Well, the past few weeks have been pretty crazy, haven’t they? I’ve been trying to put together this statement for months - even before Gamergate started up. The need for this statement has only increased as the weeks have gone on so I’m glad for finally getting the opportunity to talk about it…
A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society. Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.
Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:
I don’t know who any of these folks are.
They were tourists I presume.
But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.
"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."
There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.
The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”
One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.
There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”
"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’
Did I Say That Out Loud? | Meg & Gavin
…and my concept for Opal.
Here’s my initial concept for Suyin Beifong, matriarch of the Metal Clan.
I made this edit in a fiery passion at the end of Book Two— Let’s hope Bolin and Eska will be able to rekindle their love into a “big fire of love flames”. ;) Either way I know ‘Nuktuk’ will always be the hero of Eska’s heart! (loud tears)
The original artwork can be found at Bryan Konietzko’s blog at this link!
Tomorrow night is a one-hour Korra special, and the first episode of the pair is Chapter 11, “Night of a Thousand Stars,” a hilarious and dynamic script written by Josh Hamilton. Colin Heck did an amazing job directing this one, which feels like two episodes jammed into three acts every time I watch it. The image above is the movie poster featured in the episode, drawn by Christie Tseng, characters colored by Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf, background painted by Emily Tetri, and art directed by me. It was based on a retro movie poster Nuktuk illustration Colin drew for fun early in Book 2. Studio Mir (back in the saddle for the remainder of Korra’s run) did incredible work on a tall order for this episode, once again. 8:00pm/7c Friday!
More news coming soon…
There’s two more at the source but different characters and not as interesting.
WIP lineart of my Korrasami drawing. I almost finished it in a livestream several weeks ago, but the file got corrupted so I had to start from the sketch again ;-; I will finish try to finish it as soon as possible though!