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Irene Koh is a comic book artist who worked on penciling and inking Turf Wars, the first graphic novel trilogy set following the events of The Legend of Korra.[1]

The Legend of Korra credits[]

Graphic novel artist[]

Selected other credits[]

  • 1602: Witch Hunter Angela #2 (cover artist; variant)
  • Embed with Games: A Year on the Couch with Game Developers (cover artist)
  • Hungry Ghosts #4 (artist)
  • Secret Origins #10: Batgirl (line artist)
  • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #13 (line artist)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Casey & April #1-4 (line artist)
  • The Secret Loves of Geek Girls (illustrator)

Biographical information[]

Koh was born in Seoul and has lived in Tokyo, New England, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 and has worked as an illustrator for a number of clients, including comic book publishers Dark Horse Comics, DC, and Marvel, and video game developers Riot Games and Bungie.[2]


  • Koh was a fan of Avatar prior to becoming the illustrator for Turf Wars and had previously drawn fanart of the show.[3]
    • When a replacement for Brittney Williams as the artist for the Korra comics needed to be found, Koh was not the initial choice; a friend of hers was contacted first, but she was unable to commit the time and, knowing Koh to be a fan of the show, they referred her for the job instead.[4]
  • Koh considers that she would be a firebender in the Avatar universe but believes that water is "by far the best".[5]
  • Her favorite characters in The Legend of Korra are Tenzin and Asami Sato,[4][6] though her favorite character to draw in Turf Wars was Jargala Omo.[7]
  • Koh's favorite villains from Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra are Wan Shi Tong and the Red Lotus, respectively.[4]
  • Koh was given creative freedom in her artwork for Turf Wars, using her own style as opposed to the usual style of the series.[3]
  • Koh decided to add diversity to her characters and include a range of multi-ethnic people in crowd scenes, including South and Southeast Asian characters.[8]
  • Koh used Avatar Wiki as reference when working on Turf Wars.[11]
  • Koh frequently warmed up to working on Turf Wars by drawing sketches of Korra and Asami in alternate-universe type settings, such as having sleepovers or practicing martial arts. From time to time, she would email these drawings to other members of the comics team.[12]


  1. Holub, Christian (October 4, 2016). First The Legend of Korra graphic novel coming in June 2017. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on October 13, 2016.
  2. Koh's info. Retrieved on October 15, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Steve Morris (May 19, 2017). For Artist Irene Koh, Legend of Korra OGN Is A Very Personal Project. ComicBookResources. Retrieved on October 3, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lee, Otter (October 8, 2017). NYCC Interview with Irene Koh, Artist Of THE LEGEND OF KORRA Comic. AsianCrush. Retrieved on October 9, 2017.
  5. Koh, Irene (January 2, 2017). if you were a bender, what type of bender would you be?. ask.fm. Retrieved on October 3, 2018.
  6. Koh, Irene (December 28, 2016). Favorite characters in The Legend of Korra. ask.fm. Retrieved on January 6, 2017.
  7. Koh, Irene (August 10, 2017). No real spoilers, but say hello to Jargala!!. tumblr. Retrieved on October 1, 2017.
  8. Koh, Irene (April 26, 2017). are there any other POC in the Korra comics?. ask.fm. Retrieved on October 1, 2017.
  9. Koh, Irene (April 26, 2017). Cross-over characters and cameos in Turf Wars. ask.fm. Retrieved on October 1, 2017.
  10. Koh, Irene (August 25, 2017). i put mike, bryan, and our two editors in the last korra book hehe. Twitter. Retrieved on October 1, 2017.
  11. Koh, Irene (August 6, 2019). Dude same. There were vehicles or buildings or side characters I needed to reference and the fan wiki was so unexpectedly useful for that.. Twitter. Retrieved on March 20, 2020.
  12. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Koh, Irene (artist), Piekos, Nate; Blambot (letterer), Campbell, Heather; Ng, Killian (cover). Turf Wars Library Edition (February 13, 2019), Dark Horse Comics.