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I've officially passed the count of 300 pages for this comic.
I officially have no life.

Woke up late today, so didn't really feel sleepy. Just been drawing to the music of Talking Heads, Bryan Ferry and that free music CD from Q magazine, a sort of Dance compilation thing.
And just as I'm posting a batch of pages, Talking Heads is reminding me that I am on a "Road To Nowhere"...

As a reminder, last page from previous update:


Why is it that when these two meet, there's a 90% chance one will hit the other...or hit something? Things have to change...or go down to 75% at least. It's getting repetitive (but fun to draw anyway, ha ha!)

Going to bed now!


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Sep. 15th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
The confrontations? Yeah, gets his blood pumping.
As for his intentions, they should be clearer next update.
Sep. 15th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
So perfect..."stop picking up weapons!" You managed to make it funny and intense at the same time.
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, he was getting frustrated. That woman wouldn't stay down!
Sep. 15th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC)
bryan ferryyyyy <3

actually, passing the 300 mark means you are DEDICATED and AWESOME, i'm pretty sure ;3
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
I'll still go with the no life and insane for the moment. ;)
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Sep. 15th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Obsessed indeed. As long as the machine keeps drawing and not breaking down.
Toph hitting someone is her way to show affection. Zhao, not so much. More like he wants to conquer you.
Sep. 15th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
These are so exciting! I'm really reading breathlessly and wanting to know how things work out. The Nauja vs Zhao fight is perhaps one of my favourite action scenes of yours, absolutely amazing, and funny too, what chemistry these two have :D
The timing between action and speech is just too perfect, especially when she picks up the second spear, love how you show the rack of spears just before she does exactly the opposite of what he orders.

What happened to Arnuk? aargh can't wait for more. It's a real page turner!

And congratulations on the 300 pages!! The drawings are saying that you're still enjoying these, very inspiring and amazing to see such consistent quality over such a big project. Can't wait to have all 4 volumes on my shelve!
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
As if she's ever going to listen to him when he's acting like that? She'll fight back to escape!
I am still having lots of fun drawing it, and I'm really itching to finish it simply because of the fun factor.
Sep. 15th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
"Stop picking up weapons!" ROFL!! Heee... those two. They really do always end up hitting each other, don't they?

Congrats on 300! That's awesome. You're totally my hero. ^__^
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
There's something about Zhao's attitude that makes usually peaceful Nauja want to hit him.
They might just both be enjoying it or something.
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Sep. 15th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Oh gods oh gods oh gods that's so COOL! I mean, fight! With equal fight and not quite in the "ack, picking on a girl!" vein (which is unusual, I'd say)! And "STOP PICKING UP WEAPONS!"

Must admit, Nauja was about equal on the "react first, ask questions later" scale!


I think Zhao is confused about Zhao's intentions!
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
She doesn't like being thrown around- and the only way to get a word in edgewise to that man seems to be force.
Or maybe a stalemate.
Zhao knows what he wants- more on that in other updates.
Sep. 15th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
And here you told us that you were going to have to slow down? :D

Ahaha! This is an awesome action scene-- I love it when Zhao and Nauja interact. XD

WOWW, congratulations on hitting 300! How long have you been doing this now?
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
I will slow down. Just...not this weekend, apparently.
The original draft was a lot shorter for their interaction, but there was a spark of inspiration that crept in and made it more fun to draw that way.
I can't remember when I started. I could always check way back, when I started posting these. More than a year, I guess.
Sep. 15th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
LOVELY update! How exciting!!!! :D
Sep. 15th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
First, grats on 300!

Second, Zhao's up to something where Azula is concerned, isn't he? And with the fighting, he still likesNauja enough to care whether she lives or dies, thinking on finding a way she can get out alive.
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
You bet Zhao is up to something! :D
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Sep. 15th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
"Stop picking up weapons!" Best line so far XD Well I'm glad that Zhao hasn't lost all of his redemption (yet) though I am a bit curious as well where Azula is hanging out right now. Be careful Zhao ;___; If Nauja gets hurt I'm going to cry or something.
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Zhao still has some shreds of redemption he could hold on to. As for Azula, she's actually on the first page of the next update. I almost ended with her in this one, as a cliffhanger. For once, I didn't do that.
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Sep. 15th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)

lol Zhao...

One of these days he's going to have to give one HUGE apology to Nauja for all the crap he puts her through.
Sep. 15th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Him, apologise?
Maybe if torture is involved, but he's got too much pride to apologise to a woman! (Silly male ego)
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Sep. 15th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
It is a very exciting update !
Zhao really cares about Nauja . What a nice man!.Azula someday will thank Zhao for saving her from herself : )

Sep. 15th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure the tag "nice" applies to Zhao. As for caring for anyone, Zhao would deny everything.
Sep. 15th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
300???? OMG Congrats! >D
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Sep. 15th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
I hate to sound like a charter member of the "broken record brigade" but:

Congratulations on the 300! It is a sign of dedication! To the cause of awesome!

And "STOP PICKING UP WEAPONS!" is officially one of the greatest lines ever. Seriously. I want a bumper sticker of it.
Sep. 15th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
Fine line between dedication and madness!
I just imagined someone from the NRA driving behind your car with that bumper sticker.
Sep. 15th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for wasting your life to make this fine AU.

Nauja has some sweet moves.
Sep. 15th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Your icon went esplodey!!
Ha ha, glad to know people enjoy my life wasting nonsense.
Nauja isn't trained to fight. But she used to play fight with her younger brother and learned a thing or two. Plus, quick thinking helps.
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Sep. 15th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, I do believe I love Nauja. Awesome update!
Sep. 15th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Hopefully, more fun stuff soon :)
Sep. 15th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)

I'm sorry: it was too easy!
Happy 300 pages.
Sep. 15th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Ha ha! Perfect timing!!XD
I should have waited another 20 pages to mention 300. The set up is too perfect.
Thank you very much <3 <3 <3
I'll link to your pic next post, so more people see it.
Sep. 16th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
"Stop picking up weapons!"
Sep. 16th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
"STOP PICKING UP WEAPONS!!" reminded me SO much of Kindergarden Cop: "Are all of these your lunches??" "*shakes heads*" "So you just eat other people's lunches?!" "*nods*" "STOP IT!!"
Sep. 16th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever seen this film in one sitting. Just bits and pieces here and there (and possibly in french too).
Kindergarden Zhao? Hah! He'd fry those kids.

Edited at 2008-09-16 06:22 am (UTC)
Sep. 17th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
Neat, Zhao's growing a brain. :)

(By the way, I didn't offend with my last posted comment, did I?)
Sep. 22nd, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
No offense whatsoever.
Ha ha, Zhao's brain is now the size of a peanut!
Sep. 17th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your 300 plateau - I'm thinking you must have a personal assistant -

Nice suspensful action scene -

p. 271 - pn.2 -just a little more grit, wrinkles, frowning, squinting, or quirkiness in the face (his expressions are great in the all the other panels)
pn.4 - zoom-in a bit more

p. 275 - pn. 6 - more movement in posture, head looking sideways

p. 277 - pn 5 - more dynamic - more diagonal composition - maybe some smoke coming from Z's hands...

This is really moving along swimmingly, IMHO, the only thing I'd like to see is 'oomph' in certain key panels (the climactic, cliff hanger, suspensful, dramatic dialog, crescendo ones ) - maybe go a little more crazy and extreme on those (Frank Miller is good at that - I don't know if you're familiar with his Woverine mini-series from the 80's - there's a lot of good examples of what I'm talking about there, plus lots of martial arts).



Sep. 22nd, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
Many very good notes again. I will try and address some of them before posting these pages on DA.
I know a bit of Frank Miller, but not his Wolverine serie. I guess I'm more used to a layout-pacing of European books.
Sep. 18th, 2008 08:02 am (UTC)
Ok, I busted out laughing at the "STOP PICKING UP WEAPONS!" xDDDD

GO NAUJA GO! I love their fight scenes xD So much more entertaining than anything EVER.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
Ha ha, it IS fun to have these two fights. Zhao will always win for sheer physical strength, but Nauja will give him a few bumps he will remember.
Sep. 19th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
Oooh, this is getting so exciting! I can't wait to find out Zhao is up to.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
We'll learn more as we go along. He's got plans!
Sep. 21st, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Water Tribe chicks are tough! I know it has been said before but "Stop picking up weapons!" is the best line ever. I can't wait to learn what Zhao's true intentions really are. I don't care if he denies it he does have a little place in his heart for Nauja. This is the second time he's going to save her.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
That, they are. Not all Water Tribe women have backbones, but most of them do.
Zhao has changed, a tiny bit. He'll blame the Water Tribe for that.
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