Sorry for the typo, too lazy to edit
Can we take a moment to appreciate the Avatar creators?
This is my good buddy Asher in the world’s greatest Momo costume. I’m glad I finally got to see him wearing it, while it still fits him. Hopefully next year we’ll finally get Lisa to dress up as June, the design we based on her. That will be as “IRL” as it gets.
Happy Bryke Appreciation Day!
Thank you Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko for all your wonderful work and creations!
I was planning on doing this sketch a few weeks back, but I just got around to it tonight. Il Kwang at Studio Mir did a fantastic job designing young General Iroh, in my opinion. I saw a funny “CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FACE” post after he showed up in the end of episode 110. I say, “CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR HAIR, SIR.”
Have I mentioned that the Avatar creators are perfect human beings?
Hello, everyone! I wish I had some time to draw something new for the blog, but I’ve been buried in all sorts of work. So in an effort to post something related to the Book 1 finale this Saturday, here is the rough concept for the press art I posted last week. It might be interesting to those of you who like to see this sort of process work.
I have some more specifics on our San Diego Comic Con activities to share:
WHAT: The Legend of Korra Comic-Con Panel
WHEN: Friday, July 13 from 11:15a – 12:15p
WHERE: Ballroom 20
WHO: Co-creators and executive producers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos (co-executive producer), Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P.J. Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami) and Andrea Romano (voice director). The panel will include an in-depth discussion of Book 1 and a live performance by the voice actors.
WHAT: The Legend of Korra Comic-Con Signing
WHEN: Friday, July 13 beginning at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Nickelodeon booth
I’ve been told that Ballroom 20 holds 4300 people, so just get 4300 people to hold your places in the Game of Thrones line for Hall H, and pop over to Ballroom 20 for a spell. Among other things, Andrea is going to lead the actors in a live table read of some key scenes from Book 1. We’ve never done that sort of thing at a panel, so it should be really fun. ***Remember: The actors are not the characters, so be nice to David. He isn’t Mako. He just plays one on TV.
Which reminds me, I caught wind that there was a brutal war in the fandom this week. In lieu of me having time, let’s all just pretend I drew a really funny comic about that and posted it just now. And we laughed. And it brought us joy. And the fandom hugged it out.
Cool sketch by Bryan along with more details of our Comic Con panel.
And once again I wish I lived close enough to go to SDCC.
Mike and Bryan, if you are reading this, please consider coming back to NYCC! I didn’t get to go last time you were there.
I wanted to let everyone know I got my Korra Nation poster today!! It’s amazing. This is the first ever thing signed by Mike and Bryan that I’ve ever gotten. I’m going to get it framed. =)
Bryke are my heroes. It’s amazing to finally have something signed by them!
–Wow! Thanks, everybody! I’m really glad you like the art.
–Ha ha, some people just see what they want to see, I guess. Korra is not wearing Mako’s scarf, nor his jacket. Look more closely at her costume, and Mako’s.
–The finale on June 23 is the Book 1 finale (episodes 111 & 112). But first, episode 110 airs this Saturday, June 16! Get the collective body ready.
–We just finished up the mix of episode 112 this evening. Just a few finishing touches left to do on the picture, then that’s a wrap on Book 1. WOO HOO! These 12 episodes took two really tough years to make. I really wish that meant we had a break now, but sigh… (See below). Thanks and congratulations to all the awesome, hardworking people on the Korra crew!
–Book 2 is happening, and is 14 episodes long. No, I don’t know when it comes out. REALLY, I DON’T. But no, it won’t be another two years from now, as we are already in production on it (that’s the brutal thing about TV, the schedule overlap). So all I can say, and it is the honest truth, is that we’re working really hard on it!
Thank you so much. For everything.
Also please go eat something. I worry.
That none of you have figured out the voices for the Two Chi-blockers that find the empty tram car, one of who is referred to as the sassy chi-blocker.. I thought you guys would be freaking out..
EDIT: It’s not Me or Sifu Kisu…
Bryan and Mike…..
And of course Bryan is the sassy one…
And by of course I mean he would love to play that character, not that he is sassy..
This is why the creators of Avatar are perfect human beings.
Late night Lieutenant
Yeah, I know. This photo is stupid. Ironic B-boy posturing is rarely amusing to me, but I came back from color correction to find the studio empty, closed early for Memorial Day weekend. I put this hat on Kevin Coppa’s puppet, and one thing led to another…
RANDOM END-OF-THE-WEEK MUSINGS
–Sorry, it is true that there is no new episode airing this weekend. But a new Korra will be on next Saturday, June 2nd. And it’s a doozy. A REAL DOOZY. In the meantime, Nick.com wanted me to let you all know they made a playlist where you can watch the first seven episodes online, in case you need to catch up, or convert friends, family, babysitters, family pets, etc. Here’s the link: http://at.nick.com/Lv4P9O
–As some of you may know, Korra has been the number one show with teen audiences in the U.S. for some of these first seven episodes. As previously mentioned, I don’t put too much stock in ratings, but this is mind-blowing to me. How is a Saturday morning “cartoon” beating out prime time network shows like American Idol, Glee, The Voice, and Family Guy with teen audiences? We’re all surprised, honored, and baffled. My guess is that the 12-year-olds who were growing up on Avatar are now 16-year-olds, and Korra has sort of aged up right along with them. Whatever the reason, thanks!
–Mike and I love you guys, but we don’t take requests. We make the best show we can, telling the stories we want to tell, and then we put it out there in the world. By the time you guys see it and have “all the feels” and/or get all mad at stuff, we are working on something far, far ahead of that. It may not always go the way you want it to, but at least it is honest art, straight from our hearts. And a lot of these reactions may turn out to be knee-jerk ones in the long run, once you see where the stories and characters go. I’d rather do that than make some watered down “design by committee” thing that attempted to please everyone. If it were up to the majority of the audience, we’d probably have a show where Tahno and the Cabbage Merchant play beach games on Ember Island for 500 episodes… In short, as you guys say, I REGRET NOTHING.
–This is funny, but it never happened. I’m vegan.
–And lastly, my favorite quote from Mike this week, commenting on a cool, momentous shot from the Book 1 finale, addressing the whole fandom: “GIF that and put it on yer Tumblr.” HA!
Have a great, long weekend!
You, sir, are a perfect human being.
And a vegan? I didn’t know that, but kudos to you!
(Shall we redo the meme with Bryan putting hummus on a bagel? Anyone? Guys?)
Anyway, I can’t wait until next Saturday! Actually, I can, because I know how much work you put into it and I’m sure it’s worth the wait! ^_^
I “performed” this “dance” for video reference of this kid in episode 302 of Avatar, “The Headband.” I rarely shy away from making a complete ass of myself in the name of fun, so I thought I’d share this with you guys. This was taped back in 2006, but I think my back still hurts.
THIS MAN IS LITERALLY PERFECT. ;LASKDFJ;LKSADFJ
The Avatar creators are amazing people!
Nothing can stop him…
Haha, this is hilarious!
It seems like on Tumblr you can’t reblog an answer to a question from someone’s ask box (or at least I’m too old to figure out how), so I’m reposting this from my good friend, Korra Book 2 director, and cantankerous old fart, Colin Heck. The screengrab below is from me, another cantankerous old fart. Now excuse me while I go email Warpaint:
I can’t wait for your new album. I hear Flood is producing it. My body is not ready. I have too many feels. I know you are still working on the album, but please send me all the chords and lyrics right now. MUST. HAVE. NOW. K, thanks.
Bryan why are you so amazing?
Kevin Coppa & Friends, coming with the high production values, as usual. Amazing work, guys!
Video Cast & Crew:
Kevin Coppa - Jacob Schultz - Joe Huck - Kevin Cammarata - Bill Czopek - Amanda Cohen
Man, I guess this is as good a time as any to tell everyone on here that I’ll be gone for the next two weeks. I don’t want any conspiracy theories popping up!
This is amazing! I can’t say enough how much I LOVE THIS FANDOM! <3
Nice article by Geoff Boucher in the LA Times today. I *think* there will be some follow-up features online in the days/weeks to come.
OMG that picture is so adorable.