Showing posts with label sdcc. Show all posts
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Monday, August 12, 2013

SDCC 2013: Playmates Unproduced Concept Sketches



As part of their panel at Comic-Con this year, Playmates presented some slides of concept sketches for toys that never made it into production. Enjoy this glimpse of what might have been!

Monday, August 5, 2013

SDCC 2013: Playmates Bebop and Rocksteady Classics Figures




Second to the 1990 movie classics figures, the most-exciting reveal Playmates had at their panel were these Bebop and Rocksteady figures, which will also be part of the "Classics" line. However, they did let us know that Splinter and Shredder would eventually also be added to this series.

SDCC 2013: Playmates 1990 TMNT Movie Classics Figures




Playmates' Comic-Con panel didn't have much excitement to share. However, the best thing they showed was truly impressive. As part of their larger, more-detailed "Classics" line, Playmates will next year be releasing figures based on the Turtles as we saw them in the 1990. These are the Turtles as realized by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Despite advancements in movie effects in the 20+ years since, these Turtles for many are still the definitive movie Turtles.

Unfortunately, all they had for us was this one slide. And despite the text at the bottom saying it was on display at the Diamond booth, it wasn't. However, Toy News International has the hi-res versions of the pictures shown in the slide.

Two are below; check out the rest.


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.

Monday, July 15, 2013

TMNT Guide to Comic-Con 2013



It's that time of year again! And as always, Ninja Pizza is your go-to source for everything TMNT at Comic-Con! If you'll be at the show, check out the points of interest below. If you'll be watching Comic-Con from home, be sure to follow Ninja Pizza on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates as they happen!

All dates, times, locations, and generally everything is subject to change.

Panels:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Featuring Kevin Eastman
When: Thursday, 10-11am
Where: Room 9
A special discussion about all things TMNT featuring co-creator Kevin Eastman! Join Eastman and other members of the IDW Publishing TMNT creative brain trust, including editor Bobby Curnow and writer Tom Waltz, for what promises to be one shell of a fun and informative time!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Action Figure Showcase
When: Thursday, 2-3pm
Where: Room 25ABC
Members of the mutant marketing team for Playmates Toys-the master toy licensee for TMNT since the 1980s-prepare to "unleash shell," discussing what's now, new, and next for the articulated heroes on a half-shell. Get sneak peeks at future toys (perhaps some from season 2 of the Turtles' animated series or the upcoming TMNT movie), and ask questions of "team green" members who've worked on all three incarnations of the Turtles since their debut decades ago.
Go Green! With the Lean, Mean, Ninja Team: Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
When: Friday, 2:15-3:15pm
Where: Room 6A
Check out Nick’s latest mutation as Executive Producers Ciro Nieli and Peter Hastings and Story Editor Brandon Auman discuss the upcoming finale for Season 1 and get an exclusive look at what’s in store for Season 2. Meet members of the incredible Ninja cast: Sean Astin (Raphael), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Mae Whitman (April O’Neil) and Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder). Stick around for the “unmasking” of a fan-favorite character.
IDW Kids Comics: A Panel for All Ages! Ponies, Turtles, and More!
When: Sunday, 11am-12pm
Where: Room 4
Editors Sarah Gaydos, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz (and a host of amazing creators) discuss the growing slate of all-ages titles at IDW -- including My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Ghostbusters, Popeye, KISS Kids, and more. Plus, free comics!

Signings:

Nickelodeon TMNT Cast & Crew
When:
Friday, 3:45-515pm
Who: Sean Astin, Rob Paulsen, Greg Cipes, Mae Whitman, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Ciro Nieli
Where: Nickelodeon booth (#4113)

IDW TMNT Creative Team
When: Friday, 6-7pm
Who: Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, Andy Kuhn
Where: IDW booth (#2643)

IDW TMNT Creative Team

When: Saturday, 12-1pm
Who: Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, Andy Kuhn
Where: IDW booth (#2643)

Artists' Alley:

Who: Michael Dooney
Known For: Drawing countless Turtles
Where: DD-22

Who: Dave Garcia
Known For: TMNT Adventures, creator of Panda Khan
Where: GG-17

Elsewhere:

Who: Kevin Eastman
Known For: TMNT co-creator
Where: Booth #1529 (Heavy Metal)

Who: Alex Deligiannis
Known For: Artist at Nickelodeon, TMNT mega-fan
Where: Booth #1802

Exclusives:



What: Shredder figure with chrome armor and removable helmet.
Where: Nickelodeon booth (#4113)
Price: $30



What: TMNT Funko Pop! Metallic Variants
Where: Funko book (#5343)
Price: $15/each


What (left): TMNT New Animated Adventures #1 variant cover
Where: Diamond Comic Distributors booth (#2401)
Price: $4

What (right): TMNT New Animated Adventures #1 variant cover
Where: Awesome Conventions booth (#620)
Price: $20


What (left): TMNT: Ultimate Collection Vol. 4 black & white variant cover
Where: IDW Booth (#2643) [pre-order here]
Price: $50

What (right): Kevin Eastman's TMNT Artobiography black & white variant cover
Where: IDW booth (#2643) [pre-order here]
Price: $50

What (not pictured): TMNT on-going #21 comic-folio
Where: IDW booth (#2643)
Price: $35
Notes: This is an IDW Limited item that will be available in limited quantities at the show. Additional quantities will be made available online within a few weeks. Watch Ninja Pizza for more information as it becomes available.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

IDW Comic-Con Exclusives Now Available for Pre-Order



Two Comic-Con exclusives from IDW are now available for pre-order. They are the black and white cover variant of TMNT Ultimate Collection Vol. 4 (previously available at WonderCon) and a variant cover of the upcoming re-release of Kevin Eastman's TMNT Artobiography.


Each book is $50 and is only available to be picked up at the show. Click the titles below to order!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Collection Vol. 4
Kevin Eastman's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Artobiography

Friday, June 28, 2013

Exclusive Comic-Con Shredder Figure



An exclusive chrome-plated Shredder with removable helmet action figure will be available for sale at Comic-Con in San Diego next month.

Complete information on the availability of this figure will (hopefully) be included with Ninja Pizza's annual round-up of TMNT items and events for Comic-Con, currently scheduled to be published Monday, July 15.

Stay tuned!

Nickelodeon's Casey Jones Revealed



It has been officially announced that Josh Peck will be the voice of Casey Jones when we see him in season 2 of Nickelodeon's current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG cartoon series.

To celebrate the return of this classic TMNT character, an exclusive Casey Jones poster will be available for sale at Comic-Con in San Diego next month (pictured left).

Also announced was a TMNT Q&A panel that will be held on Friday, July 19, at Comic-Con. The panel will be 2:15-3:15pm in Room 6A.

Complete TMNT at Comic-Con details will be compiled and posted on Ninja Pizza Monday, July 15.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Exclusive! Interview with the 2012 TMNT Voice Cast



One of my highlights not just of this year's Comic-Con, but of all the 14 years I've attended Comic-Con, occurred this July 13, the day Nickelodeon was most heavily promoting the new TMNT CGI cartoon series. After spending a day full of talking to the press, including the TMNT panel in the morning and a lunchtime autograph signing, that Friday afternoon the brotherhood of Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Jason Biggs, and Rob Paulsen were on the other side of a table talking to little ol' me.

It had been meant to be a shared roundtable experience, with other interviewers, but the way circumstances worked out I found myself going solo with them. I wasn't quite prepared for that! But luckily they bounced thoughts off of each other quite naturally, which brought out some fun conversation and interesting information.

I had to miss the IDW panel in order to make this appointment, but it was obviously well worth that sacrifice. I took the audio I recorded and produced it into the video below. Enjoy!


A huge hand of thanks to everyone at Nickelodeon, especially the entire voice cast!

Monday, July 23, 2012

TMNT Panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012




At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Nickelodeon hosted a panel that gave fans a sneak preview of the new series, as well as a chance to see and hear the new voice actors. After all the panelists were brought out, Executive Producer Ciro Nieli showed us "The Pitch" he had presented to Nickelodeon, which ended up getting him the job. We were also shown an early test clip of animation.

After Ciro's time was up, the new voice cast for the show answered questions from moderator Rich Magallanes, Senior Vice President of Nickelodeon Animation. As we've known, the cast includes Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Sean Astin (Raphael), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Hoon Lee (Master Splinter), Mae Whitman (April O'Neil), and Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder).

Below is a collection of all the video clips I personally recorded during this panel. I've also inserted some of the animation clips we were shown during the panel. Convention rules didn't allow the recording of these clips during the panel, but Nickelodeon released them online later that day.


Nickelodeon also released online their own recording of the panel, although it's in the wrong aspect ratio and doesn't feature the same awesome handheld qualities as the above video. ;)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Turtles Defeat Foot in Comic-Con Battle




At Comic-Con last weekend, Nickelodeon hosted a "Turtles vs. Foot" battle that challenged Convention goers to choose a side in the battle of good against evil. To participate, you had to find and visit a truck parked in a parking lot next to Petco Park in downtown San Diego. At the truck, you chose your side and claimed a trucker hat that displayed your allegiance. To earn the hat you had to visit http://www.turtlesvsfoot.com and accomplish a series a tasks, the key one being sharing the promotion on Twitter and/or Facebook. (If you didn't have a smartphone to do this on, the staff at the truck was very accommodating and accepted generic sharing of the link to Twitter or Facebook, or a "promise" to do so.)



People who were spotted by the prize crew wearing their trucker hat could win a bag of TMNT goodies. Where the prize crew lurked was a bit of a mystery, but I finally spotted them running through the line to get into the TMNT panel on Friday morning, which was when I got my prize bag. I spotted them again circling the Nickelodeon booth on Saturday morning, where there was a constantly long line for the merchandise booth.


The prize bags were really neat tote bags (first seen at Toy Fair this past February) that were for sale at the merchandise booth for $20. Inside the bag the contents varied, but generally included a couple of posters (one a recreation of the first TMNT comic book cover with the new Nickelodeon CGI Turtles, one a Turtle dressed as the Mona Lisa), a T-shirt or two (the TMNT shell shirts or designer shirts available from the merchandise booth), and an autographed toy from the personal collection of Kevin Eastman.

One of the tasks on the Turtles Vs. Foot website allowed you to receive a call from either Splinter or Shredder (depending on the side you had chosen). You can hear these two pre-recorded messages below.

Splinter Incoming Message: (download)


Shredder Incoming Message: (download)


If you called back the number you received these two calls from, you heard another message inviting you to leave a message.

Splinter Outgoing Message: (download)


Shredder Outgoing Message: (download)


In the end, to no surprise, the Turtles won the battle against the Foot! Turtle Power!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

2012 TMNT Guide to San Diego Comic-Con



Comic-Con starts tomorrow! If you're lucky enough to be attending, there's a lot of exciting points of interest for TMNT fans. I've pulled out the biggest highlights and listed them below. It sounds like Nickelodeon has one or two other surprises in store, so be sure to keep following Ninja Pizza on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news!






EXCLUSIVES


Night Shadow Leonardo
Details on the availability of this figure haven't been released, but pictures of it appeared on Playmates' website last week. The current guess is that it will be available for sale at the Nickelodeon booth (#4113) for around $20.

IDW Comics, TMNT #11 Exclusive Cover
As previously reported, IDW will have a special Convention-exclusive variant of TMNT #11 at their booth (#2643) for $5. The 40 people who pre-ordered the special Convention bundle of the Ultimate Collection hardcovers will be able to pick up their purchases at the booth, as well. This item is not available for walk-up purchase.

PANELS


FRIDAY, JULY 13
10:15-11:15, Room 6BCF - Go Green! With the Lean, Mean, Ninja Team: Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Experience Nickelodeon's very first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Comic-Con panel, as executive producer Ciro Nieli sets up the new series and unveils never-before-seen footage. Meet the incredible Ninja cast: Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Sean Astin (Raphael), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder), Hoon Lee (Splinter), and Mae Whitman (April O'Neil). Hear and see the radical undertaking of this 25-year-old property and some of the creative insights that have taken it to new and reinvigorating heights. Prepare to be shell-shocked! Moderated by Rich Magallanes, senior VP of current series for Nickelodeon.

FRIDAY, JULY 13
4:00-5:00, Room 4 - The IDW Show (55 min, TV-MA): Hosts Chris Ryall and Dirk Wood welcome guests Duane Swierczynski, Brea and Zane Grant, John Layman, Zach Howard, Conor McCreary, and Anthony Del Col. Plus special announcements by Bobby Curnow, Stupid Audience Tricks, and musical guest Alan Robert and The Grants. NEW (CC)

AUTOGRAPHS


THURSDAY, JULY 12
6:00–7:00pm, IDW Booth (#2643)
TMNT Comic Crew – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Dan Duncan

FRIDAY, JULY 13
12:30pm, Nickelodeon Booth (#4113)
Nickelodeon Voice Cast & Crew - Ciro Nieli (Executive Producer), Jason Biggs (Leonardo), Sean Astin (Raphael), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), and more. (I think this signing may also include Kevin Michael Richardson, Hoon Lee, and Mae Whitman, but I don't have confirmation that they'll be there.)

SATURDAY, JULY 14
11:00am–12:00pm, IDW Booth (#2643)
TMNT Comic Crew – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Dan Duncan

PEOPLE TO SEE


Kevin Eastman - Expect to find TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman throughout the weekend at the Heavy Metal booth, #1529.

Ernie Reyes Jr. - Ernie, known to TMNT fans as Donatello's stunt double in the first TMNT movie and Keno the Pizza Delivery Boy in TMNT 2, will be at booth #5112-5118 with his new comic book, Sonny's Dragons. This comic book is of particular interest to TMNT fans, as it was drawn by the one and only Jim Lawson!

Michael Dooney - This TMNT artist extrodinare will be at Artists' Alley booth #DD-22 throughout the weekend.

Dave Garcia - Mr. Garcia did work on the old TMNT Adventures comic book series. He and his wife Monica also created the character Panda Khan, who TMNT fans should know as an old Playmates action figure. He will be at Artists' Alley booth #FF-11.

Erik Larsen - Find Erik Larsen of Image Comics fame, who was also a key player in the publishing of TMNT VOl. 3, at Artists' Alley booth #II-16.

David Petersen - David Petersen is well-known for his Mouse Guard comic books, and has recently become a recognizable name to TMNT fans for his recent cover art work on the TMNT Micro-Series books from IDW. He will be at Artists' Alley booth #GG-09

James Silvani - James Silvani has done some TMNT licensing art in recent years. You can find him at Artists' Alley booth #DD-11.