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That's it, I'm back in good old Montreal- and rain, which I hadn't seen in months. Kinda feels good.

Also returned to the old place of work, the video game company- the moment I stepped in, they were expecting me: got a new desk, and got loaned to a team that were in dire need of storyboards. Strangely enough, getting trouble getting back into it. I gues because of the restrictions. I'll do better tomorrow, once I get my work computer back (it died on me today, after one day of work- eep!)

The room at the apartment is a mess - having just moved back, it's going to take a while to get everything back in order.
So many Osamu Tezuka books were waiting for me when I got back, I'm still giddy about it!
Took the time to go see Transformers: don't expect much of a story (and it's got plotholes or bad logic), but hey! This is pure 80's cartoons sillyness with badass robots. Apart from minor nitpicks, this was a great fun guilty pleasure :D

Oooh, looks like a little 2 pages Avatar comic I had done for Nick Magazine is out! Thank you AvatarSpirit.net for the heads up! I'll probably find copies of it by this weekend here in Montreal (or at least, in the coming weeks).

Leaving you with some Water Tribe AU insanity - in 3 pages, part two will be done, and then moving on to the final act. Woot!





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amiraelizabeth
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
I just recently discovered your AU and I'm hooked.

LOL. That Transformers movie was full of plotholes, but if you are an 80's child, I think it's a law that you have to go see it.
rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
I'm having way too much fun with these AUs , 'cause I can get away with pretty much everyhing, and not have to worry about censorship. Though I do auto censor myself in some ways.
Haha, I guess it must be a rule : 80's kid= seeing new Transformers flick.
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star_puppet
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Oh man, I've been waiting for these in a while. Looks like some old farts are trying to form a coup d'etat or somthing, That ninja's was been on to Zhao. And his fighting hasn't changed, he broke that ninja's neck. ;_;
rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
More an assasin than a ninja- and definitely no Blue Spirit.
I guess a fire bender attack would have had more chance to suceed, but nooooo...someone had to go with the good old knife technique.
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alexds1
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
Thank goodness for comics! I was going through AU Zhao withdrawls.

Ahaha hell yes XD Breaking necks and taking names, thats our boy. What does this mean though, are they some sort of Azula cult? Anyways great action on that last page.

I can imagine it'd be hard to get back in the swing of things after all that Avataring... at least you have these comics to vent with!

rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
Some boy try to attack him from behind, he's not giving him a second chance to get back up.

I guess this group could be called the ring leader of an Azula cult...where she is is still a mystery (if she's even alive in this AU).

Oh yeah, I still need major Avatar venting. Good for blood pressure.
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engelen
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
I have one thing to say about this post and one thing only:

NINJAAAAA
rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
Not quite ninja...a very poor imitation of one anyway.
Can't blame that one for trying to kill Zhao though.
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muffins_of_god
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Yay for comics! And ;_; for ninja. That looks like it hurt a bit.

What do you use for your text bubbles?
rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
I can only say it again- that was a very poor ninja. Never will get a second chance.

Fo word bubbles, I simply use the oval marquee tool in Photoshop, and select stroke. I then fill it with white. For the "tail" of the bubble, I use the pen tool. It is easier that way to add a nice curve to the line.
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xanykaos
Jul. 5th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
Ooh, I've been meaning to pick up a Nick Magazine to see what kind of comics they have. Now I'll have to!

I'm a little confused with that second-to-last panel. Have they all turned their backs on him? For 86-ing the assassain?

Also, I checked out Flight vol2 from the library and got to read what I can only assume is your comic. FANTASTIC! It's easily one of my favorites--probably my absolute favorite--in the collection. Your pacing on it is brilliant, and honestly, it's almost more like watching a cartoon than reading a comic, the timing/art flow together so well. Wow.
rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
Gotta say that Nick mag has a lot of fun different comics in different styles. It changes from issues to issues.

Ah the confusion is meant to be- even Zhao is not sure what to make of it. One thing for sure, he's getting the impression they might have something to do with it all, and may have been a bit disappointed to see that fail.
Awww, thanks so much for your kind words about my work *blushes*
trishna87
Jul. 5th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
ah i miss rain. though there was some weird tornado warning today *__*

anyways omg Zhao better not be joining Azula. i do have a question... why did that random ninja dude attack him?
rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
Zhao and Azula working together...scary thoughts.
Ninja-hired killer dude explanation qill be given at some point. Not everything need be explained now.
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incandescens
Jul. 5th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
Oh ho. Yes, I can see there would still be some hardliners around . . .
rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
The war is only recently over in a way. Those guys aren't all gone that's for sure.
seanmonster
Jul. 5th, 2007 10:09 am (UTC)
Heh.
So Azula's name became a dirty word...
archangelbeth
Jul. 5th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh.
I wonder if Azula's name was erased as much as Zhao's was... (And is she running around loose in the shadows, is she crippled and hidden away in the palace, is she off in exile somewhere...? Aie, mystery!)

That whole last page... They're all "hmm, interesting" and then "no, we don't know this guy with a body, not a bit, we were never here, must have been a domestic squabble."

Odd, how Zhao(ka) tries not to say "I've changed." Tsk.
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snapes_angel
Jul. 5th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
I'm left wondering whose neck he just snapped. ^^;; But welcome back!
rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
No one we know...and the poor fool never had a chance to do his work.
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rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, if you hunt molebears, human necks are just like twigs afterwards ;)

Not quite sure myself what's happening with Azula- she's keeping her secrets well.
And for those who love war, Azula's ideals follow more closely those of her father's than Zuko. She's bound to still have some worshipping fans.
rock_rhapsody
Jul. 5th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
It doesn't rain in LA?
Also, HOLY insert-expletive-here! Nice change of pace!
rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Well, it does, just not very often. Been very dry for a few months.
Thanks! There should be another slight slow spell before another action burst...and confrontations and all that.
Yay! More Zhao kicking @$$!
sparklemagpie
Jul. 5th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Welcome back to the land of poutine! <33 Good to hear you're settling in nicely again at home. I'm sure it must take some getting used to but you'll be back in the swing before you know it. Muah!


Also, HOMG AZULA! AND ASSASSINS! AND ALWJALJKSKLGJASKLGJ!!!!!

*flips out with happy*

Man, I never get tired of this, every time you have new pages up I get goosebumps! Thank you so much for sharing! <333
rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, poutine and its squeeky cheese *sigh*.
Thank you, glad you enjoy :)
the_fox_bandit
Jul. 5th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
What video games does your company make, out of curiosity? I'm a bit of a gamer myself... PC and Wii, mostly.

Still love the AU comic. I like to pretend it's a preview of the Fire Nation we'll see in Season 3, even though it's an AU.
rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
We've mostly done contract work, licensed based games like Kim Possible, Happy Feet, Monster House, plus a few house projects. What's sad about license work is you never get enough time to make the game. *sigh*

Hehe, nope, sorry- I'm not using anything of Fire Nation that hasn't be seen already (or that I'm not completely making up).
No spoilers from me I'm afraid.
tammylee
Jul. 5th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
UHnnnn!
Civil unrest!
Very excellent pages.
rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
More like military unrest- a lot more harder to control, and with possible dire consequences.
Thanks!
jordan_the_kid
Jul. 5th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
the "assasign" is Azula, isn't it?
rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
If it was Azula, Zhao would be dead right now.
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rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
It's slightly hard to get back into the swing of things, but not too much. Worse will be to clean up the room of all the extra junk I brought back. Eeeesh.

Hehe, if Zhao wasn't too suspicious of them then, he's downring paranoid now I tell ya.
rose_in_shadow
Jul. 5th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for more Avatar. I tell you what, I hadn't realized I needed my Avatar fix until you stopped posting for a few days :-D.

Hmm. Looks like Zhao's easily forgotten that a certain Firelord said that he'd be keeping his royal eye on him. Which brings up the question--is the assasin a message from said Firelord? "Watch out, Zhao, you're getting bad habits again?"

rufftoon
Jul. 5th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
Heck, I need my Avatar fix. I don't get to draw them all day now ;)
Zhao couldn't resist the temptation- after all, one way or another, he serves the fire nation right? Just...well, maybe not as the Fire Lord intended.
(he shouldn't try to defend his position if he ever gets caught)
angelwingkitty
Jul. 6th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
Glad to know that you got back safe and sound! Love where this comic is going and I love your mix of still shots and action scenes. ^_^ Can't wait to see you again!
rufftoon
Jul. 6th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! Still having fun with these...strangely enough, though I'm not finished with part 2, I've already drawn the first page of part 3. I'm jumping ahead!
Will see you again soon, weeeee!
ambrmerlinus
Jul. 6th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Assassination attempt whut?
rufftoon
Jul. 7th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
It's Zhao- plenty people wants him dead :)
(like his old dad)
invaderk
Jul. 7th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
I recently found this, but I wasn't sure whether to comment or not because I kind of feel like I'm invading your personal space or something. I don't even know. xD

But I love Zhao, and I'm hooked on your comic. The sudden twist was very much unexpected. I can't wait to see what happens!
rufftoon
Jul. 7th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
No problem- if this was more personal space, I would put this journal for friends only. But Zhao madness must spread, mwahaha!
Glad to have you aboard.
booter_freak
Jul. 7th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
Foobs. Zhao is IMPERVIOUS to ninjas and assasinations.
rufftoon
Jul. 7th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
I'd have tried poison presonally. Better chances of success. You have to be subtle with him.
sylvacoer
Jul. 9th, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
ZOMGWTFBBQNINJAATTACK?!?!?! o-0

*starry eyes* azula's back? Oh... *squeeee~!* But argh, I don't want zhao to rejoin the dark side, not after he's made so much progress! (and I don't want him going the way of jet, either - to have an epiphany only to be offed for his trouble)
rufftoon
Jul. 9th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
And a very poor assasin attack it was.
Azula is very much a shadow in the fire nation, but she's around...waiting...
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