We’re at the Legend of Korra panel at San Diego Comic-Con and live blogging the fun!
The panel includes co-creators and executive producers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos (co-executive producer), Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P.J. Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami) and Andrea Romano (voice director). The panel will include an in-depth discussion of Book 1 and a live performance by the voice actors.
The event begins at 11:15 AM PT/2:15 PM ET.
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And that’s the end of the panel!- Jen Lamoureux
They are having the audience simulate the crowd at a pro-bending fight. Andrea Romano is leading the crowd- Jen Lamoureux
What do the creators do?
The creators of the show work with the writers, come up with stories for book 3, and work with the creative/arts teams. The amount of design is crazy.- Jen Lamoureux
They always imagine Korra’s father is huge even though he is a gentle guy- Andrew Sims
Kia is a water bender with a hippie look. She has a special bond with Senna- Andrew Sims
Bumi’s sister will be joining this season.- Andrew Sims
Andrea Romano is the voice coach and she describes how she gets the cast to understand the animation. She organizes the scenes so the actors to react better and work together.- Jen Lamoureux
The spirit creature appears to be evil. The storyboards are really cool. They just told us that Mako becomes a cop in book 2 and Bolin is looking for his path.- Jen Lamoureux
They showed an animatics clip with the Fie Ferrets being beaten and Mako chasing someone on his motorbike. Asame is determined to put her father’s company back on top. Tinsin’s family airbends all around the island. Korra goes into the avatar state to win race. The spirit creature attacks Korra, it is twice her size. She goes into the avatar state to fight it.- Jen Lamoureux
A very cool spirit creature with glowing eyes, walks on two legs, with a tail, and branch like appendages.- Jen Lamoureux
Verick, a Howard Hughes playboy, kind of character. He and Bolin have a funny relationship. Southern Water tribe member. Also a shipping magnet who is a more entertaining character.- Jen Lamoureux
We get to see more of Korra’s parent and meet her uncle OOdalak who is head of the northern tribe and more in touch with the spirits. He mentors Korra- Jen Lamoureux
The costumes are similar with elements to compensate for winter. Asame has an Amelia Earhart look. The others have longer selves and winter coats.- Jen Lamoureux
There are some paintings of the Southern Air Temple and the base of the mountain with mist around them. They will be going into the spirit world as well with 2 very special episodes- Jen Lamoureux
The look harkens back to the iceberg Aang was frozen in. The ice has an otherworldly glow to it.- Jen Lamoureux
All the designs are from Fred Stewart adn Emily Tetry. The opening scene is at the Southern Water tribe at a festival. There is a cool banquet hall made of ice. They go on a crazy journey through another water tribe and it is a bit dark and scary- Jen Lamoureux
Now onto some artwork from book 2. It will be called Spirits, takes place 6 months after book 1.- Jen Lamoureux
David fakes kisses Janet on stage to mimic the scene.- Jen Lamoureux
Still doing a table read now doing “Getting Ready for Our First Patrol” and “Turning the Tides” which is very emotional.- Jen Lamoureux
The second scene they read through is “The Voice in the Night” and “The Spirit of Competition.” David messes up a little and PJ is hysterical with his lines.- Jen Lamoureux
Now the cast is doing a table read from book 1. The voice direct reads the parts the actors need to know in order to understand the movement of the scene. The actors then read the lines. It is really cool to see the actors voice the images.- Jen Lamoureux
Seychelle says her and her character are most alike because they both overpack- Jen Lamoureux
PJ asked to chose any character to be from season 1?
He wants to be himself, Janet says she wants to be the announcer- Jen Lamoureux
Janet is asked about voicing Korra.
Janet: The two avatars are so different and she loves Korra’s willingness to fight- Jen Lamoureux
There will be 4 books with 52 episodes as announced on EW earlier this week.- Jen Lamoureux
There are still 4000 people waiting outside ballroom 20 waiting to get in. In 2004 Korra was in a room with 50 people.- Jen Lamoureux
Rich Magallanes from Nickelodeon his the moderator for the Korra panel.- Jen Lamoureux