Though I, Zechs wasn't able to attend the panel, Entertainment Monthly was. The panelists are introduced by the moderator, Megan Casey (VP of current series for Nickelodeon): Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), Seychelle Garbiel (Asumi), Mindy Sterling (Lin Beifong), John Michael Higgins (Varrick), Michael DiMartino (co-creator), and Bryan Konietzko with hilarous slides of the actors with the characters they play save for DiMartino and Konietzko who have special ones. Here they are:
Right off the bat, the DiMartino and Konietzko talk of the show's recent woes and the switch to digtal (most of this was covered yesterday). Short version: the Legend of Korra will be available on Hulu, Amazon, X-Box, Nick, and an app of Nick's. Netflix members have to watch in a rainy cloud of despair being all alone in not getting this. Here's what they said about it:
“It’s a part of this huge sea of change in the whole industry. We’re seeing digital streaming doing their own content and doing their own thing. Things have changed just for us from when we did Avatar. When Book One of Korra came out, its online presence was insane. Not only the chatter, but the actual numbers in terms of digital downloads and streaming–it’s just been huge. By the time we got to Book Two, the numbers of digital streaming, they greatly outweighed what happened on the channel. Nickelodeon has had a hard time to fit it into their programming. The Book Two finale had insane numbers when it streamed online–it was the biggest number they had all year. It’s just part of this shift. It definitely caught us by surprise. The important thing is the show is NOT cancelled!”
(WRITER'S NOTE: Seriously Nick couldn't fit this show in with the hundreds of times they freaking rerun Spongebob Squarepants?! REALLY?)
Then tonight's episode, "The Terror Within", was shown to panel attendees. Besides the episode being shown, character designs of the new "Big Bads" for this season were shown along with other raw sketches. Here are the pics along with some episode screencaps (courtesy of Korra Spirit, which has more pictures form the con). There's supposedly drawn raw sketches of a fight that includes Zuko, but as of this moment this reporter hasn't found it yet:
Fan questions were asked to the panelists as well (with the voice actors all fielding the answers save for Higgins. .... WHY DOES NO ONE ASK THE GLORIOUS VOICE OF VARRICK QUESTIONS?):
- How would you rate Korra’s job as the Avatar?
Varney: This is a question I get a lot. Some people are like “Do you like Korra?” I think this episode we just got to watch is a great example of how much she’s come to understand that she’s the Avatar, but that doesn’t mean she can do her job alone. I think she’s on her journey. I’m proud of her–she’s wonderful and strong and human.
- What’s the voice acting process?
Faustino: When I first started the show, I would rush through the script to find my lines, then as I became a fan I would read it all. We would get the script the night before and sometimes we would have the cast together when we’re all together. It’s tremendous and a lot of fun.
- How have you seen Korra and Asami’s relationship develop?
Gabriel: My parents actually told me how cute Asami and Korra are together. I’m really happy, especially when two girls don’t let a guy get between them. I’m happy for them and I think they’re stronger together and they make Team Avatar stronger for it.
- What’s your favorite part about voicing Lin?
Sterling: This is an amazing strong woman, who is fearless and powerful and feminine and hot looking! She’s not afraid to take control and charge and really does have this amazing facet to everything she does. I love, love playing her. Is she a little like me? I think all our characters have a little similarities to us. I’m not that strong or that powerful, but I am that feminine! She’s not mean, and I play a lot of really nasty women, and she’s not. She’s very matter of fact and protect the Avatar. She’s very motherly in the way and she has a lot of baggage and issues (which I do).
BOO!! Again, BOO!! On nobody asking Higgins what's it like voicing or something Varrick-related. I guess Varrick fans can take consulation in that Higgins said his character will talk about his childhood. That's about all the info that was learned from the panel.