There was a very exciting announcement last week that I’m a little behind on posting. I have been a huge fan of Avatar: the Last Air Bender for a long time. Not only is it an amazing show with well thought out characters and extraordinary character development, it’s also one that is acceptable and fun for adults and kids alike. So I am very excited about the news that co-creator Bryan Konietzko is going to be making his graphic novel debut in 2017 with the creation of Threadworlds. A sci-fi series that is to be published by First Second.
This is Bryan’s first foray into the Science Fiction genre, but it seems to be well established that there will be some form of Fantasy linked within the Sci-Fi. In Brian’s own words to Entertainment Weekly:
I had been pondering what my next big project would be for the last several years. I was trying to think of a sci-fi idea, and separately a fantasy idea. When the concept Threadworlds popped into my head, I found a way to weave those genres together. I definitely wasn’t aiming to be topical, but once science became the focal point of the story I knew it was important to me to have a young girl as the main character. This is basically Nova’s long origin story as scientific superhero. I hope she’ll be inspiring to readers of all genders and ages, but especially girls who are interested in studying and pursuing science. EW
I don’t know about you, but I think this sounds like it could be a fabulously progressive story arc. Threadworld is based in a solar system where five planets share the same orbit around the star. Each planet has its own intelligent species with varying levels of technology. Nova, a brilliant young scientist, is from one of the most primitive planets “who refuses to adhere to the rules of a superstitious, oppressive empire that forbids girls to read and write. The series will follow a chain reaction of scientific discoveries from planet to planet that sweep up Nova in a journey.” CBR
I am very excited to read this novel, not only for the amazing storytelling that is expected from anything Bryan puts out, but also for some of the beautiful artwork that the graphic novel is hinting at. Bryan is planning on writing and illustrating the whole work, so you know there will be a feel similar but also different to that of Avatar.
Here are some of the beautiful pieces that have been previewed. I’m always surprised at how amazing the art for graphic novels can be, and how the artist can humanize a character that seems to be based on more animalistic genetics. I also wonder at the significance of a Kangaroo-esque characters, being they seem to be fairly frequent in anime styled art. But I digress.
Threadworlds looks like a fun ride with a push against some important issues within our communities and worlds. With the big push for girls in STEM, I’m not surprised that Bryan decided on this direction for the series. Now we just have to wait until 2017 when we can finally get our hands on it.