MD: Jet’s design is a good example of how the art and writing influenced each other. In the first draft of the “Jet” script, Jet’s gang wasn’t very defined. We wanted to give them a lot more personality and individuality. We hired Ki Hyun Ryu to draw some concepts for Jet and his gang, proving that the overseas studios were great at creating preproduction art as well as animation. Immediately, Ryu’s designs gave us a picture of who made up the motley crew. Jet’s design pays homage to Spike from Cowboy Bebop. Even though this ragtag group of orphans is from the Earth Kingdom, they wear a mix of scavenged garments and stolen armor from the various nations. The character personalities and designs were so great we brought Jet, Longshot, and Smellerbee back in season two, where Jet unfortunately met his tragic demise. Designs and color concepts by K Hyun Ryu. Color by Hye Jung Kim.