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Counting the days.

Middle of May- this is it, I'm almost at the end of my contract. Barely a month left, then I will have to pack up everything (how the &?$%$ am I going to do that! I'll have to buy one extra luggage or something). 
A lot of people at the studio are starting to leave for other contracts too. I'm sad to see them all go, but happy they managed to find other work so promptly. Wouldn't happen in Montreal, not these days. *sigh*

One night this evening, I crossed path with one of Burbanks little seen night critters- a rat, just before going on to the overpass. The little thing ran right in front of me...and my first thought was of the upcoming Pixar film "Ratatouille". 
Man, animation does corrupt the brain!

In Avatar related things (cause you all know I still have Avatar Brain Rot), I couldn't help but fall into the chronology game.
In a recent interview given by Mike and Bryan, they mentionned Firelord Azulon being 95 at the age of his death. Which means he was pretty old already when he fathered Ozai. Iroh looks already pretty old compared to his younger brother, and may have been between 25-30 years old already when Ozai was born.
I decided to stop the chronology game there and not try to untangle anything else.  I'll let other folks play the chronology game with the kids of Ozai and Iroh.



Got more serious work to do, after all (yeaaaah, right).

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archangelbeth
May. 19th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
That little strip is hysterically amusing.

No mental image available.

(*looks shiftyeyed* The lemurs of [*****] doom sort of made it into a fic that got into my head and I had to write. I blame you. In, y'know, the worshipful kind of blame.)
rufftoon
May. 20th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
Heehee, that's the kind of blame I am ready to assume ;)
frogdance
May. 19th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
for some reason this made me think what if Ozai wasn't even Azulon's kid (ironies of all ironies). Iroh with a little kid sister would've been the cutest ever.

I'm wondering about this contract business. People are leaving instead of getting their contracts renewed with Nick?
rufftoon
May. 20th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Iroh with a sister instead of a brother...there's a whole AU waiting to be born right there!
People are leaving mostly because no better offer were coming their way. If they want to keep working, they'll just go to another place. It is rather common in the animation industry to jump from project to project at the end of a contract.
ali_wildgoose
May. 20th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
HAH! Oh man, I continue to love your Iroh, especially his scenes with Jeong Jeong. You have a great take on his character as a younger man, and the tought you've put into his backstory and Fire Nation politics in general is fascinating. Though of course, now I'm just imagining him trying to spend quality time with Ozai the Angry Toddler. (He never really gets over the "MINE!" phase, does he? ;)

You're a far more polite woman than I, though, I have to say. When I worked on KND, I used to corner Warburton about these kinds of timeline details ALL THE TIME.
rufftoon
May. 20th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Well, I have not touched a lot about the politics. I don't know if I'd have the skills to do that, but it could be a good challenge.
Hehe, oh yeah, Ozai probably had a big "Mine!" phase.
Oh my, I don't know if it is politeness or shyness. Maybe a bit of both, with a good dose of shyness. I mean, it's not as if I'm not deadly curious to find out about all this stuff and official backstory. I guess that's why I keep making things up.
ali_wildgoose
May. 20th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
Hmmm...I suppose I more mean "interpersonal politics" -- the relationships between Iroh, his wife, Zhao, Jeong Jeong, Lu Ten, even Zuko (though that's less politics and more kitten snatching?) It's been fun to watch you explore how they all relate to each other, their shared histories, how they ended up where they are. For instance, I don't recall a friendship between Iroh and Jeong ever actually being mentioned on the show? But it makes perfect sense, given that he was Zhao's teacher, and it's made for a great read!

In any case, I'm looking forward to whatever else your brain cooks up! In a magical fantasy world where Avatar gets an official series of related comics, I'd love to see you collaborate with Mike/Bryan/Aaron on one about the lost tales of a younger Iroh.

As for shyness v. curiosity...heh, yeah, it took me a really long time to get over that. I keep forgetting you've only been on staff for a few months! (though if I ever find anything out on my own, I'll be sure to report back!)
archangelbeth
May. 20th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
I would subscribe to Younger Iroh Tales, in cartoon or comic form, and most especially if they used some of rufftoon's ideas. So if the rufftoon ever gets a chance to mention that if there're any ideas for comic book tie-ins... Heck, I could easily be persuaded to pick up two -- one for Keeping and one for letting the kid read over and over and over. (She treats her comic books kind of harshly. She's better with graphic novels.)
rufftoon
May. 20th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
One can only hope that Avatar will continue to survive past the animation stage, perhaps in comic book or graphic novel form. That would be awesome. *sigh-dreams about it*
archangelbeth
May. 21st, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
I'm buying the Gargoyles comic books now... (They trashed the so-called continuity of the last season with the horribly animation and blecherous stories! Huzzah!) Avatar graphic novels would make me go squee like a little fangirl.

Instead of a big one. With a usually more moderate, quieter, more dignified squee. er.

*cackles at the Zhao-as-Zutara-fic-author art on the other post*
rufftoon
May. 20th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I can only hope there will ever be a collection of stories for a younger Iroh, in comic form or animated (ooooh, that would be so awesome!!).
Even if I didn't get to work on them, at least I would get to read and see them.
engelen
May. 20th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
this comic made me LOL

Azulon sure was an awesome loving machine!
*I am so vulgar*
rufftoon
May. 20th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Haha! Well..how awesome he was, we would need to ask his wife ;)
rock_rhapsody
May. 20th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
The contract ended so fast?
The comic accurately depicts ANYONE who has gone through the shock of having a sibling so much younger than themselves and the horrid imagery that pops up(or doesn't) when thinking of parents doing the nasty..er..that came out kinda rough, hard to articulate thoughts when one is too busy laughing and listening to Daft Punk..
Very funny comic, and oddly sentimental..makes me wish that Ozai was indeed born a girl..*thumbs up* Also, kudos for Jeong Jeong's special guest appearance!
rufftoon
May. 20th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
Well, I did arrive towards the end of the project (for my work anyway). So yeah, that passed rather fast.
I think you pretty much summed it up well, even if it did come out sort of rough it was just...the right words, I guess, heehee.
Many thanks!
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rufftoon
May. 21st, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Many thanks!
Oooh, I got to go and do that idea brick that DA artist confusionmuffin threw my way. That would mean more JJ and Zhao goodness (with some Iroh, of course).
Man, if my parents suddenly told me I was going to have a younger brother or sister, I would faint!
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booter_freak
May. 22nd, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
The thought of Azulon getting his freak on in his golden years hurts my brain.

On the PLUS side, at least we now know there a damn good chance Pakku and Kana will melt the icecaps with their meeting.


*dies* OH GAWD NAH. D:
sockai_chan
May. 22nd, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
Icon <3 XD
rufftoon
May. 22nd, 2007 08:09 am (UTC)
Oh please! Don't ask my brain to try and imagine more scenes like that please!!
sockai_chan
May. 22nd, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
That Azulon is an old fart! XD

So like, Avatar is close to being done? (Like work done I mean? Does that make sense...?)

Where do you think you'll be working at after this?
rufftoon
May. 22nd, 2007 08:10 am (UTC)
Well, my part of the work is almost done. There's still quite a bit left to be done, but they won't be needing me for that. So off I'll go, back to Montreal and return to video games.
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