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Water Tribe 001 by NoSelfControl Water Tribe 001 by NoSelfControl
And so it begins!
Haha, someone will regret leaving me with the power of posting this story here! :mwahaha:

This story happens in an Alternate Universe (AU) of Avatar, where Admiral Zhao didn't die. The Ocean Spirit brought him back, but Zhao's mind has been wiped clean.
Now living amongst the Water Tribe, he's managed to find a place in his adoptive nation.
But his old personality is still there, and pretty soon, things change...

Read on!
It may start a bit slow, but I swear it does pick up :)

All the pages are rough pencil thumbnails, size of 5,5"X8". Quite small. A bit of grayscales were added to give depth and volume.
These were done for fun, and also as a good exercise in storytelling and planning on such a long scale, which I had not really done before.
I am not planning on inking, cleaning more or coloring them. I simply do not have the time.

The Avatar universe belongs to Mike, Bryan, Nickelodeon-Viacom-MTV.
All the characters belong to them, but a few of the extras are my own creation.
Art by :iconrufftoon:

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:iconinginuyasha:
inginuyasha Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Very interesting idea ^_^
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:iconmoonlight-m3lody:
Moonlight-M3lody Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi. Do you have zipped archive of the chapters? I cannot be online for extended time and would want to finish reading this. Besides, the art's so good I want to add it into my doujinshi collection.
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AngelERenoir Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Looks nice. I feel reminded that need more practice on storyboarding and story planning too. Wish I know how. Camera angle theories and such eludes me.
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imariko-chan-6290 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
ooooooooh mai gosh
i like this idea

will read.... after finals *cries*
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:iconpooloffadedmemories:
PoolofFadedMemories Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012   Writer
I love this whole comic. Fantastic job on the entire thing, words can not express how awesome it is :heart:
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:iconmr18er:
mr18er Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
love it!! Wish this really happened. Zhao needs to come back. :(
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:iconoiboyz:
oiboyz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
I spent hours last weekend reading this comic, and I do believe I shall now read it again. :D I never thought I'd enjoy Zhao-- he was so annoying in the series with his smirk and all-- but wow, this is fun!
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:iconandartha:
Andartha Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Yeee-haaa!!!!!!!!!!

*dances around madly*

I found it! I found it! I found it!

I was seeing art of Zhao in watertribe clothes all over the place and I loved them. Then I found out they were coming from / drawn as a tribute to rufftoon , and then I found out there was a comic somewhere....and I couldn't find it. It drove me nuts! (Mind you all this happened within the last 24 hours).

And then, while looking for cake Zhao pics...voila, there it was!

*goes off to read comic*

*HAPPY*
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:iconlilith-kardevan:
Lilith-KardeVan Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
You are amazing! :)
I can't stop reading your comic... it was 2 a.m. when I went sleeping :doh:
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:icongreenlemon7703:
greenlemon7703 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Nice works,I like the scene and pose,go ahead,man!
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Gipnoblast Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Hello. I'm from Russia and I like this comics very much. May I try to translate it into russian?
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:icondeadfishgraphics:
DeadFishGraphics Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
You should note rufftoon about it
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:iconfreakaboutsims:
FreakAboutSims Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
You should consider getting a website for this series.
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:iconmiraclemili:
MiracleMili Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is sooo great! Im so happy i found it XD
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:iconzhaneaugustine:
ZhaneAugustine Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
looks good!
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:icontatchu:
Tatchu Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, seal turtles! :'D
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:iconsarcastic-ninja:
Sarcastic-Ninja Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
The plot and idea of it sound awesome, and I can't wait to read the rest! :D :D :D :D :D
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Thanks, hope you enjoy the rest.
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:iconaylaelphabamidna:
AylaElphabaMidna Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
Very nice seal turtles!
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:iconfaytale:
Faytale Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Do you mind if I color the pages? :)
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:iconsweetnessnarose:
SweetnessnaRose Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
you need a cover pg i can fave for the entier comic!
this will do till then!
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:iconmastermead:
mastermead Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Faving this as a representative of the entire comic, thanks again for the ride!
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:iconballoon-maker:
balloon-maker Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The art's wonderful and I look forward to reading more when time permits. Sounds like an interesting story! :D
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
Thank you very much- hope you will enjoy the read if you have the time :)
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:iconcaptainfusion:
Captainfusion Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! This is very well drawn.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
Thank you very much!
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:iconcaptainfusion:
Captainfusion Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
No problem, it is awesome!
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:iconpaokenkeeper:
paokenkeeper Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Woah...there's more?

Waitta rock. ::Watches DA::
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:iconnoselfcontrol:
NoSelfControl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
There's over 200 more (and counting).
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:iconpaokenkeeper:
paokenkeeper Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah...I blew through them the last few days.

Awesome, Awesome stuff.

Cant wait for the ending. I've been really impressed with the whole thing.

I won't comment down here anymore, honest. Just thought I should say. XD
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divergedemotions Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Student
I wish I could get a copy...
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
At least, you can read the whole thing here online (and there are more pages here than in the printed comic)
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:iconstrangecomet:
StrangeComet Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. I wish I could have it in book for though. *first comic fav'd to remind me to look for updates*
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008
At least, you have it online for free :)
Thanks! I try to update at least once a week- though I'm in a bit of a work rush right now so...a bit of patience.
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swan-swan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Stunning backgrounds.

I love how it parallels the opening of the show. Very nice!
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Hurray! Zhao has his own opening! Good thing he wasn't stuck in an iceberg though. I don't think he has the same survival skills as Aang.
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:iconnakhemda:
Nakhemda Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
I LOVE this story. Zhao is so in-character and all, and you're so skilled... Just love it :love:
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
Many thanks.
Trying to keep Zhao in character can be hard. I do use the excuse that he's lost his memory to and had to relearn everything to explain any deviation of character. Still, as the story moves forward, I hope I managed to keep some of his bastard attitude. He's fun with it.
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Pretty-Angel Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Finally! It was about time to flood dA with the greatest of all awesome fan comics! Yeah!! :w00t:

Let the invasion begin! :evillaugh:
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
Zhao and invasion do mix well.
Time to get this little thing out elsewhere. But there are still going to be exclusives over at LJ.
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:iconpretty-angel:
Pretty-Angel Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I'll still have an eye on your LJ - especially since you're showing your nice sketches there. Loved the recently posted character stuff. :aww:
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sylvacoer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ZOMFGYAYYOU'REPOSTINGHEREONDAAKJSDHFLKASJHDFLKASJHDF LKAJSDHFK~!!! :faint: *dies of fangasm*
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:iconnoselfcontrol:
NoSelfControl Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
Haha, about time I did. This is the updated, fixed version.
Well, as fixed as it will ever get.
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DarkKenjie Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
cool, I love the water tribe, but more earth bender myself lol. gj
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:iconnoselfcontrol:
NoSelfControl Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
I do admit to have a certain love for the earthbenders too- but the Earth Kingdom is not where the Ocean Spirit wanted to send Zhao, unfortunately.
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:iconamo-zero:
Amo-Zero Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Whoah, that's cool~ XD Great work, looks nice! X3
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:iconnoselfcontrol:
NoSelfControl Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
Thank you!
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:iconmakosharkman:
Makosharkman Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
did i mention im writing a Fanfiction of Zhao childhood.
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:iconmakosharkman:
Makosharkman Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Please Please Continue this story about Zhao it deosn't Deserves to be left unclear Please continue it.
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