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I've got the CD Bowie Mania on heavy rotation; an album of tributes to Bowie songs. What makes this one very fun, is that most artists on the CDs are french, so some of the songs have the lyrics with a french sounding accent. "Fashion" becomes "Fasheun", heehee.
A very good album, with some songs taken in nice, unexpected directions. "This Is Not America" has this lounge, south american mood to it. "Ashes to Ashes" is performed by a string quartet. Quite nice! *heart*

Apart from that, the usual: finishing work on more comic stuff. Will take some time to go to the Fantasia festival, to see "The Banquet", a Hong Kong period film of court intrigue. Looks visually stunning. Will be missing "Death Note", as the parents will be visiting next week. Dang!

I may...MAY try to have the Water Tribe AU stuff made into little photocopy mini comics for SDCC, to give away and trade. I need to go and fix stuff first, rewrite some dialogues, etc. Maybe add a few extra sketches and what nots.
But hey! Tonight, I've finished part two. Woot!!

Zhao's off to the sea again. Dang, I'm going to be drawing boats and stuff. Gah!


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Jul. 7th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
Ooh, back on the ocean. Looks like a good setup to bring the story full circle back to the ocean spirit! And I know where Azula is, she's in her room kissing her hand now that Zhao is back in town XD

I think you mentioned before that pt 3 is going to be action packed, can't wait for that!

(man why are you always up at 2 in the morning? go to bed!)
Jul. 7th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I am totally seeing Azula do that (thanks to yours and Isaia's sketches)

I guess it will be more action packed than before, but first I got to set up getting there, which will be pretty slow. I sense another montage coming up.

Up at 2 am- hey, I got to work on that more official comic too, and it ain't getting done during regular work hours. So less sleep for me.
(no subject) - amiraelizabeth - Jul. 7th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jul. 7th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
Oh, but they're such PRETTY boats...
Jul. 7th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
Boats, cars, any numbers of vehicles, are all a b*tch to draw. Ah well, challenge is good yes?
Jul. 7th, 2007 07:08 am (UTC)
any tips on how to draw fire nation boats. i tried for 2 hours and closed PS in frustration XDD

say his destiny's in the ocean eh? somehow my mind is drifting to the Titanic... Zhao all up on the deck shouting im king of the world.

would that be treason?? XDDDD
Jul. 7th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
I got no tips- I'm making it up as I go along!
Haha, Zhao going all Titanic- the ultimate showdown: Zhao VS Iceberg...he better learn firebending again fast!
(shouting king of the world ain't treason. Delusional yes, but not treason)
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(no subject) - rufftoon - Jul. 8th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 7th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC)
wah! Zhao's reaction to the assassination attempt, so adorable.

You misspelled strength on the second page. ^^;
His return to the sea, his purpose is finally put to the test! The boats have been a major challenge to you? It looks so easy...heck I can't even draw a decent car!

The mini photocopy of the Zhao AU comics, great idea. As I know there will be a lot of Zhao fans there in the SDCC. Wish I could go...too far away. ;_;
Jul. 7th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
First time his anger is being called adorable. Heehee!
(He's so cute when he's angry!)
Thanks for the typo note, going to fix it on the original.
I wonder how many fans Zhao really has...hmmm...
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Jul. 7th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Iroh is like a dad...even to ZHAO. Although the term "dad" could be used loosely...
Jul. 7th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
Dad, or general that has to take care of his troops...and indirectly helping his nephew by keeping Zhao out of his hair.
Aw heck, that's just old Iroh during his retirement. He's helping people :D
Jul. 7th, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)
Hooray! You made it to the end of part two!

There's the Death Note movie in America?
Jul. 7th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Two down, one to go...and there will be loose ends. D'oh!
Death Note only appears during the Fantasia festival, so no wide release I'm afraid. Ah well, I think we got the DVD out at one of the stores. WIll have to look into it.
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Jul. 7th, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)
Iroh just played Zhao like a harp from hell.
Jul. 7th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
Haha, nice imagery. And if Iroh can pull at just the right strings, he'll move Zhao any which way he wants.
Jul. 7th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC)
Clever, clever Iroh. And I can just hear his voice lifting as he invites Zhao to visit his tea shop! And yes, Zhao is probably going to be loyal to Iroh over any bunch of old schemers (not that Iroh's not, mind you... But he's a much more benevolent old schemer), at the least, now.

(A note, the American would be: "I'm afraid there is not enough evidence." -- evidence as a noun is like sheep. One sheep, two sheep... One bit of evidence, two bits of evidence. Evidence, as a verb, can gain an "s" -- he evidences strong emotion when in this situation, she evidenced interest. It can also be an adjective, wheeeee; their evidenced friendliness. This has been, er, a cheerful happy opportunity for me to babble about funky words.)

Your art so entirely rocks.
Jul. 7th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
Iroh, the benevolent schemer- benevolent to a few, but others probably get frustrated.

Corrections done on the original. Ah, these are the little grammatical rules I'm not too familiar with. Thanks for letting me know, very appreaciated.
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Jul. 7th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I love where this is going..and Zhao not joining the Azula supporters was unexpected as well (then again he lost his memory..)..I like how he reported it directly to Iroh..he seems less sinister..brilliant job! (San Diego Comic Con..*le sigh*)
Jul. 7th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
If Zhao knew of all the sheming going on, he'd probably go towards the Azula side. Right now, he's pissed at them (right or wrong).
Iroh is the only ally he acknowledges there, and he intends to keep it as long as it is useful.
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Jul. 7th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Ouf, glad it all cleared up in the end. I'm never quite sure if what I'm doing makes any sense :)

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Jul. 7th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
*sings the theme song to 'Littlest Hobo' for Zhao"
Awesome stuff and I'm glad Iroh still has his tea shop. ^_^
Jul. 7th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
Heehee, haven't thought of that theme in years. Now you mention it, and it starts blasting in my head (in french too). Time to put that Bowie Mania cd back on.

The momentIroh thought Zuko was solid up there on that throne, he seized the chance to go back to his tea shop. Can't blame him
Jul. 7th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Comics. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Jul. 8th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
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Jul. 7th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Death Note is not a good film, but it's the "funny" kind of "bad", you know, you laugh at all the screw ups.
Jul. 8th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
Heehee, I think it's going to be a rental :D Actually even more curious to see it now.
Jul. 7th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
Dear Rufftoon,

We continue to luff you forever. And the way you draw ships plus Zhao expressions are rockage. We say that because for now we are too happy and fangirling over your comic pages to find any intelligent critique to offer, sorry. @w@


Isaia and her fangirliness

P.S. Isaia just remembered about you asking if you could use "her" (which is not really hers but actually Booter-freak's,..which in turn was "borrowed" from a Naruto concept I think) version of YOUNG IROH. Please feel free to draw any such versions of very young Iroh whenever you want. If and when you do, it would cause cardiac arrest particularly in Isaia.
Jul. 8th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Dearest Isaia,

it makes us very happy you still enjoy our moments of doodled Zhao insanity. We bow humbly to your kind words.
And many thanks for the permission of playing around with the young Iroh design...though one would not want to cause cardiac arrest either. Eeeep!
Jul. 7th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
Yay! Reading these made me squee with joy. Love the expressions, especially on the first page--even Zhao's little ponytail thing is bristling with anger. Hehe.

And hurrah for Ba Sing Se! If you go there for Part 3, it would be awesome to see a Jin cameo. She doesn't get enough love in my opinion ;-).

Also, since you mention you might print this out for SDCC, here are some edits:

1st Page - Iroh says "I'm afraid there are not enough evidences" sounds a little strange to me. It should probably read: "I'm afraid there is not enough evidence."

Also, on the last panel, there should be a hyphen between "would" and "be".

2nd page - last panel on the letter to the Fire Lord. That should be "strength".

3rd page - Middle panel: Should be "besides". Last panel: No comma needed after 'somewhere'.
Jul. 8th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Many thanks!
Hehe, when Zhao is angry, he's angry all over, right down to the tip of his hair.
Oooh, many thanks for the edit notes: I will make the necessary changes (hurray for write proofing!)
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