Sometimes I redo old stuff.
You know who this is—
Michael Dante DiMartino, creator of the critically acclaimed Avatar series, announced Wednesday that the second season of Nickelodeon’s most anticipated show of 2013, Legend of Korra, will feature the network’s first openly gay character, confirming hopes within fan circles for a wider representation of LGBT youth in a children’s program. DiMartino and co-creator Mike Konietzko hope this development will promote inclusion of society’s unspoken minority groups in kid’s shows, introducing the idea of equality and respect early in a child’s life.
“After serious thought and contemplation, we realized we had a responsibility as creators to provide role models for kids who don’t see themselves on screens enough, if at all,” DiMartino said in an exclusive interview.
DiMartino and Konietzko have flirted with the idea for years since the success of Avatar, but Nickelodeon’s higher-ups have never given the green light until last year, when production of Korra’s second season officially began. “We’re very excited for the debut of this character. It’s something we’ve put a lot of time and effort into for a very long time, and to see it really come to life is really very rewarding,” Konietzko revealed. “I just hope the fans are as pleased with our work as we are.”
These creators are certainly not new to the introduction of unexplored and often controversial themes in youth media. The Avatar world built in their series features a cast entirely made of non-white characters, pulling cultures and ethnicities from China to Mesoamerica, one of the first and certainly the most successful Western cartoons to do so.
When asked for more details about the upcoming season, both men wouldn’t budge. “Spoilers!” Bryan Konietzko said, laughing. But they did reveal a romantic plotline would be introduced for their debut character. The question of whether the show’s lead, Korra, an up-and-coming young Avatar, would be involved was quickly dismissed, but not denied, so perhaps there’s hope for popular fan theories.
Legend of Korra’s new season will premiere on April 13th, 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time, with voice talents Janet Varney, David Faustino, P. J. Byrne, and Seychelle Gabriel.
God they are gonna fuck this up
They are gonna fuck this up big timeStop killing my vibe. I pray to the toon gods that this works out awesomely and not bad and everything is bubbles and peach gum. This could be a big step in cartons for kids, opening up a gate way of BETTER things to come in kid shows. If LoK gets the go ahead, maybe in a few years we’ll see Adventure time, a show that handles sexism, gender issues, family issues, and a host of other things pretty damn well, will get a knock at it. Pleasssee let this not be terrible.
mY FIRST RESPONSE WAS THIS^^
Then I clicked the link and it said it was a parody article, jussayin.
“When asked if he had the whole arc of the series mapped out from the start, Vince gave an answer that really resonated with me and it applies to both A:TLA and Korra so I thought it was worth mentioning. He said he had a general idea of where the character was headed from the start — following Walt as he goes from “Mr. Chips to Scarface.” But he was very clear that he didn’t have it all figured out at the start and that the collaboration he has with the writers, actors, and directors added a lot to the show. Other people helped him come up with ideas he never would have thought of. Same goes with Korra. Bryan and I knew we wanted to take Korra from brash warrior to a spiritual being over the course of her story, but we didn’t know if that would be one season or more. Unlike The Last Airbender, we wanted to make the seasons (or books) more standalone, with one main threat per book. However, we don’t just hit the reset button with each book. Everything Korra does and learns in one book definitely carries over to the next and ties into her overall spiritual path. It’s great to have multiple books to tell her story, as we can dig deeper into the spiritual side of the Avatar and the world. But there’s no way Bryan and I could have come up with all of this by ourselves. We have an amazing team of producers, writers, directors, and designers all of whom add to the world in surprising, cool ways.”
— From Mike’s most recent blog post. I’m just gonna leave this here.
This is why I’m willing to give the series more chances and I’ve dialed back on a lot of my bitterness in regards to Korra and her story; granted, I will probably never fully forgive or enjoy the finale, and Makorra is going to really have to win me over with their interaction (it can be done, I think), but it’s very possible for me to stick with this.
Again, my prediction is that the ease with which Korra has apparently mastered the Avatar State by the second book will actually be deceptive (though to be fair, I don’t even know if scenes like that will be in the next book, they could just be concept designs, for all we’ve seen, like the original Avatar pilot and that one animatic scene from Toy Story where Buzz is Tempest from Morph and all that). It’s possible that she may “believe” that she has control, but then lose it; again, her spiritual side can be called into question.
Though I also believe that the “furious destructive wrath of the Avatar State” is a theme that should probably be limited to Aang; Korra’s already destructive, and while it’s not mindless, Aang already had to work with controlling it, and with his fear of it. Korra can approach it from a different angle…at least, I hope that’s what they do.
Just as long as she doesn’t run into a continuous chain of villains who expose their own thinly-veiled secrets and as long as she doesn’t have to keep being bailed out by Aang and as long as she actually takes a supervillain down properly without having to be rescued by her manly man…we should be good. :)
well said swan. i agree with all this :) (although i do personally feel the destructive power of the avatar state could be done again with korra - idk i just kind of see it as a consistent challenge for each avatar…i mean korra shouldn’t have the exact same challenges as aang but i can see her struggling to control the avatar state too to some degree idk?)
My piece for Pixel Drip’s I’m the Avatar, Deal With It! art show coming up later this spring.
(GET IT it’s like an old SEP cover because the show’s all old-tymey, I’m so brilliant)
PixelDrip is putting together what promises to be a fantastic Korra fanart gallery show later this month, chock-full of art that people sent in physically and digitally. In addition to all the great art, there will be lots of fun activities and prizes packed into the two-day event. Mike and I, and some other Korra crew members, will likely be dropping by throughout the show. If you’re going to be in Los Angeles on March 23-24, and you’re a fan of Korra and you want to see some cool fanart (like this awesome piece by Claire Hummel) and hang out with other fans, get your tickets and come on down!
Thanks to PixelDrip for organizing this event. It means a lot to us that there are so many people who put so much energy and talent into their appreciation of our show and characters. If I can get my act together in time, I’ll be submitting something for the raffle… stay tuned. Info and links below:
I’m The Art Show, Deal With It!
When: Saturday, March 23rd & Sunday, March 24th, 2013
Location: Monk Space, 4414 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Saturday, March 23rd – 10:00am: Opening, 11:00am: 1st Raffle (Small), 1:00pm: 2nd Raffle (Medium), 3:00pm: 3rd Raffle (Large), 4:00pm: Cosplay Contest, 5:00pm: 4th Raffle (Grand), 6:00pm: Closing for VIP Night Setup, VIP Night 7:00pm–2:00amSunday, March 24th – 10:00am: Opening, 11:00am: 1st Raffle (Small), 1:00pm: 2nd Raffle (Medium), 3:00pm: 3rd Raffle (Large), 4:00pm: Trivia Contest, 5:00pm: Closing
Hey guys! I’ll be showing my work in this as will many other talented artists so definitely check it out!
people making jokes off of Eska’s name, saying Desna should be “Mo”/similar “Eska Mo” jokes
‘Eskimo’ is a pejorative term, it’s not actually funny and Native people don’t need any more jokes made at their expense ok, stop
this fandom’s racism has yet again reared its ugly head. unsurprisingly.
Equalists keep some benders in-tact and use them to do hard labor and dirty work, whether they want to or not.
perfect cast is perfect
This is my tahno. Screw you Korranation XD
oh my god
Some more Korra expressions and an Air Acolyte AU!Korra
OMGHOWDARLING *A* <3