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Comic Con Avatar Fan-Panel Report

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 29, 2011, 8:46 AM
So how was Comic Con you ask? Exhausting. But if you've been there before you already know that and would rather hear some details of what went on rather than listen to people whine about how much their legs hurt after the first day. SO lets share some pics and details about - AVATAR!

First of all, if you haven't seen photos & details from the official Nickelodeon Legend of Korra Panel, allow me to re-direct to the journals of several other DA members who have kindly rounded up a batch of links that give you full coverage of that event:
:icongreenifyme: greenifyme.deviantart.com/jour… :iconrufftoon: rufftoon.deviantart.com/journa…

Then, if you'd like HEAR some details about the Korra panel, then may I suggest checking out the live video podcast I did this past Wednesday along with Dave Roman on Jerzy Drozd's "Comics Are Great!" Together we talk Korra, The Puppetbenders, what's ahead for new puppet videos, and get into just general Avatar fan-geeking as well. I also publicly let out my rage over the live action film and Final Cut Pro 10. Maybe not the smartest moves but by-golly, if they didn't both have it coming.



Click Here To Check It Out→ comicsaregreat.com/cag21

You'll find that links to their main page for the podcast episode along with all the show notes. The interview view is on YouTube- just scroll down the page to see the embedded video.



SO let's get back to Comic-Avatar-Con. That's right, I'm not going to talk about Doctor Who. Shock! I've posted about a bazillion photos on that subject already and that should be good enough. I don't sleep in the pinstripe suit contrary to popular belief. Although considering the overall cost it took to make it, maybe I should…



By the way, all images you see in this journal have totally been stolen from Dave Roman, Ryan Harvey and El Rich. Sorry guys, I'm a camera-less picture thief but at least I admit it.



The secondary event of the day, even though it took place earlier on Saturday was our Fan-Group panel. I'm not sure how many events this makes for Avatar_Mom's :iconethereal-glutton: Avatar-Legacy Fan Panels, but I'm happy to say we must be nearing the double digits by now. Out of all of them however, in my mind this one was one of the very best and went as smooth as butter & was filled to the brim with Avatar fan-goodness. Just like a fresh-baked pastry! (Can you tell I'm writing this close to my lunch break?)



The featured panelists were John O'Bryan and Ian B. Graham, :iconibgraham: a writer and storyboard artist on the original series respectively. Both very nice guys who shared their memories of tight deadlines, difficult-to-draw-characters and great appreciation for having been able to work on such a great series.



The featured fan artists were the VERY talented Isia and Booter Freak :iconisaia: :iconbooter-freak: They put together a hilarious Keynote slideshow of their work over the years and discussed the fan's active roles online through the years.



Before the panel got started, several lucky fans got to be interviewed by NickToons Pickboy to be used as commercial bumpers for an upcoming all-day Avatar marathon.



Even Puppet Zuko got to jump in for a pair of "You're watching Avatar on NickToons" sound bytes. Keep an eye out to see if they use them on TV… Or if they totally don't use any of them at all. You never know how those things are going to go. :D TV production is a fickle mistress.



Our panel moved along smoothly aided by our awesome MC, The Cabbage Merchant (aka Victor). Who would have known he had a voice made for radio when he's not screaming, "MY CABBAGES!!!"



We had some additional surprise guest speakers in the form of Dave Roman and Alison Wilgus :iconyaytime: :iconaliwildgoose: of Avatar comics fame. Fans in attendance also saw a return visit from actor Dee Bradly Baker and a first time visit from Jennifer Hale. For those who may not know, Dee voiced both Appa and Momo and Jennifer was the voice of Bounty Hunter Jun. Dee shared the news with us that his daughter recently played the voice-over role of a young Korra in the new series!



Things then moved onto the cosplay contest and for those of you who showed up… Good grief you didn't make it easy for any of us to judge you. I know that sounds like a generic compliment that always get tossed around, but seriously- Avatar cosplay is really hitting it's A–game stride.



The eventual first place winner was Atallearthbender :iconatallearthbender: for his Avatar Kyoshi costume… Not to mention the dude was LIFE-SIZE Kyoshi as well. Prizes distributed included free comics from Dark Horse, hand-made gifts made by Avatar fans, and a HUGE Appa plush donated by k3k4 :iconk3k4:



Overall it was just a phenomenally good time and a great appetizer for the big Korra panel just a few hours later... Of which we all ran out of the room as fast as we could to go squat through 5 hours of Marvel presentations to see. But it was well worth it! ;)

A BIG THANKS to everyone who participated in making the day so awesome- both fans and Avatar cast & crew alike.



And of course you may be noticing something "Puppetish" and "Korraish" throughout these photos… Well, we'll just have to wait and see just what's in store for all that. ;)

One thing's for sure- After seeing all the new Korra designs and that INSANELY cool trailer, I'm going to have to seriously up my Puppet game. Maybe even redesign the look of the puppets completely. Hmmmm...

  • Mood: Pride
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n1njap1rate Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I'm so sad we missed the fan panel! Sounds like it was fun, and can't wait to see more of the puppets...!
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aTALLEARTHBENDER Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
I can't stop thinking about that weekend....It was the best Con ever....especially the overall exciting, eventful AVATAR DAY......WHICH ROCKED!!!!!

AND I'M TALKING EARTHBENDING STYLE!!!!!!!!!
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tweedledeekaoru21 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds tiring but a lot of fun, wish I could've gone. Oh well maybe next time. =)

Here is an angel that wont kill you like weeping ones will: [link]
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Minnaloosh Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
All I can say is.. NYCC '11.....

*crosses fingers for Avatar panel*

Bravo sir!---great job as always!
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AnimantX Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Woo hoo! C= Now I can pretend I was there but was sitting in the back corner like the very first year I went to an A:TLA panel and saw all of you, haha.
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alternatecoppa Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Ah, but that corner was made so much brighter by your being there :D
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AnimantX Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Aww... I don't know about that! I'm imagining a raincloud over that corner, hahaha! ;P

At least I got to catch up with everyone at the Marriott on Thursday night =D :hug: I can't wait until next time!
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Maritzy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
It's sounds that you guys had a really great time, Im hapy to hear that, I CANT BELIEVE PICKBOY SO THERE!!! O.O ...well anyway i cant wait to see new videos from you really soon

p.s I LOVE DOCTOR WHO haha
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aoifasd Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad you had so much fun at your panel.
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zukosfire5 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Oh man, it looks like you guys had tons of fun! Also, usually Avatar cosplays are consistently the best that I've seen, and those pictures only confirm it because everyone looks GREAT!
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