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'Legend of Korra' at NY Comic-Con: New 'Spirits' arc revealed, plus a live-action 'Avatar' movie starring Steve Yeun?

The Project: The Legend of Korra

The Panel:  Co-creator/executive producer Bryan Konietzko, co-executive producer Joaquim dos Santos, Janet Varney (Korra), PJ Byrne (Bolin), Steve Yeun (Wan)

Footage screened: After introducing the cast — and special guest Yeun of The Walking Dead — to a roaring packed crowd, Konietzko screened the first half of the upcoming one-hour episode, “Beginnings Part 1,” ahead of its Oct. 18 air date. The panel ran off the stage to watch the episode from the audience. (Yeun sat on the floor near my seat!) “Beginnings Part 1″ starts off where the last episode left off — Fire Sages whisk an injured, amnesiac Korra off the shore. She mumbles the name “Rava” over and over again before a Fire Sage elder starts to heal her using fire in a similar way to waterbending healing. Within herself, Korra struggles to connect her two sides — the physical and the spiritual. Her spiritual self cycles through some notable past Avatars (Adult Aang! Roku!) before settling on Wan. Wan, the first Avatar, promises to help Korra find the mysterious Rava, once he shows her his origins. The rest of the episode continues in a vastly different time, before the Avatar brought balance between the spiritual and physical worlds. I won’t spoil Wan’s journey — at least the first part of it — but I can say some old fan favorites make appearances–including a closer look at the Lion Turtle. Some new characters introduced are sure to be popular. Hint: One might be a human-size carrot spirit, accompanied by a tiny radish companion with a fondness for tea.

Snap judgment: If you thought the animation of Avatar and Korra is beautiful, then prepare yourself for the epic artistry in “Beginnings Part 1.” Inspired by Chinese ink wash and Japanese woodblock, the art of Wan’s time period suggest the “mythical” vibe the creators envisioned for their story. The admitted nods to Spirited Away are evident — and welcome — for they bring back the charm and whimsy fans loved in Avatar: The Last Airbender to the newer, darker series. While fan reactions to this season so far have been mixed, the introduction of Wan clarifies and centers Korra’s story and hints at new challenges to come. Think less politicking and more communing and battling with spirits.

Best movie pitch from the pre-panel interview: The producers and voice cast spoke very highly of Yuen’s dedication and execution of his performance. On Yeun as Wan, Konietzko raved, “He just knocked it out of the park. I love it. I want to do the live-action movie with him starring Wan. He didn’t just do it like ‘Oh yeah, sure.’ He embodied it so well.” Maybe an Avatar Wan movie would ensure that no one will ever remember the train wreck that is The Last Airbender.

Most incisive Korra Nation question: Instead of taking queries from the audience, Konietzko and dos Santos read questions sent in from the Korra Nation Tumblr to the cast. Yuen addressed his previous animation background. Although this is his first animated series work, Yuen has contributed voices for video games. “All I did was like Choke No. 5, Choking 7. How many different ways can you choke?” Yuen said.

Funniest line of the panel: Byrne and Yeun discussed knowing each other prior to working together, having met through mutual friends. Byrne quipped, “The world is tiny. We’re all ‘Wan.'”

The biggest revelations: Besides hinting at new goals and future storylines for the rest of the season, the panel also gave an illuminating behind-the-scenes look at the complex process of creating The Legend of Korra. Konietzko and dos Santos took the audience through the creative process of a scene snippet from episode 10 featuring Korra and Jinora (Kiernan Shipka). The process goes through writing, dialogue recording, design, storyboard, animatic, color and background painting, lighting imageboards, layout, key animation, color animation, sound design, music, and final mix. Konietzko stated each episode of Korra includes an average of 15,000 drawings — emphasizing that such attention to detail is why fans should be less impatient for new episodes.

The Legend of Korra airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on Nickelodeon. “Beginnings Part 1 and Part 2″ premieres Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.

Steve Yeun of 'The Walking Dead' to join 'Korra' panel at NY Comic-Con, plus look at first Avatar -- EXCLUSIVE

UPDATE (10/12): Read our report from the Legend of Korra panel at N.Y. Comic Con.

ORIGINAL POST: In an exclusive announcement, EW has learned that Steve Yeun (The Walking Dead) will join cast members Janet Varney and PJ Byrne, co-creator/executive producer Bryan Konietzko, and co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos on The Legend of Korra panel at New York Comic -Con. This season, Yuen joins the Korra voice cast as Wan, the very first Avatar.

Panel attendees will get an early peek at Wan in an early screening of the upcoming episode, “Beginnings Part 1.” In the two-part episode “Beginnings Part 1 and 2,” premiering Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m., Korra discovers the origins of the first Avatar and learns what she must do to restore the balance between the spirit and physical worlds.

Check out Wan doing some very un-Avatar-like things in this exclusive first look: READ FULL STORY

'Legend of Korra' season 2 premiere: The creators answer our burning questions

After a long year-and-a-half wait, fans can now rejoice with the super-sized return of Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra. Friday marked the special one-hour premiere of Book 2: Spirits, which features new adventures for the brash teenage Avatar. If we didn’t wonder what’s next for Korra and Team Avatar (not to mention whatever happened to Avatar Aang and the Gaang), we sure do after tonight’s episodes featuring battles with dark spirits, tensions rising within Korra’s family, and the arrival of the Northern Water Tribe army on the shores of the Southern Water Tribe.

We caught up with Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender creators, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino via email, and they replied with tantalizing answers to our burning questions. Spoilers ahead!

Avatar Korra encounters mysteries of the spirit world in 'Book 2: Spirits' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Water, earth, fire, air — Avatar Korra has tapped into her control of all four elements, but can she master the power of the spirit world? In this exclusive photo from the season 2 premiere of The Legend of Korra, the teen Avatar must tap into her connection with spirits in order to fix an imbalance at her home, the Southern Water Tribe. But this season of the Avatar: The Last Airbender spin-off isn’t all mysteries of that other plane. It’s also family tensions, new romances, and the struggles of being a 17-year-old girl … who also happens to be the most powerful and important person on the planet.

Check out the trailer below for a glimpse at new bender battles, fantastical locations, and characters, including the first Avatar, Wan, voiced by The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yuen.

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