What printed materials from the Avatar universe are considered canon?

Here's a quick list of what I've seen out there:

  • The Promise (Parts 1, 2, 3)
  • The Lost Adventures
  • The Lost Scrolls (Air, Water, Fire, Earth)
  • The Search (Forthcoming)

There might be more. So, what's what?

  • @Keen Are you looking for the more comprehensive list or the most detailed? – AncientSwordRage Sep 2 '12 at 12:54
  • @Pureferret Just a comprehensive list with citations of their canon-ness. – user1027 Sep 2 '12 at 15:29

There are very few stories where the canonicity can be confirmed, I can't even tell which of those in the bottom section Michael and Bryan have even read.

The Promise1,2,3

From the Wikia

In late 2010, Samantha Robertson, an editor at Dark Horse Comics at the time, approached comic author Gene Yang, who was best known for his American-Born Chinese series. After "some conversations" with her and the creators of Avatar, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Yang was contracted to write three graphic novels to serve as a direct sequel to the original series.

This is revealed in an interview with the Gene Yang:

AvatarTheLastAirbenderOnline.com – What role are Mike and Bryan playing in the project? Are they co-authors etc..? (How much are they playing a part?)

Gene Yang – Mike and Bryan have been involved from the very beginning. We had a couple of phone conversations where they gave me ideas that eventually made it into the scripts. They’ve read over every outline and every script that I’ve written. They give me notes on how to get the comic to feel more like the show. Working with them is one of the best parts about this project. They and their entire crew are consummate storytellers. I’ve learned a lot by hearing how they think through a story.

Emphasis mine

I would surmise from that, and the fact that this trilogy directly leads up to the formation of Republic City, this is canon.

The Last Airbender comics

All but two of these (Gym Time and New Recruits) are considered canon. This is because they are all publications endorsed by Nickelodeon. New Recruit is listed as a 'bonus story' which is what casts doubts on it's canonicity, as well as the characters being fan created. Gym time features a dead avatar and various enemies, and thus does not fit in canon (it is similar to the bonus material on the DVDs featuring valentines day, and chibi characters.)

Sozin's Comet

This is a novelization of the last four episodes of the series, as such they are literally canon with the show as far as I can tell

Other material of dubious canonicity:

Chapter books

Lost Scrolls The Earth Kingdom Chronicles Ready-to-Read Series

Movie novelizations

The Last Airbender Movie Novelization Aang's Destiny Battle of the North Trial by Fire The Avatar's Return

Trivia and games

The Ultimate Pocket Guide Brainbenders for the Four Nations Mindbenders and Brainbusters: The Ultimate Avatar Challenge The Avatar's Return

Graphic novels/comic books

Tokyopop Cine-Manga "Private Fire" The Last Airbender movie tie-ins The Lost Adventures ~The Search Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Art of the Animated Series

Italics indicate items that definitely do not share cartoon canonicity, ~ items are yet to be released.


The following list is currently all the official Nick-endorsed printed material for the Avatar universe:


  • Lost Scrolls
  • The Earth Kingdom Chronicles
  • Sozin's Comet: The Final Battle
  • Ready-to-Read Series

(Movie Novelizations):

  • The Last Airbender Movie Novelization
  • Aang's Destiny
  • Battle of the North
  • Trial by Fire
  • The Avatar's Return

Graphic Novels/Comic Books:

Source: Avatar Wiki: List of Avatar: The Last Airbender books

There is no indication anywhere to the lack of canon-status, with the exception of the Movie novelizations which follow an alternate canon (that we should politely ignore).

The Cine-manga is described as:

a series of graphic novels that take screencaps and dialogue from the animated series from "The Boy in the Iceberg" to the "Winter Solstice Part 2: Avatar Roku".

And the Official Comic is printed by Nick as shown in the attribution on the Avatar wiki.

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