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Talking Heads

Before I go any further, I want to help pimp alexds1 new website:
http://www.shingworks.com/main.html
Go visit, drool at her art, and buy her comics when she has some copies up for APE in November.

And the reason I mention Talking Heads in the title of this post is not only because I got out some old CDs of that band this weekend, but because this is what this next section of Water Tribe feels like.
Talking Heads. Lots and lots of talking heads. Good thing there's finally some action coming up soon.



Previous page as reminder:



And now...










I almost didn't post that last page, seeing as it would fit better in a way with the next update, but I just couldn't resist putting up that "Oh Snap!" moment XD
Come on, I'm having fun here. If I wasn't, I wouldn't be doing this comic in the first place.

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ali_wildgoose
Sep. 8th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
You know, I was about to write a comment along the lines of "OH GOD ARLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUK" because seriously, the question of his fate is driving me to distraction....

...but then Nauja showed up and was instantly awesome. <3
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
I'll try not to leave too many loose threads hanging, so hopefully the fate of Arluk should be sealed at some point.
But I'll have to take care of a few other people first.
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buttfacemakani
Sep. 8th, 2008 09:24 am (UTC)
I thiiiink

that Arluk is in a Fire Nation uniform.

no idk :(

HEYYYY THERE WAS OPPORTUNITY FOR SHIRTLESSNESS AND YOU DID NOT TAKE IT. ~DISSAPOINTED~

x)
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
YOU ARE SO RIGHT! I did not take the shirtlesness opportunity. Nauja should have arrived when he's only half dressed.
*hangs head in shame, then bonks head against desk*
I guess I'll have to draw shirtless Zhao doodles or something...
(Anonymous)
Sep. 8th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
All these comics are so great! I love these huge updates. Is Lao talking like that because of his headbump from Zhao, or is he just cold?
deerheadlights
Sep. 8th, 2008 10:17 am (UTC)
Sorry, thought I was logged in ><;
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archangelbeth
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
Ahhhhhhh! CLIFFHANGER! AHHHH-HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH! THE O_O / O_O !!
AHHHHH!

*cough* If there are any word-choice comments I have, I'm too overwhelmed by the awesome to see them now.

What Zhao is asking for... Good lords but he's sending mixed signals! Does he want rulership? Does he want to protect them? Both? Does he even KNOW what he wants? Oh dear, oh dear, what's he going to tell Nauja...

I liked Lao's speech problem...

Eeeeee! You are awesome.
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
I should have ended with the Lao page, but...
As for Zhao's mixed signals, he knows what he wants. Sort of.
Azula is picking up on those mixed signals. If anything, she's getting on the defensive now.
snapes_angel
Sep. 8th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
LOL! "Oh Snap!", indeed. ^^
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Moments like these are so much fun to draw.
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alexds1
Sep. 8th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
LOL Those faces!! I was getting caught up in all the drama then the last panels totally broke it XD J/K, its awesome.

Zhao please be careful ;__;

And ahaha, where is Lao even going to put that pottery? What a dork... He's so silly. This comic is so full of win its not even funny.

Oh, and thank you for the pimp <3 <3 Thats super sweet of you!
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Hee hee, things will get worse before they get...erm...not as worse?
Lao is planning to hide it in his pillow. Whoever starts a pillow fight with him will regret it.
Glad to be pimping. I'll try and pimp again on DA at some point when I update that silly journal over there.
etrangere
Sep. 8th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
lol love their expression :D

and, well, what archangelbeth said.
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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queen_marshed
Sep. 8th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
This is good enough to be canon! :D
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I wish!
tobu_ishi
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
AWKWARD MOMENT... D:

In other news, I wonder what exactly Lao meant by "like Sozin". It's an interesting choice of words...
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
Lao has spent a bit more time with Azula, enough to notice more of her quirks.
He's actually giving a hint to Zhao of who he's dealing with. How nice of him!
aidosaur
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
ARLUUUKK~~~ ;_;

Ohh man, but Nauja. This is going to get so good. You're so mean to everyone, I love it!
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
I should really be meaner to Zhao, since he deserves it more, but I guess you catch some shrapnels if you stay too close to him (everybody gets hit by meaness, ha ha!)
tammylee
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHHAHAHAHHAH!
The last two panels are priceless!
I had forgotten Nuaja was on her way.

Oh Zhao, what have you planned you monkey.
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yup, Nauja's there. Now Azula is on her way back.
Zhao's plan involves him winning. That's what all his plans are about.
He should look at his track record first though.
shaniah
Sep. 8th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
First time I comment you... but Wow... I want more and more Water tribe now!

AUgh... Nauja...
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. :)
Definitely more pages coming- I got some fun confrontations to get through now!
woodburner
Sep. 8th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhhh! I go splodey.
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Hopefully, even more splodey to come :)
ambrmerlinus
Sep. 8th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Ee-hee-hee, oh-snap moment is awesome. :D


...


*mourns for Arluk*
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Oh Snap moments are definitely fun to draw.
I should do more *makes mental note*
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rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Imagine what the pages will look like when cleaned up and tweaked!
azvolrien
Sep. 8th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
*cackles madly*
star_puppet
Sep. 8th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
OMGSIYET!

This will be the highlight of the comic, Nauja is sooo gonna pound Zhao like raw meat...:F

Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome!Awesome! XD

(sorry for the hyperness, I was drinking while browsing XD)
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, you can bet she'll do her best XD
beta_joovey
Sep. 8th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
It's so depressing with Arluk, and then you see...those faces! Oh god...Zhao and Nauja...both faces are amazing! I had just been waiting for her to show up...good thing Azula wasn't there. D:

Now I cannot wait for updates. It is physically impossible.
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
Azula's not there yet, but she's on her way back...hope that doesn't make the waiting for updates more difficult!
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pretty_angel
Sep. 8th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I kinda feel a little late for the party... D:

Super awesome update, as usual. Makes me even more excited for the action parts! 8D Not because "talking heads = boring" but rather because you build up the suspense for the finale pretty well with these. <3

Plus that OH SNAP! scene is hilarious. XD
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Not late at all :)
Yeah, hopefully now it's just a question of letting everything unravel and seeing where that goes.
turntap2
Sep. 8th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Oooooooh maaaaaaan.

Dude, love for Zhao's confused Scooby-Doo face. LOVE.
rufftoon
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Zhao!Scooby-Doo?
Ha! XD
arycapricat
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
ARLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUK!!!
;______________________;

Alright, out of my system.

I have a feeling that Lao is going to mess up Zhao's plan just like the last time.
rufftoon
Sep. 9th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Lao doesn't know of Zhao's plan to willfully mess it up. It would be an accident.
kkitty23
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Azula's intentions have me intrigued.

The last page...it kills me xD Zhao is all "Gyee!" *sweatdrop* xDDDD Love it! SUSPENSE'D
rufftoon
Sep. 9th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
There are certain things Zhao would never want to deal with. Nauja is one of them but he's stuck now, I guess.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 9th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Very cool couple of scenes here (no wonkiness, no, never - there's never been a call to drop the 'wonk' bomb here :-)

Hard for me to think of any suggestions or comments, but here's a few small things -

p. 262 - pn. 1 - I got no problem with that profile shot, but it could have a tendency to lead the eye out of page instead of drawing it into it.
pn.2 - maybe have his arms crossed instead of pointing...
pn. 3 - have her fingers on her right hand fan out a bit (a very minor little touch)

p. 263 - heh - this scene works well at so many uh... levels...
pn.6 - it's a real nice shot - but maybe something more ominous - one of those long down shots that you do or maybe something even more angular with a backview of Zhao..

p. 264 - pn. 2 - more angular?
pn. 3 - (actually somehting like this panel would be good for pn.6, p. 263) real nice shot - but how about something showing a more direct confronation between A.& Z.?
pn. 4 - just an idea - a panel with jsut z.'s legs in the foreground (with maybe a full shot of A. in the bg - sketchy description ...)

p. 265 - p. 7 - closeup of Z. looking a little confused...

p. 266 - pns. 4 & 5 - flip 180% or maybe just pn. 5

p. 267 - pn.3 good shot

p. 268- pn.1 nice shot - maybe have a little more chaotic movement...

p. 269 - cool plot twist!
pn.1 - show silhouette of just N.'s legs, back view(her coat would look like A's cape)
pn. 2 - maybe have something to resemble pn's. 2 or 3, p. 265...

Cheers,

Skylark


meggalrock
Sep. 9th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Man... that last page is more akward than if she walked in on him completely naked and rubbing blackberry jam all over himself... not that I would know what that's like or antyhing... e_e
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