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Monday, May 5, 2014

The Official TMNT 30th Anniversary is Today!



Chances are you've heard the buzz about this year being the TMNT's 30th anniversary. Well, strap on your party hats, TODAY is the actual 30th anniversary of when Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird debuted their "silly" little comic book at a comic book show in Portsmouth, NH. That was May 5, 1984. Through a series of fortunate events, by December 1987 there was an animated TV series and with that a nationwide phenomenon grabbed hold.

There have been a lot of highs and lows in the last 30 years for TMNT fans, but we are undeniably experience one of the high times right now. With a successful CGI animated series from Nickelodeon, new on-going comics and reprints from IDW, and a slew of merchandising from Playmates and other partners, the Turtles certainly aren't limping through this anniversary year. And, of course, this summer will see the release of the first live-action TMNT movie in 21 years.

So, here's to Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, and all of the other creators and talent who have dipped their fingers into the many worlds of the TMNT. They've all contributed a lot of happiness to the lives of a lot of people. And being able to give a person happiness is probably close to the best gift you can give a person.

Please feel free to share your favorite TMNT memories in the comments, or on Twitter and Facebook. Use the hashtag #tmnt30 to track everyone's stories!



To celebrate the 30th anniversary, look for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History in stores on June 24, 2014. This comprehensive book will detail all aspects of the Turtles' history, alongside amazing visuals all types of TMNT fans will love. You can pre-order this book right now from Amazon at an incredible discount! This is a book no TMNT fan will want to miss!

Now through September 14, 2014, you can also experience the 30-year history of the TMNT at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, CA. Andrew Farago, author of TMNT: The Ultimate Visual History, is also the curator of the museum. There will be more information about this exhibit coming soon!

Monday, April 28, 2014

TMNT 30th Anniversary Celebration at Shellback Artworks



Just in time for the official 30th anniversary of the original TMNT comic book (first published on May 5, 1984!), Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird will be making a joint appearance at Shellback Artworks on May 4, 2014, just one day after Free Comic Book Day.

As part of this special event, Shellback Artworks will be selling an exclusive Eastman and Laird art print. This piece features pencils by Eastman, inks by Laird, and colors by Steve Lavigne. Peter recently previewed this artwork on his blog (below).

You will also be able to pickup the just-published TMNT Vol. 4, #32 at the event.

Also appearing will be Jim Lawson and Steve Lavigne, and maybe more surprise guests!

Details are on the poster above. If you need more information, you can contact Steve on the Shellback Artworks Facebook page.

Eastman and Laird to Appear Together for Free Comic Book Day




For the first time in a very, very long time, TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird will be appearing together at Jetpack Comics in Rochester, NH, for Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, May 3, 2014.

As part of the Free Comic Book Day events, there will be freebies (beyond the free comics), as well as additional items for sale. Kevin will be signing autographs and meeting with fans from 10am-4pm, and Peter will be doing the same from 1-4pm.

The details of the event are a bit complex, and can be read in full on the Jetpack Comics website.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Kevin Eastman Voicing Ice Cream Kitty in TMNT Cartoon




USA Today reports that none other than TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman will be heard as the voice of Ice Cream Kitty, who debuts in this Sunday's new episode, "Of Rats and Men." Ice Cream Kitty was first revealed at Comic-Con last July.

Kevin Eastman
Ice Cream Kitty





Also noted in the USA Today article is that Friday, March 14, will see the long-awaited episode that unites the current TMNT voice cast with the voice cast of the original cartoon. Townsend Coleman (Michaelangelo), Cam Clarke (Leonardo), Barry Gordon (Donatello), and Rob Paulsen (Raphael) will be reprising their roles in cameos in this special 1-hour episode. Of course, Rob Paulsen will be pulling double-duty as Donatello in the current cast. He is joined by Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Sean Astin (Raphael), and Jason Biggs (Leonardo). This special episode will air at the special time of 7pm Eastern.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

X-Files Conspiracy #1 - IDW Crossover Event



Similar in scope to the INFESTATION 2 crossover event from a couple years ago, today IDW is launching The X-Files: Conspiracy. This series will feature the TMNT, Ghostbusters, Transformers, and The Crow within the X-Files universe.

As is typical of IDW, there are a whole bunch of different variant covers. I'm not going to picture all of them, but the one to the left is the only one that features the TMNT (bottom left corner).

Also out today is the deluxe hardcover edition of Kevin Eastman's 2012 Annual TMNT comic. Although there wasn't a 2013 Annual, Kevin is already busy at work on one for 2014!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

TMNT: Kevin Eastman Cover Gallery



IDW has collected Kevin Eastman's amazing cover contributions into this comic, available today!

Cover A
Cover A: Kevin Eastman.
Regular cover.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Kevin Eastman to Have Cameo in "Ninja Turtles" Film



TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman last week posted to Facebook the news that he was in New York to shoot a cameo in the new "Ninja Turtles" movie coming out next year. No details on what the role might be, but he also shared this photo of his fiancĂ©, Courtney, on set.
A sticker on the back of the truck in the photo says, "Give Blood, Play Hockey." Casey's? It also has New Jersey plates. But I might just be looking for something where there's nothing.

There has been no word on whether or not co-creator Peter Laird will also have a cameo.

Friday, July 26, 2013

SDCC 2013: IDW TMNT Panel Report




Thursday, July 18, at San Diego Comic-Con, IDW and moderator Bobby Curnow hosted a panel along with Kevin Eastman showcasing their upcoming plans for the on-going TMNT series, the Micro-Series books, and the New Animated Adventures series.

The first thing addressed was the current "City Fall" storyline. In this story we're seeing several different family dynamics in conflict with each other. On the Turtles' end, we see Leo and Don butting heads, which is a bit of a change [from the typical conflicts seen between Leo and Raph].

While Leo is typically straight & narrow and lives by the rules, Shredder manipulates his psyche to bring him to the "dark side." Having Leo on his side is appealing to Shredder, who looks down on Karai because she's female.


Above: A look at character designs for Dark Leo and Hun.

Below: Character designs for Bebop and Rocksteady.




Although Bobby and the rest of the panel danced around giving spoilers for the remaining issues of "City Fall," the nature of how solicitations in the comic book industry work means we're going to get an idea of how it wraps up anyways. Thus, he revealed to us the next storyline, "Northampton." The art shown, by Ross Campbell, depicts the four Turtles back together, but not quite back to normal. The brothers are in a bad place at the end of "City Fall;" "Northampton" is a time out, although the Turtles might not find the kind of peace they're looking for.

Of course, Northampton, Massachusetts, has been a second home for the Turtles in more way than one throughout the years. Interior art will be by Ross Campbell, who has also designed a new mutant that will be appearing.


Above: A look at a couple of the covers for the upcoming Micro-Series Villains #6 Hun.

Below: A look at a couple of the covers for the upcoming Micro-Series Villains #7 Bebop and Rocksteady.


Regarding the on-going series, Bobby acknowledged that characters such as Alopex and Kitsune were not created to be featured heavily in the story, but that their popularity puts them in more. Other characters are being seeded into the book. And we can expect to see more elements from the 4Kids series enter into the mix. 


Bobby also revealed that Micro-Series Villains #8 would feature Shredder. Above is one of the covers.


The New Animated Adventures series has just launched! Woot! This book will remain completely separate from the 2-year-old on-going series. And likewise, the on-going series will remain completely separate from the Nickelodeon CGI cartoon series.

Above: A couple of upcoming covers by Kevin Eastman. Kevin expressed extreme satisfaction with the way the series has progressed and credited it with helping him to discover how much he loves to read, write, and draw comics.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Free Comic Book Day 2013 Appearances



Free Comic Book Day isn't until May 4th, but comic book stores are already putting together exciting plans to encourage people to visit their shops on that day. And there are two events that should be of particular interest for TMNT fans.

At Steve Lavigne's Shellback Artworks shop in Wells, ME, Peter Laird and Jim Lawson will be appearing, along with "at least one more mystery guest." Follow the Shellback Artworks Facebook page for updated details.

Just a short drive away in Rochester, NH, Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz will be appearing at Jetpack Comics. Keep watch on the Jetpack Comics website for updated details (the info currently on the website still reflects last year's event).

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

IDW TMNT Annual 2012 - Variant Cover Guide



It's a day many thought would never come. Today's release of IDW's 2012 TMNT Annual features a brand new, 72-page story by Kevin Eastman! This is Kevin's first full-length TMNT tale in a really long time. You don't want to miss this one!!

Cover A

Cover A: Kevin Eastman.
Regular cover.

Cover B

Cover B: Kevin Eastman.
Retailer incentive cover; 1 copy sent to retailers for every 25 copies ordered.

Cover C

Cover C: Kevin Eastman.
Retailer exclusive cover #1 for Jetpack Comics.

Cover D

Cover D: Blank sketch cover with masks.
Retailer exclusive cover #2 for Jetpack Comics.

Cover E

Cover E: Blank sketch cover
Retailer exclusive cover #3 for Jetpack Comics.

Cover F

Cover F: Kevin Eastman.
Retailer exclusive cover #4 for Jetpack Comics.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Kevin Eastman Contributing to Flaming Carrot Kickstarter Reward




In an effort similar to the recent Cerebus Kickstarter campaign, Kevin Eastman and Dave Sim are now teaming up with Bob Burden to create a special, limited edition art print to help support a Flaming Carrot Kickstarter project.

Eastman and Sim will be adding their characters (the TMNT and Cerebus) to the above art piece. The result will be turned into an art print that will be sent to everyone who contributes $51 or more to the Flaming Carrot Kickstarter campaign. The campaign's goal is to create both a digital and hardcover collection of the Flaming Carrot comic books.

The goal for the project has already been met, but every additional penny still helps. The campaign ends this Saturday, September 9. The edition number of this special print will be exactly how many people pledge $51 or more, so this is your only opportunity to grab what will surely be a unique piece of art! Contribute now!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Kevin Eastman Appearing at Dragon*Con 2012



At this point you're either going to Dragon*Con or you're not, but if you are (or you need something to do this weekend) you'll want to hunt down Kevin Eastman, who will be attending as a guest.

Dragon*Con takes place August 31-September 3 in Atlanta, GA. No specific information about where Kevin will be located or what programming he'll be participating in is available (or it is and I just didn't find it).

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Eastman & Sim Art Print Revealed




Back in June, there was a Kickstarter campaign to support the creation of a digital edition of the Cerebus comic book series by Dave Sim. One of the rewards that was available was an art print of a jam piece between Kevin Eastman and Sim. Sim started the piece, portraying Cerebus as "Matisse, the Unknown Turtle." He then sent it off to Eastman to finish it. Just yesterday, the final piece was revealed as the one pictured above, and as you can see it's AMAZING!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

IDW Announces Two New TMNT Titles




Last Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego, IDW announced two new TMNT titles that will be out later this year. First up, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012" by Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz.
Releasing in October this year, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012 follows the adventure of Raphael and Casey as they find themselves in the middle of a criminal escapade gone wrong. Rival clans jockey for power in the NYC criminal underworld, and the Ninja Turtles are drawn into the chaos. Expect the unexpected in this exciting, all-new tale that sets up a crucial future TMNT storyline.
The Annual will be 48 pages and in full color, with a retail price of $7.99.

Up next is "Secret History of the Foot Clan," a four issue mini-series due to start in December. The series is written and drawn by Mateus Santolouco, with Erik Bunham co-scripting.

And an unofficial announcement: I was able to confirm with Tom Waltz that IDW will be publishing a TMNT series to tie-in with the new Nickelodeon cartoon, although there is no projected time table for when we can expect to see that.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Eastman & Sim Art Print With Cerebus Kickstarter Support



About a month ago, Dave Sim (with a little help) launched a Kickstarter campaign to support efforts to digitize his Cerebus comic book. The original plan was to just raise enough to do the "High Society" story, but as support for the project has grown, Sim is now dedicated to releasing all 300 issues in an ultra-high quality digital format.

As is the case with all Kickstarter campaign, there are rewards offered for different support levels. For one of these rewards, Sim is teaming up with Kevin Eastman to create an exclusive art print featuring the TMNT and Cerebus as "Matisse, the Unknown Turtle."

Matisse is shown above; Kevin is still working on finishing the rest of the piece. This print will be sent to all backers who pledge $50 or more. There is a specific $50 level that specifies this print, but anyone who commits to any reward priced at $50 or higher will also get the print.

There is just over 1 day left to support this campaign! Don't delay and don't miss this chance to own a print of what is sure to be an amazing and unique piece of art!

Visit the Kickstarter page and pledge now!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kevin Eastman Sale and Signing at Meltdown Comics This Wednesday




Meltdown Comics in LA will be holding a "Black Wednesday" sale this Wednesday, June 13, to help move some Kevin Eastman-related merchandise. Kevin himself will be on site signing items from 4-8pm.

Complete details from the Meltdown Comics website.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

TMNT Preview Panel at London Comic Con




London Comic Con, coming up May 25-27, has announced a special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles panel that will give attendees a sneak preview of the upcoming new CGI TV series from Nickelodeon. Presenting the panel will be TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, along with Senior Vice President of Current Animation at Nickelodeon Rich Magallanes. Eastman was already scheduled to be a guest at the convention, while Magallanes the TMNT Fan Preview Events last year in Burbank and San Diego. 

Convention goers who would like to attend the panel are encouraged to register for "VIP access" on the London Comic Con website.

According to the website:

Visitors to May’s show at ExCel will get a sneak peek at the next generation of turtles, as Nickelodeon previews its upcoming CG-reimagining of the classic animation with an exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles presentation and Q&A. 
Taking place in the show’s MCM Theatre from 11:30 am on Saturday 26 May, the special panel stars Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman and Nickelodeon Senior Vice President, Current Animation Rich Magallanes. As well as getting the low-down on this exciting new series, every Q&A attendee will also receive a free Turtles item! 
Featuring your favourite half-shell heroes – as well as April O’Neil, Splinter and Shredder – the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series breathes new life into the iconic characters of the much-loved franchise… and you can find out about it first at MCM Expo London Comic Con!

While this is very exciting news for fans "across the pond," it's also rather curious. Indication given at Toy Fair in February was that the new series wouldn't hit international markets until Spring 2013, nearly a year away. Meanwhile, fans everywhere are anxiously waiting for Nickelodeon's PR machine to break loose and start feeding us information and previews.

If any readers attend the Con and the panel, please submit a report to share with the rest of us!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Kevin Eastman Auctioning Pieces of TMNT History




On May 10, 2012, through Heritage Auctions, TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman will be selling significant pieces of TMNT history from his personal collection through public auction.

Items to be sold include the first ever group drawing of the TMNT (above), one of the first ever TMNT toy prototypes, a Press Proof 1st print of TMNT #1, a collection of TMNT movie scripts (including a draft of the original TMNT 4 script, plus concept art), and more!

You can check out a quick preview of all of the items over at Kevin's DeviantArt account. If you're ready to open your wallet, head over to Heritage Auctions for auction and bidding details!

UPDATE! The final selling price on the first ever group drawing of the TMNT was an astonishing $71,700!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Boston Comic Con This Weekend




Kevin Eastman will be at Boston Comic Con this weekend! No specific word on what his schedule will be or where to find him, but I'm sure he won't be hard to track down once the doors open.

A good place to start looking would be the Jetpack Comics booth, where they are claiming to be THE Heavy Metal vendor of the show. Simon Bisley will also be attending, and Jetpack is offering the following special deal throughout the weekend:

Swing by the Jetpack Comics Booth and pick up all the best Kevin Eastman & Simon Bisley merchandise  and you'll get FREE STUFF. Just spend $10 on Eastman merch and get a FREE reproduction of the original TMNT #1! Spend $10 on Simon Bisley merch and get a FREE copy of his Jetpack Exclusive edition of DEAD: Kingdom of the Flies.

I'm not sure which edition of TMNT #1 they'll be giving out (if you go to the show, let me know!), but my guess would be the PBBZ reprint.

Also at the show will be 4Kids artist Khary Randolph and Mirage Studios artist Michael Dooney! Sounds like a good time!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Potential Kevin Eastman Movie Concept Art Surfaces




Yesterday, Scott Mescudi posted a curious piece of Kevin Eastman art to his Tumblr account (and, likewise, to Twitter). He states that it was a gift given to him by Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes, the company producing the new movie.

The piece, which appears to be a print, is dated 2012 and depicts a Turtle in what could be Casey Jones-like gear. (Or, dare I say it - Alien gear?)

Thanks to the one and only Ernie Reyes, Jr. for bringing this to attention on Facebook!