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Couldn't think of a title for this post. Brain must be near death (oh look! A tunnel with a light at the end!)

I'm going to have to slow down these updates as I need to get more real work done. Discipline, discipline...ah, who am I kidding, I am weak!
But there will be less pages. Na.
Looks like I'll be concentrating on part four instead of reworks of part 3. I'm so close to the end, sooooooo close!!










Many of you had guessed what had happened to that poor guard. Internet cookies for you all.
Felt like a bit too much exposition on this part, but I couldn't think of any other way to have Zhao spread his cards on the table (or Pai Sho tiles).
That's why I'm no writer :B

Next: You stay out of Azula's way and watch too.

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rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
And you should be scared of her. That's only proper.
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star_puppet
Oct. 26th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
woooo...this looks like a showdown.
well, at least the exposition is a bit too much, but it's still a good execution on Zhao's part if you ask me. ^_^
rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
I haven't learned yet on how not to do too much exposition. Mea Culpa.
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riicchan
Oct. 26th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness. :D Azula looks so awesome in that final panel.

I was thinking of you today while I was driving on my way home from work, and this comic too. I want so badly to see Water Tribe published in some way or another, because if I can't hold a copy of this in my hands, while on my stomach on my bed, I shall be very sad indeed. There's just something awesome about having physical copies of things. =) Here's hoping, right?

More hoping: Perhaps we'll someday see more of the Alternate Timeline. It'll be continued when it's continued, I know, but it makes me tingly just thinking about it.

*...tingly*
rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
Gotta keep hoping. But publishing won't happen via normal channels that's for sure (unless the good folks at Nick suddenly go crazy, ha ha!).
kaamen_chan
Oct. 26th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
OMG
omg,omg,omg!!!! She's going to attack Water Tribe people or something???? Noooooo!!! She's so evil!!
Ok, ok, I'll try to calm myself , soo...
we're getting pretty close to THE end??? Wow!! that's so exciting, believe me, I checked this journal like 3 times expecting for your update, and finaly I had luck!! :D
Thanks for all the effort you put in this story,though you are not a writer, stills being a great work! ♥
I wish you are all okay, and I'll wait for the next new pages!! Bye-bye!!

rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
Re: OMG
Azula has business to finish, that's all...
I try to update once a week, but I may not be able to for a little while we'll see (not next weekend, it's the APE convention).
As long as people are amused, it's a start. You can come and bash my writing afterwards (with constructive criticism, of course).
novabat
Oct. 26th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
Don'tkillthefish,don'tkillthefish,don'tkillthefish,don'tkillthe fish!

The next update could not come sooner. But do pace yourself?
rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Azula can see the result (Zhao) of killing fishies. She will try not to.
pretty_angel
Oct. 26th, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)
Whee, new update! 8D

Ok, Zhao's plan makes sense now. But he's also absolutely right about Azula. Wtf does she want there if not fried fish?


Anyway, wish you lots of fun at APE next weekend! :3
rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
When Zhao tries to have a subtle plan, it never works as well as the ones that have more brawn. As for Azula, her madness has methods (or does it...hard to tell with her now).
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tobu_ishi
Oct. 26th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
*chuckles* Well, this can't be intended to end well. At least, not for the Water Tribes. A signal flare...I wonder who's waiting outside for it, and what it's meant to give the go-ahead for?

I do wonder how Azula was planning to wring any information out of a fish, even a supernatural one. Something in me suspects, from her reaction to his snarking, that that particular little shard of logic might have slipped sideways through the somewhat open lattice of her sanity until Zhao brought it pointedly up.

(Fish torture--whoo. Puts me in mind of one of the higher-end sushi bars I ever went to. You haven't really considered vegetarianism until you've seen a struggling fish skewered by its bare bones to the plate that holds its own elegantly arranged filets. >.>)
rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Things are getting in a dark spiral, ha ha! Did I say I was having fun?
Oooh, never been to a high end sushi place...I'm not certain I want to now. There's fresh fish and then there's fresh fish!
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rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
D'oh! Typo!
Will fix, promise (good thing I have internet extra eyes for this).
Ha ha, knowing Azula's crazy, that's a good mental image to have. And possibly one that popped into Zhao's head too XD
zfiledh
Oct. 26th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
Girlfriend is Ka-RAZY!

Is it just me, or is my hope that the appearance of the gAang will be coming soon?
zfiledh
Oct. 26th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
Darn! Butterfingers!

Ahem...

Is it just me, or is my hope that the appearance of the gAang will be coming soon a sure thing?
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teacup_werewolf
Oct. 26th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
This is totally not looking good for Zhao! D:
rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
That's not even an understatement, it's a fact.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 26th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
More Water Tribe pages! What a nice treat for Sunday morning.

Am I the only one that enjoyed Zhao's speech? I like how he stood up to Azula. It reminded me of his speech in "The Blue Spirit" and when he called himself "moonslayer" in "Siege of the North".

Maybe I'm not looking at the drawing correctly, but I couldn't tell it was a person in the ice. Were you just trying to be nice and not show too much gore?
rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Zhao still has a bit of bravado (silly bravado) left in him.
I must admit, a few panel on page 314 are...iffy. I'll possibly rework them before they go on DA. But yeah, I was self-censoring myself by not showing too much. Trying to stay within the Avatarverse of not THAT dark.
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the_ren77
Oct. 26th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Oh Snap son! Let's go! ><

XD Luv that part on the 4th page, Zhao is all "Wha' you goin do!? You can't get a fish to talk!"
Smug bastard XD
rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
How could he resist rubbing Azula's nose in it. He loves to gloat!
oddriddle
Oct. 26th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Oh yikes. This just keeps getting darker... not that it's a bad thing story-wise.

I actually thought that the exposition was appropriate. It makes Zhao seem a little more desperate that he has to "come clean." Sort of.
rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Slightly darker than the usual avatar stuff, but there were plot things in season two that made me shiver in a nice way :)
Glad the exposition wasn't too heavy and made sense.
silly_izzy_me
Oct. 26th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Ahh shit what's Azula got planned D: ? Lol I love her craziness.

And I don't know if you did this intentionally, but I thought that the one panel with Azula's silhouette... it greatly resembled Ozai's, especially with the fire around her. I thought that was very clever :)
rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
It's crazy plans but they make sense to her).
Nope, not intentional at all, but I'm glad it worked that way!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 26th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Great stuff - the heat is on! Nice dramatic shots of Azula firebending - I've got no problem with the exposition - Blake and Mortimer has way more than that - maybe certain word balloons could be spread out to adjacent panels... one sugg. for p. 317, pn.1 - maybe a medium upshot of Azula with arm raised filling the entire panel?

Do you have an idea of the final page count?

Cheers,

Skylark

http://skylark-.blogspot.com/
rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Heh, Blake and Mortimer describes what's in the panels! It makes for continuous heavy reading.
Nice suggestion once again (filing this for later reference).
I don't know how long this will be. I don't work from a scripts, just notes, and sometimes I find myself spreading out events on more pages just to let it breathe a bit better, increasing page count. I say I'm close to the end, but it can stretch a bit more than intended.
rubianhawk
Oct. 26th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, I really, really love these pages! The composition is great (I especially liked the wavy panels in the beginning :D). Also, the dramatic, epic-ness. Loved it!
rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Many thanks. I'm trying to get more epic for the end. Hope I manage to make it.
eiko82
Oct. 26th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
OMG, the awesomeness is too much to bare! Azula looks SO awesome in these panels. I can't wait to see how things will go down.
rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Oh, things will go down indeed.
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rufftoon
Oct. 26th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
They take risks, they dream big and they're not as boring as heroes who like things to be peaceful all the time.
Not that I would want to live near one, but yeah...they're fun.
arycapricat
Oct. 26th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
I really like these pages, especialy Zhao's big speech. He seems to good at those.
OMIGOSH WHAT THE HECK IS AZULA PLANNING! Curse your cliff hanger ways!!!
Oh, and did I mention how good Zhao looks in that big, fluffy cloak. :3
rufftoon
Oct. 27th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Zhao should have a cushy jobs making speeches...but he likes saying them too much to let others speak them.

And he likes big fluffy warm coats- Water Tribe influence!
archangelbeth
Oct. 27th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Curse LJ! I had a long post and it wouldn't connect!

Minor quibble that may be only me -- instead of "person that" I prefer "person who" ("that" is for inanimate objects! *sob*), so "person I know who" for Azula on that last page there. If you want to take on my personal pet peeve. O:>

Zhao is going to be blamed for that poor guard's death.

Eeeeeeeeeeee!
rufftoon
Oct. 27th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
Ooooh, nice point. Will definitely correct that before posting on DA. Yay for learning more grammar!

And Zhao's going to get blamed for a whole lot of things!

Edited at 2008-10-27 01:59 am (UTC)
misspondereplay
Oct. 27th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
Hmm, is Yue going to have to save Zhao's bum bum from Azula? Okay that was random. Anyway I see tons awesome panels that I can use in graphics! =D I will definitely use the (almost) Zhao vs Azula fight! You got my hopes up to see Zhao firebend, but you always leave me yearning for more!!!
rufftoon
Oct. 27th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Not to give away too much in advance...but I certainly couldn't finish this story without having Zhao firebend at least once!
potatoko
Oct. 27th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
EEEEEEEYay CrAzula!

Er, I mean, uh, boo! Yes, boo! What a terrible young lady. Ahem. Gosh.

(I love this story.)
rufftoon
Oct. 27th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Good old Azula- she may look sane (sort of), but her poor brains are still unstable.
More fun for us all.
sonne_of_sun
Oct. 27th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
that was a heck lot of fun!
the 4th book was worth not-sleeping-to-finish-reading for :} It almost took away the thought of not being able to see pictures from DA + no photoshop
buttfacemakani
Oct. 29th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT
rufftoon
Oct. 30th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
You know it's coming!
(but who will fight who...aw heck, you can possibly guess).
kt_shy
Oct. 30th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
I'm finally all caught up, this is suuuch an amazing comic! Happily joining the hordes in awaiting your next pages :D
rufftoon
Oct. 30th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
Awwww, thanks so much! <3
Glad you're enjoying the story. Hope I don't mess up the ending now.
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