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Author Topic: Avatar comics to end or take a hiatus due to Korra comics?  (Read 2780 times)
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« Reply #25 on: Jun 16, 2017 07:51 pm »

So North and South could very well be the last comic if there was no over-arching plans.

Maybe Mike and Bryan wanted to leave Azula's ending up for interpretation? Who knows.
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« Reply #26 on: Jun 17, 2017 01:43 pm »

It doesn’t look good for any continuation of the ATLA comics, at least not any time soon.
https://gurihiru.tumblr.com/post/161576433461/my-last-avatar-work
Well, it looks like Gurihiru have one last thing to show us, or at least a part of something. I wonder what it’ll look like when it’s finished.


Maybe it's for the library edition of North and South? Some 'goodbye' art for the back of the book? (Or maybe a little something for the Korra comic, advertising the existing Avatar comics.)

And yeah, I'm guessing we won't be seeing more Avatar comics for a while.

I'm personally hoping for AtLA to come back in a year or so as a Greg Pak-penned monthly series. Published by IDW. With possibilities for spin-offs.

I think a monthly series could be good. (And not completely out of the question- Zim got a monthly series years after the show was cancelled.) The long gaps between book publications kind of quashed some of my interest in the ATLA comics.

Plus they wouldn't feel obligated to stick to the three-instalment story structure for every story. They could shake it up a bit.

All they need to get is an actual direction and much better writers. And as long as the creators step away or keep a distant reach, I'll be fine with whatever.
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« Reply #27 on: Jul 28, 2017 12:41 pm »

https://www.facebook.com/WanTheAvatar/photos/a.543074009063764.1073741826.543045179066647/1409092005795289/?type=3&theater
Well I guess this is the best info we have gotten on the continuation of the Avatar comics in a while.

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« Reply #28 on: Aug 01, 2017 06:24 pm »

I still want to know what "focus on Korra" means. All those months between releases of each part of the trilogy can't be put to use switching between Avatars? Aang can't get an ongoing monthly book while Korra is getting graphic novel releases? Entertainment news outlets only post new stuff quarterly so we have to make sure we space out Avatar news every three months? Dark Horse doesn't have the budget to employ more than one artist at a time on Avatar?

This was the company that was publishing four Star Wars books a month at one point.
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« Reply #29 on: Aug 01, 2017 10:01 pm »

I don't know how much input Mike and Bryan have into TLA comics, but with them also working on their own personal projects + Korra...I imagine they might be a bit overwhelmed? Unless they are okay with handing off the work to someone else.
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« Reply #30 on: Aug 02, 2017 06:59 pm »

Well, for all the advertising of their input, an interview later revealed that one of them (the Bryan, I believe) didn't have any involvement with the comics whatsoever, being so focused on the development of LoK. Whether that has changed now that LoK is done, I don't know. But the impression the interviews give is that the script-writer does most of the work, just getting a very basic premise from the Mike and the Bryan and then being allowed to ask questions as the writing goes along.

That doesn't sound time-consuming to me. In fact, I'll take over the duties, in addition to my day-job and hobbies, if the Mike is too busy. Grin
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« Reply #31 on: Aug 13, 2017 02:08 am »

I'd be completely find if the ATLA comics came to an end. While I think there's still the potential to tell great ATLA stories as comics, the past trilogies haven't exactly given me much hope that they'd use that potential.

If they do continue, then I do hope they do something great. This is Avatar, so I know I'm going to end up reading them no matter what.
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« Reply #32 on: Aug 13, 2017 02:19 pm »

I think that a time skip is in order. We have at least five decades until Aang passes, so instead of slowly building up to that (because at this rate we'll hit our senior years before the GAANG does) it would be best to skip a few years at a time to large events in their lives.
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« Reply #33 on: Aug 13, 2017 09:20 pm »

Well, for all the advertising of their input, an interview later revealed that one of them (the Bryan, I believe) didn't have any involvement with the comics whatsoever, being so focused on the development of LoK. Whether that has changed now that LoK is done, I don't know. But the impression the interviews give is that the script-writer does most of the work, just getting a very basic premise from the Mike and the Bryan and then being allowed to ask questions as the writing goes along.

That doesn't sound time-consuming to me. In fact, I'll take over the duties, in addition to my day-job and hobbies, if the Mike is too busy. Grin

Bryan said in an interview that, beyond being busy with LoK, he just wasn't personally interested in continuing Aagn's story through the comics.  In his mind, the story he wanted to tell with Aang ended with the show, and he sees no need to continue revisiting the same characters. Not that he begrudges fans wanting more about Aang, and he thinks the comics are great for fans that do, it's just not something he personally was interested in doing.  In another interview they talked about Bryan and particularly Mike being most involved in the plotting of The Search since that was such an important plot thread to follow up on from ATLA (which they wanted to make into a TV special, but Nickelodeon wouldn't greenlight it so they had to settle for the comic).  But past the Search, yeah, even Mike has more been in an advisory role with the comics.
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« Reply #34 on: Aug 15, 2017 09:37 pm »

Ah, thanks for the clarification. I wish I'd bookmarked that interview.
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« Reply #35 on: Aug 21, 2017 09:25 am »

The next time we see the GAang they better look like this:

I'm pretty sure years have passed and they still look the same? They shouldn't have round baby faces any more but then again ageing in Avatar is so inconsistent anyway.
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« Reply #36 on: Aug 29, 2017 08:47 am »

I'm pretty sure years have passed and they still look the same? They shouldn't have round baby faces any more but then again ageing in Avatar is so inconsistent anyway.

In the comics that have been released so far?

I don't think the comics are meant to take place over years. We know that The Promise starts about a year after the TV series, and I've always thought that the actual comics take place over a period of time somewhere between six months and a year. (If they do ever give a length of time in the comics though, then I've forgotten about it.)

I guess that is about two years though. If there are any more comics about the Gaang in the future, though, then I agree that they should be starting to look a little older even if there isn't a time skip.
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« Reply #37 on: Aug 29, 2017 10:30 am »

Admittedly the tread hasn’t been used in a while, but we do actually have a thread specifically discussing how much time might have passed in the Avatar comics: http://forums.avatarspirit.net/index.php?topic=24298.0

Since I saw some people discussing IDW’s various Transformers comics’ sales I have been wondering a bit if Dark Horse might be afraid of possibly cannibalizing their own readers. While I would love to see twice the amount of Avatar related material being published, I don’t know if it would actually mean double the sales as far as actual readers would go.
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« Reply #38 on: Aug 29, 2017 06:06 pm »

It's good to note, though, that IDW only started losing sales with this 'Revolution' garbage that had three ongoing Transformers titles plus the full Hasbro Universe titles that have had Transformers characters popping up in them. GIJoe, for example, has a Transformer in its regular cast. Revolutionaries has two. (Gosh, I loathe that book.) That's five titles to read if you want to just follow established, prominent characters, and then there's the ancillary stuff and the dedicated crossover mini-series.

Back in the day, Dark Horse even ran 2-3 Star Wars titles at once, a mix on ongoings and rotating mini-series.

They might be worried about cannibalizing the Avatar readership, but if so, they don't think much of it. And then there's the possibility of bringing in new fans with books that are worth reading for people who aren't chasing a nostalgia hit, but I can see why Dark Horse would be skeptical of that possibility.
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