The Legend of Korra season 2, episode 1 will premiere at Friday’s San Diego Comic-Con 2013 panel.

UPDATE: The episode premiered on Friday and you can read our season 2, episode 1 recap now!

Nickelodeon Animation Studios has reported that the long-anticipated The Legend of Korra season 2 premiere will first air at the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.

The exciting news comes along with this stunning piece of new art from The Legend of Korra co-creator Bryan Konietzko. Click on the image below to view it in HD:

The Legend of Korra season 2 episode 1 image HD

The panel in question will take place at 11:15 on Friday, in the certain-to-be-packed Ballroom 20. The Legend of Korra season 2 premiere has been highly anticipated by fans of the show since ‘Book 1: Air’ concluded last June.

“We can’t wait to show you guys [the episode,]” co-creator Mike DiMartino wrote on his Tumblr page. DiMartino also noted that Konietzko’s artwork was inspired by Korra’s “battle with a dark spirit” in the episode.

“I guess the meltdown gets to start early!” joked The Legend of Korra martial arts coordinator Bill Rinaldi.

The premiere will be only the second time that official footage has been revealed from The Legend of Korra season 2 premiere. (Fans recently learned that the premiere episode is titled “Rebel Spirit.”) The first official footage from the episode was revealed a few weeks ago in a Nickelodeon promo piece, and features Korra battling a slew of angry, glowing spirits – to little effect.

Hypable will be covering everything Korra coming at San Diego Comic-Con, so stay tuned to the site for all of the latest news!

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