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Heaven, I'm in heaven...

Went to this wonderful little french restaurant not too far from Glendale, with my roommate Phil and friend Chris Applehans.
It was...orgasmically good.
Sorry for the image, but it was oh-so-good, I'll be talking about it for days. Had Duck Magret, and it was mouth melting good. And Crème Brulée for dessert.
*sigh* Total Satisfaction.

And I got to speak some french too with one of the waiters, who instantly recognised my french canadian accent. 
There are big differences between French from France, and Quebec french, especially the slang. It's like British English and American English. 
You'll understand most of it, but then again...
For those of you speaking french, here's a funny oh so real example of comparing slang french from France, from the French Slang from Quebec. For you non french speaker, you can skip that link.
Version 3 is my absolute fave.
http://www.cyberjean.com/quebec/batman.swf

Work moving along: I redid a few drawings for a comic, finished some corrections for the boards and am now helping the Übertalented Lauren cleaning up her section. I oh so not want to mess it up, her drawing is so solid! There are some rough looking ones I won't even touch, the drawing is so nice as is.


Sneaked in a few more Water Tribe AU pages in between all this.
(I want to fix that last panel of page 42...me no likey...in the meantime, this version stays)

   

Zhao's getting a little bit frustrated...



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mikari_chan
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
I seriously think you are the only person that has ever made me like/feel sorry for Zhao...O.o *feels oddly bad for him through this whole sequence*
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:19 am (UTC)
Hopefully, I'll also manage to make you hate his guts at some point, hehe *evil plans*
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alexds1
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
Aw, his hand still remembers the satisfaction of clubbing seals!

Zhao should keep in mind that, despite not getting promotions or relearning firebending, things could be a lot worse. Like FoxySquid pairing him up with every male on the show, for one D:

Love that last page to death, btw! Also the waugh! panel, the bug-eyes crack me up XD
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
You bet he remembers that. There's some sort of crunchy, then squishy effect, not to mention the sound.

Now that you put it in this light, I don't think Zhao will be complaining about his little frustrations anymore. It's that, or getting paired with every human male from the show (Foamy? Cabbage Guy? Old Sweepy?? Soldier #3???...oh yeah, no more complaining).
trishna87
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)
*snerk*

love the first page XDDD.

and i feel bad for him in the last one :( . Poor Zhao. that smarmy bastard got promoted ahead of him*stab*

why cant he firebend...?
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
The young officer may be a smarmy bastard as you so rightly put it, but he does have talent...He deserved his promotion (Zhao would beg to differ)

Zhao has a sort of...blocage, you might say, about firebending. Something happened while in the hands of the Ocean Spirit. He can't seem to be able to do it consciously anymore.
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incandescens
Jun. 27th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
Ah, poor Zhao. (But still, marvellous story/art!)
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
rock_rhapsody
Jun. 27th, 2007 09:28 am (UTC)
Cocky Young Recruit #1 ( does he have a name? My memory fails me..in my mind I call him ben dan, or stupid..)'s reaction was hilarious...panel 42 seems fine..thought I don't know anything so ..
I had a mental image of your cat from the Flight comics (again, got a name?) eating Duck Magret and licking Creme Brulee off it's paws and enjoying it.
*gurgle*
How many years has it been since the end of the war? Again I forgot. I feel old.
How are you?
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
His name is Yueh (I guess you could see some irony...or I lack imagination when it comes to names ;) )
The cat in the Flight comic I simply call Miu, which means "cat" in ancient Egyptian. Yeah, another example of my naming skills. I gotta admit, your description of the cat and the food totally applies to me.

For that AU, let's see...Zhao has spent three years with the Water Tribe, part of that before the war was over. Travelling back to the Fire Nation, training in the army...It's getting close to 5 years after the end of the war. Zhao's not getting any younger.

As for me, been busy.
snapes_angel
Jun. 27th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
Ah. poor Zhao-Zhao. ^__^ Karma.
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Zhao-Zhao?
Heehee, this actually sounds good when said aloud.
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archangelbeth
Jun. 27th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
Zhao, you had it better as Zhaoka... If colder.

Definitely mixed "Zhao, you idiot" and "Awwww." Hee.
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
He doesn't realize when he has it good. Guess the stupid pride and ego kicks him too hard for that.
ambrmerlinus
Jun. 27th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Aw, poor Zhao... The firebending panel is the saddest one of all.

Also, "General Choi" wtf? Hahn's nickname for Zhao, yes? Is belonging to actual person now?
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
Hahn had it right in a way: there indeed was a highly ranked fire nation officer with the name of Choi.
He just had the wrong person ;)
ukasaag
Jun. 27th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
rofl
Jmen aille en France la semaine prochaine. Trop drole XD mais disons que celui de tetes a claques remporte la medaille.
Check moi donc sa http://www.tetesaclaques.tv/video.php?vid=171
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Heehee, I had seen that one :D Nothing like a bit more language confusions to bring a smile.
marionv
Jun. 27th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
Wow, (I don't speak French), listening to the difference between those two sounds like listening to Italian versus Portuguese! Cool! :)
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
Believe me, at some point in the near future, we won't be calling our respective language french anymore. eeep!
The slang parts are just going in their respective directions.
star_puppet
Jun. 27th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
Hehehe...okay, this will be one of the turning points Zhao will have to encounter. >) Cocky young officer would definitely give him hell by the time. And in some point, Zhao might be able to remember fire bending though I know the Ocean Spirit put a very big blockade on his brain so he couldn't fire bend.

For the slash pairings, why not revive the pairing Booter already did? *koffkoffLongFengkoffkoff* I'm sure Foxy would enjoy that as much as I would. *koffkoffstartingtodrawthemnowkoffkoff* >)
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Cocky young officer who will espect to be properly saluted.
Zhao will probably develop some unforeseen back problems in his presence.
Haha, I was thinking of the great strip Booter did with Long Feng. Definitely one of the best :D
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sparklemagpie
Jun. 27th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Man, I LOVE it when restaurant food just makes you die a little inside like that! ^___^


Aww, poor Zhao, no firebending for him. =/ *wants to huuuug*
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Food doesn't often do that, but when it does...*sigh*
Ooh, better not hug Zhao when he's frustrated. Not very cuddly then ;)
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tammylee
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
Awww, Zhao's like a descented skunk; he still wants to wave his ass threateningly at people but there's no firepower. That first page was awesome! He seemed so physically imposing and mmmmmm... Zhaolicious!

rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
Physically, he may not be the biggest soldier around, but he's certainly one of the most vicious.
The descented skunk image is too amusing...I guess you could say he's like that, but one with nasty claw and bite that could still hurt you if you piss him off.
xanykaos
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Oh French. I should so know it better. We get the same thing about Cajun French compared to Parisian French, only the allusion there is more American English to Welsh English. My French roommate couldn't understand a word of Cajun (not that I speak more than three very hick phrases).

Man, I love these comics. I've been lurking for a week or so. Ack, you're so amazingly fast and good. And you're making me like Zhao. How'd you do that?

Poor Zhao. You can firebend! Remember the molebear? You'll get there!
My favorite panel has to be the "It is slightly unethical..." one. Heh. Loveit!
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
French is a bitch to learn. So many grammatical rules, verb tenses...oh yeah, and Cajun french is its own little entity.

Thanks! Glad you're liking my little fancomic madness so far.
Yes, Zhao still has some firebending possibilities inside him. He just can't seem to consciously use it.
Of course Zhao would think of unethical ways of winning- all that matters is victory, right?
conga_chili
Jun. 27th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, the French is a little too quick for me to understand, but you can definitely hear the differences. My language teacher spoke France French, so we learned that.

Mmmm... creme brulee! I haven't tried too many around town but there is one place I know of that doesn't make it overly large and heavy and disgusting. Instead, it is a light orange ginger taste that is so, so good.

Poor Zhao! That firebending panel makes me sad =(
rufftoon
Jun. 27th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
The examples in the little silly flash anims were extreme and yet so true!
The creme brule from last night would so totally win your approval: just the right size, perfectly light crispy crust...I want more!!
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