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*tickled pink*

I think I have finally understood the expression "tickled pink" this week.
Yeah, yeah, I'm kinda slow, but I think I needed an overdose of it to finally feel it.

And I've definitely overdosed this week.



Discovered this week someone started a Water Tribe trope!
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WaterTribe

That someone actually took the time to do this...wow, I am very very humbled and touched. I never thought anyone else but me would spend any time on old Zhao there. Who ever you are, mysterious tropes editors, thank you!

Even though I have stopped Water Tribe, there's still a drawing or two of Zhao (WT version) that pops out once in a while.
aklckhflklgjak!
Thank you, blackharpygoddess on DA!
http://blackharpygoddess.deviantart.com/art/Chibi-Randomness-Time-175426395
(See individual pic below)

I've managed to get my hands on another Agni Kai Zhao toy, this one painted...very badly, ha ha! Possibly a reject (poor him). I will try to fix him.
Zhao



I can't believe people have put me on their influence meme map.
http://alexds1.deviantart.com/art/Influence-Map-meme-176237986

Yeah, I'm pointing my finger at you, alexds1. I'll say it again: I think you've stepped way ahead of me, with your hard work and vastly superior coloring skills.

This makes me feel like I should be thanking absolutely everyone, near and far, which I've had contact with over the years: all the coworkers, all the comic creators, the writers. There are just too many to name, but I want to send out a huge thank you to you all.

You have all helped me move forward and you continue to do so. Your art, skills and stories are pushing me to continue and inspire me.
To all of you, thank you.
I will try and say so privately to each and everyone of you when the opportunity presents itself.

Comments

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alisa_tana
Aug. 22nd, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
Zhao on Zhao AgniKai?!
rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
There was an Agni Kai Zhao toy prototype that was done. I guess a few were painted for final effect, but none were ever sold in store.
A pity.
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rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Definitely a bunch of nice surprises. Gotta remember these for the days when I'll feel low :)
yamiloo
Aug. 22nd, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
If I made an influence map, you'd definitely be on mine. Thanks for all the wonderful art and hilarious comics. It's always a pleasure to see an update from you! <3
rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Not much of a real update here, just pointing at other people.
I see so many good people whose skills are above mine, I just want to point at them saying "don't look at me, look at them!"
zfiledh
Aug. 22nd, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
I love TV Tropes! I'm really happy that Water Tribe is on there! :)
archangelbeth
Aug. 22nd, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
Same! (Also, so not surprised that people are recognizing excellent work! O:> )
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wodhaund
Aug. 22nd, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
Goodness, that poor Zhao looks like he's stayed up late one too many nights. Look how bloodshot his eyes are!
rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
So bloodshot they are leaking down over his cheeks!
snapes_angel
Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Was that also Dagre on the chibi thing too, or am I falling asleep at the keyboard again?And yea, that shirtless Zhao could have used a better paint job.
rufftoon
Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yup! That is definitely also a Dagre on there. Dagre definitely deserves all the attention.
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kt_shy
Aug. 22nd, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Aw that is awesome :D Gotta say, you're a HUGE inspiration to me Johane, the insane amount of appeal in your drawings and the way you showcase humor, kick ass action, and the more serious quiet moments... MAN... it makes me want to keep working harder and harder to step up my game!
rufftoon
Aug. 25th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
I can only give you kudos in return- your characters, their poses and expressions are a definite inspiration.
(which may mean I may steal a look or two, ha ha!).
Your sense of humour and comedic timing is definitely something I refer too many many times.
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sweet_gardenia
Aug. 22nd, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
hahah awe you totally deserve it all for almost single-handedly forwarding Zhao's noble cause of cake, shirtlessness and alternate canon badassery to the internets at large <3 <3 <3

Silliness aside though, you're truly an amazing artist and storyteller and deserve all the laurels you get!

Also I love the expression on the toy's face he looks slightly disgruntled that his eyes appear to be sliding down his face XD

rufftoon
Aug. 25th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Zhao makes it easy, especially the shirtless part.
Ha ha, poor him. His eyes are melting out of his face. He needs more cosmetic surgery.
booter_freak
Aug. 23rd, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Phht, we should be thanking YOU for all the hard work you've put in to cranking stuff out! You are a MACHINE!

And *where* are you finding these Zhao action figures? I need to go hunt me down one! :::fire in eyes:::
rufftoon
Aug. 25th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
The machine is getting old and is not cracking out as much as it used to.

Best place to hunt down Zhao is...Ebay. I know, it can hurt the wallet. It also demands constant vigilance, as the elusive Agni Kai Zhao is a shy beast to catch.
youkaislayer
Aug. 23rd, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
I would have been surprised if Water Tribe was not listed on tropes. It is as the trope entry stated "so close to canon it might as well be". I certainly consider it canon and if I were to write any Avatar postwar fics the events of Water Tribe would be worked into it as if it were.

That dreadful painting job of that figure is scary and it makes me feel bad for Zhao. Look what they have done to him.
rufftoon
Aug. 25th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
It's a good thing I didn't mess up too much with the rest of the Avatar world in Water Tribe. You can write pretty much anything else happening to the Gaang, Azula and others. There's a whole lot of playing field left wide open.
Zhao will demand justice for the poor make-up...I mean PAINTING job done on him.
ndgmtlcd
Aug. 23rd, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
Nofret and her family looking absolutely bemused-surprised/stunned. Now that's what I call good influence!
rufftoon
Aug. 25th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
Surprised-stunned looks are a good influence? I will have to try that at work with my boss.
phoenixblaize
Aug. 23rd, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Water Tribe Zhao has made it to the TV Tropes! :D

You're totally in my Influence Map meme thing: http://phoenixfurybane.deviantart.com/art/Influence-Map-176417623 I found your storytelling skills in Water Tribe to be so extremely inspiring.
rufftoon
Aug. 25th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
Ha ha, my poor little B&W panel pales in comparison to all the rest of the awesome, colorised art.
star_puppet
Aug. 25th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
Yey for TV Tropes :D \o/ I love everything they put in there~


cabriola
Aug. 25th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
You're on my influence map... >> [link]

Because I genuinely needed you on there, your work seems so effortlessly flawless in terms of poses and anatomy. Back when I first found you (I think you were still submitting the Shipping Wars comics) I was a noob and practically worshipped you. LOL

You're much better than you might think.
4eyedblonde
Aug. 30th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
i should be thanking YOU. when zhao was first introduced in the show, i didn't think much of him. now i am an avid (shirtless)zhao fangirl. you also encourage me to work on male anatomy. thanks, johane!
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