Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Recent TMNT-Themed Podcasts



Two awesome geeky podcasts have recently had TMNT-themed episodes that are definitely worth your time to download and listen to.

The first is from Nerdy Show, which has interviews with Polaris Banks, writer/director of the recent Casey Jones fan film, and Steve Barron, director of the first TMNT movie. (Tip: Skip ahead to 30:00 to hear Polaris Banks and to 1:12:00 to hear Steve Barron.)








The next comes from Nerdist and The Mutant Season podcast, which spent some time with Kevin Eastman as he prepared for his LOST ANGELES: 35 Days With Kevin Eastman exhibit (going on right now!) at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

IDW TMNT #4 - Variant Cover Guide



Thanksgiving has come and gone, but November's not over yet. Tomorrow's new comic day gives us TMNT #4 from IDW. And with it, here is your handy dandy variant cover guide. Raphael #1 was originally scheduled to come out tomorrow as well, but it has been delayed until next week. IDW Editor Bobby Curnow has noted that Raphael #1 takes place after TMNT #5, but emphasizes that it should definitely be read after reading TMNT #4, so perhaps the delay is for the best.

While you wait for your shop to open in the morning, check out this preview of issue #4!

Cover A

Cover A: Dan Duncan.
Regular cover; distributed in a 4:1 ratio with cover B.

Completed TMNT Mural at Meltdown Comics




As previously reported, a couple weeks ago Kevin Eastman and Mark Bode went to work to recreate the cover of TMNT Vol. 1 #1 on the side of the Meltdown Comics building in Los Angeles. The completed mural, pictured above, came out absolutely AMAZING! And now Adam Dorsey has put together a short video documenting the creation of the mural. Check it out below!

And don't forget that the LOST ANGELES: 35 Days of Kevin Eastman event kicks off tomorrow with a weekend showcase of Kevin's TMNT work!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Infestation 2 Ashcan Preview



Last week, IDW released an Ashcan preview of their upcoming INFESTATION 2 crossover event. The Ashcan was distributed to comic shops as a freebie, so ask your local shop if they got any.

In addition to setting up the premise of the infestation at the heart of the crossover, the book also confirms all of the release dates for the different INFESTATION 2 titles.

At this point in time, it is believed that TMNT fans who are only interested in the TMNT content will need to buy the two main INFESTATION 2 title (#1 on sale 1/25/12, #2 on sale 4/11/12) that bookends the event, and the two INFESTATION 2: TMNT books (#1 on sale 3/7/12, #2 on sale 3/21/12). The other crossover books surely add additional depth to the overall story, but without any TMNT content.

Download the Ashcan as a PDF here.
Or view it online here.

Thanks to Master Splinter for the PDF scans!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

TMNT: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 - Variant Cover Guide



IDW's first hardcover collection of the original Eastman & Laird TMNT comics is scheduled to ship next week through Amazon and other book retailers. However, a few weekends ago at Long Beach Comic Con a special early edition of the book with a variant cover was sold. While the cover of the regular edition is partially colored, the cover of the limited edition is completely black and white.

Information on the edition size and availability of the limited edition isn't concrete, but suggests that 250-300 copies were printed, with approximately 50 of them having been sold at Long Beach Comic Con. Remaining copies of the book are currently available to purchase directly from IDW on their website.

The regular edition of this collection is available from Amazon.com at a discounted price.

Regular Edition

Limited Edition

Friday, November 18, 2011

LOST ANGELES: 35 Days With Kevin Eastman



As previously reported, Kevin Eastman and Mark Bode are RIGHT NOW in the midst of painting a gigantic wall mural of the cover of TMNT Vol. 1 #1 on the side of the Meltdown Comics building in Los Angeles, CA.

This mural painting is a kickoff for a month-long event centering around the art of TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, called LOST ANGELES: 35 Days With Kevin Eastman.

The mayhem starts November 30, with a weekend dedicated to Kevin's TMNT work, and each of the next four upcoming weekends having their own theme. For a complete schedule of events, visit the Melting Comics website.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Coming Out Of Their Shells - French



Once again humoring my love for the old TMNT Coming Out Of Their Shells Tour, with the help of my pal gobo I recently acquired a CD of the French-language version of the infamous TMNT concert tour. And because I'm a giving person, I'm also sharing it with you. Enjoy!

Download it here.





Track List:
  1. Les Tortues Sont Là (Coming Out Of Our Shells)
  2. Pizza Power
  3. Ricochets (Skipping Stones)
  4. Soi Toi-Même (Walk Straight)
  5. Ça Baigne (Tubin')
  6. Cowabuga
  7. Rap De Shredder (I Hate Music)
  8. Ballade d'April (April's Ballad)
  9. Pas De Trève (No Treaties)
  10. Laisse Parler Ton Coeur (Follow Your Heart)
  11. Bats-Toi (Count On Us)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Live Kevin Eastman & Mark Bode Art Event in LA November 17-19.




TMNT Vol. 1 #1 Cover Art
Mark Bode and Kevin Eastman will be at Meltdown Comics in LA November 17-19 as part of a massive art project. November 17-18, the two will be painting a gigantic mural on the outside wall of Meltdown Comics that will resemble the cover of TMNT Vol. 1 #1. As it's one of Mark's specialties, the mural will be done in a graffiti style with spray paint. Then, on November 19, both artists will be back at the store to sign autographs.


Wall Mural Concept Sketch