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The Last Airbender live-action-movie-manga 
28th-Jul-2009 02:58 pm
let the badassery ensue
The Anime News Network wrote up a review of SDCC '09. This includes Del Ray manga's announcement that there's going to be a manga adaptation of Shyamalan's The Last Airbender.

From the report:

"Going back to the original manga field, the company is also developing an adaptation of M. Night Shyamalan's
The Last Airbender, the movie based on
Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender. The adaptation will be written Dave Roman and drawn by Joon Choi, while a prequel to this will be authored by Nina Matsumoto."

So... a manga based on the live action movie based off of the animated series that's already heavily anime based. We're going in circles here.

Not sure if this is good or bad.

EDIT: Good news! Turns out Alison Wilgus aka Aliwildgoose, was asked by Dave to cowrite the manga. Alison is against the movie casting.

"It's true. Dave was approached to work on this project, and he asked me to cowrite it with him. The books were going to get written by someone, and we ultimately decided that we couldn't pass up this chance to try and steer them toward something the fandom can enjoy.

So...we'll see how it goes!

The awesome chaobunny  asked Ali herself ^_^  

I'm still boycotting it. /EDIT

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28th-Jul-2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
To make money.

They did it with Twilight.
28th-Jul-2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
...Nina Matsumoto, as in space_coyote?
28th-Jul-2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
...Oh my god, it is her. She mentions it in her most recent post and I completely missed it.
28th-Jul-2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
They do realize I'll be doing the same thing with the TLA graphic novel as I did with the DBE one right? (translation: Sticking it with the Twilight books and putting a book titled "YOU SUCK" on top. I have photo evidence on my phone, too! :>)
28th-Jul-2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
That... doesn't make a whole lot of sense, does it?
28th-Jul-2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
would have been nice to make a manga version of the original series. I'd rather an authentic manga-Sokka than bishi!Rathborne.
28th-Jul-2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I thought ;_;
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28th-Jul-2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I was afraid of :(
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28th-Jul-2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Guys, please don't lose hope about this. I, too, was extremely skeptical about the 'manga' based on the movie.

But I know Alison Wilgus and Dave Roman and their art (they've both done comics for Nick Magazine), and they are cowriting this. Alison Wilgus, aka aliwildgoose, is a huge supporter of racebending and I believe helped spearhead AAW at the beginning. This is a direct quote from Ali when I asked her about the manga:

"It's true. Dave was approached to work on this project, and he asked me to cowrite it with him. The books were going to get written by someone, and we ultimately decided that we couldn't pass up this chance to try and steer them toward something the fandom can enjoy.

So...we'll see how it goes!"

(From her DA page http://aliwildgoose.deviantart.com/)

So I might give the comic books a chance. Perhaps just to support two awesome artists. It depends how it goes.
28th-Jul-2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Hm, while I admire that the team behind the manga adaptation is trying to right the wrongs of The Last Airbender and develop something more authentic wrt Avatar: the Last Airbender, the heart of the matter is that this manga will *still* be based on the film and its purpose will *still* remain to promote/act as an extension to the film. For those who have no contexts of the history of Avatar: the Last Airbender (and most likely will only see the "Based on M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender" stamp on the bookcover like many other adaptations), they will only have The Last Airbender as a basis of comparison and source. They will most likely only visualize Noah Ringer as Aang, Nicola Peltz as Katara and Jackson Rathbone as Sokka, white people in Asian & Inuits clothings, etc. when reading the manga regardless of whether the depictions of Aang, Katara and Sokka being drastically different from the film. If the manga was an adaption of Avatar: the Last Airbender instead of The Last Airbender, it will be a different matter, but I don't see how an manga adaption of The Last Airbender *isn't* much more worse than the film itself. Not only it is perpetuating and endorsing the fail of The Last Airbender, but it's taken a medium that originates from *Japan* and appropriating that culture to perpetuate and endorse that whitewashing/racism.

I'm sorry, but this just makes me too angry.
28th-Jul-2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
I for one will hold judgement on this. With movie a adaption, it's not unusual to disregard the actual look of the movie and go for what marketers and the creators (the comics artist/writer) deem more "manga-like" or to blend the two. If the artist/writer can make the case for drawing in more readers by using characters more similar to the original source then they will. Manga in that since may be a 'safer' place for it then movies in the corps eyes.

Not to mention if the people working on it are in our corner then that chance goes up.
29th-Jul-2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Are we boycotting the movie? I know I am. I only bring it up because, as far as I'm concerned, a boycott means a boycott of the film and everything associated with it: toys, clothes, Halloween costumes, posters, mangas/comic books. Everything. Otherwise, we're defeating our purpose since many of these types of movies make as much off of their merchandise as they do off ticket and DVD sales.

So rather than even debating about whether this thing's going to be any good, or that we actually like the people who are working on it and want to support them as artists, maybe we should decide if we, as a group, are serious about boycotting this film's entire franchise.

Edited at 2009-07-29 12:02 am (UTC)
29th-Jul-2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Too true. I wonder how many people in this community are equally willing to give up the Avatar goodies that'll be coming about after the movie is released...

I personally won't have any problem boycotting the Katara action figure I know they're going to consider starting a line of now that she's been white-washed.
29th-Jul-2009 12:29 am (UTC)
I'm not buying this. I'll read it at B&N but I'm not buying this.

The logic of it's existence alone is pure opposite day...

"Were you fart where you burp and burp where you fart!" -- Peter Griffin
29th-Jul-2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Hmm....since cartoons are generally exaggerations of real life, doesn't this mean the race!fail will be made even more obvious in a manga adaption...of a movie adaptation of a cartoon?
29th-Jul-2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Haha, when you put it that way, maybe this will help prove our case xD
29th-Jul-2009 04:43 am (UTC)
Even if someone who supports us is writing it, it doesn't change the fact that it's a tie-in to the film. I feel bad saying that I probably won't read it and definitely won't buy it, because it hurts a writer that has nothing to do with the movie. However, I can't, in good conscience, support something that ties into the utter fail that is the film. :/ As someone else said, if we want to boycott TLA, we should boycott ALL of TLA.
29th-Jul-2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
Couldn't agree more!
29th-Jul-2009 09:06 am (UTC)
"Turns out Alison Wilgus aka Aliwildgoose, was asked by Dave to cowrite the manga. Alison is against the movie casting."

LOL awesome.

Also, I agree with what amredthelector said, just above me.
29th-Jul-2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
I FEEL CONFLICTED. I mean, an Avatar manga sounds absolutely amazing. It was always kind of a little fantasy of mine that someone would actually make one...but the fact that it's based on the movie adaption rather than the original animated series pisses me off to no end. I'm hoping that since there's someone on our side working on the project, that it'll follow the movie more in terms of plot, but would maybe try to take more visual cues as far as how the characters look from the series than the film (and I mean something like, keeping the film costumes but perhaps giving Katara and Sokka a subtlely darker skin tone and Zuko a paler one, though I know this is a stretch). Or maybe they'll just take everything from the original series and make everything look more realistic. (Also a stretch, but I'm desperate people.) What I'm really afraid of is the characters, especially Katara abd Sokka, looking more like the actors from the film than their original character designs. If that happens, that'll just add more fuel to the pro-caster's fire. But as conflicted as I feel about all of this, in the end I've decided that I'm not going to buy it. I'm completly against the film adaption and don't want to support it in any way. If the managa adaption turns out to be pretty good, then I'll just have to settle for skimming through them at a bookstore, or looking for scans online. *sobs*
29th-Jul-2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Woah, serious typing!fail alert. XD I meant to say "Katara and Sokka" and "manga adaption." Hopefully I spelled everything else right.
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