bryke appreciation day

So this is my contribution to this day, Happy Bryke Appreciation Day!

Bah I can’t express enough how I love these amazing creators okay but I tried to draw this instead. Really though, despite some people from the fandom being messed up, there are still a lot of us who will continue to support you ‘til the end. <3

I really like how this came out too. xD

The Creation of Avatar by Brychelangelo

Well, there’s a lot more I’d like to do, but this was supposed to be a simple endeavor from the beginning anyway. As such! I’m gonna stop here.

Now for my thanks. Bryan and Michael, your creativity and talents have brought me some of the purest forms of delight and bonafide entertainment I’ve had in a long, long time. I could sing odes for ages on the quality of the production your direction has produced–the animation, the stories, the characters, the action etc–but it would take too long. I honestly don’t think I could articulate how much I enjoy and appreciate it in any number of words. So take this silly painting (hopefully my lack of training doesn’t shine through too hard) and pass on my sincere thanks and congratulations to Joaquim, Ryu, Ian, Lauren–everyone at Nick, Studio Mir etc–for a job very, very well done. 

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This is only the Beginning.

Just a small thing for (early?) Bryke- Krew-Appreciation-Day. I have to say thank you for this gorgeous show, because no matter what nick does Korra still kicks ass! And since we still have more than a whole season to go, the fandom will stay just as lively.

bryankonietzko michaeldantedimartino

Mike, Bryan,

Thank you. Not only have you provided great, quality entertainment to us, but you have taught me personally about the importance of adaptation. Just like how the airbender, “when meeting resistance, switches directions at a moment’s notice”, you took the old man with the robot monkey and adapted it to what was needed in such a short amount of time. You still got the coming-of-age story you wanted, and it became a true masterpiece. You worked so hard to obtain the success that you’ve achieved, and you earned it.

Because of this, I know that as long as I devote all my efforts and I am adaptive to what is needed, I can be successful, too, in the practice that I love, but not without the support of others like those who support you. You are not just the creators of my favorite cartoon, but an inspiration, and I have much respect for you, what you do, and what you had to go through in order to get to where you are now.

Again, thank you. You continue to inspire me.

Sincerely,

mrspiritual

Bryke Appreciation Day

So, once upon a time, I was a dorky little kid that was channel surfing, cruising around Disney and Nickelodeon and all.

Just imagine me there, ass on the floor, basically just curled up and bored out of my mind. Nothing really to do, nothing really to watch, and my brother was annoying me so I didn’t wanna bother with him.

Obviously, then, the clear choice for entertainment is the TV, since at that point I was an internet novice who only used the computer for those stupid little ‘education games’ teachers assign us when we’re little because they want us to grow up using the computer for 'good things’.

(Pffff)

Okay, so, I’m sitting there, and I end up on Nicktoons.

And Avatar: the Last Airbender appears.

I sit and watch, clearly- it’s the first episode, I’m bored, so, why not?

And, then, once the episode is done, I change the channel.

…That’s it.

There was no epiphany at that point. I was 7. It was a good story. I decided that I might watch some more episodes later. Really, I was just concerned about what was for dinner that night.

And, so, life goes on.

But, a few years ago, something happens.

Episode 1 comes on again- a marathon of season 1 is beginning.

So, I sit and watch.

And watch.

And watch.

And I keep watching. At this point, they had just finished book 2- so, they say they’re gonna have a book 2 marathon tomorrow, as well.

So, I watch.

And watch.

And watch.

And then, I reach the end, and crave more. I don’t understand why, but I’ve grown attached to Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, Zuko, Suki- all of them. Their wisdom, wit, and adventures have captivated me.

I want more.

Bryan, Mike, I want to thank you. I want to thank you for creating such a beautiful story, for letting me feel the wonder of air, for painting my childhood with the colors of water, reforming my brain with the sediments of earth, and sparking my heart with the will of fire. I want to thank you for inspiring me, for making me want to make a story of my own, for showing me that I actually want to do something- I don’t just want to coast through life with some 9-5 job; I want to create, and build, and mold worlds with my own hands.

You helped me find my magic.

And I thank you.

I find it funny, though, really, that I almost switched off the channel that day. I could have stumbled upon anything on the TV- could have found some mindless Cartoon Network show to keep me occupied. But, I found Avatar, and the seed was planted, though it didn’t grow right away.

But, you know what?

I think the best kind of magic is the magic you don’t notice at first, because when you do, everything becomes a whole lot brighter.

The Real Team Avatar

I hope you guys had a happy Bryke Appreciation Day! I spent all of mine drawing…

I think all of us can agree that Michael and Bryan have brought us an incredible series that is set apart in terms of art, story, and characters. But when I thought about what I most appreciated about them, it was something a little different.

I appreciate how well they represent teamwork. They’ve worked together for years and still haven’t gotten sick of it. In fact, they signed on for more of the same. Not only do they make a great duo, but they involve themselves on every level of production and allow others to do the same. The prime example, really, is their collaboration with the Korean animators. I think that’s part of the reason Avatar has been so unique in animation: every member of the project is able to become personally invested in creating a rich story, even if they’re hundreds of miles away.

I wouldn’t even be able to list every department that contributes to Avatar, but I can tell that they are well-led and are truly a team altogether. From the story to the art to the martial arts to the acting to the music… everything has to work together to reach the level of quality we have seen.

A final point of involvement that I appreciate about Michael and Bryan is with the fandom. Although we’re on the crazy side, they know how to joke with us and still haven’t run away. Kudos. Major kudos.

I haven’t even mentioned how much Avatar has personally affected me creatively. Suffice to say, I wouldn’t have made this otherwise:

Does this mean that we’re going to have a Bollywood-style dance scene in Book 2?

No?

Okay. :|

Happy Appreciation Day, Michael and Bryan. May you always be inspired to tell stories with integrity.