Lift Off – Massive Update

College awaits! I’m leaving in exactly two days so this is going to be the last big update of the summer. I probably won’t update again until Labor Day weekend or some time in early September. For now on updates will no longer be posted weekly but once every two weeks or so. Anyway, for starters Firebender is now affiliated with Legend of Korra Fans, a great fan site filled with latest news regarding the upcoming show. Also, link exchanges will be returning soon at the end of September or so.  In the meantime, affiliation is still open to those who are interested. Just send me a message via the contact form or at the breakthrough.site@gmail.com.

Re-adding pre made web layouts

Firebender and Piandao are possibly the last Avatar graphic sites to still be up and running. If you’ve around the fan community for quite a while you may have noticed that my old affiliates such as Trigger Happy, Avatar’s Hangout Elemental Masters and Yin Yang Graphics closed down quite a while ago. My old affiliates offered a plethora of  Avatar layouts that were used on small fansites, blogs, and fanlistings. Before I moved all of Breakthrough Designs’ Avatar content onto this new site I too used to offer downloadable web layouts but stopped after the revamp. I’ve noticed there are no pre made Avatar layouts available anywhere, and they will be in demand when new fan sites will be popping up following the premier of Legend of Korra. If anyone is interested in using pre made web layouts I will re-add the layouts and continue to design new ones. After designing The Dai Li‘s new layout in Adobe Dreamweaver, I can now create  DIV and table based web layouts in under a three hours. Plus, the layouts will be good practice for the imaging and programming classes I will be taking this year.

Graphic Additions & Network updates

  • The Dai Li has been completely revamped with a new layout and upgraded servers
  • 23 new Transparent Renders featuring characters such as Aang, Sokka, Katara, Zuko, Toph
  • 4 new Signatures featuring Toph, Sokka, a Yu Yan Archer, and an Earth Kingdom Soldier
  • 1 new Avatar featuring Fire Lord Ozai
  • 1 new Vector featuring Korra
  • 1 new wallpaper by Laforeze and 3 new wallpapers by me that feature Korra, Aang, Katara, Mai, and Master Pakku
  • Installed NivoSlider widget
  • Reorganized and updated the Avatar Season 1 Episode pages
  • Modified the RSS feed to display full posts
  • Added one new Firebender button

Designer position is 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.

Fanvid Spotlight

About once or twice a month I’ll be featuring an Avatar fanvid that has under 10,000 views on Firebender. If you want to submit a video please email me via the contact form. All fanvids must be PG and absolutely no Justin Beiber or Miley Cyrus songs!

I’ve might skipped a thing or two but those or the major changes and additions to the site. Be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed to stay updated on the latest Korra news and graphic additions! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Bulletproof

Hello everyone. I’m the new Graphic Designer, Laforeze, and i’m so thrilled to be here. I’ll try to post here as often as possible and I will give my best on my graphics. As my first post, i’ll give you Bulletproof, by La Roux, enjoy and thank you guys.

 

 

 

Graphic Additions & Affiliation

I promised an update on Friday and here it is (eventhough it’s almost two hours until midnight)! Firebender experienced about an hour of downtime Thursday for maintenance. If you are experiencing any problems with the site such as a page not loading please contact me as soon as possible. Aside from that this is not a major update, just a few graphic additions and site news.

Affiliation is open

Affiliation is currently open, if you are interested please contact me using the contact form. Please note that only Avatar: the Last Airbender fansites/forums, Anime fansites, and non-Avatar graphic websites will be accepted. I’m looking for websites that are updated at least once a month and are of high quality.

Graphic Additions

Designer position is 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.

The Show Goes On

I’m heading off to college in exactly two weeks from now (still can’t believe it’s coming up so soon!), but Firebender should still be updated regularly. As a little treat for you guys there will two updates this week and the following week. So, just stay on the look out for new graphic additions! Anyway, I’m pleased to welcome Laforeze to Firebender, he is a great graphic designer who will be sharing his work here. Stay on the lookout for his work in the weeks to come.  Also if you are still interested there is only one graphic designer position left. If you want to become a staff member, please read the requirements and rules below:

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

Graphics & Staff Openings

I’m heading off for college in a couple of weeks and need some help running Firebender. I am definitely going to continue creating Avatar graphics and maintaining this site but I can’t do it alone. There are two staff positions opening up for anyone who is interested.

Graphics Designers

I’m looking for two 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 Updates

One wallpaper featuring Korra as been added along with two new avatars.

 

 

Grand Opening of Firebender

Welcome to Firebender, my new Avatar fansite! When you first visit this site you are bound to notice quite a few changes and new features: layout, content structure, social network integration, user interaction, and management. Nonetheless, you will still recognize the my signature graphic design style, all of your favorite Avatar graphics, and my beloved affiliates.

 

Rebranding and Redefining

Formerly, Breakthrough Designs was known as my Avatar fansite; however, I wanted to separate it’s Avatar identity from the site’s name. When you hear names like “Airbender.net” or “LastAirbenderFans.com” you immediately associate Avatar: the Last Airbender with the site name, in other words the website’s subject matter is immediately communicated to the user. On the other, when you hear “Breakthrough-Designs.com” you think of a design firm even though it’s Avatar website. I’ve decided to rebrand this site to avoid confusion. In addition, for the past year or so I had been meaning to turn Breakthrough Designs into a network site that housed my portfolio, fanlistings, and Avatar fansite. As of now, the Breakthrough Designs network has branched into two main sites Firebender and my portfolio.

Security, Versatility, & Flexibility

Firebender is powered by WordPress, an omnipotent content manager that is easily customizable and secure. Before I switched to WordPress all of my websites were maintained by Cutenews, a content manager notorious for its security loopholes and obsolete coding. On the old system I had to manually upload images and code each post which took about 15 minutes or more to do for one graphic entry. On other hand, with WordPress I can add new graphics in under two minutes because it automatically uploads the images, generates the links, and installs the gallery in each post. As well, I can easily manage the website without having to load my ftp program which takes up even more time. To sum it all up, less time is wasted and more time is left for designing.

Embrace the social networking sites: Firebender has completely embraced the social networking trends. You can share all of your favorite graphics by clicking on the post titles and using the shareholic feature. Go ahead and post whatever you want on your Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Google +, and every other website imaginable. If you want to say in touch with Firebender subscribe to the RSS feed located at the top of menu or to check out the live Twitter stream located at the bottom.

User Interaction: On all of the posts you can leave behind your thoughts and ideas in the comment section or you can leave behind a rating. As well, Firebender supports Gravatar!

Upgrading to WordPress is like upgrading your old Toyota Camry to a brand-new  Lexus or BMW.

Compatibility with Computers, Tablets, & Smartphones

Whether you’re viewing Firebender on your computer, iPad, or smartphone we are compatible. This site is viewable in Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome and in both Windows XP/Vista/7 and OS X Lion/OS X Snow Leopard. If you are viewing the website on your smartphone a special version of the website will automatically appear, and if you want to view the original website just toggle the mobile theme off (it’s located at the bottom of the site).

Graphic Additions

Five new wallpapers featuring Korra, Ozai, Oman, Avatar Kyoshi, and Long Feng have been added! In the next couple of days I will be adding new avatars and signatures to the collection!

Legend of Korra

The creators of Avatar have released a new teaser trailer of The Legend of Korra during San Diego Comic Con. According to Dongbu Feng, The Legend of Korra will be comprised of 26 episodes spanning two seasons (the first season has 12 episodes while the second 14) . The new show is scheduled to air in the Summer of 2012, nearly four years following the end of the first series.

Rather than having a lead male character, Korra is a headstrong young woman from the Southern Water Tribe. She is joined by two other boys, Mako and Bolin, one is a firebender the other an earthbender. The three of them journey to a city called United Republic a place inspired by the city landscapes of Hong Kong and Chicago.

New Features (taken from AvatarSpirit.net)

  • A trailer was shown, and they used the music from the ATLA season 3 trailers.
  • The city is called United Republic and it was founded by Aang and Zuko.
  • The two guys in the poster with Korra are Mako (firebender) and Bolin (earthbender), and they are brothers.
  • The polar bear dog is female and her name is Naga.
  • Bolin has a pet fire ferret named Paboo.
  • There will be new flying bison and new lemurs.
  • There will be two seasons — season 1 will have 12 episodes, season 2 will have 14 episodes.
  • Aang and Katara had three kids, Tenzin being the youngest and only airbender.
  • Tenzin has three kids of his own.
  • Anti-benders use chi-blocking.
  • There are metalbending cops.
  • Toph traveled the world to teach metalbending after the war was over, and her daughter Bei Fong is the chief of police.
  • There will be mixed martial arts in the series, and the music was described as 1920s jazz invented by the Chinese.

Download Legend of Korra Teaser Trailer