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Gene Luen Yang to write Avatar: The Last Airbender comic

Gene Luen Yang, creator of American Born Chinese and The Eternal Smile and writer of Level Up, announced on his blog Tuesday that he is undertaking a new project: He will be writing the upcoming Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novel, The Promise. Yang is working closely with Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creators of the original cartoon series, on the book, and the artwork is being handled by the Japanese duo Gurihiru, who illustrated some of the earlier Airbender comics and have done work for Marvel as well.

As Yang points out in his blog, this is not quite his first Avatar comic: When the movie came out last year, he drew a webcomic protesting the casting of Caucasians in roles that were clearly derived from Asian traditions. This book is based on the television series, not the movie, though, and Yang says he hasn’t seen the movie and doesn’t want to see it: “the only A:TLA universe I want inside my head as I’m writing these comics is the animated one. The real one.”

Oh, and don’t get too excited about an Avatar-Monkey King crossover—that’s just a bit of fan art that Gene drew to celebrate the occasion.

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THIS IS AWESOME NEWS!!!!!!!!!!

Lets hope it takes place after the finale where zuko and aang team up to find out if zuko’s mom is alive.

Dude, seriously. Get off the Zuko’s mom thing. I almost wish that scene where Zuko visits his father in prison was cut out just so we could avoid those fans fixated on his mom’s whereabouts.

Well, it’s a fair question… Certainly one of the biggest, maybe even THE biggest, unanswered question from the series. I don’t necessariyl care if they answer it or not, but I understand the desire to have that answered. having felt screwed over by six seasons of Lost, I understand all too well.

Anyhow, I hope this graphic novel is good. I’m usually not a big fan of comics that adapt a TV show or movie because they usually pale in comparison. But if it’s as well-written as the show usually was, it could be great.

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