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Clocks a tickin'

Deadline for official comic coming in real fast. Work coming along well. Still...
Will soon be moving again, and still so much stuff to do.

I do those Water Tribe pages to unstress me somewhat. So na!









Guh, this fight scene is harder to do. Ah well, leave it as is, come back to it later if I ever clean that part up. Let's just work towards getting part 3 done.

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triannamaxwell
Oct. 21st, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
Ack! I have no idea where this is going! Truly, a sign of an amazing artist and storyteller!
rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you! *blushes*
As to where it is going: it will either go Kablooie, or not.
Depending if all the explosives are found in time.
star_puppet
Oct. 21st, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
Either what I'm seeing is that he's gonna make it, or he's toast. My brain is rattling with suspense! >D
rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
Seeing as much fire could be involved, "toast" is the perfect word to use.
yatsirch
Oct. 21st, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
*does the incredibly giddy dance-of-new-Water-Tribe-pages*

Yowch, Zhao's really taking quite a beating, isn't he? I actually winced when he ran straight into that fist.

Then again from the looks of the last panel, he's giving as good as he gets. Gah. and then there's that whole bomb issue. This is most definitely NOT lacking in suspense O_O
rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Zhao's karma is catching up with him.
He's the kind "you hit me, I'll hit back harder". So definitely trying to return blow for blow.
rock_rhapsody
Oct. 21st, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
Hey, good luck with the deadline! Awesome fight scenes! Can really see the feel the physics of the whole thing (hope that makes sense)..Zhao's plans never seem to go right..
Just a question. I'm still kinda a newbie so just wanna know, when drawing these comics (official or just for fun), do you write/plan out the story first then make thumbnails of the comic panels or...? Because translating stories into readable comic panels are a little problematic sometimes..
Thank You!
rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
If it is an official comic, very often I'm given a script to work from (unless very very rare exceptions).
If it is short, I go straight to thumbnail. I it is long...like insanely long, I need to write down story notes with the main points: "characters will do this, then A happens leading to B". What you are seeing here ARE thumbnails of sort. Very detailed ones. I've also got the chicken scratches thumbnails, usually drawn in the subway and that helps settle quickly an idea. If a panel is a problem, I may try 3 or 4 different angle, see what works, or at least keep the best until I figure out something better.
queen_marshed
Oct. 21st, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
Go Zhao! Smash that bastard's face until it's pulp! GOOOOO!!!!!

What?
rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
He totally would listen to you, but there's another guy that need taken care of first.
Oh, and ship might blow up to.
gauffin
Oct. 21st, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
I didn't know "crush" was an action sound.

VELL U LERN SUMTHING EVRY DAY RGHT!?
gauffin
Oct. 21st, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
also very nice pages as usual.
(no subject) - rufftoon - Oct. 21st, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
sylvacoer
Oct. 21st, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
the bottom panel in page 151 makes be go:

*SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZOMFGDROOLSMEXY!*

:D

The other pages are awesome (fight scenes are so hard!) but that panel... yeah... *squee*
rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Hehe, he can block attacks in a smexy way ;)
archangelbeth
Oct. 21st, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
Eeeee! Squeeeeee! Ooooo!

Slight editing on p. 150: "Explosive" should be "Explosives." If you don't mean for Mr. Baldy to have slightly eccentric english (which, well, he could; maybe he's from the colonies or something!), I'd rephrase to "Tell me where the explosives are!"

His second word-bubble there is just a little weird, no help for it that I can see that wouldn't destroy the impact of "THERE ARE BOMBS ON SHIP! TELL OR GET FLAMED!" So I'd say keep it; it gets the point across, and if it's a little odd... He's upset! he just now managed to find Zhao! He wants information now!

And yes, that whole p. 151 rocks. He learned the more protective water-tribe stances, woo!!
rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
Mr.Baldy learned his english from me, which may explain all the eccentricities and then some...oh my! He's french canadian! Noooooooo!
(no subject) - archangelbeth - Oct. 22nd, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
silverandgold06
Oct. 21st, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
Updates!! *bounces*
rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Only a few more left!
(no subject) - silverandgold06 - Oct. 21st, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
intergal
Oct. 21st, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
I feel kind of bad, because I always look up your artwork here and on dA, but I never take the chance to comment very often. This stuff is AWESOME AU - the artwork is immense, and the story is an absolute joy. Please keep writing and drawing, because I love this story!!
rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for dropping by and reading these moments of Zhao madness. Very appreciated, glad you enjoy.
incandescens
Oct. 21st, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Totally, totally brilliant.

And it says something about how much you've made us all like Zhao that we're cheering him on, rather than snickering and saying "serve you right" as he gets a thumping from Firebenders. :)
rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
What does it say about me being gleefully happy that he gets a nice punch in the face and enjoys drawing it. Hmmm...
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rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Excellent, I'll be there :)
graymary
Oct. 21st, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
good luck with your deadline!!

i love how your art /moves/, and how balanced your panels are. :takes notes for future comic endeavors:

and purely, purely fangirl: you make zhao so hot. gah!
rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good luck wishes.
Haha, Zhao doesn't need my help to be hot ;)
sdskuld
Oct. 21st, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
Weird to see Zhao using tai chi since it seems completely against his personality. He -has- been corrupted!
rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
He doesn't know a lot- just a few basic things. He never had the patience to learn more, plus it's really waterbender stuff (which he doesn't do at all).

...

I bet it was a waterbender who thought it would be funny ironic to each him a thing or two ;)
rohantm
Oct. 21st, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
Woo, worse and worse for Zhao.

I can't help wondering why the two attackers aren't bending on the last two pages.

The action in the middle of the last page feels a bit awkward-- Zhao is falling in the middle frame but in the next frame he's grabbed prettyboy's cloak and has enough leverage to throw him.

I can only hope the 'crush' sound effect is that of a skull and not just steam pipes. =)
rufftoon
Oct. 21st, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
The attackers were a bit too close to each other- they could risk firebending in each other's faces (not good).
Yeah, not happy with the transition- I wanted Zhao to grab the cloak as he fell, and use that force to throw pretty boy around.
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