Our Dark Horse Book 2 “Art of the Animated Series” hardcover is out today! I’m thoroughly pleased with how this book came out and super proud of all the talented artists whose work is inside. It is 40 pages longer than the previous volume, and we finally got the printing dialed in right, so none of the paintings are too dark this time around. I had fun working with Ryu on the beautiful cover art (which was originally our SDCC poster), and with my buddy Stephen who did the book design. You can check out an 8-page preview over on Dark Horse’s website here. I hope you enjoy it! Come and get one signed by us at New York Comic Con if you can!
While I’m at it, here is the “Have You Seen My Flying Bison?” poster I made for the ATLA Book 2 episode “Lake Laogai,” with calligraphy by S.L. Lee, PhD, slightly-less way back in May of 2006. Aang looks like an egg with Aang’s face drawn on it.
I forgot the Book 2 DVD/Blu-ray art had been released, which was announced over at IGN on Monday. Here it is without the packaging and graphic overlays. It was a fun collaboration between Joaquim Dos Santos and myself.
Korra Chibis for Book Two
edit: redrew Eska with her wedding outfit :P
Whose your fav?
And here’s the link for Book One: here
Wow, that’s a lot of work! Adorable! Raiko is my favorite. He is probably the last Book 2 character I would expect to be in chibi form.
I’m excited to be going over the final proofs for the second Dark Horse Korra art book. This thing will be on its way to the printers soon. Can’t wait for you guys to see it!
Mike and I had a nice dinner with three of our friends from Studio Mir who are visiting LA, Young Ja on the left (producer), Jae Myung in the center (president), and Sarah on the right (translator). It was nice to toast the spectacular work Mir did on the last five episodes of Book 2 on the night of the finale. Mike and I met Jae Myung ten years ago in Seoul when he was a key animator working on the pilot of Avatar, and we have been working together almost the entire time since.
P.S. I forgot to mention, we have seen the first four episodes of Take 1 animation from Studio Mir on Book 3. AWESOME STUFF! They continue to blow us away. The premiere date hasn’t been pinned down, but we are on track to airing Book 3 with MUCH less of a wait than the unfortunate one there was before Book 2 aired. We are all incredibly excited for you all to see the new book. For now, I hope enjoyed the Book 2 finale!
HERE’S OUR BIG NEWS, STRAIGHT FROM JANET VARNEY! IF THIS POST GETS REBLOGGED 10,000 TIMES IN THE NEXT 12 HOURS, WE’LL RELEASE THE 1 HOUR BOOK 2 FINALE TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT EST ON NICK.COM!
No, seriously. Pick your jaw up off the floor! Catch “Night of A Thousand Stars” and “Harmonic Convergence” tonight at 8/7c on Nick…and then unlock the Book 2 finale episodes “Darkness Falls” and “Light in the Dark” online at midnight EST!
Let’s do this thing, Korra Nation!
Well, that escalated quickly. Looks like Chrimbus is coming early. You Korra fans are being rewarded for your online behavior. The last FOUR episodes of Book 2 are within your viewing pleasure this weekend. That is a big dose of Korra. I hope you enjoy the action-packed, emotional, cerebral, poetic onslaught! See you on the other side.
Tomorrow night is a one-hour Korra special, and the first episode of the pair is Chapter 11, “Night of a Thousand Stars,” a hilarious and dynamic script written by Josh Hamilton. Colin Heck did an amazing job directing this one, which feels like two episodes jammed into three acts every time I watch it. The image above is the movie poster featured in the episode, drawn by Christie Tseng, characters colored by Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf, background painted by Emily Tetri, and art directed by me. It was based on a retro movie poster Nuktuk illustration Colin drew for fun early in Book 2. Studio Mir (back in the saddle for the remainder of Korra’s run) did incredible work on a tall order for this episode, once again. 8:00pm/7c Friday!
More news coming soon…
Major milestone for us today as we mixed the final episode of Book 2. FINALLY! You guys will see this in under two weeks, hot off the presses. This episode, and the remaining ones leading up to it, are sonic smorgasbords, thanks to Jeremy Zuckerman (music), Ben Wynn (sound design), Aran Tanchum (foley), and everyone working with them. Mike and I would especially like to thank our outstanding mixer, Adrian Ordonez (pictured above), at Levels Audio. OK, back to work on Books 3 & 4…
I am overwhelmingly pleased with tomorrow night’s episode, the story of Korra and Jinora’s venture into the Spirit World, “Chapter Ten: A New Spiritual Age,” exquisitely written by Tim Hedrick, skillfully directed by Ian Graham, and mind-bogglingly animated by Studio Mir. Lots of superlatives to throw around to everyone involved.
I did this illustration to celebrate my warm fuzzies for the episode, featuring calligraphy by S.L. Lee, PhD. Same time as previously-not-always, Friday at 8:00pm/7c.
Korra is back on this week, kicking off the month-long homestretch of Book 2. And what would Book 2 be without another new time? All of the remaining airings of Korra will start at 8pm/7c until Book 2 is over. Here’s the breakdown:
Friday, Nov. 1, 8:00pm – Episode 9
Friday, Nov. 8, 8:00pm – Episode 10
Friday, Nov. 15, 8:00pm – Episodes 11 & 12 (one hour!)
Friday, Nov. 22, 8:00pm – Episodes 13 & 14 (one hour finale!)
So you can see with those two one-hours it made more sense to start at 8:00, and to just air the rest all at the same start time.
Hard to believe it is almost over. These episodes, especially the last four, pack a serious wallop, so those are going to be two incredibly dense, juicy one-hours. It has been a long, hard road to get these episodes finished. In fact, we’re still finishing the last one! It’s always down to the wire with us. Have a fun, safe Halloween and I hope you enjoy the back end of Book 2!