Media Consumers for Entertainment Equality
Bright and early (for a Saturday), on July 23rd, the doors opened to the ComicCon convention floor public. As a throng of people quickly poured onto the floor, fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender converged on the Nickelodeon booth for the Legend of Korra signing. The designated line area quickly filled up as a stream of fans wrapped around the Nickelodeon booth.
Rescheduled from a 4pm signing, the co-creators of the Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko arrived at the booth at around 9:30am, alongside Avatar production alums Joaquim Dos Santos and Ryu Ki Hyun–and Avatar Korra, in the flesh.
To celebrate the new series, Nickelodeon brought a model dressed as the official representation of Korra to the festivities. For fans, this was the first chance to preview Korra’s appearance and costume design.
When we first heard that Nickelodeon would be bringing an official Korra model to the floor, we weren’t sure what to expect. For a lot of Racebending.com supporters, the choice of this model–a woman of color– for Korra means more than Nickelodeon may even know. Her presence signified that despite all that happened with the film adaptation, women of color continue to be present, valuable, heroic and important in the Avatar franchise.
All fans at the signing received a signed Legend of Korra poster featuring Korra, Mako, Bolin, and Amon. (To learn more about these characters, read our full coverage of the Legend of Korra Comic Con Panel!) This poster was drawn by Ryu Ki-Hyun and colored by Bryan Konietzko. Fans also received a limited edition white t-shirt featuring Korra.
Prior to the signing, 50 lucky fans purchased a limited edition giclee print of Korra riding Naga as drawn by artist Joshua Middleton, who has joined the production of Legend of Korra. To see the full print, visit Middleton’s website!
For more ComicCon photos, check out our gallery at the Racebending.com Facebook Page!