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Heaven, I'm in heaven...

Went to this wonderful little french restaurant not too far from Glendale, with my roommate Phil and friend Chris Applehans.
It was...orgasmically good.
Sorry for the image, but it was oh-so-good, I'll be talking about it for days. Had Duck Magret, and it was mouth melting good. And Crème Brulée for dessert.
*sigh* Total Satisfaction.

And I got to speak some french too with one of the waiters, who instantly recognised my french canadian accent. 
There are big differences between French from France, and Quebec french, especially the slang. It's like British English and American English. 
You'll understand most of it, but then again...
For those of you speaking french, here's a funny oh so real example of comparing slang french from France, from the French Slang from Quebec. For you non french speaker, you can skip that link.
Version 3 is my absolute fave.

Work moving along: I redid a few drawings for a comic, finished some corrections for the boards and am now helping the Übertalented Lauren cleaning up her section. I oh so not want to mess it up, her drawing is so solid! There are some rough looking ones I won't even touch, the drawing is so nice as is.

Sneaked in a few more Water Tribe AU pages in between all this.
(I want to fix that last panel of page 42...me no likey...in the meantime, this version stays)


Zhao's getting a little bit frustrated...


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Jun. 27th, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
I seriously think you are the only person that has ever made me like/feel sorry for Zhao...O.o *feels oddly bad for him through this whole sequence*
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)
Hopefully, I'll also manage to make you hate his guts at some point, hehe *evil plans*
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(no subject) - rufftoon - Jun. 29th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
Aw, his hand still remembers the satisfaction of clubbing seals!

Zhao should keep in mind that, despite not getting promotions or relearning firebending, things could be a lot worse. Like FoxySquid pairing him up with every male on the show, for one D:

Love that last page to death, btw! Also the waugh! panel, the bug-eyes crack me up XD
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
You bet he remembers that. There's some sort of crunchy, then squishy effect, not to mention the sound.

Now that you put it in this light, I don't think Zhao will be complaining about his little frustrations anymore. It's that, or getting paired with every human male from the show (Foamy? Cabbage Guy? Old Sweepy?? Soldier #3???...oh yeah, no more complaining).
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)

love the first page XDDD.

and i feel bad for him in the last one :( . Poor Zhao. that smarmy bastard got promoted ahead of him*stab*

why cant he firebend...?
Jun. 27th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
The young officer may be a smarmy bastard as you so rightly put it, but he does have talent...He deserved his promotion (Zhao would beg to differ)

Zhao has a sort of...blocage, you might say, about firebending. Something happened while in the hands of the Ocean Spirit. He can't seem to be able to do it consciously anymore.
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Jun. 27th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
Ah, poor Zhao. (But still, marvellous story/art!)
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Jun. 27th, 2007 09:28 am (UTC)
Cocky Young Recruit #1 ( does he have a name? My memory fails me..in my mind I call him ben dan, or stupid..)'s reaction was hilarious...panel 42 seems fine..thought I don't know anything so ..
I had a mental image of your cat from the Flight comics (again, got a name?) eating Duck Magret and licking Creme Brulee off it's paws and enjoying it.
How many years has it been since the end of the war? Again I forgot. I feel old.
How are you?
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
His name is Yueh (I guess you could see some irony...or I lack imagination when it comes to names ;) )
The cat in the Flight comic I simply call Miu, which means "cat" in ancient Egyptian. Yeah, another example of my naming skills. I gotta admit, your description of the cat and the food totally applies to me.

For that AU, let's see...Zhao has spent three years with the Water Tribe, part of that before the war was over. Travelling back to the Fire Nation, training in the army...It's getting close to 5 years after the end of the war. Zhao's not getting any younger.

As for me, been busy.
Jun. 27th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
Ah. poor Zhao-Zhao. ^__^ Karma.
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Heehee, this actually sounds good when said aloud.
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Jun. 27th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
Zhao, you had it better as Zhaoka... If colder.

Definitely mixed "Zhao, you idiot" and "Awwww." Hee.
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
He doesn't realize when he has it good. Guess the stupid pride and ego kicks him too hard for that.
Jun. 27th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Aw, poor Zhao... The firebending panel is the saddest one of all.

Also, "General Choi" wtf? Hahn's nickname for Zhao, yes? Is belonging to actual person now?
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
Hahn had it right in a way: there indeed was a highly ranked fire nation officer with the name of Choi.
He just had the wrong person ;)
Jun. 27th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
Jmen aille en France la semaine prochaine. Trop drole XD mais disons que celui de tetes a claques remporte la medaille.
Check moi donc sa http://www.tetesaclaques.tv/video.php?vid=171
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Heehee, I had seen that one :D Nothing like a bit more language confusions to bring a smile.
Jun. 27th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
Wow, (I don't speak French), listening to the difference between those two sounds like listening to Italian versus Portuguese! Cool! :)
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
Believe me, at some point in the near future, we won't be calling our respective language french anymore. eeep!
The slang parts are just going in their respective directions.
Jun. 27th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
Hehehe...okay, this will be one of the turning points Zhao will have to encounter. >) Cocky young officer would definitely give him hell by the time. And in some point, Zhao might be able to remember fire bending though I know the Ocean Spirit put a very big blockade on his brain so he couldn't fire bend.

For the slash pairings, why not revive the pairing Booter already did? *koffkoffLongFengkoffkoff* I'm sure Foxy would enjoy that as much as I would. *koffkoffstartingtodrawthemnowkoffkoff* >)
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Cocky young officer who will espect to be properly saluted.
Zhao will probably develop some unforeseen back problems in his presence.
Haha, I was thinking of the great strip Booter did with Long Feng. Definitely one of the best :D
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Jun. 27th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Man, I LOVE it when restaurant food just makes you die a little inside like that! ^___^

Aww, poor Zhao, no firebending for him. =/ *wants to huuuug*
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Food doesn't often do that, but when it does...*sigh*
Ooh, better not hug Zhao when he's frustrated. Not very cuddly then ;)
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Jun. 27th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
Awww, Zhao's like a descented skunk; he still wants to wave his ass threateningly at people but there's no firepower. That first page was awesome! He seemed so physically imposing and mmmmmm... Zhaolicious!

Jun. 27th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
Physically, he may not be the biggest soldier around, but he's certainly one of the most vicious.
The descented skunk image is too amusing...I guess you could say he's like that, but one with nasty claw and bite that could still hurt you if you piss him off.
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Oh French. I should so know it better. We get the same thing about Cajun French compared to Parisian French, only the allusion there is more American English to Welsh English. My French roommate couldn't understand a word of Cajun (not that I speak more than three very hick phrases).

Man, I love these comics. I've been lurking for a week or so. Ack, you're so amazingly fast and good. And you're making me like Zhao. How'd you do that?

Poor Zhao. You can firebend! Remember the molebear? You'll get there!
My favorite panel has to be the "It is slightly unethical..." one. Heh. Loveit!
Jun. 27th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
French is a bitch to learn. So many grammatical rules, verb tenses...oh yeah, and Cajun french is its own little entity.

Thanks! Glad you're liking my little fancomic madness so far.
Yes, Zhao still has some firebending possibilities inside him. He just can't seem to consciously use it.
Of course Zhao would think of unethical ways of winning- all that matters is victory, right?
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, the French is a little too quick for me to understand, but you can definitely hear the differences. My language teacher spoke France French, so we learned that.

Mmmm... creme brulee! I haven't tried too many around town but there is one place I know of that doesn't make it overly large and heavy and disgusting. Instead, it is a light orange ginger taste that is so, so good.

Poor Zhao! That firebending panel makes me sad =(
Jun. 27th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
The examples in the little silly flash anims were extreme and yet so true!
The creme brule from last night would so totally win your approval: just the right size, perfectly light crispy crust...I want more!!
Jun. 27th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
haha, ma mere est habitee 3 ans en Montreal, donc elle parle Quebecois XD mais il y a 5 ans on a tous habites en Bruxelles, donc mon frere et moi, on parle avec un accent Belge.

Ma tante m'a montre cet flash il y a quelques annees deja, c'est super marrant XD
Jun. 27th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
Du Belge melange avec du Quebecois. Ca doit faire tout un mix :D
Jun. 27th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
It's neat (and unusual) to see a character as buff and cool-looking as Zhao not being awesome at just everything. I mean, just look at him. You'd think he'd be a great swordsman, a great... what was it, "fire bender"? A great everything. The badass villains' weaknesses are usually ideological rather than physical.

Of course, I suppose in canon continunity he might be godlike... but this is an interesting portrayal.
Jun. 27th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
In the canon version, he is indeed very awesome at many things (if a bit without self-control, which usually causes his defeats).
Here, he might be bad at swordfight, but give him a good old Water Tribe war club and he'd be bashing brains out so fast...
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Jun. 27th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Couldn't let the broken armed officer get off so easily...wait, I did! He got promoted! D'oh!
Zhao still has some firebending left in him. It's just hard to get to.
Jun. 27th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Woo, it's the ever-popular Training Montage! And yet - not the least bit cliche here. Heh, I've long since run out of ways to say this is awesome and I love it, but you just continue to amaze.

Do you miss French?
Jun. 27th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Had to go through it. I was almost tempted to skip it entirely but...nah. I felt like it needed to be shown he was getting back into the swing of things, and not just cut to part three right away. Might have been to abrupt a transition.

I do miss french a bit. But with the internet, I could listen to the news in French :)
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
*melts all over the goodness of these past new pages*

So awesome nyaaarggh.

I agree with what has been said, there is so much emotion you've put into Zhao, YOU RULE (CAPS FOR EMPHASIS)

I especially like the bittersweetness of the one panel with Zhao's memory of the watertribe.

"THIS IS SWORD NOT A CLUB,..." ftw.!!!!
Jun. 27th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks ever so much *blushes*
I guess I couldn't help it...had to put more character to Zhao, especially after Alexds1 (or was it Booter?) mentionned he was just another one dimentional villain. Oh no, in the wonderful world of fanarts, he can be so much more. Yay!

I guess Zhao's learned to prefer fighting with a war club rather than a sword. It has more...crush.
Jun. 27th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Hehe. I adore the facial expressions in this one--especially Yueh's when he sees Zhao.

Only two minor nits...
+ Middle page, first panel. That should be "strategy".

+ Is this a training camp for both army and navy? I believe General is a rank for army only.
Jun. 27th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the correction!

They do train both the Army and Navy in the same place. The two forces are very intertwined, seeing as the Fire Nations are mostly islands, and the army doesn't get anywhere without the Navy. Keeping the two together helps in not creating too much divisions between the forces.
(that's only a theory anyway ;) )
Jun. 27th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Aww why didn't Zhao relearn Fire bending? Or did he try but fail? D:

The last panel made me snort out loud. It sounded like something Hahn would say. :P
Jun. 28th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
It was a definite tried and failed. He's not going to quit mind you, but he won't be training in a group. He'll try and relearn it by himself.
Jun. 28th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
I have a question.

About how long does it take you to finish 1 page for this kind of comic?

Awesome work by the way. (like you haven't heard that enough :P) I really enjoy your work.
Jun. 28th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
These are rough pencil pages- meaning I don't really spend as much time as I should making them all pretty. It's just an exercise in storytelling, mostly.

It's hard to calculate, as I work on them on and off (very often just before going to sleep too).
An hour or two, top, and that's from thinking of the layout, the rough pencils and adding text and graytones in Photoshop.

Thank you very much, glad you enjoy.

Jul. 1st, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
"Unethical"...? Yeah, sounds like him.

Well, I imagine anyone who has had a lifetime of martial art training wiped out would lag behind a little. HAHA, maybe Jeong Jeong will teach Zhao firebending again.

Jul. 1st, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'm sure JJ could also find some manner of..."fun", giving a whole new firebending training to Zhao.

So many possibilities of small revenge, hehehe
Jul. 1st, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
aaah, la Belle Proviiinnnce...
Bon retour à Montreal, et n'oublie pas les hordes de fans qui trépignent d'impatience à guetter leur 'watch list' sur deviantart...
Take care
Jul. 1st, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Re: aaah, la Belle Proviiinnnce...
Ça fait quand même du bien d'être de retour.
Wow, de la pluie! J'en ai pas vu depuis des mois!!

Des hordes de fans...je commence à avoir un peu peur là...J'suis juste une petite artiste moi là.
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