this is my entry for Bryke Day, which I guess is officially September 1st (according to a post I saw). anyway, i realize today is not September 1st, but i wanted to post this regardless. i’m really thankful for Avatar not only because it was—and remains—entertaining, but also because it’s inspired me and motivated me to hone my skills in both drawing and storytelling.
haha so this’ll probably get six notes and bryke (or the rest of the amazing team) will never see it, but whatever. it was fun to make and good practice for comic-style narrations, which i don’t do as often as i’d like.
Wow, this is such a cute and inspiring story. Especially the end. I hope they see it!
I love this! It’s so cool to hear stories of people who were inspired by the show to follow their dreams. And I love that she’s going to RISD!
Indeed, this is a touching tribute. Thanks, Korraquality! And best of luck at RISD, an institution that means a great deal to me, and where I hope to teach (at least for a spell) at some point in the future. For those who might not know, Mike and I met while attending RISD in 1995.
I can definitely relate! I was a touch older than this person and already obsessed with becoming a cartoonist, but when Avatar: The Last Airbender first aired, I was right there, glued to the screen in complete awe and excitement. To me it wasn’t the first sign that cartooning could produce incredible stories so much as an affirmation of the sort of storytelling I wanted to do. If at age 15 I could produce any animated feature in the world by snapping my fingers, based on my own tastes and ideals, A:TLA is what would have popped out of the ether. Thank you, Bryke!