Mike and I had lunch with Dante Basco (voice of Zuko & General Iroh the Younger) yesterday. It nice to take a break from the storm and reminisce on the Avatar days and craze, and catch up on the million-and-one things Dante is up to. The guy keeps himself busy. He is on Tumblr too, in case you didn’t know. But if you are into Homestuck, then you already knew that.
After the finale premiere and series wrap-up
Joaquim Dos Santos(Director): My wife just kept squeezing my hand tighter and tighter and tighter and tighter and she looked over at me and said “This is the best thing you’ve been a part of” and I couldn’t agree more.
Giancarlo Volpe(Storyboard Artist): I felt for a moment there I got to just be purely a fan. THEY DID IT! Mike and Bryan did it! And I’ll start crying. I really thought they pulled it off.
Seung-Hyun Oh(Storyboard Director): We (storyboard artists) miss Avatar. We miss that time.
Michael Dante DiMartino: As a whole, I’m very proud of it. It is surreal to look back and be like, “Oh, that was 5 or 6 years of my life encapsulated in 22 minutes x 61 (episodes) or whatever that is!”
Bryan Konietzko: It’s satisfying. I look at it and there’s all these, “Awww, I wish we could have done that better”, “I wish that had turned out better” but I think it’s the cumulative effect of it. And the fans are really getting that sense of the world. That’s what’s important. Nickelodeon supported us and gave us so much freedom. We made the show we wanted to make. Mike and I just poured our hearts into it and luckily found all these amazing people who were willing to sacrifice as much as we were. I couldn’t be more proud of what we were able to accomplish.
:) And now Korra :D
Rest assured, I still have that shirt. Phew…
These are clips from the wonderful documentary about the making of Avatar: The Last Airbender called “Avatar Spirits,” directed by our good friend Kurt Mattila (who was roommates with Mike for about 10 years), and produced by Alex Dervin. We are very lucky to have such talented friends who were willing to squeeze in this project between big, fancy commercial jobs, to chronicle this very important chapter in our careers and lives and share it with the fans of the series. I believe the documentary is floating around online, and you can also find it as part of the ATLA Book 1 Collector’s Edition.
On the side, Kurt does a podcast called The Big Pull, about comics, movies, and TV. Giancarlo Volpe (looping in GIF form above, and on Tumblr here) is a frequent guest, Mike has been on there once or twice, and so has as our world famous internet comic sensation Liz Climo. Check it out!
That moment where Toph Bei Fong is a real person….
somebody help i can’t deal with all this perfection
This is so spot on it makes my head spin! Beautiful photo as well.
Thanks to everyone who has followed this blog and supported my work this past year. I had no idea this would be the case when I took the Tumblr plunge, but making “personal” art pieces to post on here forced me to grow as an artist and has fed back into my “professional” work, and it has inspired me for the possibilities in my future endeavors. I deeply appreciate it, and hope you got something worthwhile out of this blog too. A huge thanks to all of the incredible artists I follow on here for the invaluable inspiration, and to the ATLA and LOK fans for all the spirited fanart, GIFs, cosplay, etc. You guys help to fuel us through the crazy process of bringing animation to life.
I wish you all the best in 2013. Happy New Year!
Hey, folks! Are you all frustrated that Nickelodeon still hasn’t released a soundtrack from Avatar: The Last Airbender? I know I am! Well, one solution to this problem is to join an orchestra and perform Jeremy Zuckerman’s beautiful scores yourselves!
The New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra performs ‘Peace’ from ATLA.
This made me teary-eyed, partially due to hearing this particular piece of music again, but also because this amazing group of people dedicated their time and talents to this. Great work!
This piece was inspired by the bewitching and bewildering work of Amei Zhao, aka seventypercentethanol, who consistently blows my mind here on Tumblr.
EDIT: Yep. Made a couple tweaks.
Elizabeth Chun is a current RISD student who recently interned at Nick. She is a big fan of the character Jet, so she made Ryu (the original designer of Jet) this giant Jet head. That’s Ryu holding it there. He did not attend Ohio State.
Thanks to Emily Tetri (who, by the way, has a new Tumblr blog where she will be posting funny sketches and comics: monsterlings.tumblr.com), we here on the Korra crew have collectively watched about a million hours of Maymo the Dog’s videos this week. At home, I went to show my wife this particular video when I noticed the top comment. Ha!
(And who are the 124 people who went out of their way to “dislike” this video? What is wrong with people? Who does that? Is it just one useless curmudgeon who has thousands of YouTube accounts who just goes around “disliking” videos all day? Go fly a kite! For real, get off your ass and go fly a kite––outside.)
Driving home from work earlier this week, I saw this incredible cumulus cloud emerging from the twilight sky above the San Gabriel Mountains and I resolved to try to paint it. It seemed like the kind of moment in nature upon which Aang would meditate.
EDIT, from the artist, Iain Heath: “Part of my contribution to the Darlings collaborative display at BrickCon 2012 this October, to commemorate the life and works of Heather Braaten (inventor of Darlings).”