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Thank you everyone who voted on the last post with the cover thumbnails, it was really appreciated. Every little voice heard helped me make up my mind. I apologise if I didn't have the time to respond to everyone, especially those of you who have left longer comments that gave me much food for thoughts.

After a bit of thinking, I went for a whole new idea for the first book- something with more action to counterbalance book 2.

I just need to tweak the poses a bit, but the idea is there.

For book 2, I went for Cover 1- closer to the main character, more introspective.


I still need to recalibrate all the grey tones of every page. From the first version, it just was too dark to my taste. Also reduced the font so it's less "screamy" when the characters talk.

I've also received a whole lot of gift art for the books- thank you everyone who participated! Today is the last day to send your piece. Ok, I guess you have until I wake up tomorrow morning. After that, definite cut off as I'll start to put everything in order and see how many pages I will have left to fill up with extra material.

What would you like to see, for extra material? I already have some very sketchy small thumbnails. I'll possibly add character sheets. Environments? Sweat Tent? Anybody interested in that?

It will be a busy week.


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Apr. 20th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)

OH MAN. my scanner wasn't working and AWWW MAAAN
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Bummer for your scanner *sigh*
Apr. 20th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Personally I LOVE extras! Any sort of extras you want to put in is fine with me! Character sheets, sketches, environments, thumbnails, I love it when there's more artwork. :D It was a pleasure to do art for you! :D
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Yay, I can put in silly chuckenscratch then :3
(no subject) - bluejeans07 - Apr. 21st, 2009 01:20 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 20th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Oh I love the new idea for book 1! The contrast is much more dramatic and as a reader, I think it makes it so much more intriguing... Very lively!

Take care and all the best!
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Thanks! I hope book one would look more intriguing to someone that would happen to be walking by.
The question I probably would be ask the most would be "why is that guy's hand on fire?" ha ha!
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
what sweat tent?

gahhh I didn't get anything drawn for the thing :<

guess I will make up for it by continually drawing water tribe hotness every now and then, forever.
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
This Sweat Tent

Or this one:

Aww, no worries- you were busy being awesome with actual work business - which is more important.
And anything you draw immediately has the hotness stamp applied to it.
(no subject) - kt_shy - Apr. 21st, 2009 04:20 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - snapes_angel - Apr. 21st, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Hey, great choice with the covers. They look gorgeous.
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Off topic stop by my booth sometime and I'll give you one of my books. I never got a chance to exchange last year!
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
At SDCC? Certainly! We can exchange booth numbers the moment we know where we'll be (I'll still be helping at the Flight table, but I don't have its location yet).
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Sweat Tent, whee! ...um, anything you feel like including as an extra would rock. (I will be able to get a copy of this, yes? Yes? Because otherwise there will be SAD EYES.)

Apr. 21st, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
I like the cover choices!

I'll be turning in my art at the very last possible minute (here's what I have so far - it's supposed to be Zhao's triumphant return from the hunt). I'd finish it now but I have a birthday party to go to! So I guess I'll be up super late tonight working on it x)
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Wooo, that looks awesome right there! Enjoy your party, I hope you won't have to work too late to finish this. Looking forward to seeing the finished one!
Don't forget to include how you want to be credited plus a link to your blog or website if you wish it to appear.
(no subject) - karyyu - Apr. 21st, 2009 10:48 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 21st, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
SWEAT TENT means Shirtless!Zhao! And I'd totally hit it XDDD And character sheets too :33
Apr. 21st, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Also I am such a bad fan because I missed drawing a gift art for you ;__; I had a surgery and a stupid post-operation recovery that does not let me move my arms from my elbow to my shoulder D8 Not that something made by me would be something worth to put in your WT comic, but still I feel in debt with you for making such an awesome comic C:

So I'll make some giftart for you, I promise! =D
(no subject) - rufftoon - Apr. 21st, 2009 03:19 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - neurona_muerta - Apr. 24th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 21st, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
I agree with you :)

(acceptes-tu encore des fanart watertribe? je n'ai pas très bien compris les règles du "jeu")
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
J'accepte encore jusqu'à demain matin (si jamais quelqu'un fini ce soir pendant que je dors, je ne vais pas pénaliser).
Pour les specs techniques, tu peux regarder le journal précédent, il y a les infos. Pour m'envoyer le tout, il y a deux options: certaines personnes préfèrent le télécharger à un endroit sur le web. Si l'envois par courriel est la meilleure solution, j'envoi l'info part message privé.
Apr. 21st, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Hey, where are we supposed to be sending the files? :D I just finished your fanart!
Apr. 21st, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
Ah well, I jumped the gun and hosted the images myself. The images are 600dpi, but I also drew them small. I hope you are able to use one or the other.

Nauja in Fire Nation swimwear 8D

Zhao and some buddies -- so I realized while I was looking up tone references... I must've subconsciously been channeling this picture of yours! DX If you think it's too close to your own art, feel free to omit it. I'm really sorry about that. >_<

If there's anything you need changed, give me a yell. If the tones don't work well, I can change them to greyscale.
(no subject) - aidosaur - Apr. 21st, 2009 02:43 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - rufftoon - Apr. 21st, 2009 03:25 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - aidosaur - Apr. 21st, 2009 03:31 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - rufftoon - Apr. 21st, 2009 03:38 am (UTC) - Expand
One last thing--! - aidosaur - Apr. 21st, 2009 05:36 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 21st, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Sorry for the double post!
Just in case you don't check your DA notes tonight, how would you like me to send the file over to you? :)

Apr. 21st, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry for the double post!
In case, I'm not around when you reply tonight!

Here is the hi-res on sendspace.

Let me know if you need to me resend it to you.
Re: Sorry for the double post! - rufftoon - Apr. 21st, 2009 03:17 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Sorry for the double post! - psychoe - Apr. 21st, 2009 03:22 am (UTC) - Expand
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Apr. 21st, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Thank you, there's still quite an amount of work left to be done and not much time left in which to do it.
Got the file- totally awesome, thank you! Let me know how best to credit you (real name or screen name + if you want a link to your blog or website)
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh my gaaaaawf, I've been so busy with work and freelance I completely forgot until I was about to go to bed last night (doy!). I managed to finish one today with four minutes to spare til midnight (WOOHOO!) Guess I'll send the deviantart link, is that alright? http://ktshy.deviantart.com/art/Water-Tribe-Fanart-119973332

If you've got room for it, if you could please link to my DA account that'd be aaaawesome! Thanks Johanne! :)
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Erk... I mean Johane, sorry I keep adding extra "n"s in your name :/
(no subject) - rufftoon - Apr. 21st, 2009 06:30 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
sweat teeeeeeennnnnt

Seriously, these look magnificent.
Character sheets would be neat too... turnarounds, expression charts, that sort of thing
or backstory
mmmmmm, backstory
Apr. 21st, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
AAAAA, uploading my art now. I hope I'm not too late, but damn work internet is sluggish like nuts >.
Apr. 21st, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
Ah, crud. Internet is not co-operating right now. I dunno whether I can get my file up within the next hour. I'll post up the link when I manage to host it somewhere, but I'll definitely understand if it's not included. At least you can have a hi-res Arluk fan art for your collection ^_^
(no subject) - rufftoon - Apr. 21st, 2009 06:18 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - aimo - Apr. 21st, 2009 08:34 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 21st, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
Here's my thing. I'll also send it via PM, with my information.

Apr. 21st, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
Since everyone else is voting for Sweat Tent anyway, I'll go for character sheets!! <3
Apr. 21st, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
yay! i do like the introspective frame for the second cover, i know i didn't mention that before but that's what i was thinkin 8D

and i'll have to go with environments for extras! THOSE ARE COOL.
Apr. 21st, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Both of them reaaaalllly look good. :D
Maybe you can add another one? Shirtless Zhao perhaps? *flickers eyelashes*
Apr. 21st, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
Lovely cover designs!
I'd be happy with any sort of extras you throw in!
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Those cover designs look great, very iconic and eye catching! Starting with action before leading to subtle is very wise, as everyone will already be hooked by that point. Great color choices too! Love the shading.

I looked at the pictures before I read the text, and I though "oh, is the logo going to be that hand-writteny?" I realized that was silly, but not before I made this drawing. Make of it what you will. : )

As for extra material, sketches and character designs are always great. I always enjoy, when I buy books of things I've had a chance to read before, when they include bonus comics available nowhere else, but I suppose it's a bit too late for that now, eh?

Is there anything you have floating around in your archive you think we'd get a kick out of seeing?
Apr. 21st, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)

I got caught up with a lot of stuff and totally forgot to send you my tiny contribution D: *will try desperately to get it in on time*

Yey for the cover art though x3
Apr. 21st, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
I like that first cover a lot!

I'll come pester you at Stumptown. I'll have my new book out by then.

Apr. 21st, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
I won't be at Stumptown unfortunately- too busy around here!
Wait...isn't Stumptown already passed and you're thinking SDCC?
(no subject) - fearlessfosdick - Apr. 21st, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 21st, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)

Is it, um, possible to reserve a copy if you haven't contributed to the books? I, um, like Water Tribe very much, and I'd love to buy a paper version...

I don't know if this is useful information for you, but I thought I'd let you know anyway: I don't know anything about Avatar, but that doesn't stop me at all from enjoying Water Tribe. As far as I am concerned, it can very well stand alone. You have really done an amazing (and seriously mind-boggling - 447 pages?!!11!) job :D.

*takes hat off in respect*
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