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Another year

Yesterday (saturday, June 2nd), I celebrated my birthday by going to someone else's birthday party: I share the same day with very talented Khang Le (and 10 years separate us! Eeep!). Hehe, if I'm around next year, I should return Khang the favor.
What can I say- I don't make much of a celebration for myself.  I just take the time to stop, think what I managed to accomplish so far with my life.
Though there are a few things missing...so many friends are married and have a family...I'm still glad of what I've managed to do so far: working in a field I love, a few very nice trips, make wonderful friends.
And I'm making realistic plans as to what I hope to accomplish in the future (so no trips in space for me, dang!). 

On Friday, Avatar-Mom from Avatarspirit.net stopped by the studio with an armful of Appa plushies: I now have an APPA PLUSH DOLL!
He is so *cute*!!! A thousand thanks to her!
He looks good beside my Zhao action figure :D I'll try and post a picture of the two soon.
EDIT: my lovely roommate Phil just got me a Settlers Of Catan game- Thank yoooooooooou! Much love Phil! *heart* Addictive board game if there ever was one :D

What else did I do during my birthday? Why, I doodled of course!
More Zhao water tribe rough pencil ramblings.

     


Forgive Zhao for being talkative...it's the first time in years he manages to speak about this whole mess with someone he thinks is his ally...
Rough pencils, plus some graytones added 'cause it felt mighty empty.
These will not be posted on DeviantArt- gotta keep something to post about here and not repeat myself all over the web.

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incandescens
Jun. 3rd, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
(reads Zhao's plans)

Uh-oh. My inner reader squirms with anticipation. ;)

Also, happy birthday!
rufftoon
Jun. 3rd, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
YOu can almost say that Zhao's plan is doomed for failure from the start- his way of handling the world is different than the ways of the water tribes. Still, he has to try...

Thank you :D
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engelen
Jun. 3rd, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
oh god!
happy belated birthday!!!

joyeux anniversaire!!!

(joyeux is one of those words I never know if I'm misspelling... dang)
rufftoon
Jun. 3rd, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
Many thanks!
And Joyeux is right. Easier is Bonne Fête, but there's the little accent on the "e" I guess that can be trickly forgotten.
goraina
Jun. 3rd, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
Johane! A very happy birthday to you! I'm always amused that I have a lot of friends who are Geminis. But it's a sign that matches itself well, so that must be why.
rufftoon
Jun. 3rd, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you very very much! *hug*
There's now two other people near me with the same birth day: Khang and my cousin. Good! Finally birthdays I won't forget. I'm like my dad; awful at remembering dates (and noticing stuff, and forgetting plenty of other things, and...oh yeah, way too much like my dad)
pooryorick
Jun. 3rd, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
De-lurking now, to wish you a very happy birthday! Um, I've been following your work for a while now, and just wanted to say thanks so much for sharing your stuff. I seriously admire your artistry and storytelling, and really enjoy your great sense of humor. Your work is always inspirational. And while I know most people watch you for the fancomics (and of course that's all extremely awesome), I think your other art is fantastic as well.

Much love for the Avatar stuffs! And many happy returns! <3
rufftoon
Jun. 3rd, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Eh, I'm in a total fancomin mood these days. Hope I'm not boring people with these ramblings. I need them out of my system.
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merofi
Jun. 3rd, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday Johane~! At least we got to see you on your day at Khang's place hehe and do some SETTLIN'. I can't believe Phil got you a copy of the game too! Now when we go to visit we can play together muhaha~ What was that about it being addictive...?
rufftoon
Jun. 3rd, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
Settlers addictive? Neverrrr.
It was great to all meet together like this. I kinda feel bad now for being sneaky on my birthday, felt like I was crashing Khang's party (I didn't know it was HIS birthday too until yesterday!).
cubicz
Jun. 3rd, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
happy birthday Johane! We all miss you back here.
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you!
Missing the Montreal crowd too :)
archangelbeth
Jun. 3rd, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
And Hoppy Birdy to you!
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Thank you vedy much!
rock_rhapsody
Jun. 3rd, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
Happy (Belated) Birthday!! You deserve awesomeness for bringing awesome to so many fans! And the comic..Zhao is very passionate no? Awesome characterization! And again, thanks for all the awesome and hope your health is much better as well..
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! Glad you enjoy my mad fan ramblings.
Health definitely decided to go better these past few days. The back pains are mostly gone and all that, so yay! *happy jig*
athena_chan
Jun. 4th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
ambrmerlinus
Jun. 4th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
I can only click on the third one, but I do like the third one.

In other words, while pretty, the first two are not working for me. :(
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
I think I managed to fix them. Should be working now.
Thanks for letting me know about the problems!
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(Anonymous)
Jun. 4th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
oh noez
the links aren't working for me. I can't get a larger image. :(
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
Re: oh noez
Fixed! Should be working now.
the_fox_bandit
Jun. 4th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!

Appa plushies... nice!

I love the last panel of the comic; I can't see larger versions of the previous two, however. Much like others commenting on this entry.
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
D'oh! I thought I had managed to fix it. Try again, as they seem to work for me.
Sorry for the inconvenience, if it's still troublesome, I'll work until I find a solution.
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douglasbot
Jun. 4th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Would you believe it's actually MY birthday TODAY!?
Great minds!

rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
Wooohoo! It's like a bunch of Flight birthdays in one weekend!
Best wishes to you! Have a great birthday day and all the best! *does happy jig*
star_puppet
Jun. 4th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
*faints* Why does he looks so manly in the first page? Prolly the way he's holding that hammer! LOL

Cool present, an Appa plushie! Happy Birthday! :)

I'm squeeing in delight. >D
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
Haha, now I'm getting the urge to always draw Zhao with a hammer in his hands...to make him look manly *heeheehee*
Thank you very much! :D
alexds1
Jun. 4th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
Happy B-day! Though mentally I can't imagine you being more than 12 yrs old XD Hopefully some other birthday you'll get to go to space...

In other news, this Zhaoka comic is kicking so much ass! Totally in love with the expressions on the second of these pages. The council would never be so stupid as to let him go anywhere near the fire nation but maybe that refusal in itself would clue him in to his former identity? Ooh...
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Mentally 12 years old...oh yeah, even my mom would agree (to her great sadness).

Oh yeah, Zhao's plan is doomed from the start, unfortunately for him. As to his former identity, he is partly deceiving himself...you'll see when I get there, in a few more pages.
sockai_chan
Jun. 4th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! (although most people don't think it as happy casue they are getting older ^^; )

Aww, an Appa plush! Lucky! You know when they'll start selling them again?
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
I guess it should be a happy for having survived another year ;)
As for the Appa plush, seems like for the moment they are only available at the Universal theme parks. There were rumours they would be available at the Nick store, but so far, just rumours.
They are quite hard to come by, unfortunately. Grrrrr!
yaytime
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)


:D
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
*Squeeeeeeeee!*
Birthday tea with Iroh! Three shades of Awesomeness!
Thank you thank you thank you Dave! Big hugs for you- I'm definitely keeping a big bear hug for SDCC for you :D
conga_chili
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, Happy Birthday Johane! Whoa, two overly-talented people born on the same day, whodda thunk?
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Ah, but Khang has the extra points of youth to his talent, which makes him even awesomer. ;)
booter_freak
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope this year is your Best Year Ever!

...You have a ZHAO action figure? I have been tearing apart stores (and people) for that damn thing! Where did you find it?

Repeat yourself? Perhaps with overbaked themes, such as Zutara, that would be legitimate concern. But for ZHAO, who NEEDS more love (and he earned SO MUCH in the last few pages), there is no such thing as "too much" or "repeating"! I at least imagine the ~NoSelfControl club would appreciate an AU comic to put on their page!
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
For the next year to be better than this one, there would need to be another season of Avatar (none planned at the moment).
That, or I get my trip into space.
I'm not too picky ;)

For the Zhao figure, I had no choice but to go the way of the web, since he is impossible to find in stores. Managed to find one good deal on Amazon, but the prices are going up rapidly: he is rather rare and in demand these days.

I don't think I could ever be able to handle Zutara stuff myself. I mean, I am more looking forward at drawing Zhao bashing heads than doing romance.
Is something wrong with me? Heeheehee (I've been working around guys way too long, I bet that's what).
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takumee
Jun. 4th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
D: I kinda hope Zhaoka doesn't find out about his past.. wonder how he'll react.

The third scene of the third page made me shudder a little.

Oh yeah, and cool art. Awesome stuff.
rufftoon
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
If he ever does find out about his past, he'll probably wish he never did.
Thank you, glad you enjoy! :)
bannman
Jun. 4th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
Joyeux anniversaire ! Avec un peu de retard... :-)
Comment se passe la vie à LA ?
rufftoon
Jun. 5th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
Si peu de retard...ou beaucoup d'avance pour la prochaine fois ;)
Ça va très bien: en fait, Burbank là ou je reste, semble plus comme une petite ville. On ne se sent pas du tout dans une grosse mégalopole comme LA.
C'est super le fun d'être près des autres gens de Flight, le studio Nickelodeon est un des plus le fun dans lequel j'ai pu travailler, et les collègues sont super.
Je vais beaucoup m'ennuyer.
Même si je suis bien contente aussi de retourner à Montréal, avec mes librairies préférées, les fromageries et tout et tout.
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rufftoon
Jun. 5th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! *hugs!*

Thank also for your nice comments, glad you like the story so far...hope I can pull it off somehow, but I must admit, I'm having lots of fun playing with Zhao that way. Heehee. I'm actually looking forward to the balance of "he's a total bastard" moments, to "hey, he's not completely rotten".
As for his plan...posting about it tonight! Woot!
aviaq
Jun. 5th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
HAPPY ULTRA BIRTHDAY!!
IT WAS your birthday and I didn't even know.

I need to be punished D:

AND i need to make something for you omg. D:

I'm so sorry Johane, things have been odd for me lately, I need to get them avatar neurons recharged!

ALSO your storyboarding is...if that were an episode, It would be my favorite. Horuk is my favorite OC character, he's awesome and He actually looks inuit and OH GOD AWESOME AHHH [incoherent]

I also find it inspirational how you stick to animation and your love for avatar as the drive that keeps you going even if things are unsure for the future. That resolve is something to be cherished forevars.

YOU GO, MA'AM!
rufftoon
Jun. 5th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: HAPPY ULTRA BIRTHDAY!!
Thanks ever so much for your nice wishes! *hugs ya!*
Oh my, no punishment and absolutely nooooo pressure whatsoever!
I gues the avatar neurons will get a recharged when Season 3 starts. Just give it time :)

Aww, thank you! Glad you like Horuk- I definitely tried giving him a slightly more Inuit look (he's actually based on an extra character appearing on the show...yeah, been lazy for designs *blushes in shaaaame*

Something almost similar happened to me before, on another production: fell in love with the world and the characters, and they kept pushing me to tell their stories. Never went beyond a few doodles mind you, but the Avatar stuff has been...invading, I guess.
Ain't complaining, I'm having fun :D
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rufftoon
Jun. 12th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
Having an Appa was already a great timing- no need for extra bows and stuff. Loooooove Appa plush!
Always a pleasure to meet with you guys. Looking forward to SDCC :D
snapes_angel
Jun. 13th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
See? This is what happen when I don't check LJ for awhile. *grombe* (j/k)
snapes_angel
Jun. 13th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
(Happy belated birthday, btw--and with your mother? Nana was the same way, when something was wrong with her. And yes, I sort of read backwards when it comes to the entries layouts, but I'm making an exception and read that one before coming back here for Zhao time. Gah, I really should do that Purina Cat Zhao thing, some time...)
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