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Avatar the Last Airbender: Distorted Reality

Avatar the Last Airbender: Distorted Reality

by Rocket Axxonu
Aang, embittered after the fall of Ba Sing Se and the following years of war, is sent to another world, in which he has to relive the the same events of his life again. Only this time he must fight alongside the downtrodden Fire Nation with siblings Zuko and Azula, against the warlike Water Tribes.

[A series of scenes adapted from Ogro's Avatar The Last Airbender fanfiction, Distorted Reality.]

Updates are sporadic. I like to work on pages in batches, so once I've finished a set, I'll post pages at regular intervals (usually a page or two a day) until the scene is all up.

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Avatar the Last Airbender: Distorted Reality

Aang, embittered after the fall of Ba Sing Se and the following years of war, is sent to another world, in which he has to relive the the same events of his life again. Only this time he must fight alongside the downtrodden Fire Nation with siblings Zuko and Azula, against the warlike Water Tribes.

[A series of scenes adapted from Ogro's Avatar The Last Airbender fanfiction, Distorted Reality.]

Updates are sporadic. I like to work on pages in batches, so once I've finished a set, I'll post pages at regular intervals (usually a page or two a day) until the scene is all up.

Recent Comments

Rocket Axxonu
September 24th, 2019
@Killar&Syd: Thanks so much!!!

Now that you mention it, I haven’t tried to post any storyboards anywhere, though I have been working (slowly, lol) on getting a Tumblr set up on which I meant to put up a few extra things related to the comic. I’m intending to have a ‘process’ section, which talks a bit about each stage of the process to produce a comic, and one part will be about storyboards. So I might put up some of the original sketches/storyboards from some earlier comics there. (I’m also considering having a section going into a little more detail on a few of the pages that went through more significant revisions, and if so, this will probably be one of the featured pages.)

Of course, it’s probably still a ways away, as there’s still quite a bit of work and preparation that needs to be done on it, but that’s the most likely place I’d put up some original storyboards.
Killar&Syd
September 23rd, 2019
As always, great job! I'm excited to see more! Do you post your storyboards anywhere?
Killar&Syd
September 23rd, 2019
Ooh ya, I like this page! Comparing Toph and Katara's face really works the tension!
Killar&Syd
September 23rd, 2019
Can't get enough! This is great!
Killar&Syd
September 23rd, 2019
I think it works really well that we haven't seen Toph's eyes. It makes it seem like she is deep in thought while quietly planning her next move. Also, the Katara gang is freakin' scary! I LOVE it!!!
Killar&Syd
September 23rd, 2019
Wow! These backgrounds are super!
Killar&Syd
September 23rd, 2019
YAY!! MORE PAGES!! I can't believe I missed these until just now!!!
malektorche
September 14th, 2019
Toph with the FLEX
Rocket Axxonu
September 14th, 2019
No, I didn’t forget the wolves were there and haphazardly try to add them in. Okay, maybe I did.

The final panel of this page was always one of my favorites from the storyboards.
GreyCorsola
September 13th, 2019
Wonderful work so far! Your artwork is absolutely splendid, you have a really solid grasp of the characters and in this AU it's so fascinating thinking about what's happening and what's going to happen next. Amazing work! I can't wait to see more!
malektorche
September 13th, 2019
they hit the jojo poses MAD CHILL
Rocket Axxonu
September 20th, 2019
I tried so many different approaches with this page, I couldn’t seem to figure out what angle the first panel should be to show the scope and power of this bending, or what expression Katara should have or how she should be placed. I’m glad now I kept at it.

Anyway! That’s the end of this batch. I probably could have ended it there, but there are still nineteen pages more for this scene. (Detailed sketches are pretty much completely finished, and I’ve done a little of the lineart so far, but it’s a long way off.) Wish me luck! As always, let me know if you have any questions, or if you would like to check what’s been done so far on the upcoming pages, check out this page on the Avatar Wiki, I try to update it periodically.
Rocket Axxonu
September 19th, 2019
This page and the next were originally one in the storyboards, but I really felt it was important to fit the crowd’s reaction in here (which I had apparently forgotten existed), and that the next page needed it’s own page.

Next is the final page of this batch, which will be going up tomorrow.
Rocket Axxonu
September 18th, 2019
Again, possibly one of my favorite pages from when it was in the storyboarding phase. I keep wanting to figure out and learn ways to find ways to visually reinforce what’s happening with the layout and panel arrangement, and I liked the idea of Toph’s panel being higher and partially imposed over Katara’s, as Toph’s fairly easy victory over Katara’s people forces Katara to pay attention to her, after her condescending attitude in page nine and dismissive boredom on page ten.
Rocket Axxonu
September 18th, 2019
At some point as I was working on the storyboards (mostly for the later part of the scene, which will be in the next batch) I remembered those wolves that should have been stuck in the ground in front of Katara. (They had magically disappeared in all the shots where they might have been.) Although I don’t consider continuity all that important really (or so these comics might lead you to believe), I decided I better do something about that. Which is why I thought one of the earthbenders from the city (maybe a soldier who works alongside the Water Tribe soldiers posted there) would probably go in to help get them out. While I could have tried to draw them in all the frames, I didn’t really want to, plus even more importantly, I don’t see distorted Katara as one to be so overtly ruthless toward her own people as to completely disregard them during a fight with an enemy, in contrast to canon Azula.

The motion of Suki and Yue in the top panel was tricky to try to capture the way I pictured it—mostly because it obviously needed to look frozen in motion, with Suki and Yue with very particular expressions, slightly surprised, but not too surprised, as it happens so fast they haven’t really had time to process it. (And I wanted it to have a bit of a funny of awkwardness about it, without it being too much so.)
Rocket Axxonu
September 17th, 2019
The top panel was kind of a fun one, though I didn't really know exactly what to do with the background in the lower panel. It felt a bit too much empty space (even with speed lines), but a full background didn't feel right for focusing on the action.
Rocket Axxonu
September 16th, 2019
I’m not exactly sure how Toph’s ‘sight’ works (how well she can determine the materials of objects people are holding), but since Toph’s main experience with objects shaped like fans was what her mother used to use, I guess it makes sense Toph wouldn’t expect them to be all that effective used in a fight. Of course, I think the real reason is that Toph just doesn’t take anyone seriously.
Rocket Axxonu
September 16th, 2019
I actually liked how the crowd turned out here, unlike in many of the others. My approach was a bit different to make the crowd look fuller while trying to keep the time and number of layers on coloring limited. Though the fact it’s mostly obscured probably doesn’t hurt.

Action is never easy in the static medium of comics, but I really have to give credit to the speed lines. I didn’t draw these myself, rather I use these created by Shadowmyst: https://myphotoshopbrushes.com/brushes/id/3816/

For anyone out there making a comic, feel free to download and try them out. They really make a huge difference in the look and feel of these comics, particularly when it comes to action like this.
Rocket Axxonu
September 15th, 2019
Expressions and body language always make for an interesting challenge. First step is to identify what specific emotions you want a character to show, then figure out specific ways to get across that emotion in a visual medium. I remember spending a while on Katara’s hand gesture especially, though the final version came out somewhat different from the storyboards.
Rocket Axxonu
September 15th, 2019
On a side note, I finally took time to organize my brush palette, to place the ones I use most often at the top, rather than try to scroll looking for the ones I need every time. It’s saved me a lot of time, and now I have a few I’ve been using to give the backgrounds a bit more texture. (Since I was never really satisfied with those smooth airbrushed backgrounds I was using more often earlier on.)