Fans relied on books and other print media, like as 1987’s Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, to extend the plot of the original trilogy before the Star Wars prequels debuted in 1999. The early novels were how fans maintained hope, even though many of those novelizations are no longer considered “canon.” It’s possible that the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender is experiencing the same thing.
At a panel that was jam-packed to the gills on Friday at New York City Comic Con, attendees were giddy with anticipation for any brand-new Avatar-related material. Few people raised their hands when asked how many had read the Avatar: The Last Airbender Kyoshi novels, which were published by Abrams Books. Avatar: Legends, a role-playing game developed by Magpie Games but not yet available, was played by the same scraggly handful. When asked how many had read the ATLA storyline’s continuation in Dark Horse Comics, more than two thirds of the audience nearly leaped out of their seats.
Publishers of the most recent ATLA content appear to acknowledge the fact that Avatar first debuted more than 17 years ago, at least in part. Even while a brand-new live-action series is in the works and there are plans for even more Avatar content in the future, for the time being, fans who are itching for fresh tales must look to print media.
There will be other volumes that will continue the universe’s tale beyond the events of Avatar: The Legend of Korra and into the centuries earlier, with a focus on the historical “masters of all four elements.”
Although the focus of the program had been on young people trying to change an unjust society, books like F.C. Yee’s The Rise of Kyoshi and his upcoming Yangchen-centered novel Dawn of Yangchen are aimed to satisfy even the most ardent fans.
The Legend of Korra: Patterns in Time, a graphic novel that will be released on November 29 and contains a few short stories that follow Turf Wars and Ruins in Empire, is another option. According to Alexandria Monik, the comic’s illustrator, the next Azula in the Spirit Temple may “potentially rehabilitate” one of ATLA’s key antagonists. This was first revealed at San Diego Comic-Con.
Of course, there is also the RPG produced by Magpie Games, which earlier this year surpassed all other tabletop RPGs in terms of funding on Kickstarter. The book should be available for purchase at full retail price by January 25. Preorders will begin on October 12 for the Kickstarted version, which is anticipated to begin arriving in November.
Magpie Games co-owner Brendan Conway also disclosed that the firm is developing a beginning kit for the role-playing game that will have condensed rules and player aids, as well as an official web toolkit that will have additional information by the end of the week.
The Avatar storylines have been continued by all these publishers, although given how long ago the first episode of the show debuted, the total number of releases appears sparse. The head of marketing at Dark Horse, Cara O’Neil, stated that even though there aren’t many stories, “every story gets vetted, and we’re looking more for ‘content added'” at Avatar Studios, which is run by the show’s creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. Otherwise, there should be more Avatar content in the works; the future comics are a mere “part” of it.
O’Neil responded, “that’s been the case so far in expanding the world,” when asked if the print stories of the Avatar-verse would be the horns on the bull for expanding the timeline both backward and forwards. It’s safe to say that our comics and novels will continue to branch out beyond that plot, while I can’t comment on what they’re doing with the program or with Avatar Studios.
According to the Braving the Elements podcast, creators Konietzko, and DiMartino indicated they have plans for more projects that will go deeper into Avatar’s past and future, but aside from the live-action series, nothing else has been made public. Otherwise, the authors promised not to tread on the book’s toes and that they have no plans to turn any printed works into television or film entertainment.