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I bring proof!

Really tired these days. I have drawn stuff, but it's all work related so I can't post anything.
Zhao is feeling ignored.

Just got handed part of a scene that I will have to do this weekend since they want it for Monday- lunch time.

I have made the two donations from the Water Tribe books fund raising. I'm posting the E-Receipts as proof publicly, as I said I would.
ICM is the Montreal Heart Institute. They took really good care of my dad when he needed to be operated, plus they do really great research.

Once again, big thank you to everyone who donated money to these two good causes. All together, this is more than I could have done by myself alone.
Next time, I'll try different charities. Gotta spread the help!
I just have to decide which con to go to. Anyone has a bit of table space at APE? Part of the donations would go to you.
Alison, what is the next con you may be planning to attend? We could join forces, mwahaha!!

I wish I had drawings to post.
ICM Receipt
BCR Receipt

On Last Airbender movie news, there are bits of infos trickling through the cracks, like dropping the chinese calligraphy for nonsense symbols, that makes me shake my head.
I just hopehopeHOPE Nickelodeon-Viacom Doesn't forget about the animated serie, pushing it aside as they put a lot of energy in the live action.
The fanbase is there with the serie! Please don't forget us!!!!



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Aug. 8th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
On Last Airbender movie news, there are bits of infos trickling through the cracks, like dropping the chinese calligraphy for nonsense symbols, that makes me shake my head.

Please tell me that that's a joke >____<

That's great news that you donated money to charity! Any chance that Water Tribe will be available internationally?
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
This excerpt was a transcript from a radio show on San Francisco's 94.1 KPFA. The guest is Dr. S.E. Lee, who provided the calligraphy for the serie:

"Now, about the calligraphy part. I need to say that I'm not sure what the decision is now, but there was a, uh, I was told that they were almost about to eliminate calligraphy altogether. And, uh, replacing that with some kind of secret code, a mysterious code, of some sort. That is non-language. Which comes back to all kinds of other, uh, shows that were used to portray Asian themes, and with all the non-language written. And, I think that is something that, that really jeopardizes on the success of the previous TV series. So, um, I don't know what, uh, the audience is looking at, but I think the Asian audience would certainly love to see the authentic stuff, including martial arts and calligraphy."

Notice that he didn't say that everything is 100% sure to be erased, so we will have to wait for confirmation.
Stuff such as text can be changed around fairly quickly.

To think we went to the trouble of getting the right text for one of the Avatar comics (the Private Fire one that came with the season 3 DVDs). I mean, come on! A bit of effort there won't kill you! If a comic can do it, a big budget movie can too!
Unless Shyamalan is changing the world so much, it doesn't matter anymore what is written and how.

For the moment, Water Tribe is unavailable for overseas.
Very sorry about that, the numbers are limited and I'm not sure how people would feel about the extra $$$ for shipping.
It may change though.

Edited at 2009-08-08 06:16 am (UTC)
(no subject) - eiko82 - Aug. 9th, 2009 07:33 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 8th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
Why am I not surprised? None of the news that comes out of this live action movie is ever good. I don't know why you are remotely surprised they couldn't put the effort into the calligraphy. They already didn't do it for the costumes or the casting. You know for someone who called himself a fan Shamaylan is certainly making sure his movie is completely devoid of any of the charm of the original series.
Aug. 8th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say I am surprised. I was expecting stuff like that to happen. It's just also creeping in the little details I had not expected.
Ah well. I had not played any prediction games, mind you.
Water Tribe vikings seem more and more plausible everyday, ha ha! Your icon would then become an official screenshot.
(no subject) - youkaislayer - Aug. 8th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - rufftoon - Aug. 8th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Aug. 8th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
yeah, I saw the news about the calligraphy on racebending.com

it's disappointing... not just from a cultural point, but as an artistic point. I love the way the calligraphy in the show looked, that it wasn't modern Chinese, which is often compacted and messy (I had a handful of Chinese students in Japan who marveled over how neat Japanese handwriting of the Chinese characters was), but that it flowed just like their martial arts.

Not to mention, being able to recognize what some of the characters were (like "Kyo" -capital- from Kyoshi Island) was always fun.

I suppose next they're going to change the name of The Unagi... or even other characters who have too "asian" sounding names. *sigh*
Aug. 8th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
We can expect anything and everything.
They're changing the source to make their own fantasy world.
The Last Airbender is not Avatar, The Last Airbender. It is its own monster.
Aug. 8th, 2009 08:33 am (UTC)
That's fantastic news about the sales from your Water Tribe comic doing really well for the charities!

As for the Avatar live action movie, I like to keep in mind how you referred to it: as one big budget fan-fiction. Its just a shame that so far it looks like really REALLY bad fan fiction. Now I'm not out to condemn it automatically because its not 100% like the series that I love, but so far I'm incredibly not impressed with what I've seen of it so far and news that pops up about the entire project. I'm still willing to give it a chance when it comes to live previews etc. but so far they haven't got a movie ticket sale from me with what they've been doing.

Sorry for the ramble - I guess it just dumbfounds me when people like you and other artists can do fan comics (a la Nickmag) and keep the tone and spirit alive of Avatar and make something that people really enjoy while remaining in the context of the show, and a big multi-million dollar budget movie can't.
Aug. 8th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, yes! And we, the fandom, can be the harshest of judges when it comes to nitpicking a fanfiction or fancomic.

In my head, I keep thinking of the last scene in Ember Island Players, after the gang leaves the theater, voicing their bad rating.
I'll probably be like Sokka, saying :"At least the effects were decent."

After the movie is out on DVD, I'm sure someone will make a video intercutting scenes from Ember Island Player with the movie.
(no subject) - youkaislayer - Aug. 8th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - pretty_angel - Aug. 8th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 8th, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
I knew about this some time ago.

Apparently they'll make Toph a boy too.
Aug. 8th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
What a twist!
Possibly a little African American?
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Aug. 8th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
I'm seeing a "?"
I recognised one thing, ha ha!
Aug. 8th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
They're ignoring the series' fan base and going for a newer, cinematic one; treating it more like mainstream fantasy (and yes, I know it sounds like a contradiction in terms, lol). It's very sad, though. The race thing, perhaps, I could have overlooked, depending on the portrayal, sad though that was; but the calligraphy? It's turning into a different creature, slowly. What do you think their next change will be?
Aug. 8th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
They've never done much for the serie, so their energy is put on the live action.
I keep using the image of Transformers: I got burnt after seeing their adaptation. I'm insensitised now, I guess.
Me, do predictions?
Seeing that they can do and will do whatever they want, I'd say anything goes!
(no subject) - snapes_angel - Aug. 8th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 8th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
My sister has breast cancer, so it (selfishly) makes me really happy that you chose to donate to the breast cancer foundation.
Aug. 8th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
It was a bit of a selfish move, I guess.
My mom also had breast cancer. She got treated and she's fine.
For now.
For many more years, I hope.
(no subject) - wodhaund - Aug. 8th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 8th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
So great that you sent the donations to ICM! That's spreading the love Avatar in the way that does the world some real good! Hats off to you!

Aug. 8th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
I try, in my little way, to use my avatar madness for good.
What would I do if it was harnessed for the forces of EVIL!
Aug. 8th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is so awesome. Good thing you posted the proof, you know that we all thought you would take the money and run away to Mexico.

BTW, feel free to use some of our table's space at APE! As long as you promise to donate 100% of the monies to charity like you did this time :)
Aug. 8th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
I was thinking more Egypt...
Of course 100% of the money goes to good causes. Ain't keeping a penny.
Aug. 8th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Haha, I wouldn't have mind if you kept the printing costs for you. But anyway, awesome to see that Zhao-madness also has its good sides. <3

As for the calligraphy, you know my stance. Just let me say how much I appreciate that you put so much work into the comics. Then again, makes it even more disappointing that the movie is trying to get away with cheap tricks.
Aug. 9th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yay for donations!! My grandma had breast cancer, but thank God she is now recovered. Those kind of donations always make me happy :__)

About the last movie news... well judging what it has been done so far it should not be unexpected... but that does not make it look less wrong :s I read in a famous cosplayer's LJ that Ozai will look like some kind of Roman Gladiator/Greek Hoplite *sighs*
Aug. 16th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
I believe the description of the costume came from the actor portraying Ozai.
Maybe he described it to the best of his knowledge?
That, or Ozai is suddenly a mix of Julius Cesar and Alexander The Great.
(no subject) - neurona_muerta - Aug. 16th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 9th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
You are awesome!
Aug. 10th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
Excellent choices with regards to the charity donations! I'd love to get a copy someday and help out too. Any thoughts about coming to TCAF again? (They are going to hold it yearly now.)

As for the film, I'm sad to say that nothing surprises me anymore. I think the only way I'm going to get through it is to think of it as a "re-imagining" or alternate universe interpretation. Sigh. Still, despite the nit-pickiness, it still looks to be a really cool film and I hope kids will like it. Actually, I hope the film is really successful so that maybe Nick will order some more animated seasons as a result! :D
Aug. 16th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
I don't know if I can make it to TCAF anytime soon.
Depends if I have a personal book to show.
That's why I need to get the second Horus done!
Aug. 10th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Yay for the charity donations! That's fantastic. I'm so glad I got to be a small part of it. ^_^

In regards to the movie, I think I could handle all this nonsense and fanfiction-y changes if they didn't forget the fans of the series in some way with other forms of media. If they forget us entirely in favor of a more 'mainstream' movie fandom...it'll make me sad. At the very least, I hope the movie will encourage kids to check out the show if they hadn't before. :)
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