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Still home.

Almost as a repeat of last year, I am still in Montreal due to bureaucratic paperwork- though this time, instead of being pushed back from the border, I stayed home waiting for the proper documents to arrive. I had to rebook the flight though...ouch!
Ah well. A few more days to relax (think silver lining, think silver lining)
The room has never been so...in order. I can see so much of the floor!! All the books are on the shelves.

Finished part 3 of the DVD comics- 6 more pages to go!

And, as promised...the end of part 3 of Water Tribe.











Haha, I think I went a bit too overdramatic here and there. Bleargh. Ah well...
I needed Zhao to get his firebending back, just so he has a better fighting chance next time. He will need it.

And now, a little silent epilogue that wouldn't leave my head. I don't know if I should keep it or not, but am still posting it.






So there you go. Hope you've enjoyed the reading so far. Thank you for taking the time to read through this whole Zhaomadness.
You can consider this the end, for the moment, as my next step is to return to part one and rework it. I need to tweak a few things or two, based on suggestions made. The plan is to then post part 1 on DeviantArt, in the NoSelfControl gallery (that's Zhao's club). We'll see if I actually make it.
As for part 4...we'll see.
I'll need a break.
Have a good weekend everyone- the whole Water Tribe is leaving on vacation.

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tammylee
Nov. 3rd, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
That was wonderful!
My two favourite facial experessions were the 'drowning rat' in the first panel and the 'ha ha hate you' face. XD

One of the best AU Avatar stories I've read.
*applause*
rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
Haha, that would be a "freezing drowning rat" face XD
Thank you very much.
alex_servantes
Nov. 3rd, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
It was a beautiful epilogue.
*_*
rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Many thanks. I tried to keep it as simple as posible.
aimo
Nov. 3rd, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
A happy ending of sorts, which in turn makes me happy as well :) The irony that all the time he tried to find himself in his native lands, he only successfully achieved his quest in the adopted place he tried to run away from in the first place.

I like the epilogue btw, I see that there's uncertainty and reservation in his posture. But at least for now, he's found a bit of peace.
rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Zhao got a small break, for once. I can't say he is totally happy with the ending, but you are right. He has found a bit of peace. Let him enjoy it while he can.
invaderk
Nov. 3rd, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
Goodness, I'm so sad to see the end of it! You really blew me away with this comic, from start to finish; the world needs more Zhao love, and you're there to supply it!

At any rate, once you tweak things to satisfaction, it would be awesome if people could somehow get copies of this masterpiece, although I think there might be some legal problems involved. Ah well.

A nice way to wrap things up. It's been a pleasure to follow this series from start to finish!
rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Ah, but only the end for now. Zhao torture will continue...erhm. I meant Zhao love. Tough love. At some point.
If I do make paper copies, they will be limited quantities and free. I couldn't possibly sell them. But hey! You'll still gets it for free on the web.

Many thanks for tagging along so far.
fani
Nov. 3rd, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
Madam, I'm not sure why you're not charging for us to read this wonderful tale.

Merci beaucoup.
rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
I should make you pay to be tortured by my Zhao madness? Naaaaa.
Non non, c'est à moi de dire merci beaucoup.
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rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Paperwork trouble can't be helped. Still, better be ready in advance. I won't be afraid to face customs, haha!
Thank you very much for your kind words, and for being here from the start of this whole thing.
As for the epilogue, definitely bittersweet as Zhao finds himself back where he started.
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rohantm
Nov. 3rd, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
"Ha ha ha. I hate you." Such priceless expressions. ^_^

Wonderful story. Well done! One criticism on this part though--

The return of Zhao's firebending seems a little pat. It's a huge thing for Zhao, but it was only a footnote in the story. If you found a way to work the firebending recovery into the end fight, you could turn an already great climax into a HOLY CRAP THAT WAS AWESOME climax by topping even the destruction of the fire nation ships. Maybe even an appearance by the Ocean Spirit!

But even without that, this was an excellent, entertaining, and engaging read. Thank you very much for sharing it with us! Now I need to go back and read the whole thing from the beginning. ^^U
rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...good inputs.
I wanted Zhao to get through all of this without his firebending (until the very end, at least). Maybe I've downplayed it too much. Same for the appearances of spirits; they are there, all around, but are more of a mysterious presence.
Good food for thoughts, very very appreciated!
Thank you very much for taking the time o read the whole thing. Re-reading it? Oh boy, good luck! Or at least, wait until I re-work some bits.
(part 2 especially would need a lot of loving attention...ouch!)
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rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
I guess he earned it back, somewhat. Ah, let's be nice to him for once. :)
He's still going to have to relearn to use it properly again.
Thank you!
silverandgold06
Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
*APPLAUSE*

These have been absolutely wonderful! I have enjoyed them very much.
rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks ever so much. Very glad you have enjoyed.
gowa_chan
Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
You are amazing :O
rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Naaaaa, just crazy to have done over 160 odd pages of this stuff so far.
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snapes_angel
Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
Keep the epilogue. It fits, and does a lot to tell the reader that there's no turning back for Zhaoka now.
snapes_angel
Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
And yes, paperwork. Death Will Not Release You From It! ^_^
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darthneko
Nov. 3rd, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
You're crazy, no doubt about that, but also amazing and awesome. This is wonderful! Thank you so much for doing it and sharing it with us all.
rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yay! Someone aknowledges my crazyness! So it's not just me (does that mean I'm less crazy for thinking I'm crazy if other people think I'm crazy?)
Thank you very much- t'was very much fun to do and a great exercise.
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rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you ever so much for your kind words *blushes*

I don't think Zhao would do well in a spirit journey- he's not the spiritual type. Maybe the spirits know it too, and find it more fun to mess around with his physical life instead ;)
Oh, I'm not done beating him over the head- too much fun to do, and he's a great target for that.
iamsupernova
Nov. 3rd, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
It sucks that you seem to be stuck here, but Montreal ftw!

Yeah, I've been trying to find the beginning of the Water Tribe in your LJ but I can't seem to find it anywhere.
rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, one more weekend to find my favorite foods and browse my favorite bookstores.

As for the beginning of this whole water tribe thing, you'd need to go waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy back in my journals for that.

Or, go there for the gallery of part 1:
http://pics.livejournal.com/rufftoon/gallery/0002fk50

and continue here for the gallery of part 2:
http://pics.livejournal.com/rufftoon/gallery/0002xh1f
mercurysblood
Nov. 3rd, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
It has been an awesome read. Thank you!
rufftoon
Nov. 3rd, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you, glad you have enjoyed (fun icon btw :D)
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