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!
Faith Erin Hicks graciously gave me an original, gorgeous page from her ATLA Free Comic Book Day issue for Dark Horse. I love her inking style, so this is a real treat to see up close.
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.
I saw that the solicitation cover for the third Korra Dark Horse art book is up on Amazon’s pre-order now. That was an earlier work-in-progress version, and this one above is slightly different, and if history is any indicator I will still be tweaking it up until Dark Horse rips it out of my hands at the absolute last second. The background design is an update by Angela Sung of an old ATLA one by Ricardo Delgado. Fred Stewart did an absolutely exquisite job painting it––probably one of my top 5 favorite background paintings of his on Korra. Korra was drawn and colored by me. The Book 2 art book will be released on September 16, 2014, and the Book 3 art book, which we are working on right now, will come out on January 20, 2015.
I totally forgot Free Comic Book Day was this weekend! Yes, it is! I drew Dark Horse’s Avatar: The Last Airbender FCBD offering, written by Gene Yang. Avatar is my favourite animated show and Gene is one of my favourite people in comics, so getting to do this project was such an honor. *_* Here are some preview pages, coloured by Cris Peter, who also coloured The Adventures of Superhero Girl.
I hope you enjoy our comic! Please let me know what you think if you manage to grab a copy. :D
PS. I think these are pages 2 & 3, so this is not the very beginning of the comic.
I would add to that fine list that Faith is one of my favorite people in comics!
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!
HAHA! They announced it, finally! I was incredibly fortunate to be asked to draw a short Avatar: The Last Airbender comic (10 pages) for Dark Horse’s Free Comic Book Day offerings! Being a giant ATLA nerd, I was BEYOND thrilled to contribute to that world in a small way. The story is written by one of my favourite comic people, Gene Yang, and will be available in May on Free Comic Book Day.
Above is the final cover, coloured by Cris Peter, who also coloured The Adventures of Superhero Girl, along with pencils, inks and thumbnails for the process junkies. I was drawing the cover before the story was nailed down, so I was told to draw “something exciting with Sokka & Suki, something action-y.” haha, okay.
So happy I go to do this! *_*
We’re all big fans of Faith’s work and very excited to work her for a short spell before she vanishes into the Nameless City.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the talk/Q&A/signing last night! Such a nice, generous, and patient group of folks. We signed for 3.5 hours straight, until the store closed! I think that’s a record for us, or tied with our ATLA art book signing at Golden Apple a few years back. Thanks to Dark Horse for helping to organize the event, and for the great staff at the Barnes & Noble at the Grove L.A. for hosting us and managing several floors worth of lines. It was great to meet everyone and see some familiar faces. And a huge thanks for all the cool, thoughtful gifts and fanart! Basically, THANKS!
Here’s a reminder that Mike, Joaquim, Ryu, and I will be doing a signing of the Korra Dark Horse art book at the Barnes & Noble in the Grove L.A. tomorrow night, Thursday 8/15 at 7:00 PM. Here is a Facebook page for the event with more info about “priority wristbands” and such. Hope to see you there!
Michael DiMartino (co-creator), Joaquim Dos Santos (co-executive producer), Ki-Hyun Ryu (supervising producer), and I are going to be at the Barnes & Noble in the Grove L.A. on Thursday, August 15 at 7:00 PM (one week from tomorrow) to do a (short) talk and a (longer) signing of our Dark Horse "The Legend of Korra: Art of the Animated Series" book. This is a great opportunity for anyone in the L.A. area who couldn’t make it down to San Diego Comic-Con. It will be nice and casual, and we’ll sign books until they kick us out! Hope to see you there! If there is enough time Ryu will do a mean drawing of you!
Mike and I received an advance copy of the first Korra art book from Dark Horse today! Looks great. There’s Ryu flipping through the pages, walking down memory lane. It is breaking my heart that this won’t be available until something like *one week* after this year’s San Diego Comic Con. ARGH!
I’m excited to share with you the final cover art (Korra drawn by Joaquim Dos Santos and painted by me, with a background painting by Fred Stewart) for the upcoming Korra Book One: Air art book, published by our good friends at Dark Horse Books. This was a real labor of love (heavy on the labor) for Mike, Joaquim, and me and all those who helped as we put this book together, and we are so proud of all the great artists’ work inside and can’t wait to share it with all of you. The plan is to do one of these art books per “book” of Korra (so four total), which is daunting yet fantastic.
Direct market on sale date: July 24, 2013.
Book market on sale date: August 6, 2013.
9” x 12” hardcover, 144 pages
Check out the cover of the new LoK art book - arriving from Dark Horse in July. More from MTV Geek here.
Korra Art Of Book!
I believe the term is “shut and take my money”
Yes, it is true! We are excited to announce that we are currently working on an art book, with Dark Horse again, for Book One of Korra (in fact, I have to work on it tonight). This *is not* the cover, though. We just used the press art from the finale as a temporary cover for solicitation purposes. Joaquim and I are still cooking up the real cover…
I’ve been officially SDCC’d. Photo by Brandon Hoang at the Nick booth yesterday.
It was great to meet tons of fans all day and spot *SO MANY* Korra/Avatar costumes. (I’ll post a bunch later.) The panel was really cool but it was a huge bummer that so many people were turned away at the doors because people just camp out in the seats all day for subsequent panels. That’s just the way it goes, especially in those bigger rooms with the more popular panels. I don’t know what Comic Con could do to improve that situation, but it seems like there has to be a better way.
One more signing left! We’ll be at the Dark Horse booth today at 2:00. I’m not sure if they did that ticket system again for the spots in line, but I’d say if they did and you didn’t get a ticket, come anyway. Last year they didn’t give out enough tickets and the line was pretty thin halfway through the signing. See you there!