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Back to the grind!

Back in Burbank after a too short visit in Montreal.
Saw a few friends, way too quickly.
Saw the doctor (all is ok, so far, but I gotta stay careful)
Much good cheese was had, and I swear I gained 5 pounds in 1 day just because of that!
Bah, I'll be back to walking and watching what I eat again.
I guess I must still be jet lagged or something, as I will fall asleep at work really fast. I keep getting up and moving just to get the mind working again. After I post this, I'll go and crash in the bed and possibly fall asleep before my head even hits the pillow.

So let's post!

I'm at the point where I am literally nitpicking drawings. I should slow down and post some pages as is in the first version. Yet, I can't help but go back and tweak!







Much love and hugs for these nice folks, who gave me gift arts <3
All so very appreciated, I can't repeat it enough.

From foxysquid, a beautiful Nofret
http://foxaloxa.laleeloo.com/misc2.html/nofret.jpg
From alexds1 on DA:
http://noselfcontrol.deviantart.com/art/Happy-b-day-Ruff-87463220
To err on the side of a nake Zhao is not erring at all. It makes the world right!

And from Psychoe (who also has an LJ account, possibly the same nickname, but my brain just decided to shut down so I'm taking the easy route), another very nice Nofret plus Horus!
http://psychoe.deviantart.com/art/Bday-Gift-for-Rufftoon-87531380

Big huge thankees also to my friend Saskia in Montreal, for absolutely everything, and to Phil who surprised me with cheese and old framed Bowie record sleeves decorations :D

Comments

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king
Jun. 4th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)
I love the "What of your own loyalty?" and how you sort of get a pause before you go to the next page. It adds a sort of halt/surprise to all the furious action and the reader is like, "Ooh, interesting!" and then the peace is shattered with the attack. I don't know if that made any sense, but I love it. I think I remember loveing that line from the old version, too.
archangelbeth
Jun. 4th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
The expression of... drat, can't remember his name. But the guy saying that. Yes. That one rises above the inarticulate glee to actually get, um, articulation!
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
That would be Kwon- and once in a while, he uses just the right words to unsettle Zhao (actually, he tends to do that a lot around him).
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
I bet Zhao is rather happy with the attack- he doesn't have to answer any awkward questions.
psychoe
Jun. 4th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
Yep, same username! : )
136- I love Zhao's line at the end. You would think it's set up to make ole Zhao somehow "grateful" to Nauja. Brilliant!

139- Love the perspective on that last panel. Really dynamic. :D

141- And ofcourse, awesome explosion!

Welcome back to LA. Happy to report the weather's cooled off again. :D :D :D I'm so happy to be not sweating bullets while walking to work!
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Yep, same username! : )
Geh, that's me being super lazy...again. I'll fix that.
Zhao, grateful? He'll never admit to it. I don't think "Thank You" is part of his vocabulary.
I am also very happy at the cooler weather. As you said, perfect for walking to work. Gonna enjoy it while it lasts.
psychoe
Jun. 4th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Yep, same username! : )
No worries, no harm done. :D
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rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
*gigglesnort*
Now I'm seeing Zhao in a Bill and Ted setting.
azvolrien
Jun. 4th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
For some reason, the word 'trebuchet' seems a bit out of place in the Avatar 'verse. It's so... French.
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
It does sound a bit odd, but darn it, that's what these machines are. They're not catapults.
If there's another name for them, I'd be very glad to learn it.
mercurysblood
Jun. 4th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
Love the Egyptian cat stories (seen in Flight) too. Your style resonates with my inner cartoonist, hope to get there soon. ^^;

Happy Birthday (belated?)!
(Anonymous)
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Great batch of pages - I think you we're lucky to catch some half decent weather in Montreal...

Some small suggestions -
136 - pn 2 - cool panel
137 - pn 3 - Maybe have them do some sort of gesturing?
pn 4 - Zoom in to show figures from shoulders up (to put more emphasis on facial expressions which could add drama, suspense and emphasis to the foreboding nature of the dialog...)
138 - pn 4 - close-up
139 - pn 2 - zoom in
140 - pn 1 - maybe a little more movement in Zhao's pose -

Great downshots - great storytelling - (better than a lot of current comics IMHO - although I don't check out current stuff all that often - which is why all my suggestions could be totally off base by today's standards...)

Cheers,

Skylark
(Anonymous)
Jun. 4th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Check that -

140 - pn 1 - maybe a little more movement in Zhao's pose -

I meant p. 141
snapes_angel
Jun. 4th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
They will. These people are like me. GReedy. Ah, but Zhao, you left the ship behind, did you not? Then again, the other ships do not have three ships chasing each of them. ^^

FTW!



Fanarts, cute~ And the erring on the side of naked Zhao, with cake... lol!
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
You could say that Zhao is more greedy for life and survival. Well, most people are, so no fault there.
snapes_angel
Jun. 4th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Very true, that. The other ships did not have survival as a primary directive, so... ^_^
tammylee
Jun. 4th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Heeheehee General Choi.
Happy Belated Birthday!

(Anonymous)
Jun. 4th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Maybe you're thinking of onagers?

http://www.onager.com/

Love your comic, it's keeping me sane waiting for the Avatar episodes to air!!

Christine
rufftoon
Jun. 5th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
Nnnnnnnnot quite an onager. That's closer to the mechanism of a catapult. A trebuchet works with counterweights, which is what it looks like in the show.
We only need to wait for barely more than a month for it to air!
If the dates don't change.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 4th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
In the last panel of the last page, it should be spelled maneuver.
rufftoon
Jun. 5th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
Why, for the life of me, can I ever spell that one word right!?
I blame my first language: french.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 5th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed your stay in Montreal, and thanks for visiting :-) S
rufftoon
Jun. 5th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
T'was a pleasure, of course!
meallanmouse
Jun. 5th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
/sneaks in!

Hi! kino_kid pointed me your way after I asked for beta readers on my LJ. Friended you, hope that's all right! =)
rufftoon
Jun. 5th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Hello! No problem at all, welcome aboard!
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