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!
Early Concept Art for Book 2
The Southern Air Temple
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"Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Rift" — Gene Yang’s next Avatar comics triology — March 5, 2014
The new trilogy shifts its focus back to Aang and the building of Republic City — now well known to “Legend of Korra” watchers. Though it was too early in the process to talk specifics, Yang said he was looking forward to return to some of the core “Avatar” cast after spending time away in the Fire Nation for the currently running “The Search.” “That story felt like a story of the Fire Nation royal family. The core relationships are Zuko, his sister and his mom. Those are the relationships we wanted to explore all the way through, so how we thought about it was, “if these are the core relationships, how do the other characters reflect what’s going on there?” That’s why we only touch a little bit on things like Sokka and Katara’s relationship.”
In particular, the writer is aiming at a larger role for his favored cast member. “What happened to me is that as I watched the show, Zuko was my favorite character, but now that I’m writing it, it’s Toph. I mean, I liked Toph before, but now I love Toph,” he said. “We’re trying to keep the focus on the characters. We want to talk about the world in relation to the characters, so what we learn about the world will always be filtered through their eyes. Aang and Toph will be the center of this one. I missed having Toph in ‘The Search!’”
Wherever the titular rift forms amongst the comic’s cast, Yang promises plenty of story movement, and is looking forward to moving the overall plot forward in a way that’s slightly more substantial than the average TV episode. “I don’t know if there’s a one-to-one correspondence. A trilogy covers a little bit more than an episode, and each issue covers a little bit more than a segment of the show. It’s kind of its own thing.”
Finally, while the “Avatar” comics have operated as trilogies since their start, fans shouldn’t necessarily look at “The Rift” as a finale for the series’ comic incarnation. “I think it will just continue,” Yang said. “What Mike and Bryan wanted to do with the comic was show that the characters still had a life after that last episode, and we’re going to keep going on that idea.”
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood surely is ironic.
oh the beautiful irony.