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Water Tribe 135 by NoSelfControl Water Tribe 135 by NoSelfControl
Coming up next: naval battle!
And a reminder of no updates for next week since I'll be away.
P.S.- Apologies for Zhao's swearing...but I couldn't think of a "nicer" word for what is going on through his mind.

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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Start of Chapter 1: [link]
Start of Chapter 2: [link]
Start of Chapter 3: [link]
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:icondarkxnight:
DarkxNight Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, didn't even notice the language. Used to get all worked up over stuff like that xD
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:icontensaisaiyan:
TensaiSaiyan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Not big on the curse. We're not kids. :)
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:iconloremaster01:
LoreMaster01 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love that a fire-nation man uses a water-tribe weapon.
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:iconariik:
Ariik Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
BATTLE STATIONS!
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:iconobsessedwithcats:
obsessedwithcats Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
I think "flippin' fetchin' crud" would suffice. ;D
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:iconrosiegurrl:
RosieGurrl Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Hey, you know what? It's not a children show anymore. Zhao could swear up a storm and you would hear no complaints from me.
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:iconomnipotrent:
Omnipotrent Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
bravo
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:icontnerb:
tnerb Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That last panel is soooo epic
Zhao is lookin like he's about to get his Admiral ON!!!
(btw I just started reading the comic today and aside from one or two plot choices I love it you have done an awesome job)
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
(late reply is late)
Thanks! Glad you've enjoyed the read so far.
Ah different plot choices. I did play around with a few possibilities but went the lazy way - minimum thinking, just move along.
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:icondark-houndoom:
Dark-Houndoom Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
I don't see how that word is consider swearing, i'm allowed to say it (But i can't even utter the word 'crap' 'scuse me for sayin' that) at home. Ah well, i think i'll start to stop saying it if it is considered so widely as a naughty word XP
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
Different places, different sensibilities on swear words. Personally, I don't see it as one but some people do get offended.
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:icondark-houndoom:
Dark-Houndoom Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
Yes i see what you mean. Well still, i don't consider it ne but i'll slow up on my useage of it >.<
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:iconkaos111:
Kaos111 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
This was the first part of the comic that I saw, and this alone was enough to make me start from the beggining
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
Thanks! Hope you've enjoyed the read so far.
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:iconshadowheat:
ShadowHeat Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
When I read that last panel, all I could hear was Gandalf's voice.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
He'd make a very very poor Gandalf.
Possibly a good Saruman though.
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:iconcirce-albatus-perite:
circe-albatus-perite Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Great pose at the end....let the battle begin....can't wait to read the next pages!! Wonderful work!
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:icon1-ace:
1-Ace Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
love the series! your updating rocks
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
Thank you, glad you're enjoying the story so far.
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:iconfoxysquid:
foxysquid Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
I love this page! Poor Zhao, he has to give up all that loot. :C

The final panel with Zhao shouting his orders and gesturing with the club is such a great shot! He looks good with that Water Tribe club. :heart:
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
He just can never keep the prizes- he'll never give up trying though.
I agree- he should always have a water tribe war club with him. Makes for nice decoration :D
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:iconbluchimera:
bluchimera Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
umm? geesedogs > damn it? ^^''
egh, you're right...nothing else for it. =.=''
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
Ha ha, maybe he should swear like Aang: "Monkeyfeathers!"
Still sounds a bit tame for old grumpy Zhao.
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:icondaedfish:
daedfish Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
love this series, zhao was one of my closet fav characters, thanks for making him even cooler now
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
Glad you enjoy- Zhao deserved some luv (and extra beating up)
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:iconyakukikyo:
YakuKikyo Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
Only three pages ? Well, it's better than nothing.XD Again a fight is coming.XD
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
He won't be able to escape fights from now on- his own fault for putting himself in that kind of trouble.
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:iconyakukikyo:
YakuKikyo Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
lol Well... It seems he loves those situations...
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:iconhatted-halfling:
Hatted-Halfling Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
(pats Zhao on the head) Good boy, choosing protecting your men over greed. You're learning. Very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, (i)very(/) slowly, true, but you're learning. ;3

Trickster
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
Weeeeeeeeellllll...not so much protecting his men as realising he will have his own personal butt kicked if he doesn't hightail it out of there.
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:iconhatted-halfling:
Hatted-Halfling Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
But he's doing the right thing. It may be for the wrong reasons, but if he keeps on doing the right thing, maybe it'll eventually be because it's the right thing to do and not for personal motivations...

Trickster
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:iconteh-ubermeister:
teh-ubermeister Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Hmmm, a naval battle eh? This oughta be interesting.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
...and also a headache- never done naval fights before.
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:iconteh-ubermeister:
teh-ubermeister Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
Ahwell, I'm sure you can handle it, and even if you cant I'm sure people will still like it.
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:icongeneral-blue:
General-Blue Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Zhao makes a stunning figure when he's preparing for battle. I'd follow you anywhere, Mr. Zhao, sir!

I wonder whose ships those are... (is it Azula?!?)
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
Excellent- and, if you keep crawling on your belly when he's near, he'll always look that stunning (and he'd probably enjoy seeing that...)
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:icongeneral-blue:
General-Blue Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
Lol! ^_^
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:iconlingonpirat:
Lingonpirat Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Ah, Zhao, you look so cool with your Water Tribe-club.
A great update, and good luck with the paid work! (;
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
Not only does he look good with it, he can also use it efficiently.
Thank you!
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:iconthe-eclipse:
The-Eclipse Featured By Owner May 27, 2008   Traditional Artist
Warrg! Let´s go to kick some asses!
...with Zhao of course XD.
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
Yeah! Let's kick a few boats' asses...or whatever it is they call the rear end of ships already (memory blanks!)
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:iconthe-eclipse:
The-Eclipse Featured By Owner May 30, 2008   Traditional Artist
Dude, I´m not a sailor ;P...but the most important is Zhao!weee
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:iconobloquycondemed:
ObloquyCondemed Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
A week!? Oh well I can wait =D I hope your time away is okay, where ever it is you're going.
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:iconcullen1392:
cullen1392 Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
you\'re really unbelievable... has anyone told you that recently??
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:iconmoyeongsu:
moyeongsu Featured By Owner May 26, 2008   Writer
just started reading this comic about an hour ago. this is great!!! keep it up!
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
Thank you- I try to update regularly (maybe not this week, but ah well...)
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:iconsuiseiusagi:
suiseiusagi Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
*_* I love how you did the last panel..
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
Thanks- I guess he wanted his pinup panel for a while.
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:iconeman5805:
Eman5805 Featured By Owner May 26, 2008   Writer
\"Confound this dreadful situatio!\" doesn\'t pack the same punch does it?
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
Hmmm...not quite. In another situation and other AU, maybe XD
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