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Fans Attend “Legend of Korra” ComicCon Signing

July 28, 2011

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.

Fans meet Joaquim Dos Santos, Ryu Ki Hyun, Mike DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko

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.

The official Nickelodeon “Korra” model with Racebending.com co-founder Marissa L.

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.

Kevin Coppa shows off his Korra puppet.

The winner of the Avatar Fan costume contest rocks a tall Avatar Kyoshi in line

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!

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Marissa Lee is one of the co-founders of Racebending.com

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  • Anonymous

    *Sheds single tear* Nickelodeon, I am so proud of you. <3

  • but what is the name of that korra’s model?!

    • Prettygiirlsilly

      Korra’s Model Her name is Mendora Baker. That is my sister.

      • Guest

         Does she have a website?

        • Prettygiirlsilly

           I know that she is on model mayhem or you can search her under google. Mendora Rein

      • Sabrina Nickens

        Is she really your sister? That’s super cool!