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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

IDW TMNT #5 - Variant Cover Guide

Whether or not you're done shopping for gifts for others, take some time today to go get yourself a little something from your local comic shop. Namely, TMNT #5 from IDW. This month it comes styling in only three different covers, plus a global edition (that I think won't be available until next week). Then next week you can make a return trip for Michelangelo #1. Happy shopping, everyone!

Cover A
Cover B
Cover A: Mateus Santolouco.
Regular cover; distributed in a 4:1 ratio with cover B.

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

Cover C
Cover D
Cover C: Kevin Eastman.
Retailer incentive cover; 1 copy sent to retailers for every 10 copies ordered.

Cover D: Global Edition.
International cover; distributed to newly acquired international territories.

Monday, December 19, 2011

December Coloring Contest Prize Package Details

There's still just under a week left to enter the first annual Ninja Pizza December Coloring Contest. There have been a bunch of really great entries so far, all of which can be seen over on the Ninja Pizza Facebook page. But if you haven't entered yet, he's a little incentive for you to break out the crayons.

As originally mentioned, the two winners will receive a prize package that includes an IDW TMNT Ashcan comic, a limited edition Ninja Pizza button, and a set of basic/common cards from the Upperdeck Trading Card Game. I also said I'd see what else I could find to throw into the mix. Here's a peek at what I've come up with (so far - there may or may not be more).

Vintage TMNT Christmas Card (new)
TMNT (1990) Trailer Laminated Film Cels

As you can see above, there's a vintage TMNT Christmas card (new, never used), and (I think this is the best part) a series of laminated film cels from an original print of the classic 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie trailer. Each strip will consist of five cells and I think they make for rather neat bookmarks. Each winner will have their pick of which small clip from the trailer they would like.

And because I was able to get the film cell idea to actually work, I'm announcing a PARTICIPATION PRIZE! Everyone who enters the coloring contest will receive a laminated strip of film cels! You'll be able to request a character(s), which I will do my best to fulfill, although I can't make promises about specific clips/scenes. After the New Year I will be making additional film strips available to purchase, but it's going to be the left overs of what I give away through this contest.

International participants will be requested to make a small donation to cover the cost of shipping your prize, and while I won't require it of US shipping addresses, donations would still be appreciated.

Happy coloring!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

IDW International Distribution

As some international comic books readers know, the new TMNT series hasn't been available in their local comic books stores. This has been due to IDW not having full international distribution rights for the series. This technicality seems to have been resolved, and there is good news: International distribution of IDW's TMNT books will start later this month with the release of TMNT #5 and Michelangelo #1. At the same time IDW is going to give the international readers a way to catch up with the story by releasing special "Global" editions of TMNT #1-4 and Raphael #1. These new global editions will all have a single cover, which reuses art from the original release of each book. You can see all of the new covers below.
Thanks to Rich for his help gathering these!

TMNT #1 - Global Edition
TMNT #2 - Global Edition

TMNT #3 - Global Edition
TMNT #4 - Global Edition

TMNT #5 - Global Edition
Raphael #1 - Global Edition

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

IDW Raphael #1 - Variant Cover Guide

Raphael #1 from IDW is out today! Now don't forget, this issue takes place after TMNT #5, which hasn't been published yet, but absolutely must be read after TMNT #4. So if you don't have that one yet, grab yourself a copy when you're in your local comic shop to grab this issue. And here's your obligatory variant cover guide.

If you haven't made the trip yet, check out this preview of Raphael #1!

Cover B

Cover B: Franco Urru.
Regular cover; distributed in a 1:4 ratio with cover A.

Cover A
Cover C
Cover A: David Petersen (color).
Regular cover; distributed in a 4:1 ratio with cover B.

Cover C: David Petersen (black & white).
Retailer incentive cover; 1 copy sent to retailers for every 10 copies ordered.

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

Cover E: Jetpack Comics.
Retailer exclusive cover for Jetpack Comics.
This cover can be purchased for $14.99 from Jetpack Comics.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

"Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation" Now Streaming on Netflix

Well, here's something I didn't see coming. The infamous 1997-98 live action TMNT TV series, which has never seen a proper video release in the United States, is now available on Netflix's streaming service. Saban recently reacquired the rights to its TV shows that had previously been owned by Disney, The Next Mutation being among those shows. And it looks like they don't intend to sit on it. Could a DVD release be in the future?

Despite an over-abundance of odd sound effects, The Next Mutation is a part of TMNT history that's still worth checking out, especially if you've never seen it before.

December Coloring Contest - Two Ways to Win!

Hello, December - It's contest time! I've been tossing this one around in my head for awhile and I think it should be fun!

This is a coloring contest, so entering is simple - Color one or both of the provided pictures, e-mail it to me, and you are entered in the contest.




There are two different categories and two different ways to win. There is an "Easy" category, which is a classic piece of cartoon licensing art from the 90s, and there is a "Hard" category, which is the Eastman and Laird cover to the first TMNT movie comic book adaptation. The winner of the "Easy" category will be chosen at random from all entries received in that category. The winner of the "Hard" category will be my personal favorite entry in that category, judged based on overall skill and style. You can enter both categories, although you can only win one prize package. The pictures can be colored digitally, or print them and color traditionally.


I am still determining what the prize packages will be, but they will definitely include a TMNT IDW Ashcan comic, a set of basic/common cards from the Upper Deck TMNT TCG, and a Ninja Pizza button. I'm going to try to find something Christmas-y to throw in, too. And maybe an additional surprise or two.


Entries will be accepted between now and 11:59pm PST on December 24, 2011. Entries should be e-mailed to me in either .JPG or .PNG format. Submitted entries will be posted to Facebook on a regular basis as they are received. Winners will be announced on or before December 31, 2011.


Download the "Easy" picture as a .PSD file, or get the .PNG to print.
Download the "Hard" picture as a .PSD file, or get the .PNG to print.
Download both .PSD files.

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.