July 18, 2014
“You gotta deal with it!”: The TV writers behind the powerful female character no one is talking about

michaeldantedimartino:

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!

July 11, 2014
…and my concept for Opal.

…and my concept for Opal.

July 11, 2014
Here’s my initial concept for Suyin Beifong, matriarch of the Metal Clan.

Here’s my initial concept for Suyin Beifong, matriarch of the Metal Clan.

July 11, 2014
korranation:

Anne Heche will make her LoK debut as the voice of Suyin Beifong during this Friday’s back-to-back episodes, airing at 8 and 8:30 EST on Nick! 
More via Hollywood Reporter

I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Anne Heche yet (Mike was in all of those recording sessions), but I absolutely LOVE her work in this role. She has a cool, classic, Old Hollywood quality to her voice which suits the time period really well. You get to meet Suyin Beifong and LOTS of new characters in tonight’s second episode.

korranation:

Anne Heche will make her LoK debut as the voice of Suyin Beifong during this Friday’s back-to-back episodes, airing at 8 and 8:30 EST on Nick! 

More via Hollywood Reporter

I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Anne Heche yet (Mike was in all of those recording sessions), but I absolutely LOVE her work in this role. She has a cool, classic, Old Hollywood quality to her voice which suits the time period really well. You get to meet Suyin Beifong and LOTS of new characters in tonight’s second episode.

(via michaeldantedimartino)

July 10, 2014

korranation:

TOMORROW: Don’t miss two brand new episodes of Korra, starting at 8/7c on Nick!

Howdy, folks! Please note that Korra Nation’s last few posts initially had the wrong air time, which they have since fixed. There will be two back-to-back new episodes tomorrow, FRIDAY AT 8:00 Eastern/Pacific. And the plan is that there will be two new episodes each Friday at 8:00 after that until Book 3 is done airing. Hopefully they’ll stick to that plan, because I think it is cool. I really love these two episodes, which you’ll hear me say about all the Book 3 episodes, although these two were meant to be paired with the previous and subsequent ones, respectively. Oh well, that’s how it worked out. FRIDAYS. AT. EIGHT. BOOM. BYE.

July 9, 2014
korranation:

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!
More via Hollywood Reporter

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!

korranation:

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!

More via Hollywood Reporter

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!

June 27, 2014

We are thrilled to announce Henry Rollins as the voice of the Book 3 main villain, Zaheer. Henry did a brilliant turn in this role, taking it very seriously from the get-go, going so far as to conduct an in-depth interview about the character, his background, and his motivations with Mike and me on the phone while he was on a spoken word tour––all before he even recorded his audition. If you aren’t familiar with Henry (likely because you were born in the ’90s or ’00s), he is a legendary punk singer, actor, speaker, activist, and radio DJ. He had a hilarious role in our buddy Kurt Mattila’s co-directorial debut, Lies & Alibis. We heard from Kurt back then how incredibly friendly Henry is and what a pleasure he is to work with, and he exceeded even that glowing report. Hearing Henry’s tales of his fearless travels around the world is a real treat. As Mike says, “He actually is The Most Interesting Man In The World.”

June 26, 2014
Ripping off Mike and Janet’s post, PJ, Round Pabu, Obscured Naga, Fancy Pabu, and I are here to remind you to watch The Legend of Korra Book 3 Premiere tomorrow, Friday, June 27 on Nickelodeon at 7:00 pm Eastern/Pacific time! Three new episodes back to back!

Ripping off Mike and Janet’s post, PJ, Round Pabu, Obscured Naga, Fancy Pabu, and I are here to remind you to watch The Legend of Korra Book 3 Premiere tomorrow, Friday, June 27 on Nickelodeon at 7:00 pm Eastern/Pacific time! Three new episodes back to back!

June 25, 2014
A LEGEND OF KORRA Game is Coming From the Best Studio Possible « Nerdist

More info and screen shots from the Activision/Platinum Korra video game.

June 25, 2014
Platinum Games' The Legend of Korra Coming in 2014 - IGN

We recently saw gameplay footage from this Activision project and it looks awesome. Platinum is doing a fantastic job with the development. Tim Hedrick, series writer, is writing the game and cooked up the story and villain with Mike and me. And our buddies at Titmouse are animating the cut scenes, one of which you can see in the trailer in this link––very cool stuff. I’m not a gamer, but I might even play this thing! Hope you guys enjoy it. Our character designer Christie Tseng is doing the cover art, and there is some sort of contest where you can vote for which cover you want her to finish.

June 11, 2014

michaeldantedimartino:

The official, 100% real Korra Book 3 trailer is here! New Book 3 music by Jeremy Zuckerman. Edited by Jeff Adams. Motion graphics by Matt Gadbois. Enjoy!

Thanks to the shenanigans of Leaky McLeakerpants, we have released the *OFFICIAL* Book 3 trailer early. Hope you enjoy! Also here on Nick.com.

June 10, 2014
Howdy, friends. As you have likely already heard, four episodes from Book 3 were leaked this past weekend. It is bad enough that it happened at all, but it would have been a little less of a disaster had it at least been the first four episodes of the season. Instead, the third through the sixth episodes popped out online, causing confusion and, at least on our end of things, frustration. As you all know, these episodes take a ton of concerted effort from scores of individuals. We craft these continuous storylines and the animation as best we can, and hope that they are presented in a way that allows everyone to enjoy them to the fullest. But when leaks happen, the work we meticulously prepared for the audience is fumbled unceremoniously.  


Nickelodeon is obviously a massive corporation with outlets all over the world. These outlets get the episodes in advance so they can translate and dub them for their markets. We typically deliver the episodes to the network quite close to their U.S. premieres, but in the case of Book 3, we have actually already finished the entire season as of last week. The network has some plans in the works for it and needs to wait on its release, so we have been keeping quiet while keeping our noses to the Book 4 grindstone. Unfortunately, the longer the episodes sit on all these shelves all over the world, the probability of leaks increases.


So, yeah… It is unfortunate it played out this way. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before Book 3 is released properly and with respect to all the people who worked hard to make it and to the audience who wants to watch it.

Howdy, friends. As you have likely already heard, four episodes from Book 3 were leaked this past weekend. It is bad enough that it happened at all, but it would have been a little less of a disaster had it at least been the first four episodes of the season. Instead, the third through the sixth episodes popped out online, causing confusion and, at least on our end of things, frustration. As you all know, these episodes take a ton of concerted effort from scores of individuals. We craft these continuous storylines and the animation as best we can, and hope that they are presented in a way that allows everyone to enjoy them to the fullest. But when leaks happen, the work we meticulously prepared for the audience is fumbled unceremoniously. 

Nickelodeon is obviously a massive corporation with outlets all over the world. These outlets get the episodes in advance so they can translate and dub them for their markets. We typically deliver the episodes to the network quite close to their U.S. premieres, but in the case of Book 3, we have actually already finished the entire season as of last week. The network has some plans in the works for it and needs to wait on its release, so we have been keeping quiet while keeping our noses to the Book 4 grindstone. Unfortunately, the longer the episodes sit on all these shelves all over the world, the probability of leaks increases.

So, yeah… It is unfortunate it played out this way. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before Book 3 is released properly and with respect to all the people who worked hard to make it and to the audience who wants to watch it.

May 27, 2014
amiraelizabeth:

amiraelizabeth:

All inked.  All colored.
This is just my interpretation of what may have been going through Lin’s head right before she lost her bending.  She became rooted to her element, feeling it for the final time, determined to remain strong and proud and defiant.  Remembering the times she trained with her mother, remembering how Aang and Tenzin helped her incorporate air bending into her metal bending.  Being like the trees on air temple island or the one in her childhood home’s back yard and how they rooted themselves deep into the earth.   (part of this idea comes from my friend Liz’s fanfic)
Lin has always represented strength and resilience for me.  Even during that difficult scene.
Inked in sketchbook pro.  Colored in Photoshop.

Thank you all for loving this piece! Lots of love -Me!


What a lovely and inspired interpretation, visually and conceptually, of one of my favorite moments from Book 1.

amiraelizabeth:

amiraelizabeth:

All inked.  All colored.

This is just my interpretation of what may have been going through Lin’s head right before she lost her bending.  She became rooted to her element, feeling it for the final time, determined to remain strong and proud and defiant.  Remembering the times she trained with her mother, remembering how Aang and Tenzin helped her incorporate air bending into her metal bending.  Being like the trees on air temple island or the one in her childhood home’s back yard and how they rooted themselves deep into the earth.   (part of this idea comes from my friend Liz’s fanfic)

Lin has always represented strength and resilience for me.  Even during that difficult scene.

Inked in sketchbook pro.  Colored in Photoshop.

Thank you all for loving this piece! Lots of love -Me!

What a lovely and inspired interpretation, visually and conceptually, of one of my favorite moments from Book 1.

(via avatar-mom)

May 7, 2014
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 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.

May 1, 2014

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

Hours
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!

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