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The end of an era...well, 3 years.

This past Friday, all traces of Avatar's presence started to disappear from the Nick offices: no more wall of fanarts, the original storyboards were pulled out of their cabinets, put in boxes and ready for storage. I managed to get one of the three Fire Nation flags that used to welcome guests as we climbed the stairs to the Avatar crew's area (Thank you Katie!). Someone dared me to bring it to Comicon, hee hee. I think I will!
*sigh*
I'll also be bringing a whole bunch of Water Tribe minis at SDCC. Free copies to any costumed Avatar fans (if they want it, of course)! I'll be at the Flight table most of the time (booth 1228). We should have Flight 5 with us. I'm not in this one, but there are awesome talented people in it, with quite a few stories I would call epic adventures.
Avatar finale in a mere two weeks. The End Is NEEEEEAAAAAAAR!!!WAAAAUUUUUGH!
Forget that little kiddie book that came out: the animation kicks @$$!!









Nothing changed much in this version. I swapped Zhao's expressions for two panels on page 163, as suggested a long time ago. Plus, I discovered that Horuk has a chipped tooth, due to a bad pencil move on my part. Ah well, that will stay.

Huge thanks to buttfacemakani (go and worship her now!) for this wonderful pic of sexy Nauja and Zhao.
Zhao approves of Nauja's curves and hips. Nauja approves of...well, I guess shirtless Zhao has his charms that she approves of.
http://buttfacemakani.livejournal.com/287605.html?#cutid1

Music that put a smile on my face all week: the Quebec band "Lost Fingers", who redo '80's music with a 1940's flavor. Pump Up The Jam is especially fun :D
http://www.myspace.com/thelostfingers

Comments

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gowa_chan
Jun. 30th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
....I'm so far behind on reading these D: I need to sit down and go back 50 bajillion pages in your journal to read them :B

I hope to run into you at Comic-con again this year! It was really nice meeting you last year, and I'm a bit sad that I won't be able to wear my new Avatar costume out and about to show you because of Masquerade rules.
rufftoon
Jun. 30th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
That, or you could re-read all the pages on DA at
http://noselfcontrol.deviantart.com/gallery/#Rufftoon-s-Water-Tribe-AU-Comic.
It doesn't have any pages from part four yet, but we're getting there.
Wha?? There's a masquerade rule that says don't show your costume before the Masquerade event?? How sad!
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king
Jun. 30th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
Aw, that first paragraph makes me sad. "Wall of fanarts gone" 8c Awesome about the flag, though!! You deserve it.

Loved this part of the story in the original, too, so I'm glad it wasn't changed much. Really shows some depth to everything - filling in the hole of Arnook's reaction to Zhao.
rufftoon
Jun. 30th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
I knoooow! The disappearance of the wall of fanart was the saddest part. Now it's...all gray and empty. *snif*

Yeah, I needed to explain a bit of Arnook's reaction to Zhao.
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rufftoon
Jun. 30th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
Thank you for keeping the spoilers out, very appreciated.
Having read the book, and seeing the finale is two different things. I don't know, it just feels better in animation.
Predictable? In a sense, since the way the end would play has been announced a long time ago: Aang must defeat the Firelord and all that jazz. Can't really change that much.
I say give it a chance and have fun (hopefully).
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psychoe
Jun. 30th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
This was such a great moment. Quite dramatic! The last three silent panels in the 4th page just tell it all.

I'm really looking forward to Comicon! I wouldn't be in a costume but perhaps I could trade some art for a Water Tribe mini?
rufftoon
Jun. 30th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
Trades are more than welcome too! :)
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star_puppet
Jun. 30th, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
That's so sad...clearing all of Avatar presence...the wall of fanarts (no more Zhao! X_X) If only I could actually go to SDCC...I might start foaming if I finally get to meet you! XD

I should really start drawing again...the only thing I mess around is World of Warcraft and Photoshop. ~_~;;;
rufftoon
Jun. 30th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
I say enjoy what you're messing around with, and draw when the urge really hits...or until you have accumulated enough "Guilt Energy" (that's guilt that gives you the urge and energy to draw like mad!)
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kluna66502
Jun. 30th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)
You should wrap that flag around your shoulders while walking around comic-con

show your fire nation pride!
rufftoon
Jun. 30th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
Ha ha, I just might do that. But I need to glue back the fire nation symbol with some proper fabric glue. The poor thing is looking rather sad.
buttfacemakani
Jun. 30th, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
I THINK AM EQUALLY EXCITED FOR THE AVATAR FINALE AS I AM FOR MORE NEW WATERTRIBES LOL 8E
rufftoon
Jun. 30th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, thank you! I can't be on equal footing with a project that's animated and has awesome music (oh, the music!!), but I am honored that the pages are also anticipated.
I'll try and get a dump of pages done for the day after the finale, on Sunday.
A word of warning - not much happening but talking. Got to set this up!
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snapes_angel
Jun. 30th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Sexy Nauja and, like, "You can't touch this (yet, anyway)", lol. The chipped tooth adds a bit to Horuk's character too. Visual interest. ^_^ Not that it wasn't there before, but the small details--you know...
rufftoon
Jun. 30th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Hehe, Zhao will have to make great efforts of good behavior for even being that close to her without a fight.

I ain't fighting small details when they appear.
loveroftheflame
Jun. 30th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Awww... that's so sad. Well, at least we have the new eps coming up even if they are the last.

Keep us posted on what you are up to in the future though!

Love the revised comic!
rufftoon
Jun. 30th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Better a fun ending than a long, drawn out serie that risks getting mudstuck or something.
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kino_kid
Jun. 30th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Would it be possible to send a copy to Emru if I give you the money for the comic and shipping? His transplant is likely the end of July beginning of August, so I would like him to get it before he goes into isolation.
rufftoon
Jun. 30th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
You know, let me try and contact Saskia- she may have a copy for him easily available (if she hasn't done so already?). No shipping costs and faster delivery :)
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rufftoon
Jul. 2nd, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
I wouldn't dare answer for the book part.
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rufftoon
Jul. 2nd, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
I know! That means already 5 years since it started! Eeep!
meryl_jed
Jun. 30th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
...well, I guess shirtless Zhao has his charms that she approves of.

Don't we all? ;D
rufftoon
Jul. 2nd, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Agreed!
allsunday
Jun. 30th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
How much do you want for that flag? ;)
rufftoon
Jul. 2nd, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Sorry, not parting from this souvenir (beside, I'm certain you could make a much better looking one- this is a bit shabby looking and falling apart)
annaserene
Jun. 30th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
no more Avatar fan art at Nick..? =( I hope we won't lose too many fans after the finale. I really wish I could come to the SDCC, I want to see the FN flag too!!
rufftoon
Jul. 2nd, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
Nope, all fanart gone. Boooo! Too bad they didn't keep them, like they kept the Danny Phantom ones. *snif*
engelen
Jul. 1st, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
reading about all the disappearing stuff made me sad ; ^;
AND I DIDN'T EVEN WORK THERE!!!

OMG I can almost taste the finale

*¬*
rufftoon
Jul. 2nd, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
I know. It gives this air of...finality?
archangelbeth
Jul. 1st, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
This section always makes me eeeee.
(Horuk doesn't mention his grandkids, though?)
archangelbeth
Jul. 1st, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
And the closing-down-of-the-section makes me sad, too!!
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ca_cha
Jul. 1st, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
;.; don't say it. It will never eeeeends. *sooob*
rufftoon
Jul. 2nd, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
It will never end...in our hearts! (cue in sentimental music)
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rufftoon
Jul. 2nd, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
I need to fix up that flag a bit- it's looking a bit sad here and there.
Yeah, you guys were lucky to see it. There's now nothing left.
I'm going to a friend's house party for the finale. Maybe I should also bring the Appa plushie there :D
See you at SDCC, and this time, do pick up a copy of Water Tribe- totally forgot to give you one on New York!!
kabochan
Jul. 2nd, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
How very very sad. I am lamenting the end of Avatar even before I've seen the last half of season 3.

My company does some license work, and I'm one of the artists who gets to work with the licensed art.. we have some Nick properties in the pipeline, but it was an ominous sadness when, alas, Avatar was not one of them. I'm glad I got my many boxes of Avatar fruit snacks and my six-foot Aang beach towel when I had the chance. :'(

Hopefully the Shyamalan movies will pan out and be awesome, and breathe new life into the story/world/characters even if they're not quite the same world/characters we've come to love.
rufftoon
Jul. 2nd, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yay for getting your hands on some Avatar goodies. That's great!
And there's bound to be merchandising of some sorts before the movies come out. May not be at all like the show though. We'll see.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 7th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Nice sequence - nicely dynamic - some nice bits -

Just one small suggestion -
p. 164 - pn. 4 - Flip 180% - zoom-in - crop right side (previously left) a bit ...

Cheers,

Skylark
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