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Smells like something's burning

Walked outside today, and I could really smell the big Sylmar fire. Couldn't see it, but those low lying clouds were not just the usual LA...erm...air quality type.
Made for an awesome sunset though. The only good thing about this whole disaster.

Took a small break from work (or go nuts). I'm also currently inking pages. Feels good to be inking again!
I should ink a few Water Tribe pages at some point. I can't decide which ones though. NOT crowd ones, that's for sure!

A very small update, just the beginning of the fight.
Possibly inspired by smell of burning.






When I went to APE a few weekends ago, alexds3 generously gave me this sketch.
Magazines
I'm still laughing every time I look at it XD
Who knew Zhao was so willing to pose for Hotman and Sweat Tent Magazine.
Yes Arluk, tell us where you're getting these.

Comments

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star_puppet
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
did I just see Zhao do a waterbending move there?

Hotman and Sweat Tent Magazine, if those really existed I'd buy me a copy. :D
rufftoon
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
Maaaaaaaybe he did.
Heck, if those mags existed, I'd get a subscription!
beckychan
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
I like the smell of the smoke, if it's really diffused. But I spent the day in the Valley today, and by the end of it, it was almost intolerable, even considering that I was chilling in Burbank all day.
rufftoon
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Same for me!
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rufftoon
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you- fight scenes are good exercise and fun to do.
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rufftoon
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
If we ever make an issue, I swear I'm using that description! XD
(Anonymous)
Nov. 16th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
oooooh! Is Zhao catching/redirecting Azula's fire? (btw, is Azula's fire still blue in your story?) Re: alexds3 pic - I see The Mechanist has invented cameras and printing presses lol

I wish I could waterbend some of our rain (from New England) out west. I cringe every time I read about the fires out there.

Keep safe. Keep sane. Taking breaks is good!
rufftoon
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yup! If his own fire blasts are weak, why not borrow from the enemy. Azula's fire would indeed still be blue.
We should all be thankful for the mechanist's inventions.
queen_marshed
Nov. 16th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
Woah he's waterbending fire. XD

I'd subscribe to those magazines. XDD
rufftoon
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
Just a bit of fire-redirecting. Some firebenders already do it, but Zhao's really good at it.
ali_wildgoose
Nov. 16th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
It's nice to see Zhao using his own Waterbender-influenced style to such great effect!

FWOOOOOOOSH
rufftoon
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
It can only take him so far in a fight, but he'll use all he has. He's going to need a lot of fwoooooosh to beat her.
arycapricat
Nov. 16th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
That's pretty fancy there Zhao, redirecting that fire like water bending. But will it blend erm... burn.

It's events these that make me glad I live in Wisconsin.
rufftoon
Nov. 16th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
If his own fire blasts are weak, he'll use his opponent's.

Wisconsin gets fires too...just maybe not as often and year long!
tammylee
Nov. 16th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Azula's in for a surprise!
... And I don't think it's Zhao pulling out the copy of Sweat Tent where he is the centrefold and flashing it at her. XD
rufftoon
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, that would certainly distract her for a few precious seconds XD
incandescens
Nov. 16th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Really, really great. And so cool that one can _tell_ that Zhao's doing a waterbending move ... on fire. And that he is.
rufftoon
Nov. 16th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that it is reading correctly. yay!
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rufftoon
Nov. 16th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
Hope your dad keeps safe. These fires are nasty and dangerous.
And cartoon fire fighting, especially when mixed with martial arts, are always fun.
buttfacemakani
Nov. 16th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
xD It's ok Zhao, it happends to most firebenders.. really..

Oh I didn't get that it was waterbending but I'm slow :]
rufftoon
Nov. 16th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, my brain totally went that way as I was drawing it.
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angelwingkitty
Nov. 16th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Nice incorporation of the watebending, I'm loving where this is going! :)
rufftoon
Nov. 16th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
There's a few more pages of fighting left, so I'll keep having fun with these two :D
archangelbeth
Nov. 16th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Ooo, even the thumbnails rock! *runs off to do dinner and read later*
archangelbeth
Nov. 17th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
*reads* Eeeee, yes, he swooped her fire around! Eeeee! Yay!
zhaowatertribe
Nov. 16th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Weak... I'm not weak... *grumble grumble*

You had better be capturing my good side in these pictures, Lady Matte.
rufftoon
Nov. 17th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
You're looking good under all angles, sir.
(you're just not perfect in every imaginable way, but we like you this way)
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kaamen_chan
Nov. 17th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
Great xD
I did realize of the waterbending move there, but I thought maybe I was wrong, 'til I read all the commentaries, haha.
Ok, now I just can't wait for the next new pages, I'm sure they'll be awesome. And BTW I totally forgot that Zhao keeps re-learning his firebending, God, this fight would be mesmerizing animated, but you keep doing a fabulous work!!
I hope you are ok, with all the things you gotta do.
Take more breaks if it's necessary!!
Bye, bye!
rufftoon
Nov. 17th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Re: Great xD
At least he has some firebending abilities, compared to the first three chapters. He's just starting again from scratch, unfortunately for him.
I gotta try and compensate for this not being animated. *groan*
(Anonymous)
Nov. 17th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Coolisimo - That's really laying down the hurt - you can really open the whupass - they're really throwing down now, most def ;-)

Cheers,

Skylark
rufftoon
Nov. 17th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Thank you- I'll try and keep the fight fun and exciting (and readable).
zfiledh
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Arluk's secret sideline: Editor in Chief of Sweat Tent Monthly. Special feature to look out for: the ongoing love story of Zhaoka and Nauja (The Steam Rises in the North).

...

I want a subscription!

Echoes of Iroh learning from Waterbenders, awright!

You ok over there?
rufftoon
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
*snort* that would explain how Arluk gets copies!
Iroh created new moves based on his observations of waterbenders. Zhao's not as creative, but he's certainly adapting as best he can.
Very ok. Slightly overworked, but not complaining as it is still manageable.
Still smells like burning outside.
alexds1
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
Firebending with waterbending moves ;___; My dreams have come true <3 I love the way the flames pour off his stance like that! Damn this needs to be animated so bad...

It just occurred to me that lightning attacks + water everywhere could be a bad thing XD Zhao had better watch where he steps.
rufftoon
Nov. 17th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
I didn't know it was your dream, but I'm glad it all worked out (and it's darn fun to draw too).
Hmmm...you are quite right about the lightning stuff. Azula hasn't pulled that stunt out just yet so Zhao's doing good for the moment.
aidosaur
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Awwwwhhh man, he's waterbending the fire! :DDD I agree with Alexds, I want this to be animated!

I can't wait to see where this is going! 8D
(Anonymous)
Nov. 17th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
dopler effect... more dust in the air> the more beautiful the sunset
(Anonymous)
Nov. 20th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
awesomesauce
I'm afraid I don't have anything to say that you haven't heard a jillion times before, but here it is anyway: Water Tribe is awesome. I read all of it in less than two weeks around school, homework, work work, and sleep, it's that good!

I... I love Nauja. And Arluk. And the random firebenders, who remind me very much of stormtroopers (I'm such a Star Wars nerd). And Azula.

I've never cared for Zhao, but you have certainly made him a very intersting, complicated... protagonist (I don't think "hero" is the correct word). And today I uttered some words I never thought I'd hear myself say: "You go Zhao! Go get her!"

One of my favorite things about your comic (apart from the characters, plot, snazzy action scenes, etc.) is your attention to detail. A few lines here, a dash of shadow there, and POW: instant city surrounded by towering cliffs-- and the buildings all have little designs! Or, at one point, Azula clasped her hands crookedly while making a point. Or two guys in the background chat while the main characters do their thing. Or Zhao, feeling lonely, sits in a snowy field while the stars shine down. It's... it's... I can't think of an adjective, but I get really happy when I notice the little things, and I really appreciate that you put them all in there.

I'm sorry this review is rather incoherant. I just wanted you to know that I really am enjoying Water Tribe, and I'm glad that you seem to be, as well. Thank you for sharing it with everyone.

Hope the fires don't reach you! Take lots of breaks from work! Have a nice week!


P.S. Waterbending fire is the best idea since stuffed pizza.
rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
Re: awesomesauce
I wouldn't call Zhao a hero either. But he's fun to mess around with.
Many thanks for your kind words, may you enjoy the end of the comic.
snapes_angel
Nov. 28th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Hehe. Arluk could probably make a bundle selling subscriptions.
snapes_angel
Nov. 28th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Hehe. It looks like I am really and truly very far behind in my email. Azula might have pulled out the marshmallows for it: but I bet a lot of people were wishing for waterbenders to help extinguish that fire. Earth benders would have been a huge help, too. Earth to bank the fire, and water to douse it.

Then again, knowing that some of those California fires rage for weeks... How are you (and the state) holding up?
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