Team Gurihiru finished with ATLA Comics

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UPDATE/ We now now that this full piece of art will be included in the North and South Library Edition. I assume this means it will be a farewell piece of art of sorts.

We have our first concrete information about the future of ATLA comics with the announcement from Team Gurihiru on social media that they are now done with their work on ATLA comics.

The originally posted yesterday with this uncoloured art and the text

“My last AVATAR work”

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Which left many fans confused as we were not sure if they meant last as in most recent piece or last ever official piece of art.

They have since posted again on social media to clarify what they meant, they posted the coloured version of the same image and this text

“Thanks for reply.My ATLA work finished.We strongly felt that the series was loved by so many fans.It was wonderful working with ATLA team !”

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The first thing to say is of course a huge thank you to Team Gurihiru for all of their great work on ATLA comics from their first work on The Lost Adventures, starting the comic trilogies with The Promise and all the way up to North and South.

Their art has always been so vibrant, clean and consistent and has really helped to turn the comics into a huge part of the fandom. They will be missed going forward.

The obvious next question is “What does this mean for the future of ATLA comics?” this is the question that has been on everyone’s mind for a long time now. We initially thought that Korra comics just meant ATLA comics were taking a break and then coming back, but now with the creative team that has worked on 5 full trilogies not together anymore and no word on what is happening we are in a very frustrating situation as Avatar fans.

Does this mean that ATLA comics are just done for the foreseeable future?, are we just on break until a new artist can be found? or what. Of course there is huge excitement for the release of Turf Wars, but it feels weird to just full on stop ATLA comics to allow Turf Wars to be released, especially when ATLA comics are what built Dark Horse their Avatar fanbase.

There are still so many things left for ATLA comics to cover, Azula’s character arc being the main thing that just seems crazy to leave on hiatus.

For me Dark Horse need to communicate to the fans what is happening, they have been vague the last few months, but as we approach SDCC and NYCC we NEED details on the future of ATLA comics and we know from NYCC last year that they know the fans/readers want more ATLA stuff, when they asked the audience what stories they wanted almost every suggestion was an ATLA one.

As for what this piece of art is, I assume this will be a poster/art print that will be at upcoming conventions as a farewell type thing for them as the ATLA artists. I would love it to be the cover for some project that has just been finished, but I doubt it.

What are your thoughts on Team Gurihiru being finished on ATLA comics.

 

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Comments - 11 Posts

  1. JRC Said: Comment by JRC on June 9, 2017 at 8:06 am | Permalink
     

    I doubt that we have seen the last of the gaang. However, in what form and when we will see them return, I cannot predict.

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  2. Immad Said: Comment by Immad on June 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm | Permalink
     

    Whatttttt
    Man I hate Korra now for not having more ATLA

    Even if we get to see more ATLA comics, they won’t be the same. I mean, nothing compares to Gurihiru amazing panels. Just look how terrible Korra graphic look next to ATLA comics.

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  3. avatarfan Said: Comment by avatarfan on June 13, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink
     

    wish we could see all of sokka, momo, zuko and azula in the imaage and just parts of them (azula’s arm around zuko’s body, momo’s cute feet on toph’s head and sokka’s body)

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  4. avatarfan Said: Comment by avatarfan on June 13, 2017 at 8:51 am | Permalink
     

    would’ve been good to see the facial expressions zuko and azula were giving. i personally think azula has her terrifying smile and zuko’s is probably full of angst.

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  5. Justin Said: Comment by Justin on June 15, 2017 at 12:35 pm | Permalink
     

    Maybe I was just right. Maybe they wanted Azula’s fate to be left up to interpretation? Who knows at this point.

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  6. Tumas Said: Comment by Tumas on June 16, 2017 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
     

    I’m gravely disappointed, to say the least. I had already seen Dark Horse mention taking a break from ‘Avatar’ for ‘Korra’ via Twitter, but this just gives everything a greater sense of finality.

    Not having Team Gurihiru come back will definitely make it a bit harder to get back into the comics, if those ever come back at all. I’m glad they had the chance to do such great work on the series so far, but I’m sad their departure may be another nail in the coffin of my continued engagement with the franchise.

    Here’s hoping my fears are unfounded and we may yet get more “Avatar” comics with an artist/s who can fill in the big shoes Team Gurihiru have left behind.

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    Justin Reply:

    I’m beginning to doubt if Gene Yang / Mike & Bryan had a end game for the comics.

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    Tumas Reply:

    That could be the case. It probably wouldn’t be so bad if the last two stories hadn’t ended on a more open-ended note and took more time to set up ones.

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    Justin Reply:

    I’ve been wondering for awhile if they wanted many events to be left up to interpretation including Azula’s fate and whether she was using reverse psychology on Zuko or not at the end of Smoke and Shadow.

    There will be no telling what they meant by that scene if we get no more comics after North and South.

  7. Avatar Yangchen Said: Comment by Avatar Yangchen on August 17, 2017 at 12:28 am | Permalink
     

    *Sadness* Well, at least the rest of my short-term money can go towards college and even more ATLA merch 😛 . The comics shall be missed, but they do need to end somewhere. I also need to catch up on North and South…

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    Justin Reply:

    The ATLA comics are not over. Team Gurihiru are just not the artist any more.

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