Drawn for friends, for fun.
With #Gurihiru (the #Avatar comics artists) Jessie Flower (voice of #Toph) and Bryan before our #darkhorse signing. #sdcc2014 #vscocam
It was great to see Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano, the comic-making powerhouse team known as Gurihiru, and the brilliant Jessie Flower (voice of Toph, as Mike noted, and also the recent voice of young Suyin Beifong)––whom I didn’t recognize because the last time I saw her she was A LITTLE GIRL AND NOT A UNIVERSITY STUDENT! Thanks to Dark Horse for hosting our signing (which also included the great Gene Yang). We had a blast.
Tight quarters “backstage” in the Nick Booth at SDCC with Janet Varney and Dee Bradley Baker. Thanks for being such a stellar panel audience, everyone!
"The Legend of Korra" may be a cartoon, but its female protagonist is one of the toughest, most complex on TV
Nice write up by Scott Thill — he asked us some of the best questions we’ve ever been asked by an interviewer. Check out the link for the interview.
Indeed, this was a really fun and stimulating interview. I encourage you to check it out!
Happy dance! We’re heading to San Diego Comic Con for a Book Three panel on Friday, July 25 and it’s going to be AMAZING!
Hey, guys! The Korra SDCC panel is on Friday, July 25 at 11:15 am -12:15 pm, Ballroom 20. Mike and I are super excited to be joined by Korra panel veterans Janet Varney (Korra), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami), and David Faustino (Mako), and first-time Korra panelists Mindy Sterling (Lin Beifong) and John Michael Higgins (Varrick). We’ll be showing a new, never-been-leaked Book 3 episode, and some other cool sneak peeks. Mike and I, along with various special guests, will be doing three signings (that I know of) during the convention. More info on all of that soon. Looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!
Mike and I and our stretchy heads met some really cool fans of ATLA/LOK tonight at the second Echo Society concert featuring incredible (separate) compositions by Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn, the composer and the sound designer for ATLA/LOK, respectively. Enriching conversation ensued!
I’m looking forward to this event! Huge thanks to everyone who bids on the prints for the fundraiser! See you there!
In the wake of the horrific Boston Marathon bombings last year, I posted on this blog that I would be figuring out a way to do a fundraiser for those affected. A few weeks ago the gracious folks at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, asked if I would like to have an art show in their Carol Schlosberg Gallery space. I realized this was a great opportunity to finally put together a fundraiser, one that would actually be near Boston. I had 17 high-quality Image Wizards AluminArte metal, frame-to-edge prints made of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra artwork I have done (some by myself, some in collaboration with other folks on the crews of those shows) over the last 10 years and donated them to the event.
The exhibition opened earlier this week and is open to the public, and will be hanging until Saturday, May 17th. The gallery is conducting a silent auction for each of the 17 prints, which vary in size but average around 19 x 25 inches. If every piece sells, even without surpassing the starting bids (which were set to the costs of the prints), we would raise $3805 for the survivors, their families, and those who lost loved ones in the attacks. And of course I am hoping we can raise much more than that. Every dollar will be donated directly to One Fund Boston, the charity formed by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas M. Menino (this is also where the money raised by the Boston Strong charity goes). The bottom photo shows the small-scale proofs of the 17 pieces hanging in the show. I will sign the full-size prints when I get to Massachusetts later this month.
To support the event, on Saturday, May 17, the last day of the exhibition and auction, I will be doing a signing at the gallery (or the room right next door, I believe) from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. It would be great to see your faces there, so if you are in the area, please do come by and say hi, get something signed if you like, congratulate the recent Montserrat art student graduates, see the artwork, and if you can, bid on it! I apologize in advance that I will have to cut off the signing at 12:30 pm, as I will be traveling with family and will need to get back to them at that point. Bidding on the silent auction will end at 5:00 pm that Saturday. Montserrat will notify the winners on the following Monday, and the artwork will then be available for pickup. If any of the pieces do not sell, I will get a hold of them and throw them up on EBay or something so we can see the fundraiser all the way through. Thank you in advance for your support, and thanks to Montserrat College of Art for all of their help!
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Mon. - Thurs. 10 am - 5 pm
Fri. 10 am - 1 pm
23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Bryan Konietzko Signing
Saturday, May 17, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
*Gallery and silent auction closing at 5:00 pm on this day.
STAY STRONG, BOSTON!
I’m excited to be going over small-scale proofs of much larger metal prints for an upcoming exhibition of illustrations I did, some alone and some in collaboration with colleagues, for or related to Avatar and Korra between 2003 and 2013. I’ll be posting more information on the exhibition very soon, but for now I can at least say it will be in the greater Boston area. Stay tuned!
It has been ages since I’ve had the time and energy to mess around with any digital painting, either on the Cintiq or the iPad. When I was digging around old files last night I came across a barely-started portrait attempt of Korra that I had based on a storyboard drawing of Ki-Hyun Ryu’s. I put a little bit more time into this evening, feeling rather rusty! That said, painting human faces is always a huge challenge for me, no matter how much I’ve been painting. Here is a detail of the work in progress.
I had a fantastic time at the Fandom Society inaugural Cosplay Ball last night. Thanks to my buddies/co-hosts Giancarlo Volpe & Dante Basco for having me as a guest. HUGE THANKS to the ever-gracious Albert for lending me his great Fire Nation Sokka costume, to the equally ever-gracious Trini for lending his Fire Nation Aang costume to my friend and coworker Brandon Hoang, and to Avatar Mom for making those connections happen in the nick of time. And thanks to all the incredibly nice cosplayers I met! It was a pleasure. The event, held in a super slick giant club, went really well, with a robust attendance and a nice vibe. There were so many amazing cosplayers from a wide variety of fandoms, though it seemed like Attack on Titan had the biggest numbers. There were some awesome Avatar/Korra cosplayers as well, the photos of which I will post next. In the photos above: Dante Basco (top), Brandon Hoang (middle), and Giancarlo Volpe sans costume (bottom).