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So yeah, it was thanksgiving.

A nice, long, 4 day weekend. Didn't do much else but work though: family is far away, friends were busy with their own plans and all.
But I managed to catch up on the comic work, and that is extremely good! One page to go, only one page to go.
And I also crammed in a whole lot of Water Tribe. That's my Thanksgiving gift from me to you all, who've stayed and read so far.




















As if Zhao, who kept losing against Aang AND Zuko could possibly beat Azula. Sorry old man.
But I'm not done with him yet, ha ha!
How much is Azula correct? How much is it her mind playing tricks? That's the only image that kept jumping in my mind.
Fire fairie

Airship sound effect stolen from Miyazaki's Nausicaa (english translated manga). It's too good a sound, and I couldn't think of a better one.

Going to get some rest now.
And a good thought for my dad, who's getting a heart "défibrillateur" (whatever it's called in english) installed on Tuesday. Hang in there dad, it's supposed to be common, easy surgery *crosses fingers anyway*.

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pretty_angel
Dec. 1st, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
OMFG! I wanna see this animated to badly right now! Excellent actions scenes. <3<3<3<3<3<3

*is speechless in awe*


P.s.: Good luck for your dad. *crosses fingers*
rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
You will have to use your powers of imaginations to animate it I'm afraid (cheaper to make too!).
darkelf19
Dec. 1st, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
I'll keep your father in my prayers. *But it is a fairly common procedure these days. I doubt he'll need extra prayers, but it can't hurt right?*

PS: loving the comic. ^_^
rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
The moment there's surgery being done, heck even going into a hospital, I keep fingers crossed. Thank you!
arcana_j
Dec. 1st, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
Many thoughts for the good health of your dad. And many thanks for your good story.
rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome, and thank you for the thoughts :)
zfiledh
Dec. 1st, 2008 10:35 am (UTC)
It's..

FANTASTIC!!!

Someone forgot to tell him about the lightning. Oops.

Good luck to your dad.

Wait---one page?
rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Though he was sort of told this type of bending existed (a small comment, heard in the fire nation, thought he didn't need to remember), he'd never seen it.
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incandescens
Dec. 1st, 2008 10:40 am (UTC)
Absolutely and totally fantastic (she says, reading this nervously at work and hoping nobody sees her screen because she has to know what happens next).

Also, can I have a Zhao fairy for the top of my Christmas tree? :)
rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Zhao fairy shouldn't be put next to anything that can burn. If your Christmas tree is made of concrete, maybe.
xanykaos
Dec. 1st, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
Gah! Intense much? You're one of those artists whos work is just so amazing that you just forgot you're reading--it's just unfolding magically or something (eh, sorry, no coffee, no coherent mind-workings).

But that last image makes the post. Heh. Trying not to crack up in the middle of a crowded bar/cafe right now... "You are Speeecial!"
rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your kind words (not so incoherent despite lack of caffeine).
silly_izzy_me
Dec. 1st, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
Okay, honestly? Epic as any battle in the show. E P I C.

Azula looks so intense... in every friggin' panel @_@ She's crazy, I love it.
More. I need moooooore.

Unrelated: good luck to your dad!
rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Have to admit to have had a ton of fun drawing crazy Azula throughout. She IS FUN! Drawing one Crazula a day keeps the gloom away.
wandering_pages
Dec. 1st, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
The operation is standard in the States here. I've have a friend's father go through the procedure. Other than the recovery time he had to go through, he is still quite healthy. So I would not worry too much and besides he has family, like you, so that should make it easier.

Also I just love the looks Azula has. The first ones when she was trying to figure out how Zhao when "poof" from the spirit pool. And then seeing Zhao later standing in the middle of that firestorm. Never knew she could freak out like that...

Well then again, she does those "crazy moments." I should know better by now ^_^'

ROFLMAO! A Zhao fairy hallucination?! A fairy of what I wonder; one of stubbornness/grumpiness maybe?

Having Zhao on the brain cannot be healthy with current Azula's mindset (or lack of one). I (almost) feel sorry for Cr-Azula. XD
rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
I'm kinda far away to help him recover. I will see him soon though. Less than a month.
There should be a sign beside the spirit pool about not bathing. Weird stuff happens. Azula doesn't need anymore weird stuff happening. She's trying to keep those bits of sanity together.
ZhaoFairy would just burn stuff up, even if you wish it or not.
snapes_angel
Dec. 1st, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
Good luck to your father. At leas implanting a defibrillator is so streamlined now, his prognosis with one may actually be a good one.

Ooh, bombs! Boom-splat, ker-pow!

>a href="http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x15/rufftoon/zhaofairie.jpg">LOL!</a> All Zhao needs now is a wand and a tutu, a la, Tinkerbell (except Tink's was more like leaf frond, at least visually, in the Disney thingamabob).
snapes_angel
Dec. 1st, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
And a good thought for my dad, who's getting a heart "défibrillateur" (whatever it's called in english) installed on Tuesday. Hang in there dad, it's supposed to be common, easy surgery

Yeah, it's pretty much the same in English, too.. Good luck!
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(Anonymous)
Dec. 1st, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
My first thought was "JACKPOT! 16 luscious pages of Water Tribe!"
My second thought was "Did poor Johane get *any* rest?" But I can relate to the need to do creative work even (especially?) if it's not what I should be doing.

The fight scene between Azula and Zhao is intense. You've drawn the fire so well. I could tell immediately when Azula switched over to lightning. Poor Zhao is 'swimming with the fishes' now (hopefully not in the mafia sense). Zhao and the koi are missing!? I'm looking forward to the next installment. :)

The airship sound "DN DN" would be like a boat's bell "ding ding"? I can't remember what the airships sounded like in Miyazaki's movie.

I'm sending happy thoughts and good wishes to you and your dad (and your mom).
rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
I did get rest. I would nap when my body wanted to crash, and there's only one evening that I went to bed past 11pm.
I don't know if Zhao is so much sinking as swimming. Gonna have to wait and see.
It's an actual DN sound. No high "i" or musical "g" at the end. (maybe more like "dun")
azvolrien
Dec. 1st, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Aw. Well, I was rootin' for yah, Zhao!

If he's getting one installed it's probably a pacemaker... A defibrillator's more of the '"Clear!" *kajunk*' thingy you see in hospital shows.
rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
I was rootin' for him too but...it's friggin Azula!!
He can't beat her.
My dad kept saying defibrillator instead of pacemaker. I guess he'll know tonight when they prep him up.
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rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Won't promise to do other long ones like that before the end. We'll see.
tammylee
Dec. 1st, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Hee! I love how you leave Zhao's personality so intact. Of COURSE he thinks he could crush wee little girl Azula. XD
Beautiful, graceful, fight sequence and I am shivered when Azula looked into the oasis and Zhao's body wasn't there.

rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Zhao is the eternal optimist when it comes to winning a fight. He thinks he can beat everyone. Except Iroh. He sees Iroh, he turns heels and flees!
star_puppet
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
You know how much I love you right now, my nerves have gotten all excited with all the action I've seen tonight! And the Fairy Zhao just even made it better! :D *hugz* :D :D <3
rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you! Glad you've enjoyed. :D
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rufftoon
Dec. 1st, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Good old Zhao has adapted with his time in the Water Tribe- too bad his fighting still isn't top notch. If he'd had a bit more time to practice.
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