Happy (belated) 4th birthday to one of my favorite people in the world, Nova!
Mako (Owen, storyboard artist, recently promoted to assistant director) and Momo (Asher, Korra crew mascot). Photo by Christine Bian.
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.
As I mentioned in a post yesterday, I am gone for the next two weeks, and the blog will be silent during that time. I hope everyone (who can see it) enjoys the online preview of the first two episodes this weekend. The entire Korra crew poured their hearts, souls, blood, sweat, and tears into it and we all appreciate (and are blown away by) the overwhelming enthusiasm and eagerness from so many people who can’t wait to dive into this new story with us. Thanks for all the support! Have a great two weeks! I know I plan to…
I wish I had located these drawings when we made the “Art of the Animated Series” book… As you may have read in that book, Momo began as a cyclops robot monkey. Once we ditched the sci-fi angle, we decided he would be a two-eyed, flying, living monkey-thing. These pages, also from April 18, 2002, show the design process as he evolved into a lemur/spotted bat hybrid. I was trying to figure it out quickly so I could include him in one of the color illustrations (the sketches for which I posted yesterday and earlier today) for our pitch to Nickelodeon, which was fast approaching.