed, most of the time.
Nauja must have kept a comb or something...
tobu_ishi
May. 19th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
Well, it's fairly possible to groom straight, thick hair with your hands. It's the curly or thin, tangly stuff that absolutely requires special tools, as far as I can tell.

(But, yeah, I do like the idea of Nauja at least managing to keep a comb about her. That lady is a tricksy one.)
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