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Avatar Finale: YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS!

Finally, it is done, the tale is told.
I've fought the urge to go and answer some crits people may have with the finale. It is not my place, and it would just escalate in a war of opinions. No stories are perfect, but if overall it's been fun and you want to see it again, then it's all win.
There are things I would have done differently, there are edits that were done that overjoyed me. It all balanced out.
So much love for the Zuko, Azula fight- bravo Dean for a wonderfully boarded sequence, and the music..ah the music during that fight! I WANT A %&#@ SOUNDTRACK SO BAD!!
Did I like the finale? Was I satisfied with it? Yes on both.

And at last, I can claim loudly my love for Actor!Ozai and his theatrical overacting. Love love love!

Now that Avatar is done, I can continue with part 4 of Water Tribe. Woohoo! It's been a while since I posted anything about it. Need a refresher? You can always start reading part four from the beginning again here:
http://pics.livejournal.com/rufftoon/gallery/00036sh2

I'm also reposting the last two pages ( because I don't have any fancy voices saying "previously, on Water Tribe):



And now, moving forward:


The following pages are mostly set up and exposition for what will happen later on. I hesitated on a few sequences, but thought they'd be useful. You'll be the judge if they were superfluous when it is all done.























I can now continue updating Water Tribe part 4, but I still need to rework part 3 here and there. So expect, once again, posts of the two chapters.

Tomorrow, I'm starting the new job. Very sad to leave Nick once again, and slightly nervous for what will happen next.
Also, comicon this week. What timing!
There won't be a lot of Water Tribe pages getting done in the next week.

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riicchan
Jul. 20th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
This has just made the perfect weekend even more perfect. First Dark Knight, then the finale, and now this? It's like Christmas came early!
rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Gotta admit, with Dark Knight and the finale, it does feel like one of the best weekends of the summer :D
dungeonwriter
Jul. 20th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
I finally understand what you said to Booter, Kimchi, Isaia, Whomever and I last year at comic con, that you were tearing up over episode 3-19, over Dante Basco's voice acting. It was genius.

And thank you for being such an amazing fan/artist. The finale rocked.
rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Actually, if you close your eyes and just listen to his voice, it's even more striking what a good job he did.
When we start working with the boards, all we have is a voice track. No animation, no music, nothing but a voice.
It certainly was one of his strongest read of the whole serie. I was impressed.
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king
Jul. 20th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'm ditto-ing riicchan. Too much AWESOME in one weekend!

Sooo glad you get to continue this. Haha at Kug's ear story. You know, the part during the finale with the soldiers on the airship thinking they were going to celebrate a birthday reminded me of you so much. Did you have any hand in that?
rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Nope, didn't touch that scene at all. But I have loads of love for it!
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rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
I actually like that suggestion. I'll play with it, maybe change it for when I post these pages in DA. Thanks for your input!
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rubianhawk
Jul. 20th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
I just have one question though...where's Zuko's mom? Is she dead or what? O_O

Other than that...brilliance all around. Loved every second of the finale.
rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
The secret of Zuko's mom is something only Zuko and his father share.
the_fox_bandit
Jul. 20th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your work on the show. The finale was one of the most incredible finales of all time. <3
rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
It was a huge collaborative effort. Glad to see it finally done and looking so good.
bluecrystalblue
Jul. 20th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Wow, shower of new Water Tribe pages! Much love for Crazula in the 2nd and third page and page 217 made me chuckle. XD

T/Y for your part in the amazing finale and good luck with your new job. =D

I love your new actor!Ozai avatar, by the way.
rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
I had to wait for the finale to air to finally being some Crazula pages. Mind you, she is doing some efforts to keep in control.
actor!Ozai is awesome.
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star_puppet
Jul. 20th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
With Avatar finishing soon and the Water tribe Zhao in it's final chapter...*sigh*
I don't know what to feel either I want to cry or smile. XD

Hahahaha...enjoying the pages, Zhao is still hawt! >D
rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
We can expect more Avatar goodness in some form or another (yes, I am looking at you live action version).
sdskuld
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Once again, thank you for supporting the show so emphatically, both on-line and in person, that I finally gave it a try. It's been wonderful.
rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Glad you've enjoyed the ride!
mercurysblood
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you for continuing (well I knew you were continuing)! Very expressive. Love them.
rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for keeping to read this thing, ha ha!
engelen
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'm happy AVATAR left while young and beautiful.

Thank you very much for your hard work on that show.

I'm going to miss AVATAR so much
SAD T_______T
rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Hear hear. Young and beautiful indeed.
I'll miss it too *snif*
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samborho
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Do you mind if I friend you on LJ? My obsessive following of the water tribe AU aside, you're an interesting person. :)
rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
It would be an honour.
alexds1
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
looove <3 <3 oh man I have been pining so hard for these pages, you have no idea. I am curious too as to how Azula got in! And how she escaped the fire nation as well >__> Maybe another secret tunnel? hijacked badgermole? haha. And I wonder what Zhao is up to as well, I hope he makes the right decision (to save the day and get some lovin' from Nauja)

rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
She went from hijacked badgermole to hijacked molebear to get through the ice ;)
As for Zhao, he's going to slide down whatever slippery slope of his own making. Weeeeeeee!
I'm hinting a little bit about Azula's survival in the fire nation in the next update actually.
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phoenixblaize
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
I had some quibbles, but I still loves me some Avatar. Sokka/Toph/Suki are a trifecta of awesome. Now come back, boomerang!

Now with Water Tribe! It is the wonderful upside to the end of Avatar. These new pages remind me how terrific you write for Zhao, expanding on what was in the series and making him really complex. I want him to do the right thing, but at the same time it's more interesting when he doesn't.

I'd like to echo what jetbaby said about pg. 205. While I do love Sokka, having Aang in the background about to take a bite of the fruit and then a panel of Momo freaking on the poisoned fruit is perhaps more poignant. But...I'd miss Sokka in that panel...

Man, the finale does make me want to do all sorts of humorous epilogue pictures. If only I could get rid of my rampant pain. >_<

Random last note: GramPakku kills me. Fantastic. XD
rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
We all have minor quibbles I'm sure. As long as overall we had good fun.
Zhao, do the right thing...we are expecting A LOT from him, aren't we?
I'm being won over by the idea of Aang and Momo. I do believe I'll change it for when I post these final pages on DA.
Ouch for pain, what's happening?
I had the joy of getting the GramPakku scene, yay!
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kkitty23
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Oh man...definitely the best week ever! The finale was just...so amazing ;3; And I've said it a hundred times over, the ending left me feeling very satisfied! I loved the action, I loved the emotion...I loved it ALL! This is my first time following a series all the way through and I was really nervous about how I'd feel at the end...but oh man. Avatar just makes me want to do so much MORE with my art 8D

And yes, thank you for all of your work and creativity/talents that you contributed to such an awesome series! You have been one of my biggest inspirations <3

ALSO...thank you for posting more Water Tribe T___T It just makes everything that much more awesome! -cries- I am definitely excited to read more!

I'LL BE YOUR FANCY ANNOUNCING VOICE 8D Though...it might not come out fancy...more like squeaky and retarded x3
rufftoon
Jul. 20th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And it sounds like you may do a better announcing voice than me XD
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