With The Legend of Korra coming to a close this winter, many fans are starting to reflect on the role this franchise has played in their lives over the years. Next week, the last official Korra panel will take place at New York Comic Con (NYCC), with fans from all over the country gathering one last time to show their appreciation for everything the creators, cast, and crew have done – though this time around, that gratitude will be a bit more evident.
“Book 5: Fandom” is a one-of-a-kind gift that will be presented in person to creators, Bryan and Mike at NYCC. A compilation of fan-submitted letters, artwork, pictures, and video, this physical and digital scrapbook strives to encapsulate our collective thankfulness for the positive impact this franchise has had on each of our lives. All submissions that are 1) Avatar-related and 2) “safe for work” will be included. The cost of printing and supplies will be absorbed by the project organizers, so please limit your artwork/photographs to three pieces.
Contribution ideas for “Book 5: Fandom” include:
- Thank you notes, via text or video
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With Book 4 right around the corner (this Friday), IGN has released some exclusive footage of the season’s opening episode – which is appropriately titled ‘After All These Years’. The clip is just over two minutes and really highlights all the changes around the Avatar World. As we learned in Book 4’s official trailer (more on that later), the season takes place a lengthy three years after the conclusion of Book 3. In that span of time, Republic City specifically has changed a great deal.
Air Temple Island has been appointed the hub for all Air Benders, as they travel the world helping others. The greenery in front of the city has been titled ‘Avatar Korra Park’ and houses a statue of Korra in her honor. It’s mentioned that Korra has been absent during the three year break, so I assume Tenzin kept his promise when he told Korra the Air Nation would help to maintain balance. How cool is that? Seriously, I’m so glad the Air Nation was reborn.
In a surprising turn of events, the Spirit Wilds still inhabit Republic City, but the citizens seem to embrace it. Humans and Spirits live harmoniously together in the city, which is obviously great to see. Asami managed to bring Republic City’s old central terminal into the modern era so the city is more a part of the Earth Kingdom than ever before.
In the words of President Raiko, “Ladies and gentleman, the world is entering a new age of peace and prosperity.” It certainly looks that way with all of the changes, but how long can the world possibly sustain this way of living without their Avatar? Well, they can’t.
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And just like that, the final offseason of The Legend of Korra is coming to a close. Earlier yesterday, Nickelodeon released a video of Mike and Bryan announcing that Book 4 – officially titled Balance – will premiere on October 3rd 2014. As expected, the episodes will be released online, and they’ll be available for free over at Nick.com. But of course, if you want access to the latest episode about 8 hours ahead of time, you can purchase it on Amazon.com for a few dollars. Or you could torrent it. Do you.
So, I’ve kind of been “gone” for quite some time, but I can assure you that I heard about IGN’s “breaking news” article that Book 4 would premiere in January. If I believed there was any merit to it, I would’ve surely ended my vacation from the Korra fandom and posted the news. But, I didn’t believe the news for a second. Unfortunately, a lot of people did despite the fact that the IGN article was clearly Australian-based. Outside of the United States, other countries are very backed up when it comes to Korra. The UK just received Book 2 this past July. When I heard Australia was getting Book 4 in January, I new our chances for a short offseason would be good – and they were.
In the video in which Mike and Bryan announced Book 4’s release date, they also gave away the title of the season’s fourth episode, which is officially titled The Calling. I’m sure we’ll start receiving episode titles of Book 4’s other episodes very soon. If past history serves as any indication, the 13th and final episodes of The Legend of Korra will be titled Avatar Korra.
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