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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Well we made it to 2020! We are a little less than two years away from Avatar 2 and I’m excited to see what’s in store for this coming year. I know to the casual observer Avatar is currently in hiatus until closer until Avatar 2 drops, but when you look back at 2019 there were several nice Avatar experiences that happened or were continuing from previous years.

Starting in January we got the first issue of Tsu’tey’s Path from Dark Horse comics. In all the series spanned 6 issues and lasted until August.

  • We also saw the end of Toruk-The First Flight from Cirque su Soleil, the show lasted from December 2015 until June of 2019. Some of the final show was even broadcast live on Facebook by Cirque.
  • For the holidays, Pandora-The World of Avatar, got into the spirit by decorating the land with lights and ornaments.
  • Plus most recently in December we had the 10 year anniversary celebration of Avatar. The celebration included cast and crew interviews, Pandora/Disney offering limited edition merchandise and cupcakes, and a social media celebration of the film.

So while we are all waiting for the big release of Avatar 2 on 12/17/21 (only 715 days away), there have been things to keep us in the world of Avatar and revisiting Pandora. I look forward to seeing what 2020 brings us.

Today is also an extra special day for me as it’s my personal 10 year anniversary of seeing Avatar for the first time.

Hayalovay.

 

Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path Trade Paper Back (TPB) out today

Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path Trade Paper Back (TPB) out today

If you’ve been dragging your feet on picking up the recent Avatar comic series following Tsu’tey, you can now go to our local comic shop or order the entire series collected into a single book. It also includes the short comic released on Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) in 2017 about Jake Sully. It’s 7 comics, 144 pages, for only $19.99 or if you check out Things From Another World (TFAW) for $15.99. Here is a link to order it from TFAW Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path TPB.

Fan Theory: Eastern Sea Ikran Leaders name

Fan Theory: Eastern Sea Ikran Leaders name

The Eastern Sea Olo’eyktan (clan leader) is my favorite character not named Neytiri in Avatar. We know so little about her but I’ve noticed she has a lot of fans all over social media. That red war paint just looks so cool, plus she fearlessly leads her clan into battle after Toruk Makto comes and asks for their help. But after we see her and her clan fly into batter we sadly don’t see her again. So who is this red painted warrior who stands out in Avatar, will we see her again? Whats her clan name?

I think we might have some of the answers, although none of it is straight forward. Allow me to explain. Quite some time ago now Avatar.com updated and added some new information on their website. On thing added is a profile on some new clans. Some we had seen in Toruk: The First Flight, others we had seen in James Cameron’s: Avatar The Game, and others had been in Avatar the first movie, but their name wasn’t mentioned. We are only going to focus on one of those, the Tayrangi. Lets take a look at what Avatar.com says about the Tayrangi.

When I saw this the very first thing that stood out is the Eastern Sea Olo’eyktan is shown on her ikran in front, this screenshot Avatar.com used is taken from the final battle in Avatar. Also the Tayrangi “analysis” above describes what little we know of that clan. All they are mentioned in Avatar is by Jake, “the ikran people of the Eastern Sea.” So I don’t think its much of a reach to assume she is the Clan leader of the Tayrangi. She also shows up in the comic, Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path, in the very last issue although no new information is given. Here is her appearance.

This brings me to the newest information I’ve come across and this is from Avatar: Pandora Rising, the new mobile game. Currently it is not yet released in the US so I haven’t played it. However it is available in some other countries and people have shared screenshots of the characters bio’s from the game. From those bio’s we get the first names we’ve seen for members of the Tayrangi clan.

Nanti, while a seemingly cool character doesn’t seem to provide any further information on the clans Olo’ektan, however does Tsentey provide a clue? His bio says he is husband of “Ikeyni.” Sadly we don’t have a bio from the game of anyone named Ikeyni, but they mention her, making me think she is someone possibly of more importance than simply being his wife. It’s just a guess, and one that could very well be wrong but I am thinking Ikeyni may very well be our red war paint Tayrangi leader. The only other thing that might support this is the fact he is a veteran ikran rider, and I’m going to assume our red paint Tayrangi leader is also someone who is a veteran of a clan. I wouldn’t think the Na’vi select young clan leaders unless the older veteran leader has died or become unable to lead. So it would make sense to me if our Tayrangi leader has a husband they’d both be considered veterans.

What are you thoughts? It is admittedly a stretch to try and connect those dots, but I think it’s a solid theory with what little information we have so far. Let me know what you think via social media, or the comments! Thanks to Exostrike for showing me where the Pandora Rising bio’s were, and to Tsu’rat for sharing them with the community.

*EDIT* As of 6/16/20 we now have confirmation Ikeyni is indeed her name. Thanks to Olly on the LN discord server for sharing this and again Exostrike for alerting me.

Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path Issue #2 releases tomorrow

Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path Issue #2 releases tomorrow

Don’t forget that tomorrow, (February 13th, 2019) is the release of issue two of Dark Horse Comics new Avatar series. Just the same as issue one, it will feature two covers, the first by Doug Wheatley, and the the variant by Shea Standefer.

Doug Wheatley cover

Shea Standefer variant cover

You can purchase both copies at your local comic store, online, or digitally.

I use TFAW for my physical copies, depending how far in advance you pre-order they will typically have the issues for 10 or 20% off and are well packed in a thick envelope. You can click here to order —> TFAW

If you’d like to purchase digitally I recommend one of two ways. You can use Comixology which is now a part of Amazon. They are full priced but you can read them via their app or with your PC, both of which work great. You can purchase from them here —> Comixology

The second way I recommend reading them digitally is via Dark Horse directly. It works almost exactly like Comixology, the issues will be fully priced but you can again read them via PC or on their app. You can purchase from Dark Horse here—> Dark Horse

If you would like to purchase them locally here is a locater thats very simple to use to help you find comic shops nearest you. Comic Shop Locator

Two New Avatar Podcasts

Two New Avatar Podcasts

Good news Avatar fans. Last week on Discord I learned not one, but two new Avatar podcasts were launching. I don’t know about you but I love to listen to a good podcast, and it’s been years since I’ve had an Avatar related one to check out. So I wanted to share how you can also listen to them for yourself.

The first one I heard about is called “Eana Mokri” and you can find out more information about the podcast on the Learn Na’vi forums by clicking HERE.

Direct links to listen to this podcast are…

Podomatic

Spotify

YouTube

The second podcast I learned about it is from Tirea Aean and Tsyili, who are working on a Na’vi only podcast called “kelku ikranä a hawnventi yom” which can be heard at this link…

https://tirearadio.com/podcast/

You can learn more about this podcast by also checking out the Learn Na’vi forums and clicking HERE.

Avatar: Tsu’teys path variant cover details and Cliff Curtis finished filming on sequels

Avatar: Tsu’teys path variant cover details and Cliff Curtis finished filming on sequels

As we covered in our last article there is a new Avatar comic series by Dark Horse that is releasing this coming January 16th 2019. A few days ago the website Bleeding Cool released a picture of the art for the variant cover (Cover B) of issue one from that series. It features Tsu’tey in front of a Pandoran willow tree in all of its bioluminescent glory.

All of the art we’ve seen to this point has been top notch. I am really excited about the level of detail that has gone into what they’ve shown so far, and so excited after all these years we are getting a new stream of Avatar content. Dark Horse announced the cover was the work of Shea Standefer, who can be found on Twitter and Instagram. Let her and Dark Horse know if you want to see more of her work in the future. She did an amazing job and I hope we see more from her in the Avatar comics.

On to a bit of Avatar sequel news. It was revealed today by Jon Landau on Facebook that Avatar actor Cliff Curtis wrapped his part on the sequels over a month ago. If you remember Cliff Curtis is going to be playing Tonowari who is leader of the Metkayina clan, that has been described as “reef people.” It’s awesome knowing progress has and is being made on the sequels.

Dark Horse Comics to release new Avatar based series called Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path

Dark Horse Comics to release new Avatar based series called Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path

If you haven’t heard yet, on September 27th Dark Horse Comics announced they will be releasing a new Avatar series called Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path. This is the first of the upcoming Avatar comics we learned about in October of 2015. At that time James Cameron teased that the upcoming comics would tell stories from the past, present, and future of Avatar.

After that announcement we didn’t hear much else about when the comics would start happening. In December of 2016 it was announced for FCBD (Free Comic Book Day) of 2017 Dark Horse would be releasing an Avatar comic. You can read more about that in a previous article we wrote HERE. Now it seems we are finally getting into the actual story lines. I am very excited to see where the comic takes us with Tsu’tey and beyond. The FCBD issue was short but very entertaining and had really excellent art work. The upcoming Tsu’tey series is keeping the same writer (Sherri L. Smith) from that issue, and the artist (Doug Wheatley) is going to be doing the covers. However the illustrations will be from Jan Duursema, and inks by Dan Parsons, with Wes Dzioba providing colors. I thought Doug Wheatley really nailed Pandora in comic form, but after checking out the other artists work I think we will be in great hands. The first cover by Wheatley was also released when the series was announced and it’s stunning.

I cannot wait to see where this first series takes us. Even though Tsu’tey passed away I’m glad we will get to know him even better starting this January 16th!