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Hellos, goodbyes...

First, hello to the few new people who started watching the blog. A word of warning to these fine folks, you will notice a certain...erm...focus on Avatar, The Last Airbender. do not worry, I am not completely insane.

Yesterday (Saturday, June 21st), we had closure on the Avatar project. One last get together with everyone, one last goodbye. One last party, one month before the finale gets broadcasted on Nickelodeon (Saturday, July 19th: the last four episodes as one big movie!). It was wonderful to see everyone, but very sad. I'm certain we will cross paths again (animation IS a small world), but will something like Avatar ever get done again in North America?

I guess I can still keep having fun with the Avatar world, manipulating Zhao's destiny.

All stuff you may have seen before. Not really many new pages coming up, one or two maybe three at most until we get to part four.


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Jun. 23rd, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Hopefully, I should see a bunch of them at San Diego comicon. A bunch of us seem to end up there anyway (since some of them do comics and illustrations on the side too, or come to promote the other shows they are working on).
Zhao, man of few words (except when he makes speeches glorifying himself), and just not a good listener.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
*hugs sad!Nauja*
Stop being a dick, Zhao. Grrr. >:(
... Still, it is kind of sweet, how he's kind of ashamed at all the help he's gotten from the Water Tribe.
... Maybe in the next few pages he'll apologize and everything will be sort of okay? Maybe? *raises eyebrows hopefully*

I've just discovered this comic, and I really, really love it. You've managed to make me appreciate a character I absolutely despised in the show. Even when he's a jerk, I can't help but love your version of Zhao. *hugs jerk!Zhao*

I'm sorry that Avatar's over and you must part from your co-workers. That's tough. Still, it sounds like you had a lot of fun.

* Oh, and one quick spelling fix- on the fourth page, it should be 'exotic petS,' with an 's' to make it plural. Just sayin'. :)
Jun. 23rd, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
Zhao, stopping to be a dick? It's like asking him to stop breathing!
And apologising is just not in his vocabulary.
The Avatar crew has parted ways a while back, but getting back together again for one last time as a crew was really...final.
Gah, I still keep making the "exotic pet" mistake. Thanks for pointing it out.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
I must say, you have teriffic and apt taste in music. :3

Many congratulations on the completion of Avatar! I hope that seeing the finished product in July will be at least half as fun as making it was.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
Yoko Kanno has done incredible work for the soundtracks of the serie.
I hope people get blasted off their seats when they see the finale! July 19 feels like half a century away: too long to wait! Augh!
Jun. 23rd, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
Goodbyes are always sad 8( And especially for Avatar! I just hope the movie will be a success and rekindle that flame for everyone ;3;

Love the pages as always C: Especially Nauja's 'pride' expression in the last one x3 Hehe. Aw, poor Nauja! Stop being such a jerk, Zhao >8|
Jun. 23rd, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
I hope the finale will make everyone sit on the edge of their seats.
Sure, some people won't like it (that's always the case for everything), but I oh so hope everyone has fun :)
Zhao cannot stop being a jerk. Or an idiot. It's ingrained in his psyche.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
Man I love how you draw Nauja's face. I can't wait for the finale!!!

Oh yeah, where do we email you at, now?
Jun. 23rd, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
She is fun to draw- very round face.
I've been talking to Phil, and it looks like we may have a little Avatar Finale viewing party over at Rodolphe's place. Woot!
Best place to email me is the old rufftoon adress, either at hotmail or yahoo.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
Oh man! It kind of just hit me that Avatar will ending. I think I may cry. No, I know I'm gonna cry. No plans to do some kind of sequel series? An Avatar Z, if you will?
Great work by the way. I love all of Zhao's interactions with Nauja, they make me laugh!
Jun. 23rd, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
First! Some squees! **squee!** Because, hey, Watertribe is always squee!

Second, obligatory editing included!

p. 153: "The ice keeps moving, maybe they will stay stuck." If that's a comma there and not my eyes playing tricks on me, then it's a comma-splice error, and needs to be a period or semi-colon. Or a dash. O:>

I love the poor guy with the cold.

Looooove Nauja's B) expression on the last panel of p. 154. HEE!

p. 156: missing plural on "one of Lao's 'exotic pet[s]'"

Love Nauja's expression again. Hee hee hee. Love Kwon's advice!! Though you could drop the "usually" in it, if you wanted. (And his getaway! So fast! So serene!)

p. 158 -- "didn't even had" should be "didn't even have"
(Let me pause and squee over the shading in this page. The second panel thwapped me in the nose and made me pay attention to it all. Squee!)

p. 159, oh flashbacks. *sniffle* (Would it unbalance the page too much to curl the bottom corner-line, where Zhaoka is stepping out in his new coat? Since it's part of the flashback part and not the present part?) And oh, Zhao... You just don't know how to accept help and not feel ashamed that you didn't do it yourself, eh?
(And that's an interesting thing, between Zhao and Zuko... Zuko was a lot like that, too, but... he had Iroh to always be there and help him, whether he was grateful or not, and I think Zuko will have/does have an easier time being... part of a group, and not just the lone wolf that he's so deliciously hotly good at.)

...Yes! You make me do compare and contrast on characters and... Man, I wish they'd do this as a little Zhaoka miniseries for, like, canon. Zhaoka, the movie!

*offers internet hugs for all the bittersweets in life*
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Gee, you'd think I would have corrected them the first time around, but nooooooo. Ah well, it is done and the revised versions are up on DA. I did also changed the bottom panel as suggested- it is part of the flashback.

Zuko at least doesn't have as big a pride and ambition as Zhao. He has some, no doubt, but he's a more balanced individual who at least manages to care for others.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Wonder what I will be able to get stuck with after Avatar...

At least there is going to be a Avatar meet up at the San Diego Comic Con.
I really look foward to that.
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
You never know! And that's the good thing about surprises.
It may take years until something good comes along, that will sweep your imagination off your feet (for me, after The Mysterious Cities Of Gold, that took years).

It would be nice if this year's Comicon isn't the last hurrah of Avatar. *sigh*
(no subject) - ladyprophet - Jun. 24th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 23rd, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
ahaha! Nuala's grin made me giggle.
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
It's a slightly uncomfortable grin, but one nonetheless.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Only one thing to say: FTW! :thumbsup:

"didn't even had the chance" should be "didn't even have the chance" (a href="http://pics.livejournal.com/rufftoon/pic/000ft0dc/">this page</a>).

"I see he hasn't changed much."

"one of Lao's exotic pets...ca;m affectionate words" --whole interchange, plus Zhao's reaction, ftw!
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks- correction was made for the DA pages.
It is fun making these two interact- if anything, it brings a bit of humanity to Zhao.
(no subject) - snapes_angel - Jun. 24th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 23rd, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
As hard as it is to say good-bye to all those people you worked with, it was quite an awesome thing that you got to be a part of and that's something to be proud of!

*is all a twitter about getting to see the last remaining episodes*
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
It was the whole combination of awesome people and the show itself. A chemistry that's over. *sigh*
I do hope people will like the last few episodes. All is out on DVD until 315 (Boiling Rock), but after that...
Jun. 23rd, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Nice sequence - the humour bits are fun -

155 - pn. 3 - Flip Zhao around - to show backview (I think it would look more dramatic...)
pn. 4 - Zoom-in

156 - pn. 5 - zoom-in

159 - pn. 6 - flip 180%



Jun. 24th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Hooray, I get Avatar for my birthday!
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
Some time during that week? Happy Bday in advance!

Edited at 2008-06-24 03:29 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - sdskuld - Jun. 25th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
this is the first time I've read the reworked pages just as you posted them!
(instead of waiting until there were about 50 pages available XD)
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
I guess it could be fun to read batches of 50 pages at a time...which makes me realise I have drawn-redrawn enough pages to make batches of 50 pages.
I have no life.
(no subject) - engelen - Jun. 24th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 24th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
Oooh. Shiny. :D Even though Zhao's being a complete jerk about it, there's something hilarious about a character being told to shut up in the middle of a run of "Important Angsty Backstory" monologuing. So rare in stories like this.

Also, the little bit of me that kinda ships these two is far too amused that Nauja's face was the first one to come into focus for Zhao, while he was still all woozy. The look he gives her in that panel speaks volumes. ♥
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
If it's not about him, he doesn't want to hear about it.
who knows how much of Zhao's brains is reconstructing the scene. He knew she was there for sure, so maybe his memory added her in.
Who knows.
(no subject) - tobu_ishi - Jun. 24th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
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