“So … I fell in love with the characters from The Legend of Korra and spent the last two years drawing them. The show contains a vast array of female characters: many are (canon) or could be interpreted as queer, differently-abled, and non-binary and ALL of them are women of color. Representation in the media absolutely matters. I could have saved myself a lot of emotional stress and mental anguish growing up if there had been more/better representation of queer women of color on TV.
I’ve spent a lot of time and effort drawing these characters; exploring the nuances and crossing them over into other shows/books. I try to keep the work very optimistic or positive: Body positive, sex positive, with many different types of relationships. Drawing the characters being unabashedly queer….modeling different body types …. just out their living their lives….that type of world building in art…. can have a huge affect on the artists own self-image.
Drawing these characters is a type of healing for me…. and hopefully positive for the viewers. It’s a different type of activism”
This piece of art was submitted to the @aroomoftheirown project, a blog and zine that seeks document the myriad of ways in which LGBT content creators and fandom participants use fanworks as a celebration of their identities and to force popular mainstream media to reflect their lived experiences by collecting essays, comics, and interviews documenting how LGBT members of fandom use their various talents to carve out a space for themselves in mainstream fiction and to explore their identities in a relatively safe space.
The blog that will accept submissions on a consistent basis and the eventual goal is to compile a selection of the pieces into a zine or a series of zines, the proceeds of which will go to the Trevor Project and Trans Lifeline
Earth. Fire. Air. Water. When I was a boy, my father, Avatar Aang, told me the story of how he and his friends heroically ended the Hundred Year War. Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko transformed the Fire Nation colonies into the United Republic of Nations, a society where benders and nonbenders from all over the world could live and thrive together in peace and harmony. They named the capital of this great land Republic City. Avatar Aang accomplished many remarkable things in his life, but sadly, his time in this world came to an end. And like the cycle of the seasons, the cycle of the Avatar began anew.