CBR Interviews Gene Yang on Avatar: The Rift
On finally being able to focus on the character of Toph: “The Rift” is the third of these miniseries that we’ve done, and the second one, “The Search,” was all about Zuko finding his mom. So early in the stages of writing that book we discovered that Toph really didn’t fit very well in the storyline. It was a difficult decision to make because Toph has really become one of my favorite characters. When I was watching the show I loved Zuko; Zuko was my favorite. The complexity of his character I think mirrors a lot of the struggles that all of us go through and the choice between good and evil. After I started writing this book Toph really took over my heart.
I think Toph is just easy to write. I feel like I close my eyes and I can hear her yelling at me. I think that Mike [Dante DiMartino] and Bryan [Konietzko] and their writing team really created a very strong character, and a very memorable character, and a character that almost writes herself. So when we started on “The Rift,” one of the dangling threads from the original show was what happened with Toph and her parents. They never reconciled — we never saw the reconciliation, so that was something that we wanted to deal with in the comics.