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Didn't manage to get through all the prompts, work interfering as always. A big thank you to everyone who threw in ideas or just made fun comments, it lifted up my mood immensely XD

But hey! You never know when I may get to them. In the meantime, some doodles.

sweet_gardenia asked for grocery shopping Zhao.
Not that he'd carry his own basket. His ideal for food shopping would be, of course, in a new territory he conquered.

Em threw in the Beatles. My brain went all Yellow Submarine on me...

Combining rashaka and masterofraviel idea into one.
Big fire nation robes hide the assets. Uniforms show a little bit more...


That throne room, again...

Donna Barr has been posting all her Desert Peach issues on the web! Yay! I don't have my copies here with me, so they're a joy to read again.

Nope, Zhao would make a terrible Peach.
But he'd make a decent Winzig (disguised as Peach), like in this issue:

Last Airbender Manga Adaptation.
Got my copy today. Doing adaptation of adaptations, with even MORE constraints (I bet the authors didn't have as much liberty with the material than Shyamalan managed to pull with his film) isn't easy. Unfair, if you ask me. If Shyamalan can change stuff, so should the authors! Na!
Ah, the hurdles of approvals.

Dave Roman and Alison Wilgus have done their best in such circumstances. Knowing also that they worked on both Zuko's story and this book at the same time in an insane deadline time also puts things in perspective.

The positive: I like that they've decided to have Katara be the main narrator. I'm sure we're seeing a bit more insight into some moments than we'd be shown in the film. It's those little moments that are great! It gives more substance to the book than a straight, scene for scene cut of what one will be able to see on the big screen.

On a con note: it also means that some characters pop in and out, sometimes a bit too suddenly. After all, Katara can't be everywhere and see everything.
It was overall handled well, but there were a few moments where I found it a bit jarring. For example, at the end, when Zuko and Uncle are seen together on a raft escaping from the Northern Tribe. A reader that didn't know the serie would wonder how they got there and if they would be swallowed by the Ocean too, like the rest of the Fire Nation fleet.

Some of the art and linework by artist Joon Choi has some very nice moments.
As a question of personal taste though, it is a bit inconsistent. I've noticed a change in line and drawing quality right at the midpoint of the book, when Aang goes to the Northern Air Temple. The delicate line suddenly lose some of their finesse. It is noticeable as the two pages face each other. Details in background also become minimal. There are a few image layouts that are a bit awkward, but that's me nitpicking (ex. - Aang in the Water Tribe tent, second panel, where he seems to be sitting on a bowl...that Katara has just brought in).

It is possible that the deadline strain started to attack the artist too.

This was a tough job for all those involved, and their efforts and hard work should be applauded. I know I wouldn't have been able to have done better (which is a bad comparison, seeing as I'm not a writer. I would have turned the whole thing into a train wreck right at page two, ha ha!).

Personally, I prefer Zuko's story. I must admit to being biased towards Nina's art, plus the authors had more liberty in term of story structure and the story beats they wanted to achieve, and it shows.


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Jun. 23rd, 2010 08:00 am (UTC)
It's the new Fire Nation reality show-challenge: redecorate the Fire Lord's throne room on a small budget.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
"Who wants a CLEAN HOUSE?"
Jun. 23rd, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
Your Beatles one is wonderfully magic :D

I'm so happy to see new artworks & doodles from you :)
Jun. 23rd, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
It's fun to take a small break to be doodling again.
(and I do love your icon <3)

Edited at 2010-06-23 08:35 am (UTC)
Jun. 23rd, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)

thanks for your thoughts on the manga! I haven't read either yet, but I definitely look forward to reading Zuko's story.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
The manga adaptation is worth a look at, but the Zuko story is a keeper.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
*squeee* thank you Johane!
Drawing of the day and happiness all over!
You're the best!

Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Re: :D!!!
My first attempt at Yellow Submarine style. Apologies for every fail lines...
Jun. 23rd, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Your doodles rock. (Zhao Peach! *cackle*)
Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Zhao is nothing like the Peach.
He just looks good in uniform.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
LOL Dat Ass.

I was wondering how much time the writers got to do the "manga" version. It didn't seem like much time had passed between the time the announced the manga was being made and the date it came out. It seems deadlines were imposed on them by the marketing team. It sucks that it affected the drawings.

I though the adaptation was okay. As you say, they didn't have much to work with. The drawings are pretty fun though!
Jun. 23rd, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Zhao seems to fit wonderfully in the Yellow submarine bit, doesn't he? But careful, Zhao! You're colorful enough to be mistaken for Sgt. Pepper!

(all, win!)
Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
SGT? But he's an Admiral!!
Jun. 23rd, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yea, but the colors....lol!
Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
I don't know how much time they had, but I know they worked on the two books at the same time, plus let's not forget all the possible editorial interference from the movie side. The publisher possibly wanted everything ready before the movie release, so that was a big decisive factor in terms of deadline too.
I agree, some of the drawings are pretty nice and I've seen a few Iroh expressions that made me giggle.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's rough. That sounds like a lot of work.

I was really impressed but the work in the backgrounds. So pretty! Especially in the Zuko prequel.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
I found some of the background somewhat lacking in the manga adaptation. Spend some time looking at the northern Water Tribe and...yeah. I do quick, undetailed BGs like that when I'm pressed for time. May have been the same for the artist there (or lack of reference?)

The Zuko prequel stuff I have no problems with.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Might be a mix of time and references. The artist may have had access the the sketches for the tv series, but not for the movie?

I still like the sketchier backgrounds (that includes yours). It has a certain style to it. Plus it certainly beats no backgrounds at all, which can be seen in a lot of manga. Thankfully, not all of them. But it seems to be common in manga for girls.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
so much love XD FFFFF
Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
I got my inspiration.
I know what I'm doing for next comicon.
A Zhao sketchbook!
(yeah, I'm insane)
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Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Must find the time to make more.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
OHGODSSSSS I'll give a proper comment later when I stop rolling around on the floor laughing XDDDDDD

DATHAWTASS (thought I'd just chime in with the rest of them)
Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Said dathawtass is covered by uniform/armor.
We'll leave it to everyone's imagination.

(and thank you for the bread prompt- I guess Zhao is a gourmet at heart, with cake at the top of his favorite)

Edited at 2010-06-23 04:36 pm (UTC)
Jun. 23rd, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
The Yellow Submarine one is too much. If I ever see the Avatar film trailer again I think that in my brain the pepperland invasion music will start to run, overriding

DANG! wE just went through a major, really major earthquake here in Ottawa
Jun. 23rd, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
I was listening to the news (RDI) and it was felt also in Montreal.
I keep updating the USGS website to get infos, but nothing so far.
Wow, way back in 1989 or so, when I was in Ottawa, I did feel an earthquake there too.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Of course, major is relative here.
It wasn't Haiti or Chile size. Still, when you're not used to the ground shaking, it's surprising.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
You said it. We're not use to the stuff like they have in LA. The whole building was trembling. The LCD monitors in front of me were shaking like mad. All the government buildings were evacuated. We just got back in a minute ago when they finished checking the gas lines for possible leaks. The epicenter was in Buckingham near Masson-Angers and the easternmont tip of Gatineau. 5.7 on the Richter scale.

Nothing impressive for Toph!
Jun. 23rd, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Zhao's true calling: Cake/Pastry chef. He should take on an Iron Chef. I am sure it would end well.

And, DESERT PEACH? ONLINE?! *scampers off to read it*

Jun. 23rd, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
He doesn't like the cooking, he likes the eating. He'd make a terrible chef...unless he got to order all the other cooks around.
Jun. 24th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
The only thing he is REALLY good at is the grilling. Oh, and possibly tenderizing the meat...with his fist.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
The Firenation queen checking out Zhao's ass and Ozai's throne room pics are PRICELESS! Thanks for the great laugh.

BTW Your icon is great as well XD
Jun. 23rd, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
I've had nice prompts and idea bricks thrown my way- that helped the doodling part.
Jun. 24th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
the smiley sun outside the throne room just makes the entire strip. and if i was ursa, i would TOTALLY be staring too. DAYUM.
Jun. 24th, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
It's a happy, sunny throne room.
I just had to put a smiling sun.
Jun. 24th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)

I'm loving the Desert Peach reference and thank you for the link I'm going to start reading this once I get off duty from office. XD;;;;

Iroh's loving the idea of conquering Europe, he might like England since the Brits follow their tea time religiously. >D
Jun. 24th, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
Iroh may indeed love England for their tea time.
Why didn't he think of that? He's made music night of the ships, why not tea time? And weekly Pai Sho tournaments! And...and...
Jun. 24th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
...and...tea time! XD;;;;;;;
Jun. 24th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
I am loving all the drawings xD Oh, and the Ursa staring at his ass? Priceless xD I just noticed the smile sun in Ozai's throne room, it is epic xD

If I ever can catch any of your posts, I will suggest a Zhao meets Astérix crossover. I am sure it would be hilarious. He and Cesar would make an awesome team xD
Jun. 24th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
There's nothing Zhao likes more than a good empire building army.
He may be tempted to steal that magic potion for himself though.
Jun. 25th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Haha, the throne room cartoon is brilliant.

I'm here to say (though I haven't seen the adaptation yet) that Joon Choi told me due to the tight deadline, the last half the book had to be inked by a studio in the Philippines and thus had to "compromise on some quality".
Jun. 25th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Aha! That's what I had guessed. I was thinking, due to the change in inking and some rendering, that he had some assistant help at some point.
Most readers may not notice it, but when I'm into a book I do tend to notice the smallest thing. Mea Culpa for nitpicking.
Sad that the production schedule was that insane on both writers and artists. Still, overall, it was looking good.

I do hope the sales for the Zuko story are/will be satisfying enough for future Yokaiden books!

Jun. 25th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Man, it truly was an insanely tight schedule. I didn't have much time to fine tune/perfect some pages and panels I would've liked to. I think it's crazy that they fully toned the adaptation -- no wonder a studio had to help out!

I hope so too. I want to do more Yokaiden!
Jun. 26th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
Psychedelic Zhao
Fab! Zhao joins the Beatles! I absolutely love it!
Donna Barr
Jun. 18th, 2015 04:14 pm (UTC)
Peachy Wolverine
I am laughing so so so hard. The body English of the "Peach" is priceless.... D
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