nebroadwe: (Bear)
Sniggled from Bryan Konietzko's Tumblr, the Olympic performance of the Brazilian synchronized waterbending swimming team:
Okay, Nickelodeon, can we please have an ATLA soundtrack album NOW?
nebroadwe: (Bear)
In weather news: it's still hot here. Really hot. Like two successive days in the triple digits with dewpoints above 70 hot. Bleah. This is not the time for the new pastor at my church to decide we don't need to move services out of the 1880s vintage church (with accompanying lack of air conditioning) into the 1970s vintage hall for the summer. He may be in touch with his inner camel, but the rest of us aren't so lucky.

Read more... )
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Another signal boost. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal over here, the interviewer inquired of the ATLA creators, asking:
If Tenzin is Aang’s son, who is his mother?
And lo! the creators answered him and said:
We can say that, right? ... It's Katara. It's not a huge surprise.
And there was much rejoicing, but also wailing and grinding of teeth.

Lots of good info in this piece, and a refreshingly sensible attitude toward female heroic leads. Share and enjoy.
nebroadwe: (Books)
Just doing a signal boost on this one:
Nickelodeon, the number one producer of television animation in the world, has greenlit a new series from the creators of the hit animated TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender, it was announced today by Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. The new series The Legend of Korra (working title), from creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, will premiere on Nickelodeon in 2011, continuing the evolution of the animated franchise and its mythology ...

"Mike and Bryan have imagined a compelling new story inspired by the Airbender mythology that they so brilliantly crafted when the TV series began," Johnson said. "This new avatar is not only a girl, but also hot-headed, independent and ready to take on the world."

The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern "Avatar" world, Republic City – a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart. Under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.
Full press release here. Spunky female lead? Steampunk? Aang's son? Whee! (I can hear the wailing and grinding of teeth from certain sectors of the fandom already over that last one, alas.) But c'mon, Bryke -- "Republic City"? You've got to be able to do better than that. I expect great things of you, gentlemen!
nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
When even Mr. Popcorn hates your movie, you're in trouble:
"The Last Airbender" is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.
Ouch. Paging Opus the Penguin. I wasn't planning to see this film in any case because of the racebending, but it looks as if that will spare me the pain of enduring a piss-poor adaptation of an elegant story. Time to rewatch the series ...
nebroadwe: (Books)
My copy of Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Art of the Animated Series arrived last week and it's lovely: big, glossy, and filled with character models, background paintings, key poses, storyboards, and random sketches. (And an overhead shot of the entire Fire Nation capital, which is going to be much consulted if I ever get up the gumption to attempt my "Aang and Zuko search for Ursa" novel.) Apart the fascinating "How we came up with this idea" section at the front end, it's light on commentary, which I find somewhat disappointing; then again, if artists expressed themselves in words, they'd be writers, not artists. (And the DVD commentaries probably cover most of what they'd have said, anyway, except maybe for insights such as: "After storyboarding the epic airship sequence, Joaquim Dos Santos said he never wanted to draw another pointy-tipped airship again.") My favorite part is the one on calligraphy, which translates some of the wanted posters and other signage, such as Aang's advertisement:
Have you seen my flying bison? His name is Appa. He has six legs and weighs ten tons. If you have any information, please contact Avatar Aang in the Upper Ring, 96th district, house #217.
Recommended for all fans of the series who want to delve a little more deeply into its construction -- and specifically to my fellow fanficcers, as a hugely useful visual reference tome.
nebroadwe: Write write write edit edit edit edit edit & post. (Writer)
Title: Sonnet: Ursa Departs
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Character(s): Ursa
Pairing(s): None.
Rating: G
Word Count: 107
Warnings: None.
A/N: I was mugged by a sonnet on Friday and spent the weekend recovering from the shock and then pummeling the mugger into (barely) postable shape. Sonnets are hard -- and I'm not sure why I keep diving into seventeenth-century poetry and poetic forms when I write Avatar 'fic -- cf. here and here -- but perhaps it has something to do with being an English major. Concrit welcomed with pretty rooms (and bonus gold to aery thinness beat to anyone who spots the reference :-). Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] avatar_fans and [livejournal.com profile] avatarfic.
Dedication(s): For William Shakespeare, il miglior fabbro.



She's never gone but where her going's known
Nor come but where her welcome is assured --
Hawk-heralded, by rumor's wings outflown;
What's needful to her comfort long procured
Or whistled up in haste; her way prepared
By liv'ried outriders, as fits her state;
Her hosts all deference, no effort spared
To earn her gentle protest of surfeit --
Till now, when with laborious steps and sore,
She gains the ridge's broken summit, spent --
Behind, the royal court, her home no more;
Ahead, the desert of her banishment --
Like an explorer at the utmost North,
For whom all ways are one, and that one, forth.



[Acknowledgments: Avatar: The Last Airbender was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko; copyright for this property is held by Viacom International, Inc. All rights reserved.]
nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
Breaking news from the (racefail-bedeviled) set of M. Night Shyamalan's Last Airbender remake:
Potential spoiler alert: Cliff Curtis [playing Ozai] said he's ready to make two more films in the Last Airbender series, so that probably means Fire Lord Ozai won't be vanquished in the end of the first film.
Shocked, shocked I am that room is being left for a sequel if the first movie is successful. This could be the beginning of [gasp!] a FRANCHISE.

Curtis's comments on his costuming are more interesting: ""Outstanding, the most beautiful costume I've ever had in my career actually. It's sort of like a cross between Roman and kind of Greek, [a] gold, Roman and Greek military/samurai military. It's really, really beautiful." I'm going to be charitable and assume he doesn't know much about the pre-modern clothing styles, not that the production team can't do a thing without using a western culture as its primary reference point. Oh, wait ...
nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
Regarding the Avatar live-action casting call for extras and its tin ear ... it gets worse, according to this report from the day of the call:
"We're trying to create these four different nations so we're looking for different skin tones, and features, and bone structures," [casting director Deedee Rickets] said...

One middle-aged black woman, clad in a denim jacket and black slacks, raised her hand. "Are you at a disadvantage if you didn't wear a costume?" she asked, evidently concerned about her "non-ethnic" outfit.

"Absolutely not!" Rickets reassured her. "It doesn't mean you're at a disadvantage if you didn't come in a big African thing. But guys, even if you came with a scarf today, put it over your head so you'll look like a Ukrainian villager or whatever."
Riiight. Because, of course, all exotic foreign cultures are interchangeable: Belgians are Ukrainians are Koreans are Kenyans. And everyone looks exotic in a headscarf. What is this woman thinking? Surely she cannot be unaware of the kerfuffle surrounding the casting of the leads, so why hasn't someone sat her down and pointed out the need to tread lightly? (It's probably too much to ask at this point that the production staff actually be culturally sensitive, but at least they could try to fake it.) Augh. Must write more letters!
nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
This morning I wrote and posted my letter about being irked by the whitewashing of The Last Airbender live-action film. It's hard to be pithy when ranting, but I did my best:
Read more... )
I'm not normally given to writing letters to the editor (or, in this case, the producer), but every once in a while I do. It's not much, but at least it's something. I suppose the trick now is to try to explain my annoyance to my godchildren, big Avatar fans, in terms they can understand. It's never too early to teach people what's right.

EDIT: Oh, snap. Turns out that Mark Bakshi is no longer at Paramount. Must find some way to let [livejournal.com profile] aang_aint_white know about this ...
nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
From the local student newspaper, an utterly dismaying remark by a member of the production staff for the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender film:
Deedee Rickets, the casting director for the film, said she is looking to cast men and women ages 18 to 65 and children ages six to 15. Casting officials are seeking candidates with military or martial arts experience, athletes, gymnasts and people of various races and cultures.

"We want you to dress in traditional cultural ethnic attire," she said. "If you're Korean, wear a kimono. If you're from Belgium, wear lederhosen."
I'm torn between the impulse to [headdesk] and the impulse to heave the desk at Ms. Rickets. The depth of cluelessness revealed by this remark is simply staggering. Time to give in and write that letter of complaint to Paramount, I guess.
nebroadwe: Write write write edit edit edit edit edit & post. (Writer)
Title: The Core of the Matter
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Character(s): Katara and Toph
Pairing(s): Canon 'ships in the background
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~2200
Warnings: Set post-series.
A/N: Happy New Year to all in observance of same! May it bring you health, wealth, and lots of goodfic. I'm sure somebody must have had this piece's animating idea before, but since I haven't seen it done yet myself, I did it. Concrit welcomed with an invitation to a highly exclusive little Twelfth Night gathering. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] avatar_fans and [livejournal.com profile] avatarfic.
Dedication: For [livejournal.com profile] artemisrae, with all best wishes for a better year than last.



One of the best things about peace, Katara had decided, was the parties ... )
nebroadwe: Write write write edit edit edit edit edit & post. (Writer)
Title: Drabble: No Returns, No Exchanges
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Character(s): Iroh and Zuko
Pairing(s): None.
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Warnings: Set post-series.
A/N: What with all the holiday shopping I've been doing lately, this drabble was absurdly easy to title -- the Muses' Christmas gift to me, perhaps? Concrit welcomed with a cup of the tastiest tea ever. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] avatar_fans and [livejournal.com profile] avatarfic).



      The best tea in Ba Sing Se is brewed, now as ever, by a man named Mushi. Read more... )
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Title: Full Constant Light: A Story in Drabbles
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Character(s): Ursa and Ozai, with appearances by Iroh, Lu Ten, Zuko, Azula and others
Pairing(s): Ursa/Ozai
Rating: PG-13 (for implied conjugal relations, obstetrical detail, and one ribald joke)
Word Count: 1800 (excluding epigraphs)
Warnings: None, as long as you've seen through "The Day of Black Sun."
A/N: This had the working title of "Ursa's Life Story in Drabbles," which may have encouraged it to grow larger than originally planned. I drafted the bulk of it over Thanksgiving, during which time I discovered how difficult it is to write even implied conjugal relations with a parent sitting on the sofa three feet away. Thank goodness I was riding a largely empty bus when Lu Ten decided to get witty. Concrit welcomed with a "Get out of exile free!" card. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] avatar_fans and [livejournal.com profile] avatarfic.
Dedication: For [livejournal.com profile] juxtaposie, as a bribe to keep prodding [livejournal.com profile] artemisrae forward on her Evil Aang 'Fic of Doom. :-)



The sages say that the world, which began in water, will end in fire ... )
nebroadwe: Write write write edit edit edit edit edit & post. (Writer)
Okay, so everyone else had NaNo, at this point, and I've still got "In My End Is My Beginning," thus:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,456 / 10,000
(24.6%)
Can I count "Full Constant Light" (formerly "Ursa's life story in drabbles" -- yay for title-emergence, and bonus English-major points to anyone who can identify the reference without Googling :-) as a mitigating circumstance?
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,100 / 1,600
(68.8%)
If Azula and Iroh would just stop dancing around their moments and tell me what happens, I'd already be finished. Even Lu Ten was willing to share a risqué put-down with me, and he's [spoiler] ...

ETA: Iroh just explained to me that the reason he's been reticent is that he's in mourning for his wife. Now I feel like a heel, and Azula is smirking at me.
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I stumbled across an Avatar/ST:E crossover today, which was sadly uninspiring ... except to make me think that someone needs to write an Avatar/ST:TOS crossover in which Sokka meets Spock --
      "So, you're saying that we could take out the Fire Lord with a well-aimed whatchamacallit -- phaser -- set on stun?"
      "That would be the logical course of action."
      "'Logical.' You hear that, Katara? Logic. Man, I LOVE this guy!"
-- someone other than me. I've got enough plotbunnies. I could never write Spock properly. Forget I even mentioned it.
nebroadwe: Write write write edit edit edit edit edit & post. (Writer)
Title: Ficlet: The Good Servant
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Character(s): Ming, with a cameo from Iroh
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Word Count: 150
Warnings: None, as long as you've seen through "The Day of Black Sun."
A/N: Couldn't quite pare this one down to the size of a canonical drabble, confound it, but honor is a complex subject. Concrit welcomed with freshly brewed peppermint tea, because that's all I've got left (the plotbunnies have eaten everything else). Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] avatar_fans and [livejournal.com profile] avatarfic.
Dedication: For [livejournal.com profile] arielen, who also takes risks (and copes heroically with my high-school German :-).



      She has always wanted to serve with honor.

Read more... )
nebroadwe: Write write write edit edit edit edit edit & post. (Writer)
Title: Crossing at a Ford
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Character(s): Sokka and Piandao
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Word Count: ~1200
Warnings: Set post-series; contains spoilers for the finale.
A/N: Sokka became one of my favorite characters over the course of this series, so I'm no end pleased to have a chance to show him in action. (I'm less certain I've captured Piandao, though. Concrit welcomed with or without a slice of lemon.) Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] avatar_fans and [livejournal.com profile] avatarfic; my home Internet is behaving oddly at the moment, so I apologize in advance for any delay in responding to comments.
Dedication: For Lucy and Noël, because someday they will be my best beta readers.



Like a lot of Sokka's really good ideas, this one wasn't working out in practice the same way it had in his head ... )
nebroadwe: Write write write edit edit edit edit edit & post. (Writer)
Title: Ashes, Ashes: A Sequence
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Character(s): Ozai, with cameos from Zuko and others
Pairing(s): None
Rating: PG
Word Count: 700
Warnings: Set post-series; contains spoilers for the finale.
A/N: I've been writing villains at length for the first time lately and it's almost too much fun. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] avatar_fans and [livejournal.com profile] avatarfic.
Dedication: For everyone on my f-list who refused to adopt a plotbunny. It's all your fault, you know.



      It's a game they play, the deposed king and his faithless successor. Read more... )
nebroadwe: Write write write edit edit edit edit edit & post. (Writer)
Title: Ficlet: More Than Words Can Wield
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Character(s): Katara
Pairing(s): Katara/Aang
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 500
Warnings: Set post-series, but since I haven't seen the finale, I'm only guessing about who survives it.
A/N: If I shipped any pairing in this fandom it would be Iroh/jasmine tea, but when an older (twenty-something?) Aang popped up in my imagination to tell Katara that she was his first love, I found myself wondering what she would say to that, given their history. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] avatar_fans, [livejournal.com profile] aangxkatara and [livejournal.com profile] avatarfic.
Dedication: For [livejournal.com profile] artemisrae, who helped prod me into this fandom and is now another year older. Many happy returns!



From her wild hair he teases one dark tress
And loops it up beside her seal-brown cheek,
And, smiling, "You were my first love," he says,
And kisses her, and waits for her to speak --



-- but she never knows how to answer him when he trots that one out. Read more... )

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