Come at me, Zhao

Time goes by too fast, it seems like I only came home yesterday but have to leave the next day. I’m heading back to New York tomorrow for three weeks and then I’ll be home for winter break for five weeks. In the meantime, it’s time to buckle down and charge through final exams and projects, you’ll hear from be again in a few weeks. Until then, I have a small update for you.

Firebender’s layout was given a small updated look a few days ago to match the changing seasons. I changed the orange header that featured Zhao and Zuko to one dark red one featuring Ozai. As well, a new wallpaper featuring Zuko and Zhao has been added. Now if you don’t mind I’m going to go kick some ass in these next three weeks.

 

 

 

Balancing Act

Yes, Firebender is finally being updated after what being delayed for the past three weeks or so. College is in full swing and time is flying by fast, soon the holidays will be here and I’ll be homebound. I’m doing my best to balance out academics, work, social life, and the websites, but at times the websites are going to have to go on the back burner. Nonetheless, they get off the back burner.

Staff positions are still open

I’m looking for another Avatar graphic designers who would like to share their work on Firebender while still retaining full credit and authority over their work. There are a few requirements for these positions:

  • the graphics must be designed in either Adobe Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, etc. (anything aside from MS Paint)
  • only high quality work (no grainy/pixelated images)
  • the graphics must be either Avatar: the Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, or The Last Airbender movie related
  • designers can created anything of the following wallpapers, avatars, signatures,  graphics resources, banners, web layouts, and blog layouts

If you’re interested just fill out the contact form with your name, email address, examples of your work, and a very brief description of your experience with designing. Though please keep this in the mind, I’m looking for designers who will add new work at least once a month. If you have an questions feel free to send me an email or leave behind a comment.

Graphic Additions & Network updates

  • 1 new wallpaper featuring Lu Ten, Zuko, and Iroh
  • 1 web layout – I’m slowly going through the web layouts and cleaning up the coding, expect more soon.

 

 

Thunderstorms and Rain

It’s raining outside, so I’m taking this opportunity to update the site a day earlier. I have not been able to do much. Most of the graphics added in the course of the past two weeks were made before I left for college, I was only able to make a signature tonight. I’m going to do one update every two weeks, but we’ll see how that goes. Firebender and The Dai Li will continue to be updated at least once a month because the last thing I want to is have an inactive site. So before I proceed onto the update, I happened to stumble across a copy of the Avatar: Lost Adventures comic book a couple of days ago. I’ll be posting scans and transparent renders of the comics in the next coming week or so if time permits.

Consensus has been reached – Web Layouts

After leaving the poll opened for a couple weeks, 100% of you are interested in using web layouts. I plan on adding a few web layouts in the next update so be on the look out for those! I won’t be creating them as often as wallpapers or signatures because they take at least a day to create. Nonetheless, I’ll resume to design and offer them.

Graphic Additions

Be on the lookout for another update in about two weeks!

Avatar Comic Book

Article was taken from Animation Insider

The Avatar: the Last Airbender universe, tightly packed with vast Asian mythology and likeable character drama, has a number of speech bubbles left to fill between now and the television premiere of Legend of Korra, now scheduled for 2013. Fortunately for fans of the action/fantasy franchise, Dark Horse Comics continues to make-good on their publishing program that will see new, continuing adventures of Aang and the gang following the events of the animated series’ third season.

Avatar: the Last Airbender — The Promise is scheduled to arrive early next year, kicking off Dark Horse’s new line of digest-sized comics in the Last Airbender cartoon world. Originally announced this past February 2011, The Promise will be the creator-sanctioned content fans have been waiting for [recent A.I. news: “Dark Horse Schedules Series Continuation” (02/2011)]. According to the publisher, The Promise (volume one, part one) will run eighty pages and rest comfortably in the timeline of the animated series only.

Artistic contribution to The Promise begins close to home, so to speak, with co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko serving as advisers to award-winning writer and graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang on the comic’s story.

Yang is a veteran writer and artist whose previous works notably include American Born Chinese (2006), which chronicles the uphill struggle of postmodern racial identity, and The Eternal Smile (2009), a collection of short stories co-authored with Derek Kirk Kim — both are Eisner Award-winning titles.

Yang’s Prime Baby (2010) was nominated as well; while his most-recent project, Level Up as illustrated by Thien Pham, was released in this summer.

Avatar: the Last Airbender — The Promise, currently scheduled to retail January 25, 2012 ($10.99), is expected to begin what should be the canonical bridge between Avatar: the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra.

At said beginning, Aang is forced into a potential confrontation with the Fire Nation soon after the events of the TV animation…. a confrontation that reportedly threatens to plunge the nations into war all over again. Apparently, an avatar’s work is never done. In any case, for Aang essentialists, it may also help to know that Yang isn’t just a fan of DiMartino and Konietzko’s cartoon, he’s an Avatar: the Last Airbender purist.

The work of Japanese art duo Gurihiru will back up Yang’s writing. Sasaki (ink and pencil) and Kawano (coloring) have contributed to a number of art and design projects in the comic book and videogame professions over the years.

Character designs under their belt range from Captain America, Thor, and Wolverine, to the personalities of Treasure Report, from Bandai Namco Games. Gurihiro was a key contributor to Avatar: the Last Airbender — The Lost Adventures, Dark Horse’s 240-page comics collection published June 2011.

“Bryan and I are excited for our fans to read about the further adventures of Aang and the gang,” Michael DiMartino adds. “Gene is an amazing storyteller and Gurihiru’s style is a perfect fit for the Avatar universe. It has been a great experience collaborating with Dark Horse once again.”