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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

IDW TMNT #10 - Variant Cover Guide

Happy new comic book day! Because of the Memorial Day holiday this week, you may want to check with your local shop before making the drive, as some of them may be receiving their books a day late.

Check out the preview!

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

Cover B: Kevin Eastman.
Regular cover; distributed in a 1:4 ratio with cover A.

Cover C
Cover C: Tyler Walpole.
Retailer incentive cover; 1 copy sent to retailers for every 10 copies ordered.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

TMNT Panel Report from MCM Expo London

From @TinaMcCannMD on Twitter.

Attendees of MCM Expo London this past weekend were treated to a series of TMNT exclusives and reveals for the upcoming CGI animated cartoon series from Nickelodeon. There are several in-depth reports of the event available online, including Toonzone, What the Shell! Podcast, and some members of The Technodrome.

The panel was hosted by Nick Roche, Rich Magallanes, and Kevin Eastman. Unfortunately, photography and video were not allowed inside. A lot of the information covered at the panel seems to have been stuff we already knew. Here are some bullet points of new and old information:

  • The visual style of the series is meant to be a sort of mash-up of CGI and anime.
  • A short preview was shown of the Turtles using Mikey as bait for a "killer robot." Mikey ends up running back toward the other three Turtles as he's being followed by head-seeking missiles. Mikey ends up dangling from a beam across from a pizza parlor.
  • The Kraang are only able to talk through their robot bodies, and their agenda is to colonize Earth.
  • Leatherhead, Baxter Stockman, and Karai will all appear in the series.
  • The panel seemed to avoid answering the question if Casey Jones will appear in the series, but we know from previous Mutation in Progress events that they are planning to bring him in for season 2 (but watch the backgrounds for graffiti tags from Casey during season 1).
  • Bebop and Rocksteady will not appear in this series.
  • In place of "Cowabunga!", Mikey's new catch phrase will be "Booyakasha!" (Ok...)
  • While the toys will hit the States in August this year, they won't be out in the UK until January 2013. The show itself should start around October in the UK this year, which should only slightly delayed from its start here in the US.

A trailer for the series was also premiered. Here is how described it:
Things start with the brothers darting across rooftops of NYC at night before settling in an alley. Mikey is goofing off playing kick the can, which causes his three brothers to angrily shush him in a Teen Titans-reminiscent sight gag. A group of Foot soldiers emerge from the shadows, and Leo's cocky quip is met by several more. The Turtles still emerge triumphant and their demand for a better challenge is met with the sinister mocking laughter of the Shredder. Focus then switched to an encounter with a Kraang, visibly freaking the brothers out before Mikey starts beating it unconscious in another comedy sight gag. Waving his trophy around, he berates the other three for not believing him such a creature existed before it wakes up and latches onto his face, leading Raph to quip, “How can you be proven right and still look stupid?”

And finally, Playmates had some of the new toys on display, including this lineup of Leonardo action figures through the years.

Friday, May 25, 2012

TMNT Season 10 DVD to Include Missing Episodes!

Yesterday, via, the box art for the TMNT Season 10 DVD was revealed, along with some very exciting news about the two "missing" episodes, "Once Upon a Time Machine" and "Planet of the Turtleoids."
Dear Valued Customer, 
Thank you for your patience. We have confirmed that the bonus episodes, Once Upon A Time Machine and Planet of the Turtleoids will be included in the Season 10 release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 
Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  
Thank you,
LionsGate Shop Customer Service

This is very exciting news, indeed! Now, if only we could get them to throw the Turtle Tips PSAs on there as well...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hero Comics 2012

In comic shops today is a special anthology title from IDW, Hero Comics 2012. The comic is a benefit book for the Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization that helps comic book creators in medical or financial need.

The exciting thing about this comic is that it features a brand new 4-page TMNT story from Kevin Eastman!

You can check out a preview of the book here.

Kevin actually sold the original art for this story on eBay a short while ago, which gave us a look at the full story. You can check out a look at those pages below.

I highly recommend everyone pick up this book to support the Hero Initiative!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

TMNT Season 10 Comes to DVD August 14

Lionsgate has announced that it will release the final season of the original TMNT cartoon series on DVD August 14.
Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are back in the classic final season that pits turtles from the past and present against the evil Lord Dregg and his minions. Determined to enslave mankind, Dregg will stop at nothing to win: causing a piece of the sun to crash into Earth, opening a giant portal to pull the planet into Dimension X, and even draining the life energy from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Carter soon realizes that the only way to defeat Dregg, Krang and Shredder is to bring the Turtles' past selves to the present...doubling the Turtle power! But will they make it in time before Dregg's invasion is complete? Featuring time-warping serious Turtle muscle, season 10 is a totally tubular finale!
As noted on, the collection will include the 8 episodes of season 10, plus special features that include interviews with animators who worked on the show.

Unfortunately, this release comes without any sign of the two episodes that were indadvertedly left off of any DVD collection, "Once Upon a Time Machine" and "Planet of the Turtleoids." TMNT fans have been trying to notify Lionsgate of this oversight for more than a few years, but they've taken no notice of these requests. Also missing from any DVD collection are the Turtle Tips environmental messages that ran between episodes on CBS.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

TMNT Costumed Characters Debut at Nick Hotel Memorial Day Weekend

TMNT costumed characters will begin appearing at Nick Hotel for meet and greets starting this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. No details about the meet and greets are available, but expect the costumes to be the same as the ones seen at Nickelodeon Universe back in March for the grand opening of the TMNT: Shell Shock ride (which, as an aside, has been closed for unknown maintenance reasons for the last few weeks). You can expect the Turtles to be an on-going attraction at the resort as the premiere of the new CGI series this fall comes ever closer.

If you're like me and you've never heard of Nick Hotel, here's how Nickelodeon describes it:
Located in the heart of Orlando’s tourism district, Nickelodeon Suites Resort, otherwise known as the Nick Hotel, is much more than a place for guests to lay their heads at night. From two over-the-top pool complexes with slides and flumes, to live entertainment and Character Breakfast featuring Nickelodeon’s beloved characters, to a multimillion dollar 4-D Theater, to the colorfully themed KidSuites and gallons upon gallons of slime, Nick Hotel offers nonstop activity from dawn to dusk for the entire family any time of the year.
Sounds neat!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

IDW TMNT Color Classics #1 - Variant Cover Guide

Are you ready to enter into a whole new realm of TMNT reprints? Starting today, IDW is releasing all of the original Eastman & Laird issues (i.e. all the issues that are collected in the hardcover reprints) as individual color "floppies." These issues feature brand new coloring of the original black and white art.

Confused yet? Yeah, thought so. Just smile, nod, and fork over your $4. Not convinced? Check out a preview!

Cover A
Cover B
Cover A: Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird (color).
Regular cover.

Cover B: Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird (black & white).
Retailer exclusive cover for Jetpack Comics.
This cover is available from Jetpack Comics.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Free Comic Book Day is Tomorrow! Giveaway Details

Free Comic Book Day is TOMORROW! Woohoo! Be sure to visit your local comic shop where you can grab some swag, and buy some extra comics while you're at it. Many stores will be having events, so get out there and partake!

Ninja Pizza will be celebrating by giving away 4 special prize packs featuring an exclusive Wild West C.O.W.Boys of Moo Mesa coloring book and poster, donated by Ryan Brown and The Toys that Time Forgot. Or, if you're in Ohio, you can grab one for yourself!

If you don't know, Ryan is the creator of the C.O.W.Boys, and he also worked at Mirage Studios in the 90s where he drew lots of Turtles and designed lots of toys, among other things.

So how do you win? Visit between 12:00am and 11:59pm Pacific Time on Saturday, May 5, to find out!

If both geography and luck aren't on your side on Saturday, you can buy the coloring books directly (in bulk) from Willow Promotions.

Each winner will receive one coloring book and one poster for tomorrow's Free Comic Book Day event. Each coloring book has a sketch and signature from Ryan on the inside back cover, and each poster has the same! The four that I have are even color coded - one for each Turtle!

I will also be including a random selection of comic books from my personal stash for each winner!

See you back here tomorrow!

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!