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Author Topic: [DH Comics #13] North and South, Part 1  (Read 6370 times)
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« Reply #50 on: Dec 29, 2017 07:14 am »

Got the library edition of North and South and will once again share commentary from Part 1 that catch my interest. Apologies for any typos. Both Gene and Gurihiru knew this would be their last ATLA comic together while they were working on  it.

When Sokka wakes Katara up on the ship in the beginning of the story.
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Gene: Before North and South, Gurihiru and I had done four volumes of Avatar: The Last Airbender comics. We'd focused on every member of Team Avatar except Katara and Sokka. We felt it was time to give the two siblings from the South Pole their due.

Gurihiru: For these books, we brought Katara back to her Water Tribe hairstyle.

When Sokka & Katara trespass on a construction site.
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Gene: In the Legend of Korra, the nations have gotten used to partnering together. We wanted to show the beginnings of that here by including an Earthbender in the construction crew.

When the siblings discover how much the South Pole has changed.
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Gene: A recurring theme of the graphic novel series is modernization. What are the consequences of societal and technological development, both the good and the bad? In the real world, modernization often means "Westernization," a proliferation of Western culture. Even though there's no real "West" in the Avatar universe, we wanted to hint at some of the same dynamics.

Gurihiru: It was hard to decide how much the Water Tribe has changed from being a small village. We imagined that the technology from the Northern Water Tribe and the Earth Kingdom both have affected the village, so while it may not be as big as the Northern Water Tribe, we made the city a bit bigger.

When the siblings meet Hakoda in his office.
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Gurihiru: We designed the Northern Water Tribe's costume to be simpler and more urban, while the Southern Water Tribe's costume is traditional and has more furs.

Malina explains her plans for the SWT.
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Gene: In the first draft of the script, Malina was much more gruff. I'm thankful for Mike's note to tone it down. We really needed her to be right on the edge between likable and unlikable.

Gurihiru: We gave Malina a short hairstyle based on Gene's request. She looks stylish and stands out among the Southern Water Tribe.

The siblings have a meal with Hakoda, Malina, and her brother.
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Gurihiru: We love drawing panels that include people having their meals. We came up with a menu centered on meat, based on Inuit dishes and other plates from cold regions.

When Malina's briefcase gets stolen by two kids.
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Gene: A snowmobile! Another instance of the growing influence of technology in the Avatar world.

Sokka and Katara trace the two kids to the FN shipwreck.
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Gene: The haunted shipwreck first appeared in "The Boy in the Iceberg." We thought it would be the perfect entry point to Gilak's secret hideout. The shipwreck is a symbol of colonialism, which is exactly what Gilak believes he's fighting against.

When Gilak shows Sokka and Katara around his secret base.
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Gene: In the first draft of the script, Gilak's army wasn't an army. It was a religious cult. They wanted to bring about a Water Tribe Avatar as soon as possible because they believed that it would be the key to the South's cultural survival. As we went through the revision process, the religious element was dropped so that we could focus on the political element. Because Hakoda is a political figure, it seemed more appropriate.

Katara and Sokka attempt to escape a base when an old man blocks their way.
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Gene: Originally, the protagonist of Thod's story was a wolf. We decided to change it to a rat because wolves are considered noble in Water Tribe culture.

Katara and Sokka finally make it out of the base and get chased by Gilak's lackeys.
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Gene: I love working with Gurihiru, in part because I get to throw out random combinations of animals, then sit back and see what they come up with. They never, ever disappoint. Snow leopard-caribou!

Gurihiru: The two animals were originally supposed to be polar bear dogs, like Naga from The Legend of Korra, but we changed them to snow leopard-caribou instead.
Near the back of the library edition, there are indeed some sketches of the lackeys riding polar bear dogs instead of the snow leopard caribous.

Katara and Sokka accidentally walk in on Hakoda and Malina.
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Gene: It's gross to see your parents kissing, isn't it? SO GROSS.
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« Reply #51 on: Jan 02, 2018 04:13 pm »

Gene: In the first draft of the script, Gilak's army wasn't an army. It was a religious cult. They wanted to bring about a Water Tribe Avatar as soon as possible because they believed that it would be the key to the South's cultural survival. As we went through the revision process, the religious element was dropped so that we could focus on the political element. Because Hakoda is a political figure, it seemed more appropriate.

Interesting, but in implementation it sounds like it would have been a weaker version of what the Red Lotus wanted to do with Korra. Although, a more comedic take with Gilak trying to bump Aang off in an incompetent and slapstick manner while no one notices would have made for a much better comic, IMO. Cheesy
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