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It's all psychological.

How come I can doodle a rough WT AU page in minutes, and spend 3 hours on one stupid panels that's smaller than the whole rough page?
Just cause I'm trying to make the official comic look good. Unfortunately, it often comes out more stiff. I end up redrawing the dang panel 2-3 times.

That, or I haven't had a good drawing week. I'll make it work, I'll make it work!! I have to. Grrrr.

I warned that it was going to slow down a bit, story wise. Ok, in posting pages too it will slow down, especially when I'll hit the inking stage of work related comics.
Still, I'm going to have a slightly lighter tone for a few pages before heading to a final confrontation. Everyone needs a break. Even Zhao.
*kicks him and runs*


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Sep. 4th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
Awww. Brilliant stuff. And I am gigging far too hard at pages 2 and 4.
Sep. 4th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
er, giggling!
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Sep. 4th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
I see she's still got her would-be swain...

Hee! I see that Zhao's latent firebending saved him a little?

That "bit" smirk... Heh!

Kwon's a matchmaker, it seems. Or a troublemaker. Or both.
Sep. 4th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
That soldier will stay glued to her as long as he can. Can't fault him for trying.
Perhaps Zhao's firebending saved him a bit. Perhaps...
Kwon is a lot of thing. Including matchmaker-troublemaker. He is capable of teasing his captain a bit and getting away with his life. That's talent.
Sep. 4th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm liking this Kwon fellow! I can't remember if he was actually in the show....?
Sep. 4th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
Nope, he wasn't in the show. He was born on paper, and keeps evolving (I swear, I don't control these guys). I'll keep him for as long as I can, but will have to part ways at some point. *sigh*
Sep. 4th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
Redrawing is tough. But dang, even if you feel like it's an off day, this is still hot stuff.

I love reading your little notes - it's great that you actually said those snuffly-nose lines aloud, haha! "Snirfl" is my new favorite sound.
All your original characters have really shown a lot of personality, and Kwon in particular is turning out to be quite a guy. (And maybe it's his manner or his mustache, but he kinda makes me think of certain types one might see on old British comedies.)
Zhao's 4th panel face on that last page made me bust up. :D

Good luck with your work!
Sep. 5th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
I can be my own worse critique. Especially when I wake up in the morning and see a page drawn the previous night. Uck.
Gotta put "l"s in sniffing sounds. It adds that little liquid quality to the sound.
As for Kwon, the first moment he appeared on paper, I knew somehow I would never ever draw his mouth. Just his mustache.
Thanks for the good luck wish. I will make it work.
Sep. 4th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Hah, Fire Nation soldiers with colds. X)
Sep. 5th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
They are rather prone to it.
Especially the ones who don't firebend.
Sep. 5th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Her smile in the third last panel made me laugh out loud. XD

*sends you good working vibes*
Sep. 5th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
She's got good teeth, and is proud of that bite :D
Thanks for the vibes. Will need them.
Sep. 5th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
hah! These four pages have a lot more Zhao swearing than usual XD
I love Zhao's frazzled expression on the fourth page too. Awesome facial expression, that one. <3
Sep. 5th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
He's tired, he's back in the cold, he hates the whole situation...oh yeah, he's swearing a lot.
Thank you :D Doing another expression on Zhao that is not frowning or being angry is always fun.
Sep. 5th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
I'm sure the official comic will turn out amazing, just like all the other comics! I think we're our own worst critic. But I can see where you're coming from. It's a labor of love! Don't get me wrong, I'm betting the final piece will be even more awesome because of it.

PS I'm having fun trying to pronounce Zhao's sneeze :D
Sep. 5th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
I'm trying my best, but I'll never be satisfied. All I know is at some point I have to let go and move forward.
It is a very hard sound to reproduce, that sneeze. I don't think I could. It was just fun to write like that.
Sep. 5th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm really starting to love Officer Kwon! XD I know some may have already said this but I simply love her ltitle grin about biting him! Hehehe such a great comic you've got going here, I really want to color some of these panels.

And yay for little breaks, it's a good rest point in the plot.
Sep. 5th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
I said it before, I don't control these characters. Kwon comes around, drags me around the story and leaves before I can assess the damages. He's been fun though. He's Zhao's brains, or else we'd lost Zhao a long time ago.
I want to re-draw Zhao in one of the panels. Grrr. I'll see, I might fix the page later on.
Yeah, next, it's time to tie up some loose ends.
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Sep. 5th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
This rocks. :)
Sep. 5th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
Oops, that was me. Still new to LiveJournal!! Waaahh!
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Sep. 5th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
Ahaha, last panel on pg 105 XD Aside from liking all of it, as usual, I like how Zhao's bun is a little frazzled on the 5th panel of the last page :3 Great details that make this comic so fun to read...

ooh final confrontation, sounds exciting!!
Sep. 5th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Frazzled bun- caused by gag reflex at the thoughts that he should use calm, affectionate words.
Ack! Aaaack!!
He'll choke first.
I don't know if I'll manage to make the final confrontation exciting. Eeep! Stress!
Sep. 5th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
I've actually been following this for quite some time, but I've never yet commented. After seeing these pages (particularly p2 and p4), I think my drawn out giggles have prompted me to say something.

I love the picture cursing in the last panel of p2. It sort of evolves from the basic stuff to more complex--a sword and Water Tribe club? XD

Zhao's expression in the 4th panel of p4 is also... I don't know. It's just a thunderous expression of shock and I love it. (Not to mention the return of the cursing sword in the last panel.)

And I love Kwon. He's pretty awesome. ^^
Sep. 5th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, glad to know you've enjoyed my little Zhao madness so far- hope you'll stick around for the ride (unless I start doing total stupidity, in which case bail out! Bail oooouuuut!)

The beauty of swearing in comic book form, is that he is probably using terrible language but I can get away with it :D I don't know what the little sword stands for idea wise, but it's quite possibly something awful.

Kwon humbly thanks you for your kind words.
Sep. 5th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
Hahahahah I almost lost myself to Zhao when he mentioned "I prefer snow." quote. He still pretty much hates the cold, Fire Nation soldiers and their smoldering noses. XD Hahahaha...I'm proud with what the girl did to Zhao, he did kind of deserve it. Heehee...

Spartan Zhao!!!
Sep. 5th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
If Zhao has to choose the lesser of two evils, snow it will be.
Poor fire nation soldiers, getting their extremities frozen off. I feel their pain.
And Zhao most certainly did deserve that bite.
I keep getting this weird Spartan Zhao vibe...wonder where that comes from.
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Sep. 5th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
LOL, the exotic pet is baring its teeth again. :D

Officer(I'm not too sure of his title) Kwon is so funny!
I like how you used the water tribe weapons and other stuff as censors. XD
Sep. 5th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
She's ready to bite again, if need be. And knowing how Zhao can be such an %&%&#, she just might have to.
Using objects as censors was always big in comics I grew up with. It just travelled over to this comic too.
Sep. 5th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
Oh I love your humour! The words, circumstances and the art just bring it all out and makes people laugh!
Also, the problem with really drawing, say for an assignment or commission or just something for other people is really trying because the more one tries, it actually comes out more forced and unsatisfactory...so buck up, and have fun with work, I guess..(kicking Zhao? How could you? After all your effort of making the fandom warm up to him..well, still chilly but we don't regard him with that much hatred anymore..) (hurhur..)
Sep. 5th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
I am having fun with the work, it just refuses to get drawn properly. I need to loosen up more (one reason I draw the AU too: it is good for loosening up).
I kick Zhao because he is a whiny bitch to work with.
"I don't do this, I'll never say that, where's my agent, make me look good"...he just never stops with the demands. He is a selfish bastard ;)
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