Welp. Zhao is my favorite character now. I am not denying this.
This was amazing! This "exercise" in storytelling is so amazing, it might as well be one of the official printed comics from the avatar peoples!! The story and pages and artwork flowed so brilliantly and perfectly that I want to own my own hard copy!! Thank you so much for spending your time and effort on this, it was well worth it.
It's 11 pm. I haven't had sleep in 30 hours. I have a debate paper due tomorrow on conspiracies based around 9/11. I'm not even half way done. I have to print out twenty copies of my speech for my class for Wednesday, using color ink that I don't actually have.
And I spent my entire afternoon reading this comic on a character I was never particularly fond of from one of my favorite cartoons. Five years after it was finished.
Time well spent, obviously.
Though, to be a bit more serious, your work is absolutely fantastic. Your humor, your storytelling, your artwork, and especially your dialogue are top notch. You tell a damn good story, and I'm honestly a bit awed by it. You inserted original characters and wove them seamlessly into the story to the point that they feel just as fleshed out and real as the characters that we all have come to know and love. I was legitimately concerned for Arluk, and was relieved to find out that he'd survived. You also had a mastery over the characters from A:tLA, which isn't always easy. This was great insight into what makes Zhao tick, and it never felt like he had truly changed, even though he had adapted enough to survive in a new context. It wasn't until the very end that I realized that yes, he really did. It was really subtle that way.
Your artwork is beautiful. That cannot be said enough.
I loved the open ending you gave us. It was satisfying enough to tie up most of the loose ends presented in your story, and still left us something to decide on our own.
What more can I say? Your comic was awesome. A+ material!
Thank you so much for devoting your time and energy into this comic, and I hope to see more from you again soon.
Wow. You know how to tell a great story. You didn't 180 Zhao, you didn't make him something he's not, but you did make him grow outside what we thought we all knew of him. I have enjoyed reading through this and the skill in the drawing and movement of the characters made this something really special. I know I will return to read through again. And thank you, for making me root for the very small good part of Zhao.
This...is brilliant and beautiful. I never would have thought that I could like a character like Zhao, but you obviously changed that. Truly, this is perfect. You embody the character of the show, with your odd bits of humor, and every characterization (of characters) is spot on. And that's not even mentioning your gorgeous artwork! I absolutely loved this.