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The end is nigh! Near! Whatever.

Things are moving along at a steady pace. Just handed in my last section of storyboards yesterday. *snif*
You may find it strange, but I am actually WISHING they will cut some of my section away, just so the story flows better. Crossing my finger.

Am now moving to "helping mode": other sections of boards need to be finished, and we're all pitching in to help for that. Once that is done...well...I guess I'll be going home.
*sigh again*

Also working on that second Avatar project. I should be able to make some headway this weekend. Have to. Just slightly worried I will lose a few days because of the move back. Dang! 

Finishing this day with more Water Tribe stuff:

This is the last page of Zhao in the Water Tribe...but not the end of the story. Moving on to stage two: Fire Nation!
But, before that, little flashback.
Inspired by stories of my dad, when he went on hunting trips with his friends, and how they would pass their evenings when the camp had no electricity. The good old days.
And also, a big huge thanks to Isaia- Aviaq, for her always inspiring work. 
Thanks also for giving me the permission to sort of go and include part of her nice Avatar world and characters. The occasion was just too perfect.
For Toji and Rei, her two OCs...if you want to know more, you can read a bit about them here:


Because we all know, that Zhao, deep down, wants to be in the history books more than anything...



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Jun. 15th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
Aw. Part one made me so sad! :(

But part two has me very intrigued....how exactly did they achieve peace??
Jun. 15th, 2007 07:45 am (UTC)
Part one may be bitter sweet.
Part two should have its ups and downs.
And part three should be much fun and fights :D

If you mean peace in Zhao's time, I guess we will have to wait and see how season 3 of Avatar ends (oooh, me bad!) But you know the good guys are going to win. There's no escaping that.
Though speculating, it may be peace time, but that doesn't mean everything is easy or totally conflict free. There are rogue elements out there. It's still too soon after the war to be completely stabilized.

If you meant peace time in Toji and Rei's time (600 years ago), only Isaia-Aviaq know the full story of that.
Jun. 15th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
When are you heading back? Let us know~ we should all go out to dinner (SHIK DO RAK!!)! XD
Jun. 15th, 2007 08:01 am (UTC)
Heading back for two reasons: lack of work (though I could stay and look out for more)
Two: paper work! My health insurance needs to be renewed, my drivers license too. Plus, if I am to change company, I would need a new permit and get it stamped by customs.
And, I would need to get everything worked out back in Montreal anyway: the job there, my friend and roommate...Still much stuff to settle.
And yes! Lunch or dinner is a must! Plus, if you wish to revisit the studio before I leave, it would be great.
Oh, and does Kazu have news about the San Diego hotel?
Jun. 15th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
Aw..Rufftoon will be leaving Nick soon..
End of part one is just the beginning, to use a cliche, yeah? And wow, incorporating Isaia's story into a 3 page comic book that's just so calm and thought provoking..I mean that's just..wow.
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yup, pretty much just a beginning. Part two should be relatively short. I keep saying that, and then shooting myself in the foot. Ah well.
And I just couldn't resist juggling a little with bits of Isaia's world, without too much interfering with it. What can I say, her work is inspiring :)
Jun. 15th, 2007 09:29 am (UTC)
Aw man...Reading all the comics makes me want to cry.
The last page on the 3 page comic you made, Zhao is so...*swoon*.

Avatar wont be shown on time here as the rest of the countries, we're around 3-4 months late. T_T
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, hopefully, the next part will cheer you up :) Zhao will have to go through a bit of readaptation to his old home...
(as a side note, I actually had to redraw Zhao on the last panel of P.3 of the Interlude. He was looking awful. I'm glad I seem to have made the right choice for the extra effort :) )
Well, Avatar is taking its time to air in the US. Seems like it will start at about the same time in Canada though, so who knows. Maybe it will be more synchronised in its release worldwide? Depends on broadcasters though.
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Jun. 15th, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
And yet again, I go aww, to both of those.

(I suppose part of Zhao's tragedy is that he could have done so much _better_. He had talent. He could apply it. He was charismatic. If only he'd chosen to be the peacemaker or the great leader, rather than the man who tried to destroy the moon . . .)

Jun. 15th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
*little sad voice* Maybe he still could?
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Jun. 15th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes. He wants to rewrite history as Zhaostory.
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
He certainly would agree that it sounds so much better.
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Jun. 15th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
To be remembered is a fine ambition!
Too bad it often leads to trouble.

Loved the story-telling short. It is touching to see the camaraderie between them and to see Zhao caught up in the story.
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
I guess you can be remembered for your good or evil deeds. Though I guess Zhao doesn't see his actions as evil, but as success!
(He will never learn)
It was a fun little short to do- just to give a tiny bit more backstory of Zhao's time there, now that the story is moving on to Fire territory.
Jun. 15th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Oh crap, I wouldn't have let him leave! He knows all kinds of stuff about them! Then again I guess the war is over. I wonder if people he doesn't remember he was cruel to will recognize him?

I never thought of Zhao as they type that would need a bedtime story :3 The pensive face in the last panel is very nice!

Do you get any say as to what stays in the final draft of the storyboard? Like if it doesn't flow well do they listen to your thoughts or is it all set in stone beforehand?

Jun. 15th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
The war is indeed over, and Arnook isn't so much into murder as some others (and keeping Zhao against his will can only make things worse).
I guess some people in the Fire Nation still remember Zhao, and that can't necessarily be good.

Not that Zhao is much into bedtime stories much, but there's nothing else to do but listen during those long nights when the sun never goes down.

As for boards, I can make suggestions but the final decisions is in the hands of the director and creators. A lot of edit can be made at the animatic level. That's when they scan in all the frames and make a mock-up of the animation to get an idea of the final timing.
One recent show had to have almost 3 minutes cut out. That's a lot of storyboard panels.
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Jun. 15th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
You can be sure it's not Ozai, if there's peace around.

Aww, thank you. Glad you enjoy. Been having fun getting these thoughts out of my head. :)
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Jun. 15th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
I think I needed to have that little interlude, simply because I hadn't shown a lot of interactions between Zhao and his water tribe buddies (guess it's ex-buddies now)
Jun. 15th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
I think I heard somewhere that animators are contract jobs? I hope you have another lined up :-/. I'm an editor at a publishing house, which is a contract job too, which stinks, but since it's what I love to do, I'm stuck with it.

Love the last page of part 1. Will Zhao's daughter from your other AU make an appearence? Will we get to find out who the new Fire Lord is? And maybe what happened to Iroh and Zuko? I'm asking too much I think XD.
Jun. 16th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
We're very much jumping from projects to projects. Once one ends, if nothing else is in sight, We gotta move on and find something else. Most companies will try and keep their current artists, but it's not always possible. So is the nature of production. It is slightly stressfull, but at the same time, gotta get used to it. That's what happens when you love your job, as you nicely put it.

Zhao's daughter doesn't exist in this AU, unfortunately for him.
As for Iroh, Zuko and Firelord details, these are indeed coming up.
Jun. 16th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC)
AHAHAHAHA, so I'm thinking wouldn't fate be a bitch if Hahn got taken in by the Fire Nation after getting amnesia from the impact of hitting the water and nearly freezing. Only, I think he would have gotten along with his new nation a hell of a lot better...assuming the nation got along with HIM.

Toji and Rei! Cute short! And with a face like the one in the last shot of the third page, you KNOW he had to have been popular with the ladies!
Jun. 16th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
Hahn in the Fire Nation...have you been reading Foxysquid's mind? Cause...look see what she's got started-

I'm telling ya, we're all starting to influence each others, heeheehee!

Ah, he may have a cute face, but he's got a bad reputation that's keeping the Water Tribe ladies from getting too close.
Doesn't mean they aren't talking about his looks. ;)
Jun. 17th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)



My characters pointed as a reference in RUFFTOON'S ZHAO AU.


Ok calming down.

Thank you so much Rufftoon, when you said you would mention them in a couple pages, didn't know what to expect. But I should have expected awesome. *o*!

As usual the story is exciting and awesomely paced, each page of paneling is total love in ways I still can't quite explain, and I love the extra other characters' designs, specially the watertribe dude who keeps telling lolstories of hunters and beautiful spirits ahh.

and it's so flattering that you uphold Toji and Rei as a story in a light. I'm so happy. And inspired now!

Art rut is being hoisted as we speak now thanks to you!!! <33

THank you so much, RUFFTOON. AHHH *seizzure* X3
Jun. 17th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
I am so glad you liked. I didn't want to go too far with Toji and Rei, as you are their storyteller, and the one that truly know their story.
Zhao's situation was just too perfect not to mix it up with another story of fire nation and water tribe.
Thanks again for creating inspiring stories! :D
Jun. 17th, 2007 10:23 am (UTC)
Whee~! More Zhao pages! This AU's going pretty fast!
By the way, how's your mum doin'?
And how come you have so many Avatar projects going on at one time?
Jun. 17th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
I am surprised at how quickly this flow.
Heck, I'm not even there yet, but I just sketched the last 3 pages! I just need to fill everything that goes inbetween now.
My mom is going for surgery tomorrow. I'Ll be calling her later today, hear how she's doing.
And then calling everyday next week to get news from my dad, hear how it went.
As for the glut of Avatar work...guess it's just a question of timing. Am not complaining mind you :)
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