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Looks like I'll be busy until the very very end of the month: Will be helping on the project until the very last workday of June. To make sure everything is done in time, weekends will be pretty much a write off 'til then.
Ah well, good thing I like my job.

Still, I'm taking the time for a few things: went to see Paprika this week- another excellent movie by Satoshi Kon, with one slight hiccup for me: the theme, the way it played out, was too similar to his serie Paranoia Agent. Hope that doesn't mean he will start repeating himself! Still, beautifully done, excellent music, and a story well told. Nice to see some animation not done only for a kid audience.

So says the girl who's going to go see Surf's Up before going to work. Hmf! We'll see how that one goes. 

In the meantime- More Water Tribe stuff! Wasn't always easy to think of a way to make a cliff fight work- hope it's not too bad.

 

Not showing the whole trip back, it would slow down the story too much (hurray for self editing!)
But you can bet Zhao ate the whole darn thing! No matter how bad it might have tasted. If he can eat old bait...

 

Did I mention I don't like drawing crowds much? Darn it, stupid way the story goes demands it though. Gah!

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star_puppet
Jun. 9th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
the cliff fight looks excellent! Looks like you had it rough eh Johane?

Look at Zhao after the hunt, never seen him that happy as in that genuine smile he's showing off at the banquet. *squeeee*
rufftoon
Jun. 9th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you. The hardest part is to make it look clear enough, so people know what is going on and not get confused.

Haha, actually, Zhao is a bit uncomfortable at all the attention. Not that he minds it, not at all.
archangelbeth
Jun. 9th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
You did a nice crowd scene!

And yes, that fourth page, he actually looks kinda happy. That's so sweet.
rufftoon
Jun. 9th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
Guh for crowd scenes though.
I'm sending him back to winter wasteland as soon as I can I tell ya!
Ah, Zhao enjoying his moment of triumph. We'll at least let him have that for a few pages.
fani
Jun. 9th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
So, seriously, how'd he lug that huge thing again? XD
rufftoon
Jun. 9th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
He emptied it as much as he could, throwing all the useless inards- kept some of the meat. Need meat!
Took a while to cut steps up. Climbed back to his sled, took ropes. Climb back down, tie everything up, climb back up. Gives himself a good backache trying to pull it up, but manages.
fani
Jun. 9th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
jeez I was teasing oh well...

Since you're from Montreal did you see Bon Cop Bad Cop?
rufftoon
Jun. 9th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Haha, couldn't help it. I had actually figured out the whole thing- just found it too tedious to draw ;)

Yup, did see Bon Cop Bad Cop. It was a fun little action-comedy film- perfect for bilingual people :D
Heard they were going to make a sequel, and this time do something with the US border or something (still just a rumour!)
fani
Jun. 9th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
"On et tombe sur peut gars peux parler le 'francaise' "

Love Patrick Huard. And the guy who played Capitain Leboeuf. Sequel will be good, them against the Americans, oh jeez, that'd be funny.
pooryorick
Jun. 9th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Man, action sequence in a difficult setting AND crowd scenes! You're unstoppable! I really admire how you draw combat, and it was interesting seeing how you changed the layout for the fight. Seriously, I'm learning a lot just reading these. Maybe because your commentary helps me pay attention to the craftsmanship, or something - but I'm noticing more about the construction of the pages than I do when I normally read comics.
So thanks again! Hope you manage to survive work, and keep enjoying yourself.
rufftoon
Jun. 9th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
I need to get my eyes down into more mangas- they do fight scenes oh so well! Problem is, I don't read a lot of action mangas, so...and I'm not into superheroes stuff either.
Should be surviving work nicely. Just have to pace myself.
Try to, anyway.
archangelbeth
Jun. 9th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
(incandescens and I really like the Bleach manga... If you're looking for recommendations, that is.)
incandescens
Jun. 9th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Very nice! Thank you.

(Zhao does seem to be mellowing. Or perhaps it's just that he reacts well to appreciation.)
rufftoon
Jun. 9th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
He ain't mellowing- he does looooove the appreciation and attention. He is, after all, Mr. "I want to be in the history books".
engelen
Jun. 10th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
It'll sound like I'e been living under a rock the last 10 years, but I haven't seen any movie by Satoshi Kon.
Yes, I know what movies he's made and I'm sad I haven't seen any, but if Paprika does come out here *coughHUGEDOUBTcough* I'll go see it!
rufftoon
Jun. 10th, 2007 07:40 am (UTC)
his movies may not be that easy to find- well, now at least theyve been released on DVD. I would start with Tokyo Godfather, the easiest of watching of his films. A fun comedy of circumstances and coincidence.
And cross your fingers for Paprika: may appear in a festival, or a limited release...
rock_rhapsody
Jun. 10th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
Actually, the cliff fight was handled nicely..short and simple, without all the confusing shots and..stuff..
Never met anyone who likes to draw crowds but again, nicely drawn! (He ate the BEAR? that is one hungry guy..) (And why do I feel a certain doom is about to befall him..?) (lastly, he actually looks happy..and the character design is fantastic, like the daughter of his friend whose name escapes me..)
rufftoon
Jun. 10th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
I don't think I would have had the skills to drag on that fight for much longer. I don't know how some artists do it. Ah well, that's why this practice is fun-I'm learning in the process.
Well, he didn't eat the whole bear, but some of it. Enough to survive the trip back.
Glad you like the designs *thanks!*- his friend is named Horuk, but I can't think of a name for his daughter. For the moment, I just nickname her "the eldest daughter." Doesn't quite roll off the tongue.
takumee
Jun. 10th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
Ah, so he did eat the polar molebear raw, eh? ;D
I feel so happy for Zhao. The cliff fight was spectacular.
rufftoon
Jun. 10th, 2007 09:27 am (UTC)
Zhao is not the kind to make empty threats. If he said he would eat you raw, he will!
(as long as he is allowed to add a bit of spices, of course).
alexds1
Jun. 10th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Nice fight scene! The only thing that sort of bugged me was the really fast transition between the stab and the death, it seems like it could have used another panel of tension to bring home that it got killed by that one blow...

Hehe, Zhao never seems to get any attention from the watertribe unless he slays some cute animals XD
rufftoon
Jun. 10th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that sort of bugged me too. I couldn't come up with a good idea at the time. I think I'd add a moment where they both land after their fall. I'd have to rearrange the big panel so it doesn't take as much valuable space for that.
Zhao, exterminator of cute animals great and small.
ambrmerlinus
Jun. 10th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
On the third page, where Zhao's all happy... That's just so sweet. And I know, deep in my heart, that it's not gonna last. :(

rufftoon
Jun. 10th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
Happy and Zhao don't usually mix well. Still, we'll leave him his few seconds of fame to enjoy.
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rufftoon
Jun. 10th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Garb the happy Zhao while you still can! These usually don't last long.
I think what I hate drawing most, above drawing crowds, is drawing busy cities full of details. Ugh! Even worse.
mana_runigha
Jun. 11th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Paprika, but from what I heard it was a mix between a good deal of Satoshi Kon's movies. One of my favorites, happens to be Tokyo Godfathers which isn't surreal in the way his other films were!! It's actually a light-hearted adventure between homeless people. I dunno if he'll follow a pattern though, this movie is actually based on a Japanese novel by the same name. The author even helped with the film. But Kon-sensei does seem to be fixated with merging reality with surreality so that the lines become blurred. I'm just happy Sususmu Hirasawa is back composing the music. You can download the theme off of Hirasawa's website!! Just google Girl In Byakkoya and you should be able to see it instantly
rufftoon
Jun. 11th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
Paprika has a lot of the themes of his serie Paranoia Agent. The ending is actually similar in a few points. Ah yes, Tokyo Godfather is a gem!
As for the soundtrack of Paprika, it is actually available on ITunes! Weeeee :D
booter_freak
Jun. 11th, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)
I hate crowds too. It's why god gave us stick figures. :)
rufftoon
Jun. 11th, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)
My stick figures quickly turn into stick daemons. And I know the trouble they can cause...
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