Comic-Con 2012: See The Legend of Korra's Book 2 Concept and Character Art (PHOTOS)


Though many of the folks who were lucky enough to be in Ballroom 20 for the Avatar: The Legend of Korra panel at Comic-Con last weekend were simply waiting for the Firefly reunion panel that would follow it, true fans of the Nickelodeon series were treated to a pretty awesome session. I'll be straight with you: I don't watch the show, but after witnessing that panel, I might start. As I said in our Day 2 wrap-up podcast, it was really nicely put-together as far as Comic-Con panels go, with the creators and voice cast not only doing a table read of some of Season 1's most memorable scenes, but also teasing the recently announced Season 2 by showing the upcoming episodes' concept art, character art, and rough "animatics"—early animated storyboards that offer a hint of what the finished product will look like. While they're not exactly the best photos I've ever taken, I captured quick snapshots of almost all the new settings and costumes you'll see in Season 2 (or Book 2, as it's known in the Avatar world), which is called "Spirits" and will take place six months after Season 1. Check them out in the photo gallery below:

Legend of Korra Book 2 Concept and Character Art Photos

Additional Panel Info and Highlights:

– Toward the end of the panel, voice director Andrea Romano led an audience-participation bit in which she directed everyone to cheer, boo, etc. as if she was recording walla—indistinct background noise made by a crowd of people—for the show. I don't know if she was really recording and if she was, who knows if she'll ever use the result, but she explained that the recording booths at Nickelodeon can only fit a maximum of five people at any given time, so she wanted to take advantage of the crowd of over a thousand people in front of her. At one point she asked only the women in the audience to respond, then the men, and then finally, the kids—anybody under 16 years old. When she was met with near silence because there were barely any young 'uns in the room, Korra co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino cracked, “They were only four years old when Firefly came out.”

– As I mentioned above, Book 2 will be called "Spirits" and take place six months after Season 1. It will explore the mythology of the spirit world and how the Avatar line began. The writers promised there will be “no shortage of spirits. You will be spirit-ed out.”

– Book 2 will also expand Korra's family and we'll meet several new characters, including a pair of "androgynous, creepy twins" you may have noticed in the gallery above. Korra's relationship with her uncle will be developed, and we'll get some backstory on her uncle and her father's relationship as well as the connection between the northern and southern Water Tribes.


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I'm looking forward to it. And I hope they make up for the, ehm, not so good final of season one.
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I like the show and look forward to another season!
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This show is great, I can;t wait for season 2. I suggest anybody who likes animated shows or can at least stand them watch this series because it's amazing. I'm glad they're telling us how the avatar line started, I've always wondered. I hope they answer more questions fans have about the universe in the coming seasons.
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Yaye!

I'm excited for season two!

I Didn't get into this, until after all of season 1 aired!

I kinda want her to stay single- Girl power & all that! :)
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Thanks for posting this. When the Avatar: The legend of Korra article came out by a TV.com reviewer sometime back I realized for the first time that TV.com has NEVER written an article about Avatar: The Last Airbender, despite it being one of the most popular series on this site. Glad to see the franchise getting some attention now. :)
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Every time I see these pictures, I resent my absence from Comicon this year. The panel looked fantastic! I'm extremely excited for a longer season next year because that means character development and (ironically) filler episodes!!! I forgot how much valuable filler episodes are to a series, especially when everything seemed to move too fast in LoK.
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Its not gonna be longer though. Next year, book 2, will be whats technically the second half of season 1 becasue its another 13 episodes to complete the first 26 episode order. The additional 26 episodes will be split into books 3 and 4, which will each be 14 eps and two halves of the technical second season.
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Hardcore. I missed that panel.
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Can't wait for Book 2. If it's going to be about the Spirit world and the beginning of the Avatar line am all for it.
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So cool! Thanks for sharing. So the story continues...?
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Cool stuff, and it parallels an experience I had at Comic-Con once. I didn't catch this panel (or tragically the Firefly anniversary panel later, I had to do an interview), but a few years ago I was parking in 6BCF through the Avatar: The Last Airbender series finale panel with no interest, just waiting for my next thing, and that Avatar panel also turned out super interesting to the point where not only did I get into it, but I ended up convincing several other folks as well.



Anyway, glad you dug it and got good coverage. Looks like you were directly under that midway spot on the right side of blrm 20, that's generally my zone as well, though this year I didn't get into anything in there.
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Do you ask the 6 questions that shouldn't be heard at Comic con? lol
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