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Comic Con @ Home: Friday Animation Roundup

Avaaz Comic Con @ Home Animation Roundup

It’s day three, or I think at least, what does time even mean these days, of Comic Con @ Home and I got all the feels from panels on my favorite animated shows: Avatar the Last Airbender, The Dragon Prince and Bob’s Burgers. Here’s a breakdown of what happened.

Water, Earth, Fire, Air: Continuing the Avatar Legacy

Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra co-creator, Michael DiMartino, as well as writers, Faith Erin Hicks, F.C. Yee, and Gene Luen Yang took a moment to discuss the legacy of Avatar on this Comic Con @ Home panel. And although I didn’t get the tea I longed for on the live action series, the panel had some touching sentiments come out of it.

The overall sentiment was on how the characters stand the test of time.

Faith Erin Hicks on Toph:

I was a huge tomboy as a kid. In the 90s, it felt incredibly rare to have this strong, tough, female character and to have a show with so many female leads.

Gene Luen Yang on the influence of the show:

It’s hard to describe the extent of the influence on that original show. I think you probably find it in almost any story that’s being told right now, especially for kids. Even if it’s not a fantasy story, there’s some element of Avatar in there.

F.C. Yee on worldbuilding: 

It’s established that it’s a lived in world. It has a past, a future and a present. Any time you dip in for a particular story in anytime of that timeline, it’s alive.

Michael on what it’s like to have his universe expanded in so many different mediums:

It’s really cool to work with very talented writers and artists and creators and see what they bring to the project, bringing their own personal experiences into the stories and characters — that’s what makes stories good.

And now there’s a whole new generation of kids that get to experience both series thanks to Netflix. Here’s to more Avatar in all shapes, mediums, and forms.

Zoom Into Xadia: The Dragon Prince

The panel started off with an adorable skit on social distancing where we found out that Callum and Rayla are quarantining together and rounded off with your favorite villains Viren aka darkmagedad420 and Aaravos joining the squad! 

This panel had a lot of amazing announcements for the fans, including an art book of the first three seasons due out in August.

The Dragon Prince Art Book

The Art of The Dragon Prince due out in August. (Photo Credit: Dark Horse)

An upcoming graphic novel that’s a canon story that will pick up where season 3 left off will be out in October.

The Dragon Prince Graphic Novel

The Dragon Prince Graphic Novel due out in October. (Photo Credit: Scholastic Publishing)

They’re working on a tabletop game called Tales of Xadia. Although a release date was not announced, you can watch the trailer for the game and register for updates on this site

The Dragon Prince RPG

Upcoming RPG based on the Dragon Prince. (Photo Credit: Fandom Tabletop)

And the biggest announcement of all there will be a season 4!

Definitely can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next in this world, especially after season 3’s epic Viren cliffhanger.

‘Bob’s Burgers’

The show that keeps on giving, literally, it’s 10 seasons in and has a movie coming out (one of these days when we are no longer in a grueling global pandemic).

The panel was chock-full of clips, witty back and forth between the cast members and some lovely Q&A from the fans, but my favorite part was Loren’s breakdown of the upcoming season’s episodes.

That’s right, production has been going strong through the pandemic so fans get to enjoy a new season of Bob’s Burgers come this fall — September 27th.

Upcoming Episodes

  • “Dream a Little Bob of Bob”.  An epic quest inside of Bob’s dreams. 
  • “Worms of In-Rear-ment”. An episode about pinworms. Admittedly had no idea what those were. Do yourself a favor and don’t google pinworms, just watch the small clip from the panel instead.
  • Halloween episode. A nod to fans as it involves the mysterious hotel at the end of the street that we’ve seen many times before but know nothing about. The kids try to deliver a burger to the hotel on Halloween. Very spooky.
  • “Bob Belcher and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Kids”.  The 200th of the series that has to do with three levels of guilt that pertain to a very disastrous event, and of course, there’s also music.
  • “The Terminalator II: Terminals of Endearment”. The return of Linda’s parents. Ta-ta-ta! We hear it involves an airport.
  • “Diarrhea of a Poopy Kid”.  Thanksgiving episode that will be a big adventure in the minds of the kids.

And, of course, a Christmas episode. The Christmas episodes are always my favorite. 

Beyond season 10 episodes, Loren took a brief moment to discuss diversity.

He listed the many women that were part of the show in season 9 and coming back in season 10. And also said that under 50% of the writers are women. Loren also briefly discussed the idea of men playing women, something that happens often on the show saying that gender is fluid and is a construct.

Kristen Schaal challenged the opposite, however, saying that maybe Bob’s Burgers should have more women playing men. 

At least, we all have something to look forward to, a new season of Bob’s Burgers coming your way this fall. 

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As a queer South Asian writer, director and producer, Sim has always had an affinity to create stories that are beautifully diverse. Constantly on the hunt to find the best tools to aid in her quest, she believes media can be used to tell a story. Through her experience working in development and production at Super Deluxe, Cartoon Network and Netflix , she has discovered animation to be the definitive tool to accomplish this task. She hopes to make the world’s stories come alive through the world of animation.

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