Here it is, the original of the first drawing I did in what would become the Avatar universe, featuring cyclops robot monkey Momo, sci-fi Aang, and bipedal Naga. They all had arrows on their heads. I didn’t know who any of them were, or what any of it meant. I was just exploring it all on paper. I did know that I liked this mystery kid’s spirit and I wanted to know more about him.
This thing is just under thirteen years old! You never know how a single drawing will change the course of your life, and the lives of many other people. I guess the lesson here is to just keep drawing, and follow the characters on the page wherever they may take you.
It is February 21, 2005, and the first two episodes of a cartoon entitled Avatar: The Last Airbender are premiered on Nickelodeon in a one-hour event, introducing the world to the vast Avatarverse that would soon be adored by so many fans who have been touched by the series.
Thank you to the entire crew of A:TLA and TLOK for making these incredible shows that are now a part of my identity –these works of art that inspire millions of others around the world.