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I’m in Issue 6 of Digital Artist Magazine, in the main article about manga art. There are some quotes, anecdotes and tips by me, accompanied by some of my art.

I went to Toronto for a week and signed some books there. For you Torontonians (Torontites?): Chapters @ Spadina holds signed copies of Yokaiden 1 & 2; The Silver Snail on Queens holds signed copies of The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko’s Story.

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Zuko’s Story is now out! Check for it in stores, but keep in mind that most comic stores get their shipment of new comics in on Wednesdays, so you may have to wait tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered a copy: hope you enjoy!

I had to go to three different stores before I was able to get my copy.


More photos after the cut.
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I repeat the subject line: Zuko’s Story comes out tomorrow! If you’re dying with anticipation, this should tide you over: Dave Roman, the co-writer, was interviewed by MTV’s Splash Page to clear up some fan questions about the book.

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Avatar Portalcast

Zuko’s Story comes out next Tuesday. If you can’t wait and want to learn more about it, listen to this podcast interview with the writers, Alison Wilgus and Dave Roman conducted by The Avatar Portal. It sheds a lot of light on how hard we all worked to bring to the Airbender TV show fans a comic they’ll be more than satisfied with, the difficulties we endured and what you can expect in the story and artwork.

ETA: Splash Page at MTV.com put up an exclusive 5-page preview of Zuko’s Story. They show the part where Zuko is trying to assemble a crew to go find the Avatar with.

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Zuko’s Story preview scans

If you missed out on a copy of the Del Rey Showcase on Free Comic Book Day, you’re not alone. According to many Airbender fans, copies were long gone before they got to the comic shop.

But don’t worry! Scans of the preview have been put up online. Be sure to read the comments for insider info on the process by co-writer Alison Wilgus.

A panel from Zuko's Story
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After 8 years on LiveJournal, I made the move to WordPress. People who still want to follow me on LJ can do so by friending spacecoyote_rss.

A couple of new art pieces: first is a series of banner pics done for Court Records. Second is the high res upload of the cover art for Zuko’s Story.

An update from PatchTogether about the coyote toy: after much delay, they should be shipped out in a week or two.

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The cover I did for The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko’s Story is up.


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I’d like to talk a little about my own process for illustrating the comic.

Because film environment shots were limited and the prequel covers many locations seen in the cartoon but not the movie (as of yet), many of the environment and clothing designs were based on the cartoon. Big kudos to piandao.org and their many screenshots of the Airbender cartoon. Asides from the film pictures I was provided with by Paramount, that site and the book The Lost Scrolls: Fire were my biggest source of reference. With their help, I was able to get some of the smallest details down, from commoner outfits to forts to how Zuko’s ship room is laid out. One of the writers, Alison, was also a great help and even went to the library in search of any photos I could use as reference.

For the action scenes, I researched some of the martial arts firebending was based on: namely Northern Shaolin and Xingyiquan. I looked up numerous pictures and demonstration videos online to ensure the firebenders had proper form. I also researched dao swords and had to do a whole lot of slow-moing of videos.

I was disappointed in how Zuko’s trademark scar was toned down for the movie, so I exaggerated it for the comic (which makes sense in the context of the story anyway since he’s been freshly scarred). One thing I like about movie!Zuko’s scar is how it goes into his hair, but again, it’s kind of subtle so I emphasized that. For the cover, I was pretty much free to do whatever I want; no direction was given. I made sure to feature Zuko’s scar and make it one of the first things you notice, as it’s a crucial part of his character.

Dave yaytime, Alison aliwilgus and I are confident that fans of the show will enjoy the comic. Since the story takes place before the film and the series, we had a lot of room for creativity and were able to stick closely to series canon. Please support our work!

ETA: Oh, and don’t forget — there will be a free preview of Zuko’s Story in Del Rey’s Free Comic Book Day sampler so go to your local comic shop on May 1st and get a copy!

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