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Weather is kind of iffy here- not as bad as in North California, and not as rainy as some other places, but when it pours, it pours! Was hoping to go to work this afternoon, but I think I'll draw here instead, scan in the drawings and just bring those at work tomorrow.

Let's see how much actual work I can do beside the usual Water Tribe Madness.



Tried to prettify the panels, changed some dialogues and I may have stumbled here and there with that. Keep a sharp eye out people! Suggestions always welcome.









I am being oh-so tempted to go to the New York convention in April. Flight Explorer will just have been out (I have another egyptian cat story in it), and Random House is supposed to have a table.
Remember how I've been toying with the idea of doing a mini comic out of Water Tribe? Well, that convention would be perfect to bring that along as a goodie to give people (can't sell 'em, it's not my universe). Looks like this version of the first part will click in at about 51-52 pages. If I want to bring it to a nice round 64 pages, I'm going to need more material.
That's where I was thinking of doing a small gallery section, with guest art. I'd have about ten spots to fill, maybe a bit more if I put two illustration per pages. Could be anything Water Tribe related: Zhao, other characters, environments, beasties, even the main Avatar cast. I mean, they must be out there doing stuff while Zhao is having fun being miserable, right?
The deadline would be the end of February. The final page size is 5,5"X8,5". All art must be scanned in at a minimum of 300 DPI. I'll resize it as need be to fit in the page. Also, no colors, just B&W and grey tones. I'm not THAT rich to copy the thing in colors!
The only way I can thank people for that is to give 10 free copies, maybe more. I'll see how it goes. You'll be credited, of course!
Some of you (thank you oh generously nice people) have already given me some very nice Water Tribe sketchies. If you'd like to submit these, they'd be welcome.
I'll also have to ask help around for the final layout in PDF or InDesign, since I usually gave that job to others. Boooh me! I didn't really have those programs so I never learned.

Just pimping other people's work:

The very talented Kean Soo and Kazu Kibuishi will be in Toronto February 5th, at the Toronto Public Library, to talk about their books: Jellaby (Kean Soo) and Amulet (Kazu Kibuishi).
http://ramp.torontopubliclibrary.ca/secondary/stufftodo/one-content.jsp
Jellaby will be out that day, and Amulet is already available in bookstores. Go hunt it down! It is an awesome story with even more mindblowing art.

Oh!
And Avatar episode 313 played in Canada- the first episode I worked on. I'll wait until it has aired in the states before posting anything about it.

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nenimo
Jan. 7th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Those panels are amazing!
If you need any help with indesign/making a PDF then I'll gladly help! I work with indesign every day. I'm going to go start drawing some water tribe related stuff right now!
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
Woo, that was fast!
Many thanks- it is fun to be able to rework the old pages, trying to polish them and all. They feel a bit more finished that way.
And many thanks for your interest in making a sketch! That is very appreciated. I'll definitely keep your help offer in mind when it comes time to put everything together.
piratecore
Jan. 7th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
oh man that sounds great! I am excited to see Water Tribe all packaged together. And I am going to get working on something to submit right away!
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Well, first part packaged anyway, I don't think I'm ready to tackle all the different parts together. Eep!
Many thanks also for wanting to contribute! Very appreciated.
tammylee
Jan. 7th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Oh! I'd love to do some water tribe fanart!
The page with the ocean spirit is so epic looking.
You've already got an offer for InDesign help but if you need more I'd be happy to lend a hand.
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
All entries welcome! If you have the time, of course. No pressure.
Decided to change the layout of the page with the Ocean Spirit, to give it more space. And I will remember all InDesign help offer. Many thanks!
king
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
That page with the ocean spirit is really amazing. I love how you were able to do the glow effect and sort of meld the second panel with the bottom panel effectively. As always, your drawings are spectacular, and I think your speech bubbles are effectively placed so as to lead the reader to them while they also look at the images... if that makes sense. It flows really, really well. I love how pages 40 and 41 don't even have boxes for panels, and yet it works so well.

I don't think you'll have any trouble getting fanart for the book. ;) I'll def be working on something. Also, I can't wait to see what you have to say about 313!! 8D
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
Thank you. It was not easy to try and blend the Ocean Spirit page effectively. It was useful to use the word bubble to make a break here and there. Glad to know the flow is working.
Hmm, I better start getting my 313 stuff together if I want to post anything.
archangelbeth
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Ooooo, oooo, oooo!

p. 38 -- love the expressions! Love how Nauja is looking sort of sympathetic. (Still think her husband looks jealous.) Love how her father's ... kinda glum.

And poor Zhao[ka]! The O_O look!

p. 39 -- *squees incoherently*

p. 40 -- I'd suggest "wrecks and debris from" instead of "of," m'self. >_>
I do believe that the traditional "poke it with a stick" is going on?

p. 41 -- Eeee, he looks so happy in the flashbacks!

p. 42 -- oh, wounded pride, hurt feelings. Poor Zhao. Lied to. Betrayed. If only they could have hinted that he did something REALLY bad. Oh, it hurts!

...*SQUEE*

Ooo, Avatar episode 313! ...er, which one is that? *blush* The next one to come? I am gibbering here!
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
P.38- Nauja does feel some sympathy- not everyone wishes bad things to Zhao (though Nauja's husband probably does)
P.40- Your suggestion does sound better. Will be fixed. And yes, poke with a stick is a traditional way of checking (or annoying) people you're not certain of.
P.41- He had some happy moments at least. I'll give him some.
P.42- Not easy to deal with a man that was confused for so long, and with spirits involved there are taboos.

episode 313 is called "The Firebending Masters". It hasn't played yet in the US. Heck, "Western Air Temple" still has to air too. The US is two episodes behind Canada right now.
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pooryorick
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
There's no chance you could sell Water Tribe? I mean, people sell doujinshi, which is basically what this is... I know I bought a Harry Potter fancomic from yaytime at APE. Anyway, I know I'd love to get one some day. (And hopefully I'll be able to submit a fanart.)

Looking forward to seeing Flight Explorer and more of your original stuff!
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
I'm sort of in a weird position for fancomics at the moment. I prefer not to sell it, I stay slightly safer that way.
Believe me, I'll have extra copies lying around so I'll make sure to keep a copy for ya (hopefully if I can make it to APE this year...in November! Augh! So far away!).
Flight Explorer is supposed to be out at the end of March- should be a fun all ages book.
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ali_wildgoose
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
It'd be great to see you in New York! We could probably tempt foxysquid into coming, too!

Also: 313 was EXCELLENT. Is there a non-spoilery way to describe which bits you worked on? As it was gorgeous, overall, and I'm curious!
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
Oh great spirits...imagine you, me, foxysquid in the same room. It would be MADNESS! Watch out Sparta! I hope to make it, but it's still early. Work will decide.

Hmmm...how to give a ninja spoilers for 313. One word for now: statues.
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alexds1
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
One of my favorite pages, the 'poke it with a stick' page XD Very nice reworks!

Ooh, Water tribe comic *dies* I can't wait to see it all printed out, it will be so fabulous.

I'd send you higher res versions of the arts I made for you but I seem to have misplaced them somewhere...
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad the rework works. I keep thinking Horuk probably poked Zhao (rather solidly) on the head rather than the chest first.
You already have a copy with your name in it waiting for ya, cause I partly plame you for all the madness.
I do hope you manage to find the higher res versions! *crosses fingers*
the_fox_bandit
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
3.13 was your first one, eh?

Lest I spoil anything, I ah... I'm really curious if there is a story behind um... this: http://the-fox-bandit.livejournal.com/28218.html#cutid1

(Archaeology FTW!)

(Nobody click the link if they haven't seen 3.13 yet!)
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Oooh, interesting analysis there! I can't say anything for sure, since I'm not the one who designed the backgrounds or worked on that particular scene.
As for the ruins, they were a mix of influences: some Thai, some middle eastern sprinkled with a bit of mesoamerican.
And yesh, Archaeology is fun :D
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psylum_atla
Jan. 7th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Water Tribe Zhao is amusing me more than it should. Please keep it up!

Also, the name of the dragons in 3.13, I'm a little confused as to how they're pronounced. Can you clear that up?(I'm currently convinced that the one who's name starts with "R" is called Ra, as in the Egyptian sun god.)
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
Heh, I think Water Tribe Zhao amuses me a bit too much too. Dang it, I can't stop!

If I remember right, the dragons' names are "Ran and Shaw"...or Shao. Dang, I wish I had the script nearby to confirm. Take with a grain of salt until I can confirm.
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engelen
Jan. 7th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
DDDDDDDDDD:
I was in the US a couple of days ago and couldn't find more FLIGHT stuff ; ^;
I'm stuck on FLIGHT 2 SAD
(I like my comic anthologies XD)
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
I think the Flight books are easy to order via Amazon, or maybe even your local bookstores with the ISBN (check on Amazon for that). Let me know if you have trouble getting the books, I can try and help.
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rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
The last panel didn't really change- a slight polish perhaps, but that's it.
Zhao is all about hissy- fiery fit. Though here, he can't firebend yet.
I should have a few copies extra left when it's all done you know. Contact me again when it's ready and we'll arrange something.
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invaderk
Jan. 7th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
Oh dear, Zhao. I love how the story makes us, the reader, sort of appreciate what the Water Tribe has done, and then Zhao just sort of backtracks and claims that he's been deceived (which he sort of has, but I suppose that's beside the point!)

Oh dear, another NY panel? Well, if you're handing out Water Tribe pages...! Haha.
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Zhao has good reasons to be angry- but it's not always easy to tell the truth. Arnook knew it was going to be akward, but decided that the whole charade had lasted long enough.
The NY panel has not been 100% confirmed- and it may be one focusing more on the magazine than the show. More infos when I know more.
jkivela
Jan. 7th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
I will happily add InDesign help if the other offers fall though. Maybe even ry my hand at some fan art... we'll see. :)
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Offers of help always appreciated and filed for future reference :)
silverandgold06
Jan. 7th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'm not posting spoilers, but I just wanted to tell you that I loved 313. :D
rufftoon
Jan. 7th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoy, we had fun on that episode.
I wonder if the DVD will have some of the scenes that were cut.
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