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So haha, yeah, I was actually doing NaNoWriMo this November. My final word count was a bit disappointing. I didn't even get halfway. I didn't even get to introduce the character I was dying to introduce! Still, it's better than any of my other attempts in recent years, and I'm slightly impressed I actually kept at it to the end instead of just giving up around the 15th and watching Walking Dead or something. I kind of liked where it was going so will probably keep picking at it; though I'm not sure it's the sort of thing anyone other than me would enjoy.

In the meantime, don't tell anyone, but I have in fact been doing some work on chapter 5 of that comic. The following is me trying to nail down the visual style for the chapter. Collapse )

Moving pictures

So I watched Deathly Hallows part 1 last night, and it was a pretty awesome way to relive my old Harry Potter fandom days. I don't draw much HP fanart anymore, but back in the day I drew so much of it that a lot was just left to moulder in old sketchbooks or hard drives. A lot of things I thought, "Well, I'll finish this/ink this/color this someday," and never got around to it. Now, for old times' sake, I figured I'd dig up some of this old crap and inflict it on people have a few laughs. This is mostly stuff I drew after reading Books 5 and 6.

WARNING: Some seriously old art. Giant heads, giraffe necks, narrow torsos, etc. etc. Displayed here for nostalgia purposes only.

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This last one is actually Sweeney Todd fanart, an aborted doodle comic about the end of the movie. But is relevant to this post, as you can see...
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trip of a lifetime

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Everybody has "family legends", right? Well, the biggest legend in our family is the story of the first time my grandfather saw my mother after she was born.

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Awesome story right? It's been repeated so many times over the decades that every one of us kids, grandkids, cousins, etc. know it by heart. It's practically the central "creation myth" of our family history.

Well, yesterday was the first anniversary of my lola's death. Today we were going through a lot of her old things -- letters, photos, etc. In a small wooden box, along with love letters, birthday cards, and my mother and uncle's letters to Santa at the North Pole, I was amazed to find one of lola's old diaries from 1942. There's an entry for May 12th where her usually small, neat handwriting becomes huge and wobbly because she's writing while waiting for the ambulance to take her to the hospital to have her baby. There's an entry for May 14th after the baby had arrived (apparently her being a girl had come as some surprise?) There's an entry for the evening of May 15th, talking about lolo's visit earlier that day.

So I thought that was pretty much the most amazing I could ever find. But then, at the bottom of that wooden box, I found

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So there you have it. A piece of our family history. And a little snippet of world history as well.
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"The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang - a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra."

See, this actually bothers me a LOT because it means that Aang only lived to about 67 (technically 167, but you know what I mean). :( I had the impression that in Avatar world a life expectancy of 100+ is not at all uncommon; after all, Bumi was over 100 and still super fit, and Avatar Kyoshi lived to over 200. But even in our world 67 is way too young to die peacefully of old age! Which means he was probably killed by someone? At any rate, I don't like it.

But apart from that, everything else sounds super.

"Korra’s quest eventually leads her to Republic City - the epicenter of the world of “Avatar.” A metropolis powered by steampunk-type technology, the city is inhabited by people from all nations. Korra finds that Republic City suffers from rampant crime and is also dealing with an anti-bender revolt. Korra is tutored by Aang’s son, Tenzin, in the ways of airbending."

...Actually, this is starting to sound like Batman Beyond or something. O_o Looking at the image, it definitely looks like the Avatar version of New York (or maybe New Crobuzon). I really hope this doesn't mean they're abandoning the overarching story style of the first series for a more episodic, enemy-of-the-week style. Not that episodic can't be good; but for me part of what made the first series really unusual for an American animated show was that it followed a series-long, planned story arc with a beginning, middle, and end.

Anyway. Why do I sound so pessimistic? NEW AVATAR! :D