‘Legend of Korra’ Creator Reveals Official Korrasami Art, You Gotta Deal With It
The Legend of Korra made history by the end of its official series finale, implicitly confirming a bisexual relationship between two of its lead characters, a surprise move that creators Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino expanded on at length afterward. Now, all the Korrasami feels can be yours, with official artwork of an Avatar date night.
Konietzko revealed the “Turtle-duck Date Night” artwork over Tumblr, adding that the piece was drawn and painted for the March 7 Legend of Korra / Avatar: The Last Airbender Tribute Exhibition at California’s Gallery Nucleus. Both DiMartino and Konietzko will be on hand to sell and/or sign the 100 exclusive prints, Konietzko’s proceeds of which will go to an LGBTQ suicide prevention hotline.
For those unfamiliar with “Korrasami” (and what are you waiting for?), the closing moments of the series saw Avatar Korra and Asami walking hand and hand into a spirit portal, tenderly turning to face one another in the shadow of mountains that looked notably like the bisexual flag. Konietzko later wrote to confirm:
We approached the network and while they were supportive there was a limit to how far we could go with it, as just about every article I read accurately deduced. It was originally written in the script over a year ago that Korra and Asami held hands as they walked into the spirit portal. We went back and forth on it in the storyboards, but later in the retake process I staged a revision where they turned towards each other, clasping both hands in a reverential manner, in a direct reference to Varrick and Zhu Li’s nuptial pose from a few minutes prior.
We asked Jeremy Zuckerman to make the music tender and romantic, and he fulfilled the assignment with a sublime score. I think the entire last two-minute sequence with Korra and Asami turned out beautiful, and again, it is a resolution of which I am very proud. I love how their relationship arc took its time, through kindness and caring. If it seems out of the blue to you, I think a second viewing of the last two seasons would show that perhaps you were looking at it only through a hetero lens.
Of course, even the briefest internet searches of “Korrasami” would bring forth a deluge of fan art (some more unsettling than others), but having the creator craft an official portrait of the pair makes for something special. You can check out Konietzko’s piece below and and explanation at the link above, as well as learn about the upcoming gallery.