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I can't resist.

I swear, Obama becoming president felt like watching some european coronation celebration with parades and stuff.
We certainly never treated the canadian prime minister that way. Not that we'd want to...not with the choices we have, ha!

Finished the official Avatar comic work for now. Hesitating taking on more, since the workload will most probably increase until at least mid-March, time of the next big deadline.

Over the holidays, I watched Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner. Not a movie for everyone: close to 3 hours long, very slow pace. But I was fascinated enough by it to go and buy a copy. Based on an old inuit legend.

Surprised in his sleep and trying to escape murderers, a completely naked Atanarjuat flees for his life running over spring sea ice. It takes stamina to do that (no wonder he runs fast)!
It also gives Arluk ideas.

Arluk's Revenge

Started reworking the old chapter 3 of Water Tribe, as most of you have seen in the last post. It forces me to still have Water Tribe on the mind. I am weak and have no will, so...
This is how I think I'd start chapter 5:

...but with just enough of a hint of things to come.

Ok, I just wanted a reason to draw Guru Pathik.


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Jan. 21st, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)

To both of those!
Jan. 21st, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
Arluk is so gay for Zhao.
Jan. 21st, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
Ha ha, maybe he is. Hard to say with that guy, who seems to be open minded to all possibilities.
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Jan. 21st, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
Oh! I had to watch Atanarjuat in one of my classes when I was in college. I don't really remember it except for some parts. But I DO remember the naked running. And something about a magic bunny... and lots of family/spouse DRAMA.
Jan. 21st, 2009 08:12 am (UTC)
They made you watch a 3 hour film in your college class? Wow. What kind of course was it?
Oh yeah, the rabbit with a spell on it, so when the guy ate it it made him act weird!
I need to watch it again.
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Jan. 21st, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)

Jan. 21st, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
He's got plenty more where that came from.
Jan. 21st, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
Running naked on the ice...

I can so see that being a watertribe dare for young boys!
Somehow I don't think Arluk would have such a trouble with it though...

Zhao might have, but I don't se how the tribe would have problem watching his welltrimed body running....
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
There would also be the jumping in freezing water after spending too much time in the sweat tent. Zhao would just stay in the sweat tent mind you, and beat the record for not boiling alive in the darn place.
Parts of the tribe wouldn't mind seeing Zhao running around nekkid. Mostly the women.
(no subject) - ladyprophet - Jan. 22nd, 2009 08:35 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 21st, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
Guru Pathik! That's nice to see him again :)

I don't have seen Atanarjuat. 3h, that's long. But I've seen enough Mongolian and Central Asian based films to know that any of them can be very interesting.

Chapter 5... *nosebleed*
Jan. 21st, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
With my poor english, I want to say that yes, Atanarjuat isn't a central asian film :D I speak from every film about tribes and nomads :)
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Jan. 21st, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
Hehe. Well, Zhao is fashionably late (considering when you closed off chapter 4, he was sort of a Fire Nation prisoner at the time).
Jan. 21st, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
hehe. He may think about Nauja's reaction to it, too. Though if it's a common enough occurrence...
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Jan. 21st, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
By the time I'd finished Arluk's mouth, I was also feeling the Grinch in it, heh heh.
We at least got to see a bit of the guru in Nightmares and Daydreams. Ok, so it was just an illusion.
Jan. 21st, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
Arluk hasn't seen a fire dance ritual yet, has he? That's another idea for him! :D

Oooh, Water Tribe 5! Water Tribe 5!!! :D
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Water Tribes are usually not big on fire rituals, but he's taking notes.
Jan. 21st, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
*makes hearts at you*

(Technically, "I'd better go" is more grammatically correct, though many people swallow the "'d" even if they mean to say it. It is a lot more slangy without the 'd, though.)

*makes more hearts at you for ...maximum-humiliation-Arluk*
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Must make the guru speak properly. I will fix when I return tonight (gotta leave for work soon).
Jan. 21st, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
Yay Guru Pathik! Yay for comic addiction! and Oh MY what pretty landscapes ♥
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I should get my comic addiction fixed sometimes.
Comic neutering? Sounds painful.
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Jan. 21st, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
My mind stopped with the Naked!Zhao :D :D :D :D
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
It's a nice place to have your mind stop.
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Jan. 21st, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Hey, we do so have a ritzy ceremony when we get a new government, albeit not one that costs us 50 million dollars.

The prime minister goes off to Rideau hall with his new cabinet, all dressed up in their Sunday best, so that the Governor General can make everything offcial and legal and right.


Once there they do all kinds of ritual things like passing the golden doorknob.


Betcha the US doesn't have a golden doorknob!

(OK, it really isn't a golden doorknob, it's really the great seal of Canada, but that handle sure looks like a doorknob, in some of the other pics.)
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
They also go see GG when they want to dissolve parliement...no mention of how they're dressed when that happens.
Oooh, wouldn't it be something if it was an actual doorknob? Say to the Chambers and only the new Prime Minister gets to place it back in the door and allow everyone else in?
There should be some sort of fun ritual associated with it or something.
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Jan. 21st, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Arluk is all about teasing. If he can use Zhao as a tool, all the better.
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Oh my... ArlukxZhao or NaujaxZhao, I can't make up my mind...
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Arluk would say embrace it all! Or start thinking algebra:ArlukxZhaoxNauja
I can't say how that would end.
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, Arluk! We are soul mates of perversion.

Chapter 5?!
*heart beats madly*
And I am all in favour of anything that brings us more good guru action!
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Arluk could conspire with you to make up fun revenge things against Zhao.

I can't imagine guru action. Banana and onion juice doesn't strike me as too exciting.
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha I like Arluk's ideas! :D

And I loooooove the first page of chapter five! Well, other than the old-man ear. Droopy old man ears always make me twitch. :P
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sure Arluk will come up with a few more. Droopy ears are a symbol of wisdom in some parts of Asia (I can't say for all of Asia).
Zhao's ears must be really small. XD

Edited at 2009-01-21 05:17 pm (UTC)
Jan. 21st, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Arluk: The True Voice of the Fandom, from its darkest depths.

!!! Guru!!! I was really sad he didn't come back in the show. :C He made things even more mystical fun!
Jan. 22nd, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
I believe Arluk loves lurking in the dark depths of fandoms. The stuff that's there....brrrr....
Jan. 21st, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
We watched that film for one of my anthropology classes. That sprinting ice escape scene will be etched in my memory forever...
Jan. 22nd, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
It's definitely one of the scenes from cinema history that would stay with everyone.
Jan. 21st, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Arluk is officially my hero. He basically wins. At everything!
Jan. 22nd, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
Don't encourage him too much, ha ha!
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Jan. 21st, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to say, that I'm very happy when you're weak.
Woah, Zhao and the Guru?! Sounds more like a wierd sitcom.

This naked Zhao is probably the next best thing to that sketch you hinted about a long while ago.
Does this mean Arluk is bi-sexual?
Jan. 22nd, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
Zhao and the guru does sound like a weird sitcom!

Arluk's preferences are more towards the female gender, but he'd consider himself a fool to ignore the other 50% of his options ;)
So, if he had to choose, he'd go with the girl. If there are only men around, it won't stop him having fun.
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Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
If Zhao starts streaking across page to page,I don't think my parents would let me design graphics of it, lol.
Ooo Arluk's looking a lil pervy and freaky there =O

Zhao and Guru Pathik would make an interesting blend, though it does make sense to start of them, because of the spirits.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Awwww, but it would make for a funny animated gif XD
No worries - this comic is (mostly) censored so nothing of what I show in the storyline should offend most people.
Whatever Arluk does on his free time will never get to the internet.
Mostly. It may slip here and there.

Pathik and Zhao are opposites in many ways. Too many, perhaps. The possibility that they would understand each other is rather slim.
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Jan. 22nd, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Having watched the movie last semester for my religion and film class, I only WISH I had this comic on hand to get me through it. (The pacing really made me disinterested in the film, I wish it was a bit faster.)
Jan. 22nd, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
It definitely was on the long side. Then again, it is very true to the way these people tell their tales. Slow, patient pace. For many of us, used to a more fast rhythm, it drags on.
I will manage to sit through it all again.
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Jan. 22nd, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
Too true! So close to us, and completely detached also. Feels weird...and fascinating!
I've mentionned it before, but I really want to see "The Necessities of life". Same main actor as Atanarjuat. This time, a more direct conflict between their world and ours, set in the 1950's.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
Guru Pathik!! Yay!!
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