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That yo-yo feeling

Totally overslept this morning, ha ha! Hadn't happened in a while, usually my internal clock wakes me up around 7am. Didn't help that I totally forgot to set up my alarm last night.
On a good side, I slept really good.

The timing was good too- work has been going between extreme rush and sudden drops in workload. It was pretty quiet this morning, so no one missed me. I still called in to say I'd be a bit late. Better safe than sorry.
We're approaching another big deadline, June 19th. I expect much rush in the upcoming weeks.
I'm grabbing whatever slow moment I get as a breather.

Must be the mellow mood at work today that inspired these two pages.

I just want to slap Zhao into some action- you're softening up too much man!!
But first, I'll have to give him a bit of blast from the past. The kind of past he doesn't remember.

Nauja's boy (still nameless as I type this) has developped a taste for cooking. No bad pun intended.
As for the girl, I kept thinking of the stupid stuff Canada did to their native populations, uprooting their kids and forcing them to forget their customs. They'd be put in certain schools and forced to learn our ways, dress up like us, the whole thing. Forcible assimilation.

Our governor general ate fresh raw seal heart. Apparently, it is very tasty. The carnivore in me is curious to taste seal meat. I wonder if I'll have that opportunity one day.
Enough rambling, bed time. And this time, I'll remember the alarm clock.


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May. 28th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
Great pages! I can seee this shaping up. It seems that Zhao and the kids are sort of opening up to each other, a little at a time.
May. 28th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
(And yea, you already know the art's good. ^_^)
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May. 28th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
Zhao is a big ol' softie deep down inside. He does care about them otherwise he wouldn't be giving them advice. Don't worry Zhao we won't tell anyone that you care or the fact that you are secretly in love with Nauja.
May. 28th, 2009 07:35 am (UTC)
He ain't no softie.
He...may be a bit "homesick" though, and his exchange with the kids help against that.
If his advice means he can insult the boy better, then it's a plus.
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May. 28th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
Daddy Zhao!
May. 28th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
He'd be the worse dad ever.
May. 28th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
Little girl looks like mini-Nauja. Awwwwwww...
May. 28th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I got lazy thinking of designs for the kids. Make 'em look like the parents is the easy way out.
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May. 28th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
Aww! So Cute! Have a cookie, Zhao! :3
May. 28th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
He doesn't want a cookie *Zhao pouts*
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May. 28th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
I love how much the kids look like their parents :) From what we saw of Nauja's husband during that seal-turtle socks argument wayyy back in the beginning.
May. 28th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
The kids look like their parents because I got lazy design muscle, ha ha!
But yeah, the boy does look a lot like his father which makes Zhao hate him even more.
May. 28th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
awww zhao interacting with kids!

yeah, they did that in the US too, my grandmother was punished for speaking spanish in school :/
May. 28th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Don't associate Zhao with the word cute. He hates it.

Ow, bad for your grandma.
May. 28th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
I juste LOVE you, Johane!

(do I dream, or does Zhao looks sexier than ever?)
May. 28th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
And yes, in France other languages (Breton, Occitan, Basque, Alsacien, ...) were forbidden at school, and some of them could be lost... (I try hard to learn the Occitan, but that's quite hard because I now live in Belgium...)
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May. 28th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
bahahah aww

"COOKING MEAT DOSEN'T COUNT AS COOKING >:[" haha I guess zhao is more accustomed to the water tribe traditions at this point?

I can just imagine the kids telling Nauja that the saw Zhao a lot the way and he didn't really try and help them get home x). For Zhao's sake, I hope he is no where near her when that happens.
May. 28th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Though Zhao learned Fire Nation customs while he was in their army, he is a lot more comfortable with Water Tribe traditions.
That includes the art of eating meat, be it raw, grilled, smoked, salted. Notice that the word "cooked" is not used. Zhao doesn't cook.
Ha ha, you can bet the kids will totally tell on him! Zhao's not too scared, he's convinced he will ever set foot again in the Northern Water Tribe.
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May. 28th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
America did that to their natives too.... and Mexicans that moved up to California, Texas and the other southern states during the early 1900s weren't allowed to speak Spanish in schools, to the point where they had to pay money to the teachers any time they did.

Ah, if only my niece's family weren't ultra conservative or I'd totally drag her and my nephew to sdcc with me dressed up like Nauja's kids. ;p
May. 28th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Whoops, that was me. Apparently I wasn't logged in. haahaa.
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May. 28th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
I do love that tinge of sadness there. Having Nauja's daughter question her memories is a disconcerting but effective touch.

AWWWW Zhao developing a heart!!! <3 <3 <3
May. 28th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
That bit with the daughter kind of surprised me- I drew that page on a spur of the moment and it's the first lines that came through (yay for characters talking to me!)
Zhao kind of has a heart. It's just very tiny and he doesn't use it too often, very rarely for others.
May. 28th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Those kids might just pull at Zhao's teeny-tiny-teensy-weensy-teeny heartstrings yet. I love how they keep crossing paths! Nauja's daughter is a sweet girl. ^_^

On a more technical question: what kind of opacity do you use for your brush while drawing these? I'm always fiddling around with the settings for the Cintiq. :)
May. 30th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Most of Zhao's heartstrings are for his own benefit. Not too many for others. But if you can find and play them, he may just listen.
The brush opacity is set in Photoshop- just a regular brush set at 50%. It's a psychological thing: if the line is too dark, I feel like I'm doing a clean up not a rough and my line gets too stiff (it already needs more loosening up).
May. 29th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
I was thinking that since you used a finnish name once in WT maybe something like that would work again. someone mentioned willow and rock, so in finnish you could call them Paju and Kivi :)
also i think some old names would do, like Saana, Mirka and Kalevi. :)
i hope those names can give you even a little inspiration at least! :D
May. 30th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Oooh, those are nice suggestion! I'll have to think it over but they are nice and short and do have a nice ring to them.
Thank you!!
May. 29th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
the americans did that to the early Filipinos too... they still think like they can be better off if they know how to read and speak english. *sigh* I hope that mentality does not stick to the next generation
May. 30th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Tsk- it does happen everywhere, doesn't it? I mean, nothing wrong with learning another language, as long as you can keep what you have too.
May. 30th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
I love how he's *slowly* getting suckered into doing a little to keep the kids alive- he is not a nice man. He is not a great human being. But even the mighty Zhao can be subtly maneuvered into being less of a complete waste of flesh.

I can see a lot of Nauja in the girl. Stubbornly helpful with an expression that says you *better* well be grateful.
May. 30th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Heh, Zhao has too much attitude to show gratefulness or even acknowledge it. He will never be in debt to anyone, especially children!
That would be bad for his already bruised ego.
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