Whenever I look back on the early episodes of Avatar: the Last Airbender, I realize that Iroh was probably acting a little ridiculous on purpose. He knows that Zuko still has fresh emotional wounds from his cruel, uncompromising father and sadistic sister, and the one source of softness and warmth in his life, his mother, is long gone. Iroh always tried to be a friend to Zuko, but now that his nephew has been scarred and banished, he tries to be goofy and funny and carefree so desperately hard because all he wants is for Zuko to smile and relax again.  If making a fool out of himself is what he has to do, he’d do it a hundred times over.

I freaking love Avatar the Last Airbender because there is a character for everyone. Have issues trying to live up to your parents expectations? Meet Prince Zuko. Feel like the world is expecting too much from you and you rely on your friendships to help? There’s a guy named Aang for that. Feel like you aren’t important or special enough but want to still contribute? Sokka is your man. Compassionate to a fault and tired of the world seeing femininity as bad? Go Katara! Beautiful and strong as heck and ready for a hot dude to make out with? Welcome to the life of Suki. Hate everyone because you know you’re the baddest person up in this club? You’re Toph and I’m scared of you.

And don’t even get me started on the sequel series.

My inktober version of this piece has been getting a lot of attention, but I hate how blurry the picture is of it, so I decided to take it digitally and also add the lighting and what not. I like the feel of this one. 

I’m also auctioning the original version of this below:  SOLD

You can find prints and more on my redbubble of the digital version here:


The Very Best of Dante Roman Basco

This is my tribute to a very talented and sweet individual who has made so many people smile with his witty one liners, his passion for his work, and his love for his fans. Weather he’s saving mythical creatures in NYC, tormenting Peter Pan with food fights and sass, dancing alongside Antonio Banderas, chasing the Avatar around the world with his tea loving uncle, secretly crushing on water tribe peasant girls, flying bi planes and saving Republic City, or screaming his catchphrase HONOR! for the whole internet to hear, the versatility and skill of a fine actor shine though whatever role he’s placed in. Dante is also a wonderful poet and dancer, and continues to evoke the best in fellow poets. It’s very clear how hard this man works to give a performance his very best. His dedication and love for his fans have made Dante a favorite at conventions and panels. This is what I have to say to him. 

Mr. Basco,

You have brought many fanbases together with your work, and you continue to inspire so many. I’ve been your fan for a good long 10 years, and I will always have a deep respect for you. I remember the first time I was flipping through the channels at age 7 and stumbling upon the Avatar world premiere. I loved Aang and Katara and the rest of the crew, but no other character has ever been as enjoyable and fun to watch as Zuko. While most of my friends and the local kids were Aang or Katara fans, I always loved Zuko. I never could get over how interesting and deep he was, and it was you who brought him to life through your expressive voice and beautiful animation. I also was an avid fan of Jake Long. I never missed an episode and Jake’s witty catchphrases and hilarious misadventures were always a good time. Later on in drama class, my teacher had us watch Hook and boy was I hooked(pun intended). When you came down on that wagon and backflipped your way into Peter Pan’s life, turning it all upside down, I knew I was a Rufio girl. Whenever I get the chance to talk to you on tumblr, your responses are always lovely to read. Your dedication to your fans is so admirable. You are a very unique and charismatic person who I will always hold a deep respect for. I wish you nothing short of love and happiness in your life and hope that other people will learn to be as dedicated and wonderful as you, 

Sincerely, FireNationPhoenix