Hey everybody! Excited for a project update? Us too!In this Post:
- Writing Team News
- Art Team News
- Feature: Introducing the Ocean Folk
The last few weeks have been a crazy flurry of productivity and story breakthroughs! We’re excited to share new concept art and information about our progress. Curious about who works on the project? Check out our team page!
The Writing Team:
The Writing Team has several Book 1 episodes finished, and we’ve started transitioning to final script-writing! (To illustrate just how much research and detail we’ve packed into Book 1: we have 50+ pages of single-spaced text for the episode summaries alone)
The writers are focused on improving the flow of our story and the depth of our characters. As actual comic production draws near, we’ve prepared a workflow that will efficiently deliver scripts to artists in a paced, staggered timeline. It’s been fun researching best practices in both the animation and graphic novel industries. We’ve incorporated some professional processes into our own #informal framework, and it’s already showing promising results.
The writing team is also learning more about different LGBTQ+ experiences through research and interviews. We are committed to presenting characters with diverse sexualities and gender identities, and we aim to do so in the most constructive and authentic way possible.
There are so many incredible breakthroughs we’ve had with the story lately, and it’s KILLING US that we can’t share details without spoiling major plot twists. As agonizing as it is to wait for updates, you can at least rest assured that the pain is mutual?
The Art Team:
Our artists are churning out fantastic designs every day, and we’ve completed a number of storyboarding exercises! Unfortunately, the storyboards have to remain #secret for a little while longer. But you can expect an exciting announcement in late August~
In the meantime, here are a couple recent sketches:
Spirits play a major role in The Legend of Genji, and we LOVE drawing weird shapes and playing with random colors! Building up our knowledge of plants, insects, and ocean creatures has helped us a lot!
Props bring characters, cultures, and stories to life. Macky designed a few traditional sandbender dishes to give Genji’s home a distinctive look.
Featuring: The Ocean Folk
In the Legend of Genji, we are introducing a new sub-culture in the Earth Federation — the Ocean Folk. The Ocean Folk are an ancient culture that reside on the eastern shores of the Earth Federation, and Maya is from one of their floating villages. Similar to the Foggy Swamp Tribe, their ancestors were waterbenders who migrated south along the eastern side of the continent. They are a clan-based society of earthbenders and waterbenders who live harmoniously with the sea, and their lifestyle is intimately linked to two guardian spirits that represent earth and water respectively. The Ocean Folk have endured centuries of on-and-off colonization by Earth Kingdom dynasties and conquerors. As the ancient Earth Kingdom expanded, the Ocean Folk were driven off their lands. No land? No problem. They adapted and began building their homes atop ocean waters. They now reside on floating cities made of clay and vine.
When designing the visual identity of this culture, we realized this was a fantastic opportunity to finally bring afro-phenotypes into the Avatar Universe. Artists Juan, Gio, and Macky designed our first concept pieces of the Ocean Folk — check out the captions to learn more about our ideas! You can expect more Ocean Folk art and landscape paintings in the coming months.
So, what’s next?
Keep an eye on our social media channels! You can expect some exciting news in late August~
Thank you for supporting the team and this story! You guys rock. Your comments, likes, suggestions, videos, translations, and fan art inspire us to keep going! The Avatar Fan Comic community is awesome, and we love you all~ ♡