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Bryan Konietzko is an American animation director, best known as the co-creator and executive producer of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. He is also, together with Michael Dante DiMartino, the co-chief creative officer of Avatar Studios, a production company that will work on future upcoming projects in the Avatar franchise.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits

Art director

Character designer

Executive producer

Title designer


Foaming mouth guy

Character information: Foaming mouth guy


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Storyboard artist

Additional voice


Cover artist

The Legend of Korra credits

Art director

Color supervisor

Executive producer

Main character designer

Main title developer


Storyboard artist

Character designer

Background design

Background colorist

Prop designer

Additional voice


Avatar: Braving the Elements credits


  • 102. "Origin Stories with Mike DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko Pt. 1"
  • 103. "Origin Stories with Mike DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko Pt. 2"
  • 113. "Martial Arts Deep Dive with Sifu Kisu and Bryan Konietzko"
  • 201. "Book Two: Earth!"

Avatar Studios credits


Selected other credits

Television work


Biographical information

Bryan Konietzko was born in 1975. He graduated from Roswell High School in Roswell, Georgia, and later went on to graduate with honors from the Illustration Department of the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998.

His friend and fellow RISD alumnus, Michael Dante DiMartino, helped him get his foot in the door in the television animation industry. Konietzko worked alongside DiMartino at Film Roman Studios on Family Guy, Mission Hill, and King of the Hill. In 2000, he joined Nickelodeon to work on Invader Zim as a storyboard artist. He spent time in South Korea training the overseas animation crews and became the art director on the second season. Konietzko was later recruited by Nickelodeon to create an original series; he once again partnered with DiMartino, and together they created the animated martial arts saga Avatar: The Last Airbender, which told a continuous storyline through a trilogy of seasons.

In addition to sharing executive producer duties with DiMartino on Avatar, Konietzko also served as the art director on the award-winning series, designing the main characters and drawing from his experience as a landscape painter for their fantasy world's epic scope. For their new series The Legend of Korra, Konietzko and DiMartino co-wrote all the scripts for the first season.

Konietzko keeps an online photo journal, which he updates regularly. He also has a band with which he has released several albums, including Our Ancestor's Intense Love Affair and At Night, Under Artificial Light. Konietzko is an electronic recording artist, under the name Ginormous, and an avid nature photographer, showing his work on his website.

He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Lisa, and his dog, Gunther. He has a nephew named Rohan, after whom the second son of Tenzin and Pema is named.


  • During his childhood, Konietzko loved watching anime, but he steadily lost interest due to the increasing misogyny and violence that he saw in some anime, while also feeling disenchanted with American animation after only being able to work on animated sitcoms. However, while working on Invader Zim, Dave Filoni reintroduced him to anime, particularly those created by Hayao Miyazaki such as Princess Mononoke, and he regained his interest in the medium.[2][3]
  • According to Bryan, he was the first Korrasami shipper, having done so before Book One: Air of The Legend of Korra even aired. He has been debating with Avatar fans over who shipped them first to this day.[2]
  • The first ever pieces of Avatar fanart were drawn by Konietzko's then 7 year old nephew, Alexander Kennedy, around 2002 before the series had even been animated. The fanart of Aang, Sokka, and Katara (at the time still known as Kya) were later included in the series bible.[4]


  1. Equalist voice roles. Bill Rinaldi (June 11, 2012). Retrieved on June 12, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Basco, Dante (host), Varney, Janet (host), DiMartino, Michael Dante (guest host), Konietzko, Bryan (guest host). (June 29, 2021). "Origin Stories with Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko Pt. 2". Avatar: Braving the Elements. Episode 3. iHeartRadio.
  3. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Varney, Janet & Higgins, John Michael (March 10, 2015). "Enemy at the Gates" commentary. Book Four: Balance Blu-ray.
  4. Konietzko, Bryan (March 14, 2018). There are the very first pieces of fanart. Tumblr. Retrieved on January 9, 2022.
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