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Shi Long Pang, pages 125-128 [Dec. 12th, 2008|04:27 pm]
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I'm happy to be drawing some fighting again. It would be nice to do some action every 20-25 pages, as opposed to waiting 70 like I did in the beginning.

After some intense internet research, I think I've figured out that there's a very limited number of Shaolin-related hand combat methods that would have existed during Pang's time. Most styles were either just developed around this time (so I don't know how likely it would be that Pang would be familiar at all), or created further into the Qing dynasty.

The only thing you can really see in comics though are postures/stances, unless I really wanted to break it down, which admittedly would be cool. I took that stance in panel 3 of page 128 from a Taizu Chang Quan form (long fist). The only problem is I have no idea how things might have changed since the 1600s. So much guesswork.
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[User Picture]From: mybodymycoffin
2008-12-13 03:26 am (UTC)

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Lol, did Juzheng's brah just throw up melon? Awesome.

And pacing action is definitely important. Avatar was really good about that, if you've ever seen the show. In contrast, Mushishi can reach a climax with an almost complete absence of action (as in fighting) by replacing it with action (as in the culmination of events). If it's any consolation I think you've been doing well with both.