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Sunday Evening

More rain than usual over here, and you can tell: there is no proper drain system in the streets! What would be a normal amount of rain in Montreal turned into huge puddle jumping contests here. Wet pants bottom...

Tried to go see Coraline this morning, and found myself staring at a huge line of people wanting to go see various films. What? On a Sunday? Before 11am? I couldn't have made it in in time, so I turned back and will try again tonight.



Continuing with the reworks of part 3, Nothing major, a tweak here and there for clarity and that's all.






I will make some minor changes in the next one, when Zhao returns to the tribe. Slight changes again, but to better show that he finally gets his firebending back (if not the skills to use it properly, heh heh).


Also having fun with the Prison stuff. This time, not really comics but really more like story notes. I do story notes two ways: just written or written with a bit of visuals. I went for the combo. Expect a lot of these, since I want to move faster through these. I will also do more comic pages when I arrive at story points I want to draw out for fun.
(because that's the only reason I even do this thing: for fun!)



I was listening to a bit too many documentaries this week about prisoners of wars. My mind went into dark corners again. Thankfully, I'm almost done with it too, yay!




Ok, enough with the Zhao torture (well, a different kind of Zhao torture anyway). Felt weird to draw that...and a bit weird posting it. Maybe because it feels off, like it wouldn't fit in the Avatarverse.

Protest

And no more documentaries about war prisoners. This is Darwin week...so I should be drawing Monkey!Zhao instead! XD

Comments

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riicchan
Feb. 9th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
I went to see Coraline today! In 3D no less! It was cool!

There wasn't much of a line, but then again, it was 4:40 in the afternoon.

I hope you get to see it soon! It's truly a marvel! The stop-motion is so seamless I thought it was CG in several places.
rufftoon
Feb. 9th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
I'm definitely going to see it in 3D.
In fact, I should leave now instead of typing replies.
riicchan
Feb. 9th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Go, have fun! I only hope the ticket price isn't too steep, lol.
snapes_angel
Feb. 9th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
Hey, you can do both (Monkey! Zhao and Prisoner!Zhao)

I wonder if there's a way you can fit the ocean and moon spirits in with the water cage thing. Full moon, the tide rises, and maybe, so does the water level in Zhao's cage. Maybe he either gets a bit delusional or kind of sort of dozes off, but doesn't drown. Maybe Yue is keeping an eye on him, because he did kind of sort of help the spirits, so he's almost an official guardian for them in a way. Maybe the water rises high enough to cover the short cage but Zhao remains relatively dry because they still sort of have uses for him, or something? That's a way to maintain an historical accuracy, the spirit of the Avatarverse, and that the Avatarverse (or at least the fans) like playing with Zhao.
pretty_angel
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
I demand Prisoner!Monkey!Zhao !! XD
snapes_angel
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
Hehe.
rufftoon
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
In a small cage! XD
rufftoon
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
Thing is, I like keeping most supernatural stuff toned way down, barely noticeable. Especially around Zhao. But your suggestions are kind of fun. I wonder if something along these lines couldn't be worked in.
Very subtly, of course.
snapes_angel
Feb. 9th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
In the show, they'd be pretty much subtle too, I think. ^_^
arycapricat
Feb. 9th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
My heart skipped when i saw these. (I'm just as addicted as you are)
Upside down Zhao IS quite amusing, and I like the doctor character.


LISTEN ARLUK AND THINK OF THE FANS!
I'm sure you can slip in a litte bit more shirtless while still being relevent to the story.
rufftoon
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
Sorry to you and Arluk, but shirtlesness has to fit into the story somehow. The way I'm looking at it, there is no more shirtless scenes in the foreseable future.
Ah well, we get a little look-see once in a while.
etrangere
Feb. 9th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
ouch.
zfiledh
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Listen to Arluk! We require our Zhao sans shirt!

Getting eyeballed by the Zhaoster. LOL
rufftoon
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
Sorry, we've filled our quota of shirtless Zhao!
fani
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
I went to see Coraline at 10.00 PM last showing and there is a FREAKING LINE UP.

How is this explainable? I thought families come in middle of day showings
rufftoon
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
Good news for Coraline!
pretty_angel
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
Weird to see happy BOUM!Lao with knowing you just killed him off. Oh how I'll miss him.

Awesome prison break pages. And yes, it's astonishing how creative people can get when it comes to torture. Just saw a documentation some days ago about that stuff. They had all kind of weird shit invented - especially in the middle ages during inquisition. D:
rufftoon
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, I kind of missed old Lao too. He deserved better.
Well, maybe not.
Oh boy! The inquisition was rough! I did some reading on the time of the witch hunt. The stuff man has invented to make people suffer...
shaniah
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
Maybe a dark corner; but reading a new entry on your journal at first thing in the morning definitely make my day!

And I really like the last cases on the prison story :)
rufftoon
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
I needed to end the prison pages on a lighter note. The good doctor was willing to comply.
angelwingkitty
Feb. 9th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
I really like the doctor character :) You're right in that he's like a breath of fresh air.

Hope you enjoy Coraline, I saw it on Friday and really enjoyed it.
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Expect the doctor to return for a short cameo.
Did enjoy Coraline, but only saw it a weekend later. The movie kept being sold out. Yay for it!
sonne_of_sun
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
3 page war documentary
XD there are far worse punishments. watch chinese judge series
wow... Zhao is awfully quiet/low-toned in this set
rufftoon
Feb. 9th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Re: 3 page war documentary
Chinese judge serie? I'll have to google it or something, never heard of it.
You are right, he is low toned. Things are happening to him but it's not him moving things. All in due time. He needs to get out there first.
sonne_of_sun
Feb. 10th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
Re: 3 page war documentary
the thing about those series are that they are in Chinese XD
example 1.hard spanking many times(they are actually counted) 2. draging behind a running horse after family members are beheaded 3. streching then cut in half
misspondereplay
Feb. 9th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
I find it very ironic that as I was reading these, I was eating a banana when I got up to the part about monkey Zhao. Poor Zhaoey, he goes through nothing but pain. Ha, though it is funny to see him giving you the stink eye! I wonder how the escape artist is going to escape next time, the story is still getting good.
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Hopefully, Zhao will get out of the pain inflicting cycle at some point. It's all up to him to make the decisions in that direction.
As for escaping, stay tuned...
impetusofadream
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Evil you and your ancient forms of torture!!!! Now the sadist in me totally wants to see what would happen if you put a firebender in the Brazen Bull... And I totally just realized how insanely creepy that sounds.

*slinks off to disinfect her brain of the nasty*
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
A firebender would possibly do well for a few minutes, but unless he-she could keep up the firebending they'd eventually get burnt.
Firebenders doesn't mean fireproof. Just ask Zuko.
impetusofadream
Feb. 16th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Heh, I figured that they'd eventually pass out from the heat, since I assume even a Firebender can't withstand prolonged extreme heat.
zhaowatertribe
Feb. 10th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
...

Damn it all, Lady Matte. Do you have any idea what standing in water like that does do your body?

And you be quiet, Arluk.
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
It makes it...all pruny and wrinkly?
(Anonymous)
Feb. 10th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
This has the feel of a noir detective story.
So the torture fits right in. From a reader perspective, it would help if we got a better initial view of what the prison routine/landscape is like. That way, we can join Zhao in trying to solve the mystery of what Zhao was planning. The foundry kind of surprised me, since I was imagining a prison like Boiling Rock (but w/a nastier warden), but it would fit right in with what we've seen of the Fire Nation industrial ethos if they worked prisoners to death in factories. Makes more sense to see Zhao in the foundry than digging ditches, which would be an impractical misuse of a skilled laborer. Also fits with your arc of Zhao always winding up being used, rather than the user.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 10th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
Re: This has the feel of a noir detective story.
Whoops, meant to type "what Lao was planning".
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: This has the feel of a noir detective story.
Totally agree with your notes. If I had more time to work on this, I would definitely add more scenes about the prison, what it looks like and other details. Right now, I just hit the important story points. A more complete comics would have more "meat".
That prison works their prisoners in shifts: some time in the mines, some time in the foundry, some time in other types of work. If Li-Yi loses parts of the work force, his prisoners are all trained to take over.
Believe me, Zhao will try to break this annoying cycle of being used.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 10th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Original Art
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eiko82
Feb. 11th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yay, new pages *loving it*
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
teacup_werewolf
Feb. 11th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
This is getting more and more interesting as time goes on
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
I don't know- this is just the set-up. The real story will start up again soon.
sweet_gardenia
Feb. 12th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
hahah Arluk " WON'T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE READERS?! "

That's a mean eyeball Zhao's giving there (We know he's secretly flattered XP) Also I find it interesting how you tackle story ideas there. You are quite thorough. And it is rather dark for the Avatar-verse but yanno nothing wrong with a little dark now and then.

Incidentally...Wooo Zhao is THE man standing up to that kind of torture. He coulda toally gone 14 days! HUARR :E

aww...boum...sniff :C
rufftoon
Feb. 16th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
Arluk has his own priorities (and would be telling very different stories if he was in charge).
I don't think Zhao could stand 14 days of torture that well. He's just human.
archangelbeth
Mar. 24th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
I forgot to squee at you for these. Silly me.
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