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Avatar: The High Ground new information

Avatar: The High Ground new information

I’ve come across a couple of additional bits of information for the much anticipated Avatar: The High Ground, the paperback book series which we first discussed back in October of 2019. If you need a refresher on what we knew check out this article-http://avatarsequels.com/avatar-the-high-ground/

The United Arab Emirates Amazon site has the book listed as-James Cameron’s Avatar: The High Ground Volume 1 Advent To War. That aligns with what we had already known, that the book was a series of three, so now we have the name of book one. AE Amazon also confirms the page length of being 96 pages, the same as the UK listing showed, and has the same ISBN numbers. Sadly no new information on the release as it shows the original date of 1/23/20. Hopefully after Avatar: The Next Shadow finishes up we will get more information on when The High Ground will release. Nick noticed that two of the pieces of character art from the Avatar: The Next Shadow Q&A showed two new Na’vi, and it looks like in the top left corner it says “High Ground.” So I believe we have a couple pieces of character art from the upcoming series. Thanks for the eagle eye on noticing that Nick. Pentyarus page shows is it from book 1, and neither character showed up in The Next Shadow issue 1.

Avatar: The Next Shadow Q&A with Josh Izzo, Jeremy Barlow, and Josh Hood

Avatar: The Next Shadow Q&A with Josh Izzo, Jeremy Barlow, and Josh Hood

If you are like me and you are excited about the new Avatar comic releases you wont want to miss this video from Dark Horse Comics. It was streamed live yesterday and archived for all who missed it. The video is hosted by Cara O’Neil, featuring Joshua Izzo (VP of Franchise Development at Lightstorm), Jeremy Barlow (writer), and Josh Hood (artist). Further expanding on what we currently know about the series Avatar: The Next Shadow, we get to know the creative team behind the series, and learn more about the process of bringing the comic to life. Plus we learned the series takes place in a 1-2 week window after the movie ends.

If you need a physical copy, still you can purchase a Josh Hood autographed comic from https://shop.neighborhoodcomics.com/products/avatar-next-shadow I highly recommend Neighborhood comics, they are a great small shop who ships quickly and securely. I received my copies of issue 1 from them yesterday. If you are looking for a digital copy check out Dark Horse Digital Comics where you can instantly download and read the issues on release date. You can use your home pc, laptop, tablet, or phone to read the comics you purchase. I am not able to get my comics locally so I purchase the digital copy on the day it comes out, then wait for my physical copies to arrive. It’s something I did for the Tsu’tey series and enjoy it, that way I’m up to date and don’t get the story spoiled online while waiting for my physical copies.

Click here for the Q&A

 

These two character sheets were shown during the Q&A, they show us two previously unseen Na’vi, Yeyatley and Pentyaru. Nick noticed the top left of the character sheets seem to say High Ground. Pentyarus page says Book 1 and she doesn’t appear in The Next Shadow, so I believe these are indeed characters from the upcoming Avatar: The High Ground series. If you want to read about the newest information on High Ground check out http://avatarsequels.com/avatar-the-high-ground-new-information/

Celebrate the release of Avatar: The Next Shadow with artist Josh Hood

Celebrate the release of Avatar: The Next Shadow with artist Josh Hood

To celebrate the release of the upcoming four issue run of Avatar: The Next Shadow, Neighborhood Comics is having series artist Josh Hood join them on Facebook Live to help launch the book with an interview. He will be live on the comics release date, this coming Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 at 6:30 CST. You can catch Josh at the following link- https://fb.me/e/Xnl1eNp7

If you have a question for Josh you can message Neighborhood Comics on Facebook, plus they are offering signed copies of the book for sale at https://shop.neighborhoodcomics.com

 

Omaticon 2021 was amazing

Omaticon 2021 was amazing

Omaticon 2021 was yesterday, and what a fun time it was. If you are unfamiliar with Omaticon, it was a virtual con hosted by Kelutral.com. It was a chance for Avatar fans to join up and to play games, have social time, and hear from two Avatar professionals, Paul Frommer and Ty Ruben. It started bright and early here in the currently snowy Midwest, and lasted until it was bed time. This was the first year for Omaticon but I am certain it wont be the last. While nothing can replace the face to face interactions that come from in person conventions, a virtual con has it’s own perks. Firstly it was cheap, it didn’t cost attendees a thing. There were no long lines, no exposure to COVID, plus as many people as wanted could join up at any time.

We started off the day playing a game I wasn’t familiar with, Quiplash. After watching a few games and interacting as a member of the audience I got a grasp of the game and later jumped in for a session. I got lucky and won my game so I stepped out and let others who were waiting to play have their chance. For me being a member of the interactive audience was as much fun as being one of the participants, making it a perfect game for a virtual con.

The next activity was a Discord Q&A with Ty Ruben, who was a vehicle concept designer on the original Avatar. It was a fun hour long discussion, we heard a lot of cool interesting information and he answered questions at the end. Huge thanks to him for being gracious with his time and happily talking to a bunch of Avatar fans. Give Ty a follow on twitter https://twitter.com/tyruben?lang=en

After that we had a Na’vi drawing workshop with Kelutrals own EanaUnil. She taught us how to layout and draw a Na’vi head. It was very informative and she has a natural ability to teach. I learned a lot, especially about the way to layout a face accurately. I hope we get to see more of these in the future as Eana is extremely talented and a great teacher. You can check out more of her work at her website https://layonyayo.com/

Next up was Paul Frommer, Na’vi language creator. Paul hosted a webinar on Zoom titled Language Learning vs Language Acquisition. Karyu Pawl was as great as always. He is a lovely man, a true professional, and hearing him speak Na’vi and learning from him is always a treat. You can check out his Na’vi language blog at http://naviteri.org/ and check out the video of this event below.

After the webinar we played Kahoot!, which is another game I hadn’t played before. It was used at Omaticon as a true or false/multiple choice Avatar Trivia game. I was born to play an Avatar Trivia game with fellow Avatar fans. The game excited me a lot. Mako came up with some challenging yet fun questions, and I think people really enjoyed playing and debating some answers, such as if the ikran has 6 limbs or not. Again I was fortunate enough to win the game that was played on the North American servers while being challenged and having a ton of fun. It’s something I hope we get to do again.

After some Avatar trivia we had a group watch of Avatar, there was a countdown timer so we could all sync up the start of the movie and watch it through at the exact same time. I wasn’t able to be at my computer the entire time this was happening as I had some things going on, but what I was able to sit down and listen to was cool. People were pointing out things that were meaningful to them or that they noticed, others were debating details, everyone was just enjoying watching Avatar with the company of fellow fans. I thought it was really resonated with the members who joined it.

Mako, who was instrumental in Omaticon 2021 happening, shared that there were 71 unique users, over 1200 messages sent, and over 10 hours spent in voice chat consecutively. Wow…how awesome to see 71 people join up for this. I know Mako, along with a few others, worked their txìm off so they could bring us this special event. So make sure you thank them on Discord if you haven’t already.

If you joined in on the fun yesterday please let Kelutral know how you felt about it with this short survey- Omaticon 2021 Survey

If you’d like to help support Kelutral, or just want some really fun Avatar swag from the Con check out their Etsy store- Keultral Etsy

Here is a few screenshots and the video of Paul from yesterdays events, I meant to take a lot more but got caught up in what was happening. Thank you again to Kelutral and all the wonderful fans who attended and made it a day to remember.

Happy 5th Anniversary of the Toruk-The First Flight Premiere

Happy 5th Anniversary of the Toruk-The First Flight Premiere

To celebrate the fifth year anniversary of Toruk-The First Flight premiere I wanted to share some of my favorite images and characters from the production. Toruk was truly a spectacle, rivaling Avatar the movie in the emotions it conveyed, and the amazing visuals. There is nothing quite like seeing a mighty Toruk flying right in front of you, watching a viperwolf run by, or watching the Na’vi on Pandora with your own eyes. I can’t thank everyone who performed in, or worked on this enough for all of the wonderful memories. It really touched many of us deeply. Five short years later a lot has changed for the worst for the performers who brought us so much joy, many of their professional lives are currently a struggle due to COVID, here is to a better 2021 for them all.

Toruk was a prequel and took place thousands of years before the movie. We were introduced to new clans, characters, music, fauna, and the very first Toruk Makto. It is a story of Ralu and Entu as they grown and realize their destiny-

Ralu (originally played by Jeremiah Hughes & Gabriel Christo), Member of the Omaticaya Clan, is the son of a formidable hunter who taught him exceptional focus and discipline. Ralu is a sensitive and compassionate boy on the brink of adulthood. Although he is only 14 years old (in Earth years), there is a calm and quiet force about him that underscores his carefree attitude. Always on the lookout for his childhood friend and protégé Entu, Ralu is a natural born leader. Whenever the going gets tough, he channels all his energy and skills into the challenge at hand and invariably gets the job done. Just ask Entu, whom Ralu once saved from certain death by luring away a thanator during archery practice deep in the rainforest. No wonder everybody rallies behind Ralu – his is a doer and a thinker with a heart of gold!

Entu (Originally played by Daniel Crispin, Guillaume Paquin), Member of the Omaticaya Clan, lost both of his parents early in life in a freak attack by a thanator. He is the same age (14 years old in Earth years) as his lifelong friend Ralu – his mentor – with whom he has always engaged in a healthy competition that has definitely kept him on his toes. Spunky and intense, Entu is fully in touch with his emotions and knows to follow and trust his instincts. One day, when a member of his clan ventured too far out on a cliff edge and was left dangling on a limb, Entu instantly concocted an ingenious counterweight device using his pack, a sturdy branch and some vines to lower himself down the mountain face and save the boy, showing total disregard for his own safety. With his quick wit and dauntless spirit, Entu is eager – and ready – to dive headlong into the adventures that lie ahead.

Tsyal (originally played by Giulia Piolanti & Zoé Sabattié), Member of the Tawkami Clan, is the only child of a village chief who lost her mother at a tender age. She was raised by her grandmother with the help of other members of her clan, as is the custom among the Na’vi. Highly proficient in herbal lore, her grandmother was a chemist widely revered among the Tawkami for her unique remedies and concoctions. Tsyal’s clan is renowned throughout the land for their knowledge of chemistry and alchemy, and the abilities she inherited from her grandmother are transmitted every two generations through a special bond among clan members. Spurred by her grandmother’s legacy and wanting to live up to the expectations bestowed upon her, Tsyal has taken great pride in creating innovative mixtures and recipes of her own. True to her clan nestled deep inside the primeval forests of Pandora, this easygoing, sprightly girl with an indomitable spirit has a cheerful nature and loves to play tricks. With a mere seed, she can put the fiercest beast to sleep; with the frailest-looking flower, she can induce the most beautiful dreams or provoke the most terrifying nightmares. Such is the tremendous power of the natural elements that Tsyal and her clan have learned to understand and harness.

The Storyteller (originally played by Raymond O’Neil), an Anurai, is one of the last surviving members of this clan. He has been around humans – aka the Sky People – ever since he met a feisty xenobotanist with whom he forged a powerful friendship back in the 2140s. Several years later, the Storyteller witnessed firsthand the last time of Great Sorrow during which the Omaticaya Hometee was destroyed. Distressed by the discord among the clans on his home world, and learning how humans were tearing each other apart in the wake of the great climatic upheavals on Earth, the resilient Storyteller decided to reach out once more to the Sky People who saw him as a kind of translator and a wise go-between. By making humans aware of the bravery, valor and ingenuity of the Na’vi, he seeks above all to avoid history from repeating itself. He also aims to impress upon the Sky People the urgency of preserving their bonds with nature, and the necessity of pulling together to live in unity and peace.

*This was the original background of The Storyteller, however at the end of the show The Storyteller mentions he is telling his own story, because he is an older Entu. The reason behind the change per Jeremiah Hughes (Ralu) was that Raymond didn’t feel the connection to the character or story. So the characters background was changed to him being an older Entu and from the Omatikaya clan. So the very first Toruk Makto is the one telling his story, the story of the first Toruk Makto.

The Shaman (originally played by Cumie Dunio who was injured before the premiere and replaced by Priscilia le Foll), the Shaman has a vision seeing Vitrautral, the Tree of Souls, surrounded by a lake of liquid fire, Our most sacred place-our direct link to Eywa-is burning!

Anurai Clan Chief Stacey Magiera

Tipani Clan Chief Lisanna Ohm

Omatikaya Clan Chief Christian Sanchez

Tawkami Clan Chief Nick Beyeler

Kekunan Clan Chief Viktor Franyo

Ralu

Entu

Tsyal

Viperwolf

Direhorse

Austrapede

Turtapede

Woodsprites

Toruk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Avatar Day 2020

Happy Avatar Day 2020

Well friends today is 12/18 meaning Avatar released in 2009 in the United States 11 years ago today. I can’t believe it has already been a year since we celebrated the 10th anniversary with the official Avatar account on twitter. I am celebrating 11 years by re-watching that stream. If you missed that, or just want to go back and re-watch your favorite parts, you can still do so here- Avatar 10 Year Anniversary

I’m thankful for all the Avatar fans who are still out there, who still are waiting on the sequels, and who can’t wait to go back to Pandora. It will be worth the wait!

In the short term I am very excited for Omaticon 2021, and for the upcoming comic series, Avatar: The Next Shadow. Omaticon should be a fun online fan gathering, and The Next Shadow is the first time since 2009 we get to see what Jake, Neytiri, and the Omatikaya people have been up to since we saw them on screen. Lets hope ’21 will be a great year for us Avatar fans, and the movie theater industry can bounce back in time for the 2022 Avatar 2 release.

Omaticon 2021

Omaticon 2021

Yes you heard that right, from our friends at Kelutral.org comes a virtual Avatar Con, Omaticon 2021. Get together with fellow Avatar fans on January 2, 2021 for games, learn to draw Na’vi with talented artist Eana Unil, and there is even a special guest, Paul Frommer, who is the creator of the Na’vi language. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in you can register below, learn more about Kelutral.com, and check out the page set up for Omaticon.

Register for Omaticon 2021 here- https://forms.gle/tTBqe2g2BT7XoAkN6

Check out the Kelutral.com page for Omaticon 2021- https://www.kelutral.org/omaticon.html

Learn more about Kelutral.com here- http://avatarsequels.com/want-to-learn-navi-check-out-kelutral-org/

Preorders open for Avatar: The Last Shadow issue 2

Preorders open for Avatar: The Last Shadow issue 2

Preorders are now up for the second issue of the new Avatar comic miniseries coming out from publisher Dark Horse, Avatar: The Next Shadow. On sale 2/3/21, 32 pages in length. The first issue in this series releases in one month from today on 1/6/20.

With grievances of the past compounding and the Omatikaya refuge in unrest, an uprising begins! A member of the tribe challenges Jake’s claim to leadership–invoking a trial by combat!

Preorder both issue 1 and 2 HERE

For more information about issue 1 click HERE

Happy Halloween 2020

Happy Halloween 2020

Happy Halloween 2020! Continuing on from our Halloween 2019 tradition, I wanted to share some of my favorite make up and cosplay artists from Instagram. Each person has given permission to use their photo and I included a link to each of their profiles. Please feel free to support all of them with a follow or some likes, and these are in no particular order. I love the varying hair styles, colors, and techniques that each person used, they all make for vastly different variations, but they are all beautiful and unique.

@acvaliongomakeupp

@larazurita

@gabriellamromero

@karensos3

@pinkybaby.makeup

@cosplaykatx

@itsmarionmua

@paolagonzalezmakeup

@lu.mariie

@natalia.penczek

@makeupbysimarr

@kajal__134

@bytatig

@k___royalty

@glamxduarte

@nandinixx__

@dimitrab__

@hayleyshanksmakeup

@mymakeuplala

@nicollechangc

@isabellamoreiramakeup

@dez_mua

@blancablogs

@britney.does.makeup

@diane.mi

A big irayo (thank you) to everyone for sharing their talented pictures with me. Something that is awesome about the Na’vi in Avatar is they are all blue, they don’t have to deal with some of the things we do. With that said the ladies who’ve created these amazing makeup designs aren’t blue, they have all different colors of skin and come from all around the globe, and some have personally dealt with racism. There was a post on @diane.mi Instagram that really hit me. The caption was this, “Growing up in predominately white schools, I was always mocked for everything linked to my korean heritage.⁣” That’s heart breaking to read as a white person. I don’t know Diane personally but from the tiny bit I’ve spoken to her I can tell she’s a lovely person. Take a moment and think about what you say, how it potentially impacts others for years after you said it. Let’s be positive, lift each other up, love one another. That also can help impact peoples lives in a positive way for years to come. You never know what people are dealing with behind the scenes. I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween 2020 and you get to enjoy it with friends and family.