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Wrapping things up.

Wanted to finish the Water Tribe reworks for part 1- I need the time to focus on other things.

I just need to format the pages to fit for the final print version. People who generously have offered to do a bit of art for the mini comic gallery, I will put a deadline for MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 2008. A bit over a month. I will enforce that dealine, and am afraid I will not be able to accept any material past that date because on Tuesday, I'm adding the final files, preparing the InDesign\PDF file, burning the CD and sending it off.

I will wait a tiny bit before putting these pages on DA- just because I want the latest entries on the NoSelfControl club to have a bit more front page presence. I mean...I have the bad tendency to just push and shove away all the new art. Mea Culpa.

A little something for buttfacemakani, who has done some wonderful NarcissaXZhao stuff recently.
Only problem is my brain shut down after drawing this Cintiq sketch so I have no idea what Lucius is saying...

Lucius Narcissa Zhao


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Jan. 15th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)

I'm sorry to ask this, but are you made of such awesomeness that whatever you create has a glow of awesomosity?

It seems so.

Jan. 15th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
I wish the mess in my room that I create had that glow- then when my mom comes to visit she wouldn't have the urge to throw everything away. ;)
(thank you for your kind words!)
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
That's SO SAD! I mean, it's beautiful, and he's so clever, using the molebear skin as a shield, and... he only stopped when his friend (thought-was-friend, anyway) threatened him. Not when Pakku, scary waterbender, did. And I don't think it was just that Zhao was in a "too-bad" tactical position. Not from that final expression of defeat. AWWWWWWWWWWW.


And beautiful art. The expressions... Eeee. And "forgot I was dealing with a human being." Awww. Yes, Arnook, you did. You forgot that humans sometimes feel betrayed and angry and perhaps a quiet "hey, we need to talk" ahead of time would have been less... dramatic.


(Is Lucius saying, "That expression better be for me"? O:D )
Jan. 15th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
In a way, Arnook was testing Zhao...and you could say Zhao failed.
Glad the first part seems to work better now.
He he, good dial. for Lucius.
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Jan. 15th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
This is pure EPIC XD

All the crazy fighting definitely adds a sense of sad finality to Zhao's departure (at least for now...) I never gave Pakku as much thought during his appearance on the show, but I must say that you've caused me to reassess his sheer coolness.

I love how you're always taking secondary characters and emphasizing their awesomeness :D
Jan. 15th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Adding a bit more to secondary character is easy, since they were given a limited amount of screen time originally.
And most of the fandom doesn't focus much on them either, so it's easier to mess around with them too!:D
Jan. 15th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
The rework of the pages really gives us a good sense of the betrayal Zhao feels and very clearly gives us his motivation for going to the Fire Nation. It was okay before, because he was motivated just to find out who he was but now it is even better because it REALLY shows that he doesn't feel welcome (and probably isn't) in the water tribe.

Lucious: I've got dibs.

Jan. 15th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Zhao's presence in the Water Tribe was always akward- you could say it exploded there in public. There were a few people who didn't mind him too much...

Lucius always had first dibs!
Jan. 15th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)

I think you really made Zhao's departure have more impact, its got a definite sense of finality. Also, clever!Zhao with Pakku's water-bending is always great to see. I must mention that your lovely story is keeping me in Avatar-ness during this drought for the last half of the season. :)
Jan. 15th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Zhao= stupid pride. He can't escape it.
Thank you- this version, being slowed down from the previous one in terms of pages added, seem to work better.
Ha ha, I think I keep myself in avatar-ness by doing these pages.
Jan. 15th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
I would love it if there was a site I should show people with this whole set of comics. I have a lot of avatar fans for friends, and I wanna pimp this comic. T_T Any plans to get these put up via web comic style or published?
Jan. 15th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Official publishing is , unfortunately, not happening. It would have been fun, but quite understandably the company would rather focus on the main cast should they do a book.
But, for easy online viewing, best place to go to is here:


Starting with page one, here:

After that, it's just clicking through next and previous links.
Jan. 15th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Jan. 15th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, let's give some credits to ol' Pakku- he was kicking Zhao's butt for a while there.
Jan. 15th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Go Pakku! But yes, you also bring across the tragedy of it. Sniff.

And I love that final sketch with Lucius, Narcissa, and Zhao.

Jan. 15th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much- glad the new rework version works well enough.
(I wonder if Narcissa is thinking of Zhao's "Huge Fleet"...)
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Jan. 15th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
NarcissaxZhao. *snicker*

Jan. 15th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
NarcissaXZhao is all the brainchild of Makani- kudos to her. I certainly love the possibilities, especially with Lucius still around.
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Jan. 15th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
you must get tired of hearing me tell you that you're simply unbelievable...

what an amazing "book" ... i would love to see this in print!!! anywhere!
Jan. 15th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you! *blushes*
I'll definitely contact you about it when the mini comic is done!
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Jan. 15th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad the additional pages worked with the old ones. I wanted to keep the tackle one.
He he, Zhao was influenced by the Water Tribe. I'll try and play with that a bit in the revised version of part 2.
Jan. 15th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)

That is my FAVORITE change, so far! It's so epic, and so...so.. ZHAO-LIKE!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All these new pages are amazing!!!

Rufftoon! You always amaze me!
Jan. 15th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
ALSO, can I have an icon from page 45? I'll credit you, of course! Zhao, all soaking wet and screaming, needs to be expressed an iconlove. <3<3
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Jan. 15th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
I'm loving this. And I especially love how you brought it back around to him getting tackled! Amazing concept and greater impact to Zhao's feelings and his departure! Great job as always ^^

And I love the little Lucius x Narcissa x Zhao pic. Hrm... my first thought when I saw the empty bubble space was: "Canon beats fandom, now scram!"
Jan. 15th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you very very much- I didn't want to lose the tackle page. It was too much fun first time around.
Haha, Canon those beat fandom, but fandom is having too much fun.
We'll have to do lunch again soon.

Edited at 2008-01-15 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Jan. 15th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
HOLY CRAP This is the best round of edits for sure. You made the end so much more climactic with that fight scene *dies* I also love Arnook's last comment at the end, very apt in terms of linking all these chapters thematically. And I the WHOMP scene still stands the (hot) test of time (/hotness) :B

Haha, the first thing that came to mind with that blank balloon is "Don't tell her about last night!" How very BooterFreak of me...
Jan. 15th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Oh and may I take a second to tell you how INSANELY EXCITED i am that this is finally getting printed out!! This is the best thing to happen all year. I know its only been... 15 days, but still.
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Jan. 15th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
The action here is incredible, so well-paced and super dynamic. I especially like the page with Arnook's inner dialogue; the contrast of stillness and motion works really well. And the tackle scene, with the figures breaking the panels - wow! Great stuff, and the final page is the perfect way to end and set up at the same time.

Very cool that this will be printed! Though part of me feels kinda guilty that we all spaz out about this while your original stories get somewhat neglected.

That last sketch kills me, haha.
Jan. 15th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much- the action sequences always seem and feel too short. Wanted to add a bit more of Arnook's thoughts, as it feels important to try and understand why he spared Zhao in the first place.
Ha ha, the original story is not forgotten, just on hold while I work out bugs. Horus#2 needs a few tweaks, and the third one has a character that refuses to collaborate. I'll see where he'll lead me...
Once I've purged Water Tribe out of the system, all should go well- and I've learned a lot so nothing lost!
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