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So where were we?

It has been a while since I've posted anything water tribe related.
In a way, I guess that's a good sign. Working more slowly on it means I'm starting to disconnect and finally move away.
Sorry Zhao. Gotta move on. But I'll try to at least sketch a few more things, since darn it there's some fun ideas still roaming inside my head.
...
it just takes too long to get there though.
The bit that I've drawn up, though necessary, is not very fun story wise. I don't know, there's something missing. Blah!!!!!
I would consider this a first idea throw that could be edited in time.
Not that I will have time to think about it much further.

Enough rambling!


Since it's really been a long while since last post, I'll re-post some previous pages before moving on.


Big reminder: the chapter started with the guru:



Then Zhao in a FN prison, planning to get out...



























I guess I added in Nauja's kids because I loathe loose ends (though I can live with a few).
Dang, I can't come up with good names for Nauja's kids. I had a few which I've trashed after a few tries.
At the same time, I feel way too lazy to write them up...except when they'll start interacting with Zhao, soon.
It's just not going to go very well, hee hee!
Could I have written this story without them? Possibly. At the same time, they do become useful later on for a few plot points.

Ok, enough. It's the end of the long weekend and work tomorrow. Time to get sleep.

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queen_marshed
May. 26th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
Man, those kids sound pretty awesome already. And damn, that's one epic story you have in your head! :D
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 07:35 am (UTC)
I don't know if I can call it epic or just dragging on and on and on and on and on and on...
XD
buttfacemakani
May. 26th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
Aw I love the kids!

Gah this is so good, I like stories written in Spark Note form.. xD

Aw Nauja :C
buttfacemakani
May. 26th, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)
And please never feel like you're drawing too much Water Tribe or Zhao. Draw it until you absolutely don't have anything left that you want to draw :D
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riicchan
May. 26th, 2009 08:04 am (UTC)
Is that... Thumbnail!Aunt Woo with the platypusbear in that last page?
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)
Ha ha, no. It's just random old lady #5 with a pet goosedog.
Goosedogs: best guard pets you could ever ask for.
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rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
I don't know if my OCs are addictive or not- I need to have fun with them first and foremost.
axela_18
May. 26th, 2009 10:17 am (UTC)
Well that is epic. I really want them to animate this, or at least make it official. And th kids are adoreable, named or not ^_^.
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks!
I have the sad feeling Nick will never dare make another cartoon quite like Avatar.
Not in many many many years.
zfiledh
May. 26th, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
ZOMG awesome!

I love the Guru. I could love his version of Colors of the Wind. :D

Nauja's kids are adorable.
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
After seeing the Guru in Aang's lack of sleep hallucination...yeah, I could see him singing that song.
pretty_angel
May. 26th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
HA! I knew it was worth it to spare their lives! :D
Love the story and everything! <3<3<3

Btw. currently reading the Flight books and I really really love your mini comics! :3
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
f they're alive, might as well make 'em do something.
They do have a role to play in all this.

Aw thanks! You remind me I should really do another Flight story. I just need to drum up something out of the old head.
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archangelbeth
May. 26th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
("Is he... coming on to me?")

MUD FIGHT! O:D

(Typo: You, more than anyone, knows" -> know) Hee hee hee. Guru!

(Guru singing Color of the Wind! Kill me now! *cackle*)

I love Nauja's kids. I LOVE 'EM. That was a loose end that was bugging me. And now it's a minor plot thing! (Or a major one...)

(Is that a bear-dog? Heh! Or... a bull-dog?)
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
The kids will never have as major a role as Zhao. He wouldn't let them anyway, ha ha!
As for the dog, it's a goosedog. Bulldog+goose=best guard pet ever.
tobu_ishi
May. 26th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Hah, the kids are darling. That headstrong boy seems to take after his father...and the girl has her mother's long-suffering eyeroll down pat. (As for names, I know it's not the most traditional source ever, but...)

Did Zhao actually bend the water, by the way, or just deliberately pretend to? It's a bit difficult to tell...
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
The boy may have his father's look but attitude wise he's very much like his mom.
Don't tell him that though!
Zhao did not (nor will he ever) bend water. He pretended to in a very convincing way. Easy to do when there's enough distraction around.
youkaislayer
May. 26th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
You have a love/hate relationship with your work don't you? If I had such an awesome epic story in my head and the ability to see it through I wouldn't complain.
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
All my work is love/hate.
I also tend to abandon it after a while. I'm just not loyal to it, ha ha.
(Anonymous)
May. 26th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
This, in the absence of other efforts, is cannon for me. All of it. Every bit.
God bless you.
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
It can never be canon...but it's sweet to think some people make it part of their personal canon. Awwwwww, thank you!
alexds1
May. 26th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is so epic. You would never finish anything if you tried to write and draw this thing out in its entirety T__T What it needs is a team of people to animate it properly, hehe. Another children's journey through the Avatar world, instead of just focusing on a piece of it... would make a worthy sequel!

Also claybrickface!Zhao... I love him <3
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
If I had another ten years to waste, I could do it all (with an army of colorist by my side!)
Somewhere out there, the guru is still laughing about Zhao having "deep spiritual capabilities".
dracothrope
May. 26th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Frellin' epic. I had thought you were done the comic altogether, so seeing this made me chair-dance for thoroughly five minutes. :D
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Officially, it should be done.
But simce there are a few more ideas kicking their way through my head, I'm just throwing down everything on paper.
Or Cintiq.
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(Anonymous)
May. 26th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Akagi and Ija?

Just reading through your comic plus story ideas gives me bittersweet memories of why I fell in love with the Avatar universe.
aviaq
May. 26th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
that was me btw sorry for not logging in.
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beckychan
May. 26th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
I'm all, "Dude. I totally need to catch up on this. >_>"
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
All four chapters are up on DA at the noselfcontrol club.
As for these, they are in this folder here on LJ:
http://pics.livejournal.com/rufftoon/gallery/0003bhaz
snapes_angel
May. 26th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
"North is the other way, you idiot." *snicker*
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Zhao definitely thinks this kid is an idiot for going south when his home is north.
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teacup_werewolf
May. 26th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
dsfsdfkja Now I am finally caught up.

I totally lolled at Patik "colors of the wind"

as for named...they girl looks like a "Sura" and the boy needs a good K name.. Kilaq?
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
I couldn't resist that little Pathik doodle- I'm writing the (crappy) dialogue and that's all I kept thinking about.
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rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
"x" isn't too water tribe-ish. Maybe if I dropped it or replaced it with a "Q" or "K".
As for bittersweet feel- that's pretty much the overall feel fo the whole chapter.
Hopefully with some kickbutts moments too.
wodhaund
May. 26th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Mudfight! Awesome!

Aaah, I love this comic so much. Can I blame my completely irrational crush on Zhao on you?
rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Any crush on Zhao would be irrational (yes, you can blame me for it).
tammylee
May. 26th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
This. is. so. awesome!
Zhao's facial expressions, as always, really endear him to me. The panel where he's wondering if Lao is coming on to him? XDDDDDD 'The colour of the wind'? XDDDD

rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Zhao would be creeped out by a clingy Lao.
I feel like I could have pushed his expression even more, ha ha!
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rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Ah sorry- I keep going back and forth between narration and dialogues. That's how I quickly organise notes: some scenes are just basic ideas and demand a few explanation while others are clearer and basically completely drawn out. Then just dialogue is fine.
neurona_muerta
May. 26th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
OMG THAT ZHAO SITTING INSIDE THE TENT. AND RIDING THE OSTRICH-HORSE.

*Brain melts from the HAWT*

rufftoon
May. 26th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Scenes never shown: Zhao trying to learn to ride an Ostrich- Horse.
There was much fail at first.
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arycapricat
May. 26th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
The best pages are the one's with the Guru. He's the Rafiki of the Avatar world. If only he had that staff when he was talking to Zhao. hehe

I'm a little sad to hear that your winding down on Water Tribe, but I guess you can't waste your whole life on fan stuff. (a large portion is quite alright though)
You should definetly put this on DA after you're done. Fans would appreciate it.
rufftoon
May. 27th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Maybe not as wise as old Rafiki, but he tries.
I'll probably put all of these on DA when it is all done. Kind of a surprise when no one thought there would be more.
misspondereplay
May. 27th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Oh God, I feel sorry for the sister, she is dragged everywhere and has no say. Ha, the brother seems a lot like my brother, Mr. Potatohead but has good head on his shoulders. I'm pretty sure the interactions with Zhao and kids would be not only funny but maybe kind of cute
rufftoon
May. 27th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
Heh heh, the little sister will end up learning to take some control. Right now, she's just learning how to be free again.
Zhao doesn't do cute.
He doesn't do fluff or romance, and certainly not cute.
Well...at least not willingly.
psychoe
May. 27th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
This..is...just the most EPIC of EPIC's.

I'm already loving Nauja's kids and Patik's "Colors of the Wind" schpiel was cute!

Thank you so much for sharing your talents and ideas. I will never stop appreciating them!
rufftoon
May. 27th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks. I'm kind of rambling along here.
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