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AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER-THE ART OF THE ANIMATED SERIES Bryan Konietzko (W/A), Michael Dante DiMartino (W/A), and Various (A) On sale June 2 FC, 184 pages $34.99 HC, 9' x 12' Since its debut in 2005, Avatar: The Last Airbender has remained one of Nickelodeon's most talked about and highest-rated animated series to date, and it's not too hard to see why . . . Not only does it offer an epic storyline, engaging characters, action, adventure, and a powerful message about the importance of hope in a world long-besieged by war, all the while serving up top-notch entertainment. It's also beautifully executed, a stunning masterpiece of animated storytelling that harmonizes Western influences with aesthetic inspiration drawn from a diverse array of cultures, including those of China, Japan, India, and the Inuit. An unprecedented look at the concept, design, and production art behind this smash-hit series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Art of the Animated Series chronicles the show's development-from the very first sketch through to the series finale and beyond!-along with behind-the-scenes commentary from series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. o Featuring hundreds of images, most of which Nickelodeon has never released to the public! o Soon to be adapted as a trilogy of major motion pictures by M. Night Shyamalan and Paramount Pictures Studio.