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That's it: my last weekend in Burbanks. Just got a big suitcase, in which I'll probably be able to fit pretty much everything I want, even a painting I had bought (mental note: get bubble wrap at work!)
Last week to see everyone, to say goodbyes.
Last week also to finish work things: corrections, plus actual, real comic work. This weekend will be devoted to inking, so I'll be able to send at least the first three pages for colours on monday.
Friday was the executive pitch for the last storyboard. Hard to believe it is all over. *sigh*

And when I need a break from real comic work, what do I do? 
You guessed right- more Water Tribe AU, 'cause I need to get that story out of my system.

Went crazy with the grey tones- just splashed it everywhere.
Not too crazy about the dialogues (that's why I'd need to pair up with a writer one day, also to edit me down), but it gets the point and story across. I hope so, at least.

   

Now I need to return near the air conditionner, and get some more inking done before sleep.

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mikari_chan
Jun. 24th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
WOooooooooooooo!!! Yayz for Iroh! It made me giggle that he actually clarified that there was no friendship between them. XD And I loved Zhao's expression when Iroh told him he could now tell good stories.

As for the storyboarding thing...it may be over, but it was great while it lasted right? :)
gowa_chan
Jun. 24th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
WHY ARE YOU ON LJ!?!? GET BACK TO WORKING ON YOUR COSTUMES THIS INSTANT!!!!
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gowa_chan
Jun. 24th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
...I have the distinct feeling he might go back to the water tribe with how you're telling this... :/
Its probably a shot in the dark though xD
rufftoon
Jun. 24th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
Going back to the water tribe is not in Zhao's plans, nor at all what he wants.
But who knows...with the ocean spirit linked to his presence, he may never be quite able to detach himself from the water tribe as much as he'd like.
muffins_of_god
Jun. 24th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
^___^ Whoo!
catiechu
Jun. 24th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
Your posts make my day.
rufftoon
Jun. 24th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you!
takumee
Jun. 24th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
That's a lot of dialogs. I love dialogs. :3 I think Iroh likes "Zhaoka" btter than Zhao. Maybe they can actually become friends this time.

I think the light source fluctuates in a few panels, but it doesn't matter because your AU comics is WIN. :D
rufftoon
Jun. 24th, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, too wordy. I need an editor!
I wasn't putting a lot of attention to the light source. Just getting a general idea-mood thing rather.
star_puppet
Jun. 24th, 2007 07:37 am (UTC)
AHHH! (mental screaming) I'm falling in love! <3
Why would Zhao want his title and rank so badly? I wanna know! <_<; But I'm glad Zhao was able to meet a kindly face. I just can't believe you're leaving California, wish you could work with the crew for season 4. (or you already did) But anyway, wish you the luck with that suitcase of yours. :D
rufftoon
Jun. 24th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
Deep down, Zhao is still power hungry. He knows he used to be this high ranking official, and he wants that again.
The show is supposed to end at season 3, unfortunately. No season 4!
I hope to return to California. It would be fun. Some great people around here.
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trishna87
Jun. 24th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
saying bye is hard isnt it?
but going home is also a comfort :)

what second chance is Iroh so familiar with? XD oooh backstory?? :D
or is there something canon i missed..? the whole thing with him and Zuko being fugitives?
rufftoon
Jun. 24th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's a strange mix of both. I guess it is easier when you know it's not goodbyes forever :) I'll stay in contact with many of these people.

Haha, Iroh is familiar with his own second chance- he had something happening in his past about the spirit world. Who knows exactly all that happened to him. That bit was never told in the episodes. I'm just playing around with that.
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sparklemagpie
Jun. 24th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
Lots to do and lots of changing, but you'll be alright I'm sure! ^^ NOTHING can go THAT wrong if you have bubble wrap for poppin! *grins*

Heee! Hurray for Iroh! I love the whole first page, with them just quietly sitting with the tea. Great creative tension for a couple panels there, and then some nice calming Iroh-ley wisdom.

Thanks so much for sharing all of this! It's such a nifty story, I look forward to new pages all the time. ^_______^ I can't wait to see Zuko a little more grown up if you end up drawing him!
rufftoon
Jun. 24th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
How do you know my love of bubble wrap popping!
Oh wait...that's pretty much universal.
Glad you enjoy the story so far- I just need to get these silly ideas out of my head :)
rock_rhapsody
Jun. 24th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)
I really love your characterization of Iroh. Spot on! Especially the line about how he knows how to tell a good story..
rufftoon
Jun. 24th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Iroh, despite the fact he doesn't like Zhao much, tried to find one good side to the whole situation: he had tea, and heard an interesting story. Not bad in his opinion.
pooryorick
Jun. 24th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
Beautifully done. Even if you say the lighting's made up, it really works well. And yeah - two people just sitting having a conversation is probably one of the trickiest things to comic interestingly... but woah, you really made this great.

Good luck with all your work and stuff!
rufftoon
Jun. 24th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Oh yeah, this was a good sitting down-talking scene exercise. Without looking at any references how others did it. Now I need to go and compare...
archangelbeth
Jun. 24th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
These three pages... beautiful. (And you didn't just copy-paste the third panel of that first page. Oooo!) So very Iroh.

Real comic work? Oooo!

*offers hugs for being uprooted*

Oh, this is a silly question, but... does the Earth King ever get a name? I mean, I'm not asking what it is because that might be NDA, but I was just very curious the other evening...
ambrmerlinus
Jun. 24th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
They say his name is Kuei.
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ambrmerlinus
Jun. 24th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
And now, it is time for the "Iroh is Awesome" dance. *dances*
incandescens
Jun. 24th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on all you've done.

Also, great three pages. I am so very much enjoying reading this.
rufftoon
Jun. 24th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
alexds1
Jun. 24th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I misread the bottom of the second page as "I want my pants back."

Wow, weird to think of your job as being over... I remember how excited everyone was when you announced that you got it! I bet it'll be a lot of fun seeing people spazz over stuff that you can't talk about until it airs :D

Back to the comic, not that it matters since these are roughs and everything but it might make more sense to put iroh in the 5th panel of the 39th page in light, so he'll pop out of the bg and also since the light source seems to have disappeared for a second. Also he's talking about an 'enlightening' situation.

Blah... well, good luck with tying off all those loose ends of moving out!
rufftoon
Jun. 24th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
He wants his pants back??
What's going on in that prison!
(oh man, the mental images! Eeeeep!)

I am looking forward to see the people's reactions to the episodes! Plus, a whole lot of them will be new viewing for me too, so I'll be curious to see how the scenes I did come back (I'm a little bit scared! Eeep!)

Excellent point about the lighting on Iroh (*writes down a note for it- good for future reference*).
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rohantm
Jun. 24th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
I think the dialogue is fine. Nice pacing, and I like the way you phrase certain things. 'Let's have one thing clear' has such a good flavor, where I probably would have just said 'Let's make one thing clear.'
rufftoon
Jun. 24th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
Heehee, I guess the dialog flavor comes from my french upbringing, and some lack of english vocabulary. I will write down your dialogue note, as it does sound more...how could I say...right.
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