SDCC 2016 Character Reveals: Ugalino

Every day of SDCC 2016 we’ll be revealing the portrait of a character in the upcoming Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Legend of Korra.

In twelve-year-old Giacomo’s Renaissance-inspired world, art is powerful, dangerous, and outlawed. A few artists possess Geniuses, birdlike creatures that are the living embodiment of an artist’s creative spirit. Those caught with one face a punishment akin to death, so when Giacomo discovers he has a Genius, he knows he’s in serious trouble.

Luckily, he finds safety in a secret studio where young artists and their Geniuses train in sacred geometry to channel their creative energies as weapons. But when a murderous artist goes after the three Sacred Tools–objects that would allow him to destroy the world and everyone in his path—Giacomo and his friends must risk their lives to stop him.

Ugalino whistled and an enormous, silver-feathered creature dove out of the sky. Zanobius jumped back before he remembered what this creature was—Ugalino’s Genius, his companion long before Zanobius. He racked his mind, trying to recall its name. 

“Ciro, to me,” Ugalino hailed.

Of course. Ciro. He knew that.

The Genius flapped its wings and landed, kicking up dust. When it lowered its head, Zanobius noticed his reflection in its black, lifeless eyes. Ugalino gripped the edge of Ciro’s tarnished crown and hoisted himself onto the creature’s neck.

 Zanobius climbed on  after his master. “It happened again.”

“Another blackout?”

“They seem to be occurring more often.”

Ugalino twisted to face him. “But you still remember who you are?” 


“And who I am?”

“You’re my master. You created me.” 

“And what is our mission?”

“To find the Creator’s Sacred Tools.”

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Here is the entire cast. These are just concepts for the Legend of Korra AU I’m doing, as I’m trying to get a handle on the style. Nothing (especially Grog) is final until I can draw these guys properly. And the bodies are gonna be straight up terrible to master. This project will take me a while, and I’m by no means the best, but I plan to do several big pieces and the entire cast in both their Avatar and current armor.
So the twins are fire nation/fire benders
Keyleth is the Avatar (because she basically the avatar already) and she is an air nomad
Percy is a non-bender from republic city
Pike is also from Republic city and may or may not be a Water bender (still undecided, so if you have suggestions let me know)
Grog is an Earthbender from republic city(he smashes rocks against your head)
Scanlan is of the Earth Nation and is just a musician.
And I have yet to draw Matt but you can damn well bet he is gonna be-

And that’s about it! Let hear about any costume suggestions you have or designs you might want to contribute. I wanna make this a big project that everyone can get in on.

Top 15 Avatar relationships

So here’s the thing, this amazing idea with the 100 made me wish there was something similar existed with Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. So I’m gonna throw these two together and ask all of you to reblog this with your favourite ATLA and LoK relationships in the tags. It can be romantic, platonic, family members, whatever, as long as it’s a complex and fascinating dynamic that you like. You can mention all of your favourites or just one, it’s up to you. Thanks to all who help spread this.