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Not my fault! Zhao stuff...

I get to blame someone else for this moment of madness: yooooou, alexds1, for putting Zhao thoughts in my brain!
(actually, I don't know if I should blame you or thank you...oh man, too hard to decide! Ok, thank you. That's better right?)
One little comment made in a previous post, about how one dimensional a villain he was, and bam!  The muse went and threw an idea brick at me! A hard one, and I had to go and doodle it all in one evening (and part of lunch time).

So this is the Alternate History Zhao, and definitely nothing, nothing, nothing to do with the actual serie. This is just more fan rambling happening. But I couldn't help it: I don't control these characters, they write themselves, and they force me to draw them.
Col erase pencil, and just HB pencils to darken some lines. A bunch of talking heads pages...
An exclusive little tidbits- these won't be put on Deviant Art.

  

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rock_rhapsody
May. 8th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
You made my day!!THANK YOU!
Do you realize I am totally in love with you and your ideas right now?? This more fatherly side of Zhao is both interesting and hilarious! His daughter knows her father all too well and as for expressions! 2nd page, 2nd last panel of Zhao's daughter's face (she got a name?) is too cheeky, and the entire third pages just made my day!
rufftoon
May. 8th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
Re: You made my day!!THANK YOU!
Thank you very much. I didn't even know he had a father side in this Alternate History until yesterday (thanks Alexds1!). Unfortunately, the story muse didn't give me a name for her, so...still nameless. Personality yes, but no name.
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archangelbeth
May. 8th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)
Awwwwww! She's great.

I'm so sorry that her daddy's probably going to be washed off the ship and drownded in the AU timeline, soon. Awwwwww.

(Yes! Yes! Zuko is (hot) royalty! The political alliance, even to a banished prince... A grandson might soften the Fire Lord's heart...) *watches Zhao's little stormcloud get bigger*
rufftoon
May. 8th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Well, he's not going to be washed off the ship if he's there talking to his daughter, right? Oooh, giving another hint to the storyline.
Zhao's stormcloud is not going to get any smaller, and that's a pairing he will always be set against, no matter what. This is one political alliance he is not ready to accept, and we're talking about Mr. Ambition here.
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incandescens
May. 8th, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
These are absolutely brilliant. Thank you!
rufftoon
May. 8th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you- done rather quickly, but oh so much fun to get these out of the head.
frogdance
May. 8th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
yay, LJ only tid bits. :)

I love Zhao's daughter, she's got a lot of spunk. It's always great when self proclains badasses have someone who can easily push their buttons.
rufftoon
May. 8th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
Gotta make this journal a bit special somehow. So some behind the scene ramblings it is.
Oh, his daughter has ambition, which may clash with those of her father. They both know which button to press to make the other react...which is worse on Zhao as he is a bit too soft around her. But not always. He is still very much controlling of her life.
ali_wildgoose
May. 8th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
This is a great little short -- Zhao's daughter oozes personality, and you definitely rounded out Zhao a bit. I liked the way this was paced, too -- you gave us just enough information for context, but didn't overwhelm such a short story with too much backstory or exposition.

Though of course, now I want to know what all those commanding officers were gathered for. ;}
archangelbeth
May. 8th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's Jet the rebel getting successful enough that he got a bunch of rabble-rousers to try an uprising? Maybe the Dai Li got some section of the Earth Kingdom to march against the Fire Nation?

Emperor's Birthday?
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frenchpresser
May. 8th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Gwah, your work is so awesome, Johanne. I always look foreward to your uploads.

Oh, this is Reagan, by the way!
rufftoon
May. 8th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
I thought I'd recognise you!
Oh man, you're watching my silly Avatar rambling brain in action, eep! *blushes* Thank you.
conga_chili
May. 8th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Haaaaaa! I love your different takes on the story, Johane! The drawings are so, so good.
rufftoon
May. 8th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you *blushes* I must admit, it is nice little change of pace of the regular work. I need those little moments of insanity.
psychoe
May. 8th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
OHMYGOD! That was FANTASTIC!!! Zhao's expression in the 7th panel of the second page had me cracking up this early in the morning.

And yes, I was just thinking how one dimensional a villain Zhao had been, too! But this little story has just made it all better. His daughter has a wonderful personality and that touching, "Dad, stop being so mean!" pounding she's giving Zhao on the top of the second page gorgeously conveys that.

Happy to see the prince is still giving his trademark death glares! Oh, so much love for your work!!!

Thank you for sharing this!

rufftoon
May. 8th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed my ramblings
Oh, I don't think Zuko has the trademark control over death glares. Zhao gives pretty mean ones too. Maybe these two shoud have a death glare match, see who would win.
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alexds1
May. 8th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
The last page!! Ahahaha, this just made my morning, possibly week. Things just never go the way he plans, do they?

Is it ok if I link to these from the noselfcontrol page? THE WORLD MUST KNOW D:
alexds1
May. 8th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Also, blame me all you like as long as you keep coming up with stuff like this XD
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rufftoon
May. 8th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Thank yoooo!!
Ah, Zhao would rather not talk about his wife- rather bad marriage. She actually ran away with another man, and is probably hiding as much as she can, somewhere in the ex-earth kingdom.
If she isn't dead yet, it's possibly because his daughter managed to stop him going on a killing spree.
(Don't ever tell him he is weak that way! That girl of his really reigns him in)
Ah, perhaps if Shou's son had still been around, Zuko would have had some competition. Zhao's daughter is seeing her marriage options dwindle more and more.
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ambrmerlinus
May. 8th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
These are all so great. I wish they were on devART so I could fave them... Even so, I love that Zhao's daughter thinks Zuko would make a good husband. I can't see Zhao or Zuko being particularly delighted with that idea. Well, maybe Zuko, but I think he's a little too preoccupied for marriage.

Zhao's daughter is cool. :D
rufftoon
May. 8th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Maybe they'll make it to DA one day, but not in the near future (gotta keep some goodies for the LJ too).
I think Zuko would prefer having the rest of his head burned off than having Zhao as a father in law.
And Zhao would never approve, period.
Looks like his daughter will have to keep looking for eligible suitors. If the good ones could only stop dying...
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merofi
May. 8th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
hehe poor ol' Zhao is just a stubborn Dad! I love it! You're so good at facial expressions, you know what makes a cartoon a cartoon. =)

Hey.. is your name spelled Johane or Johanne!? Kazu said it's Johanne but then whenever I look it's Johane! Ah I'm so confused! XD
rufftoon
May. 8th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much :)
Heehee, I have to get used to the fact that you know these characters now.
And both you and Kazu ar right, through the wonderful mixmash of bureaucracy: my parents always told me my name was written Johane, but some political official wrote Johanne on my birth certificate, and that's what appears on my passport. Both versions are good!
It depends if you're some governement official document or just plain everyday document. Welcome to confusion land.
sockai_chan
May. 9th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
This is why we all love you! You make the charaters more "realistic" adn 3D

Very cute story. We see a side of Zhao only you can pull off ^^; Not that any official Avatar writers are bad...
rufftoon
May. 9th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
The official writers could kick my butt halfway accross the world if they wanted to. They are professional butt kickers when it comes to writing. I just ramble on.
But I'm glad that one worked out good. Many thanks!
engelen
May. 9th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
see?
I knew there had to be an advantage on watching you!!!

HAHAHA "He doesn't even like women..."

Is Zhao's daughter one of those short relationships Zuko had that you mentioned a while ago when I asked?

Zhao parle francais, oui oui oui, trés sofistiqué XD
rufftoon
May. 9th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
What's the use of having a journal, if not to have a little something different on it once in a while.
Nope, Zhao's daughter and Zuko have never met before, and Zhao will make sure they never get within touching distance.
And I don't know where Zhao picked up his french...I must be a bad influence ;)
angelwingkitty
May. 10th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
Mwahahaha! I found you! It's me, Kat from Avatar! ^^

Hehe I wonder which would win, Zuko's little "Death Skulls" vs. Zhao's little "Clouds of Doom." Hm... an intriguinig battle.

I simply adore this side of Zhao, as always I fall in love with the villains that have depth. Dude... I'm now tempted to make a fan art of Zuko and Zhao's daughter together with a ticked off Zhao in the background. That'd be a good smack to the face for all the Zutara fans out there! XD Mwhahahaha! ...Of course Zuko would probably be thinking about he's just doing that fan art piece to get back at Zhao ^^;;
rufftoon
May. 10th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
Found me? I almost gave you a map for here! ;)
Heehee!
Villains with dephts are so much more fun. You hate 'em, you love 'em, you do both.
Aha, I wonder if Zuko would go that far to tick off Zhao. I think he'd like to live a little longer than that.
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