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Little update

Currently in Dallas, Texas, for my cousin's wedding. Hot, humid and miserable.
The place around here is nothing too exciting so far, but there are a lot of wineries around.
Which, I guess, should be expected in a place called Grapevine.
Overdosed on meat last night from Brazillian grill. Gah!

On Avatar related news, I've been working on one last 10 pages comics for Nick magazine. It may not see print in the US, so you people over in Germany look out for it in a few months. I just finished sending notes to the colorist, now I need to make those dialogues work. Guh!

Nina Matsumoto, the illustrator for the prequel manga, has been very nice in posting an inking test for the book. Since there was a picture of Shaun Toub as Iroh released in Entertainment Weekly, it is nice to be able to compare:

Avatar,Last Airbender movie

Avatar,Last Airbender manga

The book is also already available for pre-order on Amazon!

The art makes me very excited- really really looking forward to the book release.

In other comic news, I'll be attending APE next weekend in San Francisco. alexds1 has gracefully left me some table space to bring a few copies of Water Tribe.
Do stop by her table, mostly to get your hands on The Meek, alexds1 's story, the whole first chapter, 45 pages and colors!
Possibly the must have of the whole con.



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Oct. 8th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
In b4 Movie wank.
IDK I kinda dig the Manga Iroh a lot.
Oct. 8th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Re: In b4 Movie wank.
We have two Irohs: more to love? This is Nina's Iroh, manga-movie Iroh and he's looking damn fine!
To my eyes anyway.
Oct. 8th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: In b4 Movie wank.
I agree I am digging the ink test. Iroh looks...cheeky? IDK To be honest I never cared for design of Iroh in the cartoon, but I am totally digging the movie/Manga/Nina Iroh
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Re: In b4 Movie wank.
My first love will always be for animation Iroh. But I feel like I'll also love Nina's.
I am unfaithful! XD
Oct. 8th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Wow already.
Goodness Iroh is tall and suave. Without knowing that's Iroh, I'd sooner peg it as Zhao.
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
My theory now is role reversal: Iroh is tall and skinny, so Zhao should be the one with the belly!
Watch out, Agni Kai. It won't be as hot XD
Oct. 8th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, but I prefer your style. :P
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Awww, you're too sweet.
Oct. 8th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like. The dreadlocks totally sold me!

It's great to see some of Nina's stuff, too! I love her scratchy style, and I can't wait to read the prequel manga when it comes out. It'll be totally faboo~
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
Yes! And I think she's pushing for it to be with solid black and white, no grey tones. That would be awesome.
Oct. 8th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
So far the costumes look better in inkt than in the pictures!
Thanks for updating us all again, and enjoy the con!
ah and A VICKY ICON! <3
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
Someone gave me a Vicky icon in last post's. I just had to use it.
Oct. 8th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Nina is seriously tearing this manga up! I LOVE her Zuko.
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
I always knew it was going to rock, but each new drawing she's posting is boosting my excitement. I'm so glad this is coming out before the movie: the wait will be a bit shorter, ha ha!
Oct. 8th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you have to suffer through the horrors that is the Texan weather D: (here in the north-east of Mexico we suffer it a lot too).

AND OMG THIS LOOKS AWESOME! butit'snotZukoandIroh;^;
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
I pity anyone stuck close to the gulf of Mexico and its weather. Bleugh.
Oct. 9th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
AHHHHHH! So excited gunna buy me some water tribe at APE!
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing you there!
As side note, I have a limited amount of copies there so...well, I don't know how well it will sell, but just letting you know.
Oct. 18th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
I was so happy to meet you, in the Kate Beaton line no less! Thank's so much for waiting with me for the picture and for signing and drawing a little Zhao! <3
Oct. 9th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
Iroh <3. :3
Oct. 9th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
I can't believe I am saying this but I actually like the manga sketches. They make the inaccurate clothing look cool and being black and white avoid that whole skin color mess that we rant so much about. I do have to wonder what is up with the dreadlocks on Iroh. On the Water Tribe I understand but the clean cut civilized Fire Nation? What the frack?
Oct. 9th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Iroh's been corrupted by the Water Tribe!
what? It's possible ;)
Oct. 9th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
I never thought of it from that perspective. That would make sense but given that when it comes to this movie everything I normally associate with the individual nations seems to be wrong and we have a changing of the language from real Chinese to gobbly guck I don't put it past them to just give him dreadlocks just because.
Oct. 9th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Dreadlocks WHAAAAAT!?
It's not that I hate this movie Iroh, but it's just so wierd seeing him as not fat and jolly looking.

Did I just call Iroh Santa Claus? D:
Oct. 9th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
You Almost called Iroh Santa.
Oct. 9th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
oooh Dallas! I live here; good city. If you find yourself hankering for some gator there's a great place downtown that serves it up with some live music :D so good

I'll be honest: I'm totally digging the movie!Iroh
Oct. 9th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen much of Dallas. Just a bit of driving around with my cousins. Mostly staying around Grapevine.
It's always better to have local guides when visiting new places to really appreciate a city.
Oct. 9th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
Vicky Icon = win! <3

Oh my, Iroh is really wearing dreadlocks then? Geez. What are these people smoking? Though I agree that the manga sketches look much better than the photos. But still: Not Iroh! ;_; I fear what they make of this character. From the looks alone I can say he won't be the jolly old man we knew and adored so much. *lesigh*

Anyway, wish you a lot of fun on APE! I'm sure you and Der-shing will have a blast! :3
Oct. 9th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
I wasn't sure if it was dreadlocks based on the picture, but the drawing seem to confirm it.
I don't know- this Iroh could still be quiet and badass. Just not as jolly and sometime silly-bumbling.
Oct. 9th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I also wasn't sure about the dreads. Especially with the small blurry photo that was around at first. I'd probably like the char-design more if it wasn't supposed to be Iroh. Dreads are just so... random, lol.
Movie!Iroh will probably be badass, sure. But taking away his jolly personality? IDK, I fear they'll end up with a JJ clone like: "Firebending is a burden, my nephew!" Haven't seen many old people in the cast so far anyway - so they might just cut the OWL melt them into other characters.
Oct. 9th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
those are dreads! 8O dreads... he has to shave everything if he wants to get his hair back
Oct. 10th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
So the (movie) Fire Nation knows the dreads fashion.
That, or it's just Iroh being different.
Oct. 10th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Hmm if I may say something... All the other fire nation people people (the soldiers, anyway) that I've seen have short, neatly trimmed hair with minimal facial hair. I think they gave Iroh dreadlocks and lots of facial hair to make him look considerably more laid-back and lazy compared to the others.
Oct. 10th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
That would give an interesting contrast, especially if they still refer to him in the story with his military or princely title.
Shhh, don't tell too much! Wouldn't want to get you in trouble.
Of course I'll always make an exception when it concerns Zhao, ha ha!
Oct. 10th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
I'm so glad (and relieved!) that people are liking my art for the prequel, even when it's just a quick inking test. Thank you!!
Oct. 10th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
So far, the buzz everywhere is overwhelmingly positive. Yay! (I'm sure there's a bunch of naysayers, but they're the minority).
That little taste of how the prequel will be like can only wet our appetites in a good way. May it sells loads of copies when it's out.
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Oct. 10th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
First thing I'll be buying is The Meek.
Then I'll go and pimp it everywhere, haha!
Dec. 13th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
omg curse you, i used to live like 20 mins away from grapevine! xO

Also I realized never thanked you for the comics and pins. They freaking rock, you are seriously an amazing artist and person. Thank you SO MUCH! Hopefully I will get my butt in gear and churn out some fan arts or something for you ;n;
Dec. 15th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Who knows, I may return to Texas to go and visit my cousin (he lives about 20 minutes from Grapevine. Forgot what it's called. Something about Flowers.)
Glad to know pins and books have arrived safely. I should have followed up with an email, but I've been descending into hermit style living, ha ha!
Having art from you is always a great joy, but I know how busy you've been with the rest of your life, so definitely no pressure from me.
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