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Water Tribe 170 by NoSelfControl Water Tribe 170 by NoSelfControl
Enough grumpy old men. Next updates, plans are made.

The next update may be a bit late too: work, plus this is the final week of Avatar, and after that SDCC. I'll see if I can squeeze in a new page or two.

Page original size 5,5" X 8".
Rough pencils. Grey shading, lettering and word ballons done in Photoshop
These pages 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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:icondarkxnight:
DarkxNight Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Contemptuous look?
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:iconfeverishlyangelic:
feverishlyangelic Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008   Writer
Ohh, man, I read this whole thing just now and I can't wait for more! D:
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:iconbluchimera:
bluchimera Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
thankfully, no members of the stool family were injured with this wall-smash. ^0^
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
Maybe because all members of the stool family didn't survive any previous crushing anger of Zhao.
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:iconbluchimera:
bluchimera Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
And Zuko, can't forget the untimely death of Mr. Stool the III after zuko smashed him against a wall. ^^''
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
This one was sorely missed by many.
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:iconkamikazepilotess:
kamikazepilotess Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
So delightful!
Especially the grumpy old men.
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:iconjoan-kagami:
Joan-Kagami Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
well he cooled down quite fast didn't he
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:iconsaasan:
Saasan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008   Writer
I didn't like Zhao until this comic. Now I love him!

Also, I love that you left the art so sketchy. It adds... character? I guess that's the word I want. Anyway, I love it!
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
When feeling angsty or angry, rip a Fire Nation wall hanging.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Ha ha, he's actually punching the wall right beside it. Wouldn't want to punch what he's considering his new homeland flag.
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:iconswan-swan:
swan-swan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Ah, so he has SOME self-control, then?
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:iconbeloved-stranger:
Beloved-Stranger Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome! Ha, I love it how Zhao's still an anti-hero, even though he's sorta on the right side.

Most of the time.

When d'ya think you's next be able to update?
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Zhao is on Zhao's side, right or wrong.
Can't say when the next update will be. Possibly soon after SDCC. Before the con if I can, but I don't promise nothing.
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:iconquatercomet:
QuaterComet Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
(To quote an often-used expletive on the AvatarSpirit.net forums) Kohdammit! Now you've gone and made me sympathetic towards Zhao! (Even if he is a good guy in the end, he's just so grumpy and incorrigible and, and.... Zhaoish! xD)

Though, seeing Horuk try to keep his cool (and bring Zhaoka back to the light side!) as a negotiator was very humorous! Can't wait to see if Zhao agrees to speak with the council! :)
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
He has to stay Zhao! or else...well...it's not as fun. :D
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:iconzanessa4ever:
zanessa4ever Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
Oh, darn. Well, you're much older than I, and actually have a life, so...
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
Hmmm. I don't know about the having a life part...
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:iconzanessa4ever:
zanessa4ever Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
Well, I believe you do, because you work and earn money, unlike me. I am merely a student and have a non-existant job at my parents' store.
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plainclothesrasta Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, having read through this whole deal, I'm still basking in the awesomeness. You write the best humans, Rufftoon.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
That is high praise- thank you very much :thanks:
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:iconjedimasterfeanorkun1:
Wow! Zhao shows a little bit of emo after having a straight face for a while. Not that he hasn't. But we get to see more of the thoughts of Zhao.
Thanks for doing these amazing strips!
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
Thank you!
Zhao is usually cool headed, but we've seen him lose his composure more than once (even in the serie).
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:iconaquabreeze87:
aquabreeze87 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
He's going to throw it all away again, isn't he?
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
Hopefully, he's learning a bit better these days.
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:iconaquabreeze87:
aquabreeze87 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah xD
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Ethereal-Glutton Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
oooo...another tense cliffhanger...

That was very wise to appeal to his conceited side..."they are convinced you are the best person to talk to..."

Oh and that face...that face that Zhao shoots back...

If you keep uploading, I will not be able to concentrate on getting ready for SDCC ^-^;

..but that doesn't mean stop..hehe..more more...


please :)
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
I thought it was a small cliffhanger. It didn't stop in the middle of a fight.
I'm sure you'll be ready for SDCC.
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:iconshuiyue:
ShuiYue Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Student Filmographer
I have expected him to jump around on the spot yelping :)

I wonder if they would help Zhao defeat those three ships?
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
...or bite, or many other signs of rage.
The Water Tribe doesn't want to start a new conflict with the fire nation. They need to know what those ships' intentions are first.
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:iconyakukikyo:
YakuKikyo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Well, well, well... Will he help them ?
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
Only if that could help himself in the process.
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:iconteh-ubermeister:
teh-ubermeister Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
So it's about time for Zhao to help the tribe that helped him eh?
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
Perhaps...
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:iconsuiseiusagi:
suiseiusagi Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Hmm.. the ambition of a 'tribesman' versus the ambition of a 'modern man'. I think I like that line of Horuk's.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Part of Horuk can't really imagine life needing to be more complicated than with just the basis. Zhao's ambitious nature is something he'll never comprehend.
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:iconzealousshadow:
zealousshadow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Weeell, the plot thickens! You've made Zhao a very complex character in my thinking. It's good to see that he feels making those shortcuts was a mistake! Admitting one's shortcomings is the first step towards conquering them.

Horuk gave a very wise answer there. He's probably thinking...what do I say to that? And not knowing if his words will be affective--but he honestly says what he thinks. :clap:
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
The shortcuts were only a mistake because he failed. If he'd succeeded with his plan of getting rich quick, then he would have complimented himself.
Horuk isn't a profound or complicated thinker. His best answers are the direct ones.
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zealousshadow Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah...I kind of figured that Zhao only sees them as mistakes because it didn't work. :roll:

I sometimes think the simplest thoughts are the most profound. :frail:
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:iconsylvacoer:
sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no, i can never get enough of smexy grumpy smexy old men who are smexy! :D
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Guess I'll just have to keep drawing grumpy smexy older men.
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:iconsylvacoer:
sylvacoer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
8D *spleeeeeee~!!* :icongwomp:
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:iconangelaart:
angelaART Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
But I love the grumpy old men.
You've heard every compliment on every one of these pages. All I can say is that I love it, and I can't wait for the new pages! :lol:
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Thank you very much. Can't say exactly when the next update will be, what with the con coming up and all that.
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:iconcirce-albatus-perite:
Love Zhao's expression in the last panel. ...

Punching that metal has got to hurt! Wow...great update...will be waiting for the next...
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
But it was a good kind of hurt. I think.
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:iconrocul:
Rocul Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Student Digital Artist
ahhh it's getting better and better XD
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
Thanks! Glad you enjoy the story so far :)
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:iconjasmineleilani:
JasmineLeilani Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for giving some yummyness! All my fave. Avitard artists are being so gracious these few days before the Finale-I can't wait to see what the final episodes will inspire everyone to do.
Thank you!
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
True, with the ending coming up, I guess we're all celebrating by doing a bit more fanart before and after (hopefully after!)
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