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  • So this background-character concept sheet from the Book 4 artbook recently grabbed my attention.  And I'm not even going to pretend that it had nothing to do with the corporal at the left end of the middle row and her weird resemblance to either P'Li or Zirin.

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    • Eh, I kinda see it. I really should read that book that I already paid for some time. I wonder if this is also the answer for that question of why there were no female metalbending police that was tossed around a while back?

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    • There was a female metalcop in a concept piece.  And I think we see female metalcops in the background, where you'd miss them if you blink, in one or two episodes on the show?  But the fact that they're that inconspicuous is disappointing in its own right.

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    • Well, people said there were none, so I took them at their word. Not going to go rooting through every frame to find out. Also it never bothered me much, because I could not give less of a shit about the background cannon fodder.

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    • There were plenty of important female characters, so gender coding of background characters is mostly a flavor detail.  But it's also mostly that Mir and the Avatar franchise crew don't usually skimp on flavor details.

      ...and the corporal's face is actually kind of eerie.  Not that I think the character designers were actually intending to imply that she's some multiethnic (since she'd probably be an earthbender) relative of either of the above characters; but, in light of this having happened, I'm surprised that the fandom didn't jump on that.

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    • So I finally read my copy of this. As best as I could, considering some of that chicken scratch is basically impossible to read on the computer. I think I like the original design for the Colossus best, if we really had to have one. Also, the original design of Prince Wu is cool as my cabbages.

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    • I still need to get those books.  (Pre-ordering the comic first, tho).

      And the image zooms in to about twice the size it automatically views at, if that helps.

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    • I mean even when using the zoom function. I'm planning on trying to take a magnifying glass to it, to see if that helps. Can't magnify on the computer itself, because then it loses resolution.

      I bought the 4th art book to sort of test the waters & see if I wanted to get the other 3. I do, but they're relatively expensive. The kindle version of the Book 1 art book costs about $15. Compare this to Part 3 of North & South, which I just got for $5. I haven't actually looked at the price of the Korra comics yet.

      Yes, I'm a cheap piece of shit, but buying a bunch of random crap has a tendency to add up.

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    • Ah, gotcha.  My monitor is actually a small secondhand flat-screen television, so it's probably just clearer at the appropriate resolution for that.  And considering the hardcopy books are just around twenty and change, that is kind of steep for a Kindle edition.

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    • Yeah, especially since buying a kindle edition of an art book is probably like buying a cell phone snapshot of the Mona Lisa.

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