strawberry-111  asked:

Okey "loopy777", since you proved in the previous analysis how the recent ATLA comics done damage to the original story/series, What do you think the most proper way to go down with the plots/each character?

You can just call me “Loopy,” if you like. Most people do.

As far as general plots and character arcs go, I think the comics actually contain the beginnings of decent ideas. Aside from the whole “kill Zuko” thing, the first volume of The Promise really does have a good look at and explanation of the tricky issues around colonialism. Similarly, I liked the idea that The Search put forward in its first volume of Zuko wondering how he can peacefully run a nation when he only took power by violently taking down his family. And, outside of the contrived conflict between Aang and Toph, The Rift was about as good as The Northern Air Temple (the cartoon episode, not the place) at illustrating an Old Vs New conflict.

These seem to me like natural starting points for the various characters to learn and grow. Like the tagline for the current series of Transformers comics said, “The war is over. Now the hard part begins.”  Zuko would start learning the ways of Peace. Aang would start learning how to be a Leader and extend his conscious influence beyond his circle of friends. The other characters would find their places outside of a war.

The problem is that the comics bungle these plot bunnies, either coming to bizarre conclusions (Colonization is A-OK!) or forgetting to finish them (Hey Zuko, what ever happened to treating your family like you treat your nation?) and so here we are.

I think there’s even worth in putting Maiko to the test, given that its development in the cartoon was pretty thin and Mai as a character didn’t get the attention her role deserved. The plot just needs to be progressed at least once a year, not once every half a decade. XD

Azula’s development is really the only place where I’d do something new. There’s a lot of thirst in the fandom for her to be redeemed, but frankly I don’t think there’s much creative talent out there that could do such a thing properly (and no, I don’t think I could do better). However, she doesn’t need to be redeemed or ‘cured’ in order to undergo a worthwhile character arc. I’d like to see her confront her problems and emerge stronger as a result, but no less dangerous. To maximize her storytelling potential, I’d like to see her established as a wild card, sometimes serving a story as an antagonist and sometimes perhaps even being an ally to the good guys. Ideally, each of her appearances would be a surprise, and readers would be left wondering what kind of role she’s going to play in each plot.

So yeah, I just want the stories and arcs to be consistent, and that would probably be good enough.





Long ago, the parties lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the republicans attacked.

Only the president, master of all the parties, could stop them. But when the country needed him most, his term ended.

Four years passed and Obama and I discovered a new candidate, a democratic socialist named Bernie.

And although his political skills are great, he has a lot of polls to win before he can save anyone.

But I believe Bernie Sanders can save America.


“You have indeed felt a great loss, but love is a form of energy, and it swirls around us.  The Air Nomads’ Aang’s love for you has not left this world.  It is still inside of your heart, and is reborn in the form of new love.”

The announcement of the upcoming graphic novel brought up all sorts of old feels, so in commemoration of the continuing story, I decided to break my own heart.  Enjoy.


It’s summer time! Hit the beach and get sand bending! Vine by @edskudder.