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  • Are you involved with the Avatar live-action Netflix adaptation?
    No, I left the project back in 2020. In 2021, I returned to Nickelodeon and since then I've been focused on helping create new animated projects for the Avatar universe.
  • What's going on with Avatar Studios?
    Animation is a very long process but rest assured the amazing teams at Avatar Studios, Nickelodeon, and Paramount are hard at work developing and producing new animated stories and other Avatar-related content! The first Avatar feature film has been announced and is in production. For Avatar-specific updates, you can check out:
  • How did you come up with the idea for Avatar?
    There isn’t a simple or quick answer to this question, but the answers exist in different places. Start by checking out the Avatar Spirits documentary, as well as Avatar: The Art of the Animated Series book, which Bryan Konietzko and I wrote and compiled. Both provide a behind-the-scenes look into what went into creating and producing the show. Also, there is a great podcast called Braving the Elements that is a deep dive into the show and has interviews with me, Bryan, and a lot of the creative talent behind the series. Also, if you have access to the DVDs or Blu-rays of the show, there are a lot of commentaries with me and Bryan as well as the many talented people who helped bring both series to life.
  • What happened to Zuko’s mom? What happened after Aang defeated the Fire Lord? What happened after Korra and Asami walked into the spirit world?
    Even though the shows ended, the stories continue in the Dark Horse graphic novels. The Search tells the story of Zuko’s search for his mother and what happened to her. Bryan and I worked with great writers and artists to expand Aang’s story beyond the animated series and we consider these stories to be the official continuation of the animated series. I wrote the graphic novels, Turf Wars and Ruins of the Empire which continue Korra’s story (and her relationship with Asami) after season 4. Depending where you live in the world, these comics may or may not be available. There is also an ongoing series of YA fantasy novels that tell the stories of Avatars Kyoshi, Yangchen, and Roku.
  • What ever happened with the Rebel Genius series? Do you have any plans on finishing it?
    I'm glad people still remember I wrote those books! The bad news is, the publisher didn’t want to release the third book in the trilogy. The good news is, I got the rights to the series back, so I have the option publish all the books myself. I have a draft of the third book that needs a lot of rewriting but I hope to finish the series in the future.
  • I created a pitch/have an idea for an Avatar series/comic/book/game and want to show it to you/tell you about it. Can I?
    I’m afraid not. For legal reasons, I am not allowed to take any outside submissions. And any new content will be generated by Avatar Studios and Nickelodeon or its licensees in consultation with Avatar Studios and Nickelodeon.
  • But don’t you own Avatar?
    Bryan Konietzko and I created Avatar for Nickelodeon, but we do not own the franchise. Paramount Global does.
  • I want to write Avatar fan fiction/create fan art. Is that okay?
    I am not a lawyer so I don’t know what limitations may apply, but people write fan fiction and draw fan art for their favorite media all the time!
  • I have questions about the show/how to write/how to pitch a show/how to get a career in animation. Can we set up a phone call/Zoom meeting/email to discuss?
    Sorry, but I am not available for personal phone calls or chats. The Braving the Elements podcast is a great place to start—the interviews there go into these topics. Also, the art of Avatar and the art of Legend of Korra books are great resources. If you can’t purchase one, request it from your local library and hopefully they’ll hook you up.
  • Are you available to chat?
    Sorry, I can't. I've got my hands full making sure new Avatar stories are released into the world! Thanks for understanding.
  • Can you send me a signed poster/autograph/short video message to me/my friend?
    Unfortunately, I can’t accommodate these types of requests at this time.
  • Are you available for an interview/podcast?
    It depends. Press requests related to Avatar should always go through Nickelodeon’s press department. Currently, I am not doing any press or interviews but it’s a case-by-case basis. If you're interested in having me on as a guest in relation to my novel writing, that's a possibility.
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