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My brain goes *poof*


Finally got to watch the whole of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai yesterday: great great great movie.

Got this annoying headache. Tried a nap, tried some rest, I think it's finally lifting off but now I have this not quite unpleasant strange light headedness. 

Had trouble doing proper work.
Even the Water Tribe AU took a slightly less serious turn. The brain needed a vacation. I gave it a break.
Sorry about that, promise to dive into the thick of things in the next few pages. 

     

Come on, we need at least one shirtless Zhao shot. That's the only time I could do it. Unashamed Fanservice!!



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king
Jun. 18th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
We're pleased. :D
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Oh good.
I guess I can tell my brain to stay on vacation for one more evening. It needs it.
alexds1
Jun. 18th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
Ehehehe XD

Have no regrets, these are awesome! Is it just me or is he cuter than usual?... Maybe its just me... Anyways, excited about new characters!

rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
Maybe he's cuter because he's more relaxed? I don't know.
Or maybe it's my brain that goes "make him cuter! Come on, you know you want to..."
I swear, my brain is taking weird turns today. Ah well, gotta learn to live with it.
incandescens
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
I am not objecting to the fanservice in the least.

Or to any of the rest of it.
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
Take it while it's there, there won't be that many other possibilities to get shirtless Zhao in this story.

Unless he gets dragged into another Agni Kai, which would be a very bad idea right now for him...
tammylee
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
Aa! I love these pages!
Zhao in the hot spring, "Warm <3" made me smile.
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
He deserved a little bit of comfort there.
I bet he'll sneak back in at night.
sparklemagpie
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
Oh LORD, I LOVE the panel of Zhao in the spring in that third page! <3 Can't beat the hot-springs. ^______^
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Nothing wrong with a bit of Spa treatment for him. Let him enjoy it while it lasts. (ok, it was fun to draw too, heehee)
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rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
Hmm...why am I not surprised, heehee!
I don't think I'll have the time to show a lot of more of the cultural differences. Zhao will be working too hard to fit in and find out more about his past. But we'll see what happens...
pooryorick
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Don't apologize! I'm sure no one is complaining about this. :D Hahaha, fanservice. On a more serious note, your establishing shots are really good! Lots of info without any clutter. Man, wish I knew how to work a page like this.

By the way, have you seen omashu_mills? It's pretty brilliant. (And guess what main character is still up for grabs?)
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Usually, fan service is only for boys. Nice to get it to work for the other audience once in a while ;)

I'm glad the establishing shots work. I think I could tweak a few things or two here and there, but what the hey. These are roughs.

I did hear about Omashu Mills, but I don't think I'd have the time to properly get involved in it.
Zhao is still up for grabs? Really? Ooooh...
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ambrmerlinus
Jun. 18th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Blushing Zhao is hilarious.
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
Zhao's thoughts:
"Is she looking at my butt??"
conga_chili
Jun. 18th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
AAAAAAAUUUGH hahahahahahahahha!!! XD *tears*
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
I'll take that as a sign that I did something good :)
angelwingkitty
Jun. 18th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
Ah a man who loves warmth is a man after my own heart. He must be so happy to finally be warm after being in the North Pole for so long! I simply adore his interactions with that young woman!! Damn you for making me love Zhao so much! XD *hugs wet sexy Zhao*
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
You bet he's happy! He'd stay there the rest of his life if he could.
I will gladly accept the blame for making you like Zhao, hehehe.
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star_puppet
Jun. 18th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
Johane!!! I love you for the shirtless Zhao page!! *evil thoughts* XD
That was the first time for me for Zhao to see him in Water Tribe undies too. >D

You don't need to apologize about it, we all need to take a break sometimes and I don't blame you, but man...you overdid yourself nicely here!
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
I had to do at least ONE shirtless Zhao. The fangirl within commanded it!
I don't think he'll be flashing his water tribe "swimwear" very often though. *sigh*
Ah, let's move on, and stop thinking of shirtless Zhao...
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jurnalfiksi
Jun. 18th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
Well nou, will he meet Zuko, Iroh, Lt. Jee, Mai, Ty Lee and Azula?

dun dun duuuuuunnnnnn
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 07:48 am (UTC)
He is going to cross path with some of them.
Hard not to...
booter_freak
Jun. 18th, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
Ohhh, wit, why hast thou abandoned me at the presence of Fanservice? I need you to say something clever! ;_;
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 07:47 am (UTC)
Oh believe me, everything that is wit usually goes away in presence of fan service.
Heck, my brain is barely coming back on, and I drew the stoopid thing.
rock_rhapsody
Jun. 18th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)
Oh finally! Hilarity! Zhao deserves a little bit of it, even if he is a..meanie. And thank you also! I have always been irritated about some fan depictions of fire nation women being whiny and stuff..I mean they're in the army and everything (at least, I should think so, judging by Zhao's speech)(not that he would remember it..hahaa)..er..excuse my rambling..Dude, THIS is the result of your brain taking a vacation?? Take your time..*whistles*
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
I think the fire nation women had to build some backbone to face their hotheaded husbands and brothers.
Then again, that's just my version of things. In the realms of fanfics, everything is possible.
Oh believe me, I better not let my brain take too many vacation breaks. Need to get work done!
takumee
Jun. 18th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
OMG it's shirtless Zhao! And his blushing only makes him more adorable. XD Wonder what Fire Nation "swimwear" looks like.
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
Hehe, he wouldn't be blushing if he had his fire nation memory. The water tribe are not used to have people staring at their underwears, and he's definitely influenced by them now.

Hmm...fire nation "swimwear"...why do I see red speedos and stuff with flames on them.
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archangelbeth
Jun. 18th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
I see nothing, nothing, nothing wrong with a break and shirtless Zhao(ka). And he finally got warm!

(I hope the headache lifts quickly! I hate headaches.)
rufftoon
Jun. 18th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
I think someone wrote recently that the world needs more shirtless Zhao. Here's one more (though a very short appearance it is).
He got warm, and he wants to stay warm. He'll be sneaking back to the hot springs that's for sure.

Headache was gone by the evening. Yay!
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rose_in_shadow
Jun. 18th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Gardening gloves and shears? *snigger*

Good thing for Zhao that hot wax hasn't been invented... or has it? I remember him distinctly hairless (on his chest and arms that is) for the the Zuko Agni Kai, but you have him sporting a little fuzz on the chest and arms. Maybe the fire nation has a thing about body hair? XD

I'm thinking Zhao might not like the spa very much after they're through with him.
rufftoon
Jun. 19th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
She's still going to keep her distance as much as possible. And that hair..she's going to need tough scissors to cut through that!

I went with a bit of hair, as it is more easy to add in a comic than an animated show- animating body hair is a bitch!
Or maybe the fire nation invented wax.
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shamrockjolnes
Jun. 18th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Was that . . . a pagoda I spied in the first page? *_*

And Hooray for shirtless Zhao! The world needs more of that.
rufftoon
Jun. 19th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
We'ew in fire nation land now. Plenty of pagoda pointy like roof structures around :)
(or maybe the architecture should be more indonesian, I don't know...)

More shirtless Zhao for a better world :D
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snapes_angel
Jun. 19th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
FTW! For-The-Freakin'-Win! Especially the last panel! :rofl: (And yes, the Zuko one is the only one I could get made, even though there were also appropriate Iroh and Zhao shots).
rufftoon
Jun. 19th, 2007 09:03 am (UTC)
Ah, but the Zuko one is very nice too. Let's not be picky ;)
engelen
Jun. 28th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
I finally took the time to read this!!!

Had to comment on how I love this girl's way of making her urge to see Zhao naked as something "innocent"
(or something like that)
rufftoon
Jun. 29th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, the girl is actually quite unfazed in a way: she works there, and she's used to see clients of all shape and size using the hot springs (not to say she doesn't enjoy the handsome and pretty ones).
For the moment, what truly interests her is all that stuff about the Water Tribe...even the underwears. So exotic!! ;)
sylvacoer
Jul. 9th, 2007 07:08 am (UTC)
*droool~* oh hte irony, culture shock when you get back home! But I sympathize - I live six months in Japan at a time for school then go back home for a month - things get weird in just that short time!
rufftoon
Jul. 9th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
I know! I just got back to Canada, and you'd think there wouldn't be that much culture shock, but there is a bit. One of the thing was handling the money- stupid 1$ and 2$ coins...
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