Mike DiMartino took to Tumblr to confirm that he and Bryan Konietzko will be in attendance of this year’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra Comic-Con panel.
The panel will be hosted by Nickelodeon and Dark Horse Comics, and promises to tease the future of the Avatar universe. Naturally, this brought about an abundance of speculation, some going as far as to say that the co-creators would announce a new Avatar series.
I imagine Mike didn’t want to see the hype train go off rails, so he posted clarification on Tumblr stating that he and Bryan would discuss the past and future of the Avatar comics. Along with that, the co-creators are going to share images from the Book 4: Balance art book.
While this does diminish the chances of a new series being announced, it doesn’t diminish the chances of Korra comics being announced. Realistically, if Korra comics are announced, this Comic-Con would be considered a success. Korra’s journey as the Avatar would live on, and there’s still clearly an abundance of stories that could be told from that world.
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Well what do you know?
After browsing the program schedule for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), I was surprised to see an Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra panel hosted by both Nickelodeon and Dark Horse Comics. Once I read the description, my excitement reached new heights:
“Come celebrate Nickelodeon’s Avatar universe with the brilliant minds who created it all: co creators and executive producers Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Mike and Bryan will discuss past storylines and tease the future at a panel full of surprises and behind-the-scenes stories.”
With Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko? Discussing past storylines and teasing the future at a panel full of surprises and behind-the-scenes stories?
All aboard the hype train!
Let me be the first to say that I did not expect to see Mike and Bryan back together at another Avatar-related panel in my wildest dreams. And I’m not sure Mike and Bryan did either, considering they announced that the Book 3 panel would be their last Avatar panel together for some time.
So what does this mean for the panel ? I’ve outlined several possibilities/expectations below:
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Last month, we received confirmation on the development of ‘Korra 2.0’ – a Dreamworks “project” being worked on by four high-level members of the Korra staff. To reiterate, ‘Korra 2.0’ has nothing to do with the Avatar universe. The project is called ‘Korra 2.0’ because the staff members working on it have strong ties to Mike, Bryan and the Avatar universe. Once the project’s title gets out, it won’t be referred to as ‘Korra 2.0’ anymore.
While ‘Korra 2.0’ runs its course in the background, fans of the Avatar universe surely must be wondering the status of the series’ co-creators: Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino. The last we heard from them, we learned that ‘Korra 2.0’ was indeed real and that duo would separate and go in different directions for their future projects. Sad, no doubt, but understandable considering Mike and Bryan have been referred to as ‘Bryke’ for over a decade now.
Touching on the matter on the Bryke break-up, one has to wonder whether or not it was mutual. Did one have plans for the future while the other insisted on pumping the breaks? Did they both agree that the era was over – at least for now? If we learned anything over the years of following Korra’s production, it’s that most things eventually get out (Nickelodeon, M. Night Shyamalan, etc). Will that remain constant for the Bryke break-up?
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