Legend of Korra Returns for Book 2: Spirits

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The Legend of Korra makes its long-awaited return to Nickelodeon for its second season this Friday September 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm EST with a one-hour premiere! Korra Nation has posted an exclusive new trailer featuring unseen footage of Korra, Mako, Bolin, Tenzin, and more! Plus glimpses of the Spirit World and brand-new characters! Click the link to watch it!

In addition they have offered a sneak peek at production material such as early character studies for Tenzin’s older brother Bumi (click the link), storyboards of Bolin meeting new characters Eska and Desna (click the link), background art of the Glacial Spirits Festival (click the link), and the interior of the Southern Water Tribe Palace (click the link)!

For more about The Legend of Korra, sign up for Korra Nation at the link!

 

CA – TMNT: New Animated Adventures Signing

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Kenny Byerly, the writer of IDW Publishing‘s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES series, signs at Collector’s Paradise in Pasadena on Saturday, August 24 from 11:30am – 4:00pm! Kenny is signing copies of the sold-out (but not at our store!) first issue and copies of TMNT: New Animated #2!

The “New Animated Adventures” comic book series is all-ages fun, based on the awesomely entertaining new Nickelodeon “TMNT” animated show — which Kenny also writes, so bring your DVDs for him to sign!

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Collector’s Paradise
319 S. Arroyo Parkway #4, Pasadena, CA 91105

CA – Art of Legend of Korra Signing

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Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, creators of Nickelodeon’s hit animated series The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender, appear at Barnes & Noble along with directors Joaquim Dos Santos and Ryu Ki Hyun on Thursday August 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM to sign The Legend of Korra: Book One: Air: The Art of the Animated Series.

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Barnes & Noble – The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-525-0270

Legend of Korra Con-Bends SDCC 2013

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Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra, sequel to the popular animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, hits Comic Con International in San Diego once again this year to promote the forthcoming second season as well the newly-released soundtrack and comic books from Dark Horse! Fansite Avatar Spirit.net has consolidated all the official events into one handy list:

THE LEGEND OF KORRA PANEL
Friday, July 19th
11.15am – 12.15pm (PT)
Ballroom 20
Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender) discuss what’s in store for the highly anticipated Book 2: Spirits. The mind-bending panel will be full of never-before-seen artwork and the ultimate of sneak peeks. You’ll also get to hear from your favorite characters, as talented voice actors Janet Varney (voice of Korra), David Faustino (voice of Mako), and P. J. Byrne (voice of Bolin) share their experiences working on the series. Moderated by Bryan Konietzko.

**BREAKING NEWS** The entire first episode of Legend of Korra Book 2: Spirits will screen during the panel!

THE LEGEND OF KORRA SIGNING SESSION
Friday, July 19th
12.45pm to 2.15pm (PT)
Nickelodeon booth (Booth #4113)
Panelists from The Legend of Korra panel will be present to sign autographs. You will also receive this this cool poster! (see above)

AVATAR LEGACY FAN PANEL
Saturday, July 20th
11am – 12pm (PT)
Room 29A
For over 6 years, the organizers of this fan panel have been bringing together both fans and professionals. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, this year’s panel will include Fan Artist Alisa Christopher, Martial Arts Coordinator Sifu Kisu, Illustration Team Gurihiru, Writer Gene Luen Yang, Voice Actor Dante Basco and maybe a few surprise guests. There will be a cosplay contest to showcase the fandom’s talented “fabric benders”. In addition to the cosplay contest, there is also a haiku contest and you can read the details over here.

DARK HORSE SIGNING SESSION *ticketed event*
Saturday, July 20th
1pm – 2pm (PT)
Dark Horse booth (Booth #2615)
Michael Dante DiMartinoBryan KonietzkoJoaquim Dos SantosKi-Hyun RyuGene Luen YangChifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano from Gurihiru Studio will be present for this signing. Please take note that this is an ticketed eventTickets are available the day before and on the day of the signing at the Dark Horse booth. Please take note that Dark Horse discourages lining up early for the signing. As long as you have the ticket, just show up on time for the scheduled signing and you will have those awesome coveted signatures.

JEREMY ZUCKERMAN SIGNING SESSION
Saturday, July 20th
3pm – 4pm (PT)
Nickelodeon booth (Booth #4113)
Jeremy Zuckerman will be hosting an exclusive signing at the Nickelodeon booth. Maybe you can bring the newly released Korra Book One soundtrack for this signing.

**UPDATE** NICK Booth Fans can pick up tickets for The Legend of Korra Signing and the TMNT Signing starting at 10am on Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19.There will be 125 tickets available each day per signing There will be a total of 250 tickets available for each signing Tickets are given on a first come, first serve basis Fans have to line up for tickets for each signing separately The Tickets are only for the KORRA Signing that is on the day of the panel, they are not doing a ticketing system for the Korra Soundtrack signing on Saturday.

Legend of Korra Features Fan Art at SDCC Panel

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Press Release:

The Legend of Korra cast is going to be hosting a panel at the San Diego Comic Con on Friday July 19th from 11:15am – 12:15 pm in Ballroom 20! And now’s your chance to be a part of our incredible panel! 

Starting right now, you can ENTER OUR COMIC-CON FAN ART CONTEST, judged by Korra creators Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Mike and Bryan will choose a handful of their favorite fan creations to display during our LoK Comic-Con panel on 7/19. Can you say…HOLY NOODLES!?

HOW TO SUBMIT:
Go to korranation.tumblr.com/submit and submit your original LoK artwork for consideration. Any art submitted must be your own personal work. Contest ends next Wednesday 7/10 at 5pm EST and winning pieces will be displayed by Mike and Bryan at the LoK Comic-Con panel on 7/19.

YIP YIP!

OR – Petesfest 2013

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Press Release:

Brush off your buffalo plaid: Portland is finally getting its very own Adventures of Pete & Pete reunion show, hosted by the Hollywood Theater!

PetesFest is an all-ages event, featuring two nights of Q&A, live music, and more, with Adventures of Pete & Pete creators Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, and actors Michael C. Maronna (Big Pete), Danny Tamberelli (Little Pete), Judy Grafe (Mom), and Toby Huss (Artie); along with a Pete & Pete-themed art show, KrebScout merit badges, the re-release of Pete & Pete tribute zine Waiting for October, and much, much more.

The Adventures of Pete & Pete aired on Nickelodeon between 1989 and 1996, first as a series of minute-long shorts, followed by five summer specials and finally three regular seasons. 20 years later, its appeal holds: Allmusic called it “the greatest children’s show ever,” and IGN described it as “One of the best-written kids shows ever.” In 2011 and 2012, Pete & Pete reunion shows played to sold-out audiences in New York and California; this is the first in the Pacific Northwest.

Any profits from PetesFest will benefit homeless-youth mentorship program P:ear and the Hollywood Theater’s youth education initiatives.

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Hollywood Theater
4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97212

Dark Horse Announces Legend of Korra Art Book

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Press Release:

Following the incredible success of the New York Times best-selling series of Avatar: The Last Airbender comics and the Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Art of the Animated Series art book, Dark Horse and Nickelodeon are collaborating on a gorgeous new art book that reveals previously unpublished art from the Legend of Korra animated series.

The Legend of Korra animated television series premiered four years after the conclusion of the Avatar: The Last Airbender series, elevating the Airbender franchise to a whole new level. Ever since the conclusion of season one, its insatiable fan base has been hungry for more!

This beautiful hardcover contains hundreds of pieces of never-before-seen artwork created during the development of season one of the show. With commentary from show creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko throughout, this is an intimate look inside the creative process that brought the mystical world of bending and a new generation of heroes to life!

The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series—Book One: Air is a must-have for any Airbender fan! This is the latest release in an ongoing partnership between Nickelodeon and Dark Horse to bring you the very best in Airbender books.

The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series—Book One: Air will be available for purchase on July 24.

Look for Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Art of the Animated Series now at a bookstore near you.

The Legend of Korra takes place seventy years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and follows the next Avatar after Aang—a girl named Korra who is from the Southern Water Tribe. With three of the four elements under her belt (earth, water, and fire), Korra seeks to master air. Her quest leads her to Republic City, the modern Avatar world that is a virtual melting pot where benders and nonbenders from all nations live and thrive. Korra quickly discovers that the metropolis is plagued by crime as well as a growing antibending revolution that threatens to rip the city apart. Under the tutelage of Aang’s son Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.

For an exclusive sneak peak at some interior pages from The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series-Book One: Air, check out Kotaku!

About Dark Horse Comics 

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, and comics legend Will Eisner, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star WarsIndiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConanEmily the Strange, Tim Burton, TrigunSerenity, and DomoToday Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of licensed comics material.

CA – TMNT Cast Live

Rob Paulsen welcomes Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, and (via Skype) Jason Biggs to a live recording of the Talkin Toons podcast on Friday, December 14th at 8:00 pm to talk about the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles SENSATION! Surprise guests too! BOOYAKASHA!

JUST ADDED: Mae Whitman (April O’Neil), Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder), and showrunner Ciro Nieli!!

Click here for Tickets $20

18 & over

Two items minimum per person
Seating First Come First Serve
All Shows Have Adult Content
Door Time: 07:15 PM

Jon Lovitz Comedy Club
1000 Universal Studios Blvd #222, Universal City, CA 91608

UK – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Signing

KEVIN EASTMAN signs at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 17th October from 1:30 – 2:30pm.

Kevin Eastman is an American comic book artist and writer, best known as the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. TMNT started as a parody of 1980s comic books and exploded into a globally popular range of toys, cartoon series, video games, two feature films [with a third planned for 2014!], and masses of other merchandise. The Heroes In A Half Shell return to TV this month with a new animated series on Nickelodeon.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ IDW relaunch in an oversized, hardcover edition that includes extras that were not included in the comics or the previously released paperback edition.

Due to time restraints, there may be limits on the number of items to be signed.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

Legend of Korra at SDCC 2012

One of the big draws of this year’s Comic Con International was The Legend of Korra, Nickelodeon’s highly anticipated sequel to the popular cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. With the first season recently concluded, Korra fans swarmed Comic-Con for panels and signings to grill the creators, artists, and voice over actors for hints to what may befall the new Avatar and her friends in the upcoming season. Series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko hosted a panel on Friday to reveal some details and animatics from the new season, titled “Spirits.” They were joined by co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, voice director Andrea Romano, and voice actors David Faustino (Mako), P.J. Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami), and Korra herself, Janet Varney. Many fans (including your intrepid reporter) were unable to get into Ballroom 20 for the panel (possibly because of all the Browncoats squatting. for the Firefly panel immediately following) but never fret because naturally the panel has been posted to the internet.

A signing followed at the Nickelodeon booth, upon which convention staff required tickets to be handed out to cut down on lage, aisle-blocking crowds. Unfortunately this news came down first thing that morning meaning everyone at the panel missed out and many people who expected a first-come, first-serve signing. The giveaways posters featured either the cast of Legend of Korra or adult renditions of the original cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The following day saw the Avatar Legacy Fan Panel which played to an overflowing audience and hosted special guests Bobby Rubio (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Pixar Studios, Alcatraz High), freelance concept artist DJ Welch (Dark Kenjie), Kevin Coppa (Puppet Benders), Gurihiru Studios artists Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano, and voice actors Dante Basco (Prince Zuko, General Iroh II) and Mae Whitman (Katara). Festivities included a martial arts demonstration by series consultant Sifu Kisu, a costume contest, and a live reading of the Dark Horse comic The Promise featuring Basco and Whitman reprising their roles as Zuko and Katara respectively and a lucky fan very aptly steping into the role of Avatar Aang. Big thanks to organizer Avatar_Mom for putting the whole thing together.

After that was a signing at the Dark Horse Booth with DiMartino, Konietzko, Dos Santos, Gurihiru, and series director Ki Hyun Ryu. This one was ticketed as well but that fact had been well advertised beforehand. Even so the long line was packed and shuffled around by Dark Horse staffers. By all indications the Korra fanship is growing and Nickelodeon, Dark Horse, and Comic-Con itself would be well-advised to take that into consideration when assigning them panel space and accomodating signing lines.

 

Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, and Joaquim Dos Santos at the Dark Horse booth

 

Sifu Kisu teaches the Equalists some chi-blocking moves.

 

Mae Whitman (Katara) charms the audience

 

Koizilla makes an appearance while on break from the Ember Island Players

 

Kevin Coppa displays some puppet-bending skills

 

Dee Bradley Baker gives a live demonstration of how he voices Momo, Appa, and Pabu

 

Dante Basco was a big hit with the audience

 

The Cabagge Merchant kept his wares safe from those meddling avatars

 

Korra commission by Book 2 Art Director Joshua Middleton

 

Chief Bei Fong apprehends the villainous Hiroshi Sato

 

Avatar Aang’s marble trick is much more impressive in person

 

Ki Hyun Ryu and Gurihiru sign at the Dark Horse booth

 

Avatar Korra with Amon and his Equalists

 

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