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Can't say I've done a lot worth posting a journal about. Can't talk about daytime work much, except to say I've survived one more storyboard check in with the director and head of story.
I'm actually quite happy with it at the moment, but I don't want to go running around celebrating.
Mostly because I know I will find something wrong with it in the coming weeks.
Also because the movie is two years away from release so that scene, if it survives until then, would be a miracle.
Like that one scene I've reworked a few times. I'm feeling another redo in the near future, hopefully for the better.


While I have nothing personal that's worthwhile to post about, there's plenty out there worth a mention:

Amulet 3 is out (Kazu Kibuishi, Jason Caffoe): I swear, the art gets more and more beautiful with each books. The detail in the backgrounds, the richness of the colors. The story follows well established fantasy formulas and makes them work. Enjoyable series of books for all ages.
http://www.amazon.com/Cloud-Searchers-Amulet-Kazu-Kibuishi/dp/0545208858/ref=sr_1_1?s=gateway&ie=UTF8&qid=1285309763&sr=8-1

Koko be Good (Jen Wang): this is the kind of books that makes me jealous. The art is lovely, loose and full of life, with solid page layouts. It's also the kind of story that I can't write: introspective, makes you think about life, touching and amusing.
At least other people are talented enough to do it, and I get the joy of reading them.
(and be jealous, but in a good way, ha ha!)
http://www.amazon.com/Koko-Be-Good-Jen-Wang/dp/1596435550/ref=sr_1_1?s=gateway&ie=UTF8&qid=1285310078&sr=8-1
Read her journal too! She's having a book launch in LA tomorrow, Friday the 24th
mao

This one is not out yet, but I read a few pages of a preview copy:
Zita The Spacegirl (Ben Hatke). I've always found his art charming and I love his humour. I wish a lot of success for this book and can't wait to hold my own copy and read the rest.
http://www.amazon.com/Zita-Spacegirl-Ben-Hatke/dp/1596434465/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1285310123&sr=1-1


What else...

It has been a long time since I've been to New York, so I decided to go to the New York comicon the weekend of October 8-10th. I'll only be attending Friday and Saturday, because I need to return on Sunday. I'll bring a few copies of Water Tribe, but only a limited amount. Sorry, too hard to bring many copies!
ali_wildgoose and gallo_de_pelea have been very very generous in allowing me a little bit of table space with them.
Another HUGE thank you to Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier for letting me crash on their couch. I will do best to make myself as small as possible and not be in your way.

I also just learned that Shyamalan will be at NYCC.
Hmmm...
I promise to behave myself.


Oh, and one last thing.

I do love creationists and their arguments. I just could never attend one of their meetings or visit their museums. I think they'd want to break one commandment and lynch me.
http://www.galileowaswrong.com/galileowaswrong/

I mean...I'm sorry. I've spent too much time watching NatGeo and the Science Channel. I guess if pockets of flat earth believers are still out there, then why not geocentrists?

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kilted
Sep. 24th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
"Scientific evidence available to us within the last 100 years that was not available during Galileo's confrontation shows that the Church's position on the immobility of the Earth is not only scientifically supportable, but it is the most stable model of the universe and the one which best answers all the evidence we see in the cosmos."

WAIT, WHAT? How can people, especially educated people with advanced degrees, believe any of this is true? I want to be able to laugh at this, but all I can do is worry. Ugh.

Also, you should just walk up to Shyamalan and go "Shame on you." and walk away.
archangelbeth
Sep. 24th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
I think that Shyamalan should get the Cut Direct, m'self. One notices him, then turns away haughtily, perhaps saying something to a companion like, "At least there will be another animated series."

But I am evil.
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
That would be a funny scenario.
I'm sure he may run into Last Airbender fans- both from the film (will lift his spirit) and the animated series (may get ugly).
(Anonymous)
Sep. 25th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Don't mind my butting in, but I'm a little baffled. The movie managed to GET FANS???

Because the first thing I was surprised at was that the guy still lives in a fantasy-land where its safe for him to go to a place where more than four Avatar fans have gathered together. I mean, one in five ATLA fans will do something ghastly to him involuntarily.
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
I do love that part of the quote "...best answers all the evidence we see in the cosmos."

Even with an advanced degree, educated people will build their own arguments. It may look solid to them. When someone from outside tries to break their argument down, they go into defensive mode and that may get ugly.

It's human nature to have it hard to change opinion when you really believe in something. In fact, you just go on to search for evidence to support your claim (and ignore the rest).

Haha, I have no guts to do that to anyone, even Shyamalan. I am a wimp.
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mao
Sep. 24th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you so much for the shout out, Johane! That's really sweet. :3

Have fun in NYCC! Wish I could've made it this year.
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! Just read Koko last night- amazing work, so glad to see the finished book! I wish it great success.
I may not make it to the launch tonight, but I wish you guys an awesome time!
snapes_angel
Sep. 24th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
Yea, those guys are out there, all right.way out there.
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Possibly in some geocentric orbit.
snapes_angel
Sep. 24th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
No doubt.

Of course, others may be closet heliocentrists.
phoenixknght86
Sep. 24th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
There was something about Jupiter I read like last year that had the Creationist all in a titter. I think they actually made a whole series of movies called Creationists Astronomy.

I watched like ten minutes of it on youtube. I laughed at all their findings, since all of it had been proven they just omitted certain facts and tried to shoot holes into theoretical astronomy, physics, and mathematics.

I do love to read PZ Myer's atheist blog when he gets into a tussle with Ken Ham (he owns the Creationist Museum in the midwest or something like that).
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
I am fascinated by the creationists- flat earth theorists-geocentrists and others' arguments that goes against common scientific knowledge.
Makes me read even more science books, ha!
phoenixknght86
Sep. 25th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
I think they might freak if they knew they were making us actually read a real science book!
templar569
Sep. 24th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
Are you going to have a table at NYCC?
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'll be sharing table space in artist alley with ali_wildgoose and gallo_de_pelea. Sorry, no other table infos I can give at the moment.
teacup_werewolf
Sep. 24th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC)
Too bad that I am poor ass to go.I would totally dig seeing EK again.
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
It will be my first time meeting her.
I'll probably be all awkward, ha ha!
invaderk
Sep. 24th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
Hooray, NYCC! Will you have volume 2 of Water Tribe, perchance? I got part 1 last con and would like to continue my collection. ;)

Also... Shyamalan is going to be there...? Err...
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, I will have copies of both 1 and 2 (though sometimes I do run out of one or the other).
invaderk
Sep. 24th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I'll have to hit you up early on Saturday morning! Hope you're not sold out by then.
How much are you charging? I want to make sure I actually have enough. :D
moonys_autumn
Sep. 24th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
Do you know what the table number is at NYCC? :)
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
At this time, unfortunately, no.
All I know is we will be in Artist Alley (look under Alison Wilgus). The NYCC website doesn't give any info about tables at the moment.
The moment I know, I will post about it.
gallo_de_pelea
Sep. 24th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! :D Save me a copy of Water Tribe, OK?
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Yes! We must trade!!
crypticpress
Sep. 24th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
If the Sun revolves around the Earth, I'd like to see the pattern necessary for the Sun to revolve around all the other planets in the Solar system while they ALSO revolve around the Earth.

I also find it funny that one supporter of the book used the fact that aerospace engineers use Earth as an origin point in relation to satellites as some sort of evidence that the Earth is the center of the Universe. I mean because whenever I use a ruler to measure something the arbitrary spot I start my measuring at is obviously the center of the Universe.

I hope to see you at NYCC, especially to witness your encounter with M. Night! ;)
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
That's all I kept thinking about: I want to see their model of the solar system and how everything spins and in what order, so it fits with what can be observed in our sky.

There was this wonderful, simple demonstration on science channel recently as to why some planets appear to loop around in the sky (forgot the right technical term for it). I wonder what the geocentrists' explanation for that is. Looping orbits?

I want to hit some sense to that book supporter about satellites. They are made to orbit our earth, that's part of their function!

Ha ha, I'll stay away from M. Night. He'd probably suggest I go in a corner and die anyway.
crypticpress
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Nobody puts rufftoon in a corner!
dungeonwriter
Sep. 24th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing you!
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
Likewise!
inknose
Sep. 24th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Shyamalan is going to be at NYCC? ....keep me away for him. Or he might get boomerang'd in the face. Literally. XD (lolll now I am envisioning him being mobbed by hoards of angry avatar cosplayers... he'd better bring some bodyguards or something...)

on a more pleasant note, I can't wait to visit your table! :)
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Does that mean you'll be cosplaying as Sokka? XD

Technically, it is not my table. I'm just crashing on their space (somewhere in Artist Alley). But do come by and say hello! The two table owners are worth the visit!
inknose
Sep. 24th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Indeed I am XD Still working on the actual boomerang part though, so Shyamalan is safe... for now >:D
bluecheshirecat
Sep. 24th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
That galileowaswrong conference is going to be in my school's town! A bunch of us (and by "us" I mean "Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff who feel like laughing their asses off at these lovely people") are descending upon said conference in November. I am super-excited for the shenanigans that might happen.
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Remember to stay polite no matter what, and do get some free stuff while you're at it, see if they give some free informations, brochures, explanations supporting their point of view.
I must admit, I am always curious to hear their arguments first. See what makes them tick.
bluecheshirecat
Sep. 24th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
Oh no worries about us staying polite- we're just planning on standing in the back, listening to their points, grabbing some brochures and chuckling softly to ourselves. We just really want to see how people with PHDs (??!?) are able to explain geocentrism despite the fact that we've sent things/people into space using current orbital theory....

Really, if these guys think geocentrism is true despite all current scientific thought, nothing we say or do will change their minds. There would be no point in being rude about it / crashing their conference to try and convince them ;)
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Perfect attitude to have in such circumstances!
elmenora
Sep. 24th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Please please oh please tell me that the geocentrism site is a joke...
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, it is legit.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 24th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Being raised Christian, it sickens me that there are complete nut jobs out in the world that are making us religious folk look bad. We're not all flat-Earth believers and we're not all nut jobs. There's some of us that are religious, but are also as level-headed and straight-thinking as everyone else, myself being one of them. Those crazy one have made religion look so bad these days, that it's hard to find the courage to tell anyone about your faith, especially if your Christian. It's just sad.

I also feel sorry for M. Night (even though I haven't even seen TLA yet), what with all the Avatar fans wanting to rip him several new ones over a simple movie. It's sad how fanbases can get so violent over anything.
rufftoon
Sep. 24th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
There are different types of believers in all religion. Heck, even creationists have variants, from young earth to intelligent design and everything in between and beyond.
It is a mistake to put everyone in the same category. Got to look at the individuals, not the groups.

Got to see them as the excentric uncle of the family?


I would also feel somewhat sorry for M. Night, except I would keep having the urge to ask him "what were you thinking?!?!?"
No really. I would love to know.

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