Zhao Shao'ang (Shaoang, Shao-Ang, 趙少昂) (1905-98, China)

Bird-and-flower paintings 2

Zhao Shao'ang was a Chinese artist and exemplar of the landscape, and bird-and-flower painting traditions, as well as a noted painter of cicada. His style is that of the Lingnan School, which formed the basis for the modernisation of 20th century Chinese art.


Zuko being unnecessarily violent. 

Note that Iroh stops Zuko when he can. Interestingly, in the example from “The Beach,” it’s not until Zuko pushes Ruon-Jian into the vase that Mai finally puts an end to things. This is likely due to Iroh having more experience dealing with Zuko’s temper. 

Furthermore, while Iroh gets Zuko to stop, it’s only Mai that explains to Zuko what problematic behaviors he is displaying:

Mai: Your temper is out of control. You blow up over every little thing. You’re so impatient and hotheaded and angry!

However, I should probably note that, while Zuko’s temperament is reduced by the time of the comics, this behavioral change is due more to the context of the events in the show v the comics, rather than Mai’s verbal reprimands and Iroh’s physical intervention. 

Don’t imagine Iroh taking an evening walk, only to turn around to see their ship explode with one passenger still aboard.


Don’t think of him, in that moment, reliving the day his men told him his son had been killed in an ambush.

Don’t imagine him running to the port, praying to Agni that he doesn’t have to lose another son.

Don’t imagine his heart stopping for a moment when he sees the burning wreckage.

Don’t imagine him scanning the waters desperately for any sign of his nephew until he sees him clinging to a wooden plank.

Don’t imagine him finally able to breathe again seeing Zuko alive, getting him to shore as quickly and best as he can, all the while trying to get him to talk in order to keep him conscious and not succumb to the cold.

Don’t imagine him instantly also knowing who was responsible for the explosion.