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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

TMNT Ultimate Collection Vol. 3 Cover Art Revealed

IDW Editor Bobby Curnow has revealed the cover art for the upcoming TMNT Ultimate Collection Vol. 3 book, which, like the previous two, is a brand new piece of art by Kevin Eastman.

TMNT Ultimate Collection Vol. 3 should be available in about two months. It is currently available for pre-order at and other retailers. It will collect issues #12, 14, 15, 17, and 19-21 of the original volume 1 comics from Mirage Studios.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 Cover Revealed

After a series of delays, the cover art for Vol. 2 of IDW's Ultimate Collection hardcover books, which reprint the original Eastman & Laird TMNT comics, has been revealed. Once again this is a brand new piece by Kevin Eastman, and if you line it up next to Vol. 1 you'll see it continues the collage of scenes and characters that was started with that volume.

The publication date for Vol. 2, which has been sliding back regularly, is currently listed on as being March 27, 2012. Pre-ordering right now via Amazon will save you 42% off the cover price!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Upcoming TMNT Collections From IDW

Back in November, IDW released it's first collection of the original TMNT comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird with the oversized hardcover, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 1. Vol. 2 of the Ultimate series is due out sometime in the next couple of months, and a Vol. 3 has popped up on with a July release date listed. The first collection of the new ongoing title is scheduled for next month.

Now, information on some other titles is leaking out:
Over on the IDW TMNT forum, editor Bobby Curnow has shed some light on what is looking to be an aggressive publishing schedule of TMNT reprints. While details are still tentative, it looks like once they get rolling we can expect a book a month in a rotating pattern of different titles.
Essentially we're looking to release everything, staggered... including the Mirage TMNT ongoing (which we will be calling 'TMNT Classic'), Archie (which we will be calling 'TMNT Adventure' I think) and Tales of TMNT (keeping that name).

I think they should start coming out in June, and will follow a schedule something like this:

June- TMNT Classic Vol. 1
July- TMNT Adventure Vol. 1
August- TMNT Classic Vol. 2
September- TMNT Adventure Vol. 2
October- Tales of TMNT Vol. 1
November- TMNT Classic Vol. 3
December- TMNT Adventure Vol. 3
January- Tales of TMNT Vol. 2

And so on.

Again, those are target dates, and are subject to change.

Curnow elaborates that the "Classic" title will include all of the Mirage TMNT books not included in the Ultimate Editions (skipping those in the Ultimate Editions) in the order that they were originally published. These books will be newly colored.

As for the issues that are in the Ultimate Editions, IDW isn't done with those yet. Curnow adds:
HOWEVER, we do plan to release those issues found in the Ultimate Editions on an individual, month by month basis, as stand alone floppies that are colored. The idea being if you want the 'pure, unfiltered' Mirage early stories, you go to the Ultimate Collection. But if you want something new, at a lower price point, there's the floppies, hopefully covering everyone.
So, wow! This is going to be a lot of stuff! This is very encouraging news for TMNT comic book fans, and will hopefully expose the books to many more people who have never read them.

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 at a discounted price.

Regular Edition

Limited Edition

Sunday, October 16, 2011

First IDW Trade Paperback Available For Pre-Order

The first trade paperback collection of the IDW TMNT on-going comic book series has appeared on for pre-order.

The book will collect the first four issues of the series and is listed as having 104 pages. It is scheduled to be released on February 14, 2012.

Pre-order now!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

IDW TMNT Hardcover Vol. 1 Cover Revealed has (finally) posted the final cover art for the upcoming Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 hardcover from IDW, and it's some amazing brand new art by Kevin Eastman.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 includes issues 1-7 + Raphael #1 of the original Mirage Studios comic books, and will feature brand new annotations by both Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

Retail price for the collection is $49.99, but you can currently pre-order it at for the steal price of $29.61. Amazon is still listing January, 2012, as the release date, but IDW has been saying October, 2011.

UPDATE: IDW Editor Chris Ryall has revealed Kevin's full wraparound art for this collection.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

IDW TMNT #1 Sold Out - 2nd Print Due For October

Last week's launch of the new ongoing TMNT comic book series from IDW took only a few days to sell out from distributors. Writer Tom Waltz made the unofficial announcement on The Technodrome last Saturday, and today IDW has officially announced a second printing of the book that will be out in October.

From the press release:

“The response to the debut issue of the series has been phenomenal,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW’s chief operating officer. “We are grateful to all the old and new Turtles fans who are supporting this series so strongly, and will be delivering the second printing as soon as possible.”

Fans are encouraged to inquire with their local comic shop to make sure they get the second printing, which will feature a new variant of the Kevin Eastman art created for issue #1 (above).

The press release also re-confirms an October release date for the hardcover Ultimate Collection Volume 1, which collects issues 1-7 + Raphael #1 from the original Eastman and Laird comic books. Fans have recently been concerned about this, as Amazon has changed the release date to January 10, 2012. This doesn't seem to reflect the actual release date, however.

Read the full press release.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

TMNT Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 Cover Art

IDW's first volume of their hardcover line of TMNT comic book collections has been available for pre-order on various sites for awhile now, including What Amazon hasn't had is cover art. While other sites have shown what was thought to be the cover art, all seems official now as the same cover art has finally been added to Amazon.

TMNT The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 has cover price of $49.99, but can be pre-ordered through Amazon for the low price of $31.17. It is scheduled to be released September 6, 2011.

UPDATE! Word via Bobby Curnow (@thedisastrix) of IDW on Twitter is that this is NOT the final cover art for this collection, and instead we should expect to see a BRAND NEW piece of art by Kevin Eastman. Cool!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Kevin Eastman Reissuing His 25th Anniversary Collection

"TMNT 25th: A Quarter Century Celebration," Mark Bode Cover

If IDW's expanding collection of variant covers has your head in a spin (keep up with the covers as they're released in this Ninja Pizza Facebook gallery), be prepared to stay dizzy. Kevin Eastman will be reissuing his popular collection, first published two years ago during the TMNT 25th anniversary celebration, titled "TMNT 25th: A Quarter Century Celebration," with four new covers and eight pages of new material.

"TMNT 25th: A Quarter Century Celebration," Richard Corben Cover

The four different covers available feature artwork by Mark Bode, Richard Corben, Simon Bisley, and Glenn Fabry. While the Heavy Metal website does not specify if these reissues will be in hardcover or paperback (the original book was offered as both), the suggested retail price of $19.95 suggests they will be paperback.

"TMNT 25th: A Quarter Century Celebration," Simon Bisley Cover

The details that are available about the books indicate that each book with have a limited printing of only 500 copies, with 150 of each cover being sold next month exclusively at Comic-Con International in San Diego. If you will not be at Comic-Con, you can pre-order each book through the Heavy Metal website, where orders will be fulfilled in the order in which they are received until supplies are exhausted. You can click the linked names of each cover artist above to be taken to the order page.

"TMNT 25th: A Quarter Century Celebration," Glenn Fabry Cover

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Unpublished A.C. Farley Cover Sketch

Back in the 90s, Mirage Studios published a series of TMNT collected books that, err ... collected some of Mirage's TMNT comic book stories. Seven volumes were published and all seven volumes featured brand new art created exclusively for those covers by A.C. Farley. However, before the series of books got canceled after the seventh volume, Farley had sketched out the cover for what would have been volume 8. This volume would have included Mark Bode's Egyptian story (TMNT #32). And Mr. Farley was kind enough to share this sketch today on his Facebook page.

Too bad it wasn't to be!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Panel To Panel Book Plate Now Available (Again!)

While supplies last, is making the book plate pictured left, previously available with last year's Tales of the TMNT Vol. 5 TPB collection, once again available with copies of the original TMNT Collected Book Vol. 4 from 1990, which collects the classic story "Return to New York."

If you don't have this book plate, this is a deal you don't want to miss. If you don't have this collected volume, this is especially a deal you don't want to miss, since it seems unlikely that we'll be seeing these issues reprinted anytime soon, if ever again.

Get it!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

What Happens Now: Questions and Some Answers

Obviously, questions are flying furiously since yesterday's out-of-the-blue announcement that Peter Laird has sold the entirety of the TMNT property to Nickelodeon/Viacom. I've managed to track down a few answers that may help provide some insight on what's about to happen.

First, a few people have released public, personal statements on this transaction:
  • Peter Laird - Co-creator of the TMNT, who allowed this sale to happen.
  • Jim Lawson - Long-time and beloved TMNT comic book artist.
  • Jake Black - Freelance Tales of the TMNT writer and source of inspiration for several fund raising efforts this year.

Some fans have noticed that certain parts of have disappeared, among them the catalog through which you could buy stuff directly from Mirage. Dan Berger reports, "We'll be starting a new web site soon where we're selling all the stuff we used to have posted."

Concerning the future of TMNT comic books, as Peter alludes to in his blog, some rights to publish comic books have been maintained. Dan was able to clarify that "Peter maintains the right to publish up to 18 TMNT comics per year that can be sold via the direct market and/or web site." To further clarify this, Dan states that Tales of the TMNT Vol. 2 will continue through to and conclude with issue #70, scheduled for next year. TMNT Vol. 4 will continue at a pace that only Peter Laird will be able to decide. Beyond that, they are (likely) allowed to do reprints, so long as they are between 32-48 pages, which rules out the publication of any trade paperbacks.

The inability to publish TBPs is why the "Mirage Universe" book, which had been scheduled for a December release, has now been canceled (as reported via Jake Black on Twitter and Facebook this morning).

When asked about "The Forever War" being published, Dan wasn't optimistic about its release, but added, "That's Murph's project." When asked, Steve Murphy's answer was, "I'm not sure."

While the TMNT have been sold lock, stock, and barrel to Nickelodeon/Viacom, Peter Laird stresses that he did not sell Mirage Studios. As Jim Lawson reported, Peter will continue to allow the artists to use their studio space, should they wish to. However, they would do so independently and not as Mirage Studios employees.

Dan states, "Mirage as an employer ends on December 31 of this year," then ads, "but the regular crew will be here at least 'til May as independent contractors." Dan himself forsees sticking around through at least the end of 2010.

Moving to the future as Nickelodeon has it planned, very little is known. There have been some unspecific reports that they already plan to head in a direction along the lines of the original 1980s cartoon. However, this has not been verified (and who knows if Nickelodeon is even 100% sure about which direction they'll be taking).

As for what happens with the current licensing deals already in place, a representative at Nickelodeon has stated to GamePro, "We plan on fulfilling all current obligations." This would apply to the current toy contract with Playmates Toys, as well as the video game contract with Ubisoft, among others.

The biggest unknown at the moment remains the fate of the planned movie. While a movie has been announced to be released in 2012, it is not known if this will be the same movie that had previously been on track for 2011 or if Nickelodeon will wipe the whole slate clean and begin anew. And if they do that, what direction will they take it? That is a question that remains unanswered for now.

Monday, October 19, 2009

"Mirage Universe" Book with Exclusive Bookplate Available For Order now has the upcoming Mirage Universe sourcebook available for pre-order. While supplies last, all copies of the book ordered through PanelToPanel will include an exclusive book plate (below), created by Dan Berger. These always sell out quickly, so get your orders in now!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

More Exclusive Book Plates has revealed more of their exclusive book plates that will be included with upcoming TMNT releases purchased directly from PanelToPanel!

TMNT Collected Book Volume 1 (pictured left), which collects what basically amounts to the Eastman & Laird collection of TMNT work, will include a book plate illustrated by Peter Laird and signed by BOTH Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman (below left).

Next, Kevin Eastman's upcoming 25th anniversary TMNT collection of his favorite stories (below left) will feature a book plate illustrated and signed by Kevin Eastman (below right).

Be sure to get your orders in now for both of these fantastic books and exclusives (just click any of the covers or book plates to be taken to the corresponding order page)! If you've already ordered the TMNT Adventures "Future Tense" TPB, just shoot John at PanelToPanel an e-mail asking for all of your orders to be combined for discounted shipping.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"Future Tense" w/ Exclusive Book Plate Available for Pre-Order has posted the "Future Tense" trade paperback for pre-order! While supplies last, all copies of "Future Tense" ordered from will include an exclusive bookplate featuring brand new art by TMNT Adventures artist Chris Allan. This book contains some of my all-time favorite TMNT stories, so you definitely don't want to miss it!

Mirage Studios' first trade paperback collection of Archie Comics' "TMNT Adventures," collecting 8 issues of the classic comic book series: #42-44 ("The Future Shark Trilogy") and #62-66 (the "Dreamland" 5-issue story arc). All issues feature the "future Turtles" and act as a lead-in to the upcoming all-new "Forever War" mini-series!

Here's a preview of the bookplate that will be included:

Monday, January 26, 2009

Original Archie Mini-Series TPB Announced

Toy News International is reporting tonight on a new trade paperback that will collect the three issues that comprised the original TMNT comic book mini-series from Archie comics.

The trade, featuring early Turtles work by TMNT master artist Michael Dooney, also features a brand new cover by Dooney. And, most impressively, the interior will be published in full color! Look for it at your local comic shop around May 13. Or - best news in a long time - pre-order it now on!!


Thanks to Ectocooler for finding the link at TNI!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ixnay on the Hardcover

On Monday, Comic Book Resources reported that next year would see a hardcover release of the first 15 issues of the original TMNT comic book. Well, it seems someone there was either misinformed or spoke too soon. I have been informed by a reliable inside source that this is only half true. Mirage will collect the first 15 issues of the original TMNT comic book, but it will be as a trade paperback and not as a hardcover.

While this is disappointing news, it is not particularly surprising. And while this will be a great opportunity for fans to get these issues without paying the generally high price of one of the old collections on eBay, I must say I have my doubts about the overall quality of this book. The binding and paper quality on the old book (above, left) was absolutely perfect and it makes for the perfect reading experience of these fantastic stories. However, the printer Mirage has been using for the last seven or so years has been less than impressive with the quality of their collected books. The cover of my copy of the collected TMNT movie prequel and adaptation comics came unglued the first time I cracked it open. This Volume 1 collection will be about three times the size of that; you might want to mind your cover.

And remember, you'll have to order this from your local comic book store as Mirage continues to refuse to sell books in bookstores, even though it would result in a hella lot of sales for them.

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Look Ahead: TMNT Comics in 2009

Comic Book Resources has the low-down on some of next year's TMNT comic book releases:
Next year is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series. The original first eleven issues and individual character solo one shots, long out of print, are being collected in hardcover for May publication from Mirage.
This will be accompanied by an Official Handbook To The Mirage Universe style book, profiling Turtle and spinoff characters in all their various forms.
The “Forever War" story from the Archie "TMNT Adventures" comics will be published and completed, written by Steve Murphy who wrote the originals under the pseudonym of Dean Clarrain, with art by Chris Allan.
A Donatello mini-series to close out the yearly individual Tales series is entitled "Brain Thief."
Archie Comics will also reprint the original three-issue mini-series from Michael Dooney in their manga trade size with all new colouring.
Even factoring in Mirage's continued refusal to put their books in bookstores (very stupid), all of this is very good news! The biggest question mark is the Donatello mini-series. The series itself is a predictable part of the '09 plans, but hopefully it'll actually be about Donatello (unlike the Michelangelo series) and also hopefully it'll actually be good (unlike both the Raphael and Michelangelo series).

Thanks to both Jake Black and Will Tupper for the heads-up!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Tales of the TMNT Collected Book #5 Bookplate

Here's a look at the exclusive bookplate with new art by Jim Lawson that you'll get if you order the Tales of the TMNT Collected Book #5 from The bookplate will come signed by Jim, Murphy, Dan Berger, and Peter Laird.

John at Panel to Panel also reveals that starting with this book, the bookplates will no longer come tipped in/attached to the book. This is so that you can enjoy the art outside of the book as well. Sounds like a plan to me!

Tales of the TMNT Collected Book #5 should have arrived at comic shops this past Wednesday. Panel to Panel will begin shipping them next week.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tales of the TMNT Collected Book #5 Pre-Order Now Available

Tales of the TMNT Collected Book #5 is now available for pre-order at As with all of the previous collected books, PanelToPanel is offering this one with an exclusive, signed bookplate (while supplies last).

Tales of the TMNT Collected Book #5 collects Tales of the TMNT Volume 2 issues #2, #9, #15, #17, and #25. It is expected in stores March 5.