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ADC Comic(s) of the Day: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #29-30

12 Feb

Orion Tippens

All Day Comics

photo 1Comics of the Day Review:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #29-30

Writer: Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz

Pencils: Kevin Eastman and Ross Campbell

Published by: IDW Publishing

Notes: Current single monthly issues of an ongoing series, a separate re-imagined continuity to the more widely known TV series and movies.

Story:

In the countryside of Northampton, Massachusetts, our Ninja Turtles and their master Splinter find themselves in desperate need of recovery, both physically and emotionally, after a difficult battle with their nemesis the Shredder. Helping them along are their human friends, Casey Jones and April O’Neill – who provides shelter in her parents’ farmhouse.

photo 2The Turtles engage in the simple life, and must bond once again as brothers. However, complications happen with Leonardo’s developing PTSD, resulting from brainwashing by the Shredder. Add an unwelcome stowaway: Alopex, a mutant fox and former ally to the Foot Clan. Meanwhile, April uncovers her own family secrets, adding to and expanding the Turtles’ origin. And a mystical connection develops through Tang Shen, the spirit mother to our Turtles. All may never be the same again for our Heroes in a Half Shell.

My thoughts:

I engaged in reading the latest issues after admiring the magnificent covers, and connecting back to my childhood nostalgia. I had yet to read the previous issues, but I’d heard good reviews of the overall run. This fresh arc also seemed like a good jumping-on point. Also, the synopsis was Continue reading

Anybody got $13-18K to buy the 1st TMNT comics?

29 Dec

by Mike Hansen

Gobbledygook #1 cover

Can I has?

There aren’t too many comics series that I actually collect anymore. For most series, simply having the story in book form is enough. One of my few exceptions is the original 1980s-1990s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, which have that handmade, “Look, anybody can do this” feel along with stories that remain both alive with fun and vibrantly different than anything else of the era. I’m a sucker for great packaging, and these comics had the exact right dose of quality and enthusiasm that told me that TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird both love comics and appreciate their readers.

I’ve managed to get my hands on just about every single published TMNT appearance, but a handful of rarities have eluded me: TMNT #1 (1st and 2nd printings), #2 (1st printing), and the very first TMNT appearance in the insanely rare photocopied/hand-stapled minicomics Gobbledygook #1 & 2 (of which only 50 of each exist).

Gobbledygook #2 cover

Please?

I’ve just discovered that not one, but two sets of Gobbledygook are on eBay. One set is ungraded (as CGC doesn’t grade photocopied minicomics); the other is graded by PGX and claims to be the highest-graded copies available (if not the only ones ever professionally graded). This is a Big Deal because these are among the rarest and most historically significant comic books of all time. Forget those early superhero comics of the 1930s-1960s (most of which have been reprinted and thus have widely available contents); Gobbledygook #1-2 are the real Holy Grail of comics, and the prices offered for these have finally started to reflect this. And as much as I hate seeing comics sealed up and graded, anything that helps preserve something this rare and important is probably a good thing.

Considering the extreme rarity of these minicomics (these belong in a museum!), I could actually live without them: IF all of the material in them has been reprinted elsewhere. My guess is that the contents were all reprinted in the 1985 Fugitoid and 1986 Gobbledygook one-shots (two of the most common 1980s TMNT-related comics, still easily available cheap). Anybody know for sure?

And if not, can anybody with $13,000-18,000 buy them for me?

Gobbledygook #1-2 back cover

Coming soon!

Nice art: TMNT street art

3 Jan

by Mike Hansen

I saw this online today and thought it was too cool not to share. Anybody know the creator and/or photographer of this?

TMNT street art

Unseen TMNT art by Kevin Eastman from the new (dead?) film

14 Dec

by Mike Hansen

UPDATE: These weren’t from the new Michael Bay film; they’re from an earlier unproduced film. Oops!

Awesome! Here are some designs that, sadly, were never used from a fourth 1990s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action film:

Evil AprilKirby bwSuper ShredderFootKaseyLawsonNano Spyder colorKirby color

Many more HERE.

WANT: the very first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles drawing, auctioned TODAY! (UPDATED)

11 May

by Mike Hansen

TMNT original drawing 1983

The drawing that changed the world.

UPDATE: It sold for $71,700. Congrats to the lucky winner, and to the Hero Initiative for being able to put this money to a good cause.

ICV2 ran this story about this historic event:

…the original drawing of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that was created in Dover, New Hampshire in November of 1983 will be auctioned off this week by Heritage Auctions.  Online bidding has been going on this week with bids topping $50,000.

USA Today has more:

The first-ever illustration by TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird— drawn and inked one night in Dover, N.H., in November 1983, before the quartet of anthropomorphic shelled reptiles became a pop-culture phenomenon — will be up for auction this week by Heritage Auctions. Online bidding is going on now and will conclude with a live auction in Dallas on Friday. (Watch a live video feed at HA.com/Live.)

“It’s time to let go of a lot of really cool, awesome Turtle memories,” says Eastman, who was 21 and trying to break into comics when he took pencil to that 8½-by-11 sheet of paper.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward The Hero Initiative, an organization Eastman works with that helps comic creators who are without benefits pay medical bills, rent and other necessities.

…Vintage comic books at auction can go for millions of dollars — an Action Comics No. 1, featuring 1938’s first appearance of Superman, was sold for $2.1 million in December. Though the TMNTpiece is far younger, it’s one of a kind.”It is pretty unusual for the first art of any major character to come around,” says Barry Sandoval, director of operations for Heritage Auctions.

TMNT First Comics vol. 1

If you grew up in the ’80s, you either owned this or knew somebody who did.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a huge, huge deal for me as a kid. I discovered the black-and-white comics just before the cartoon and toys became a phenomenon, and while I thought the merchandising stuff was alright, the original comics were a massive inspiration for me: you mean, comics don’t have to be in color or published by Marvel or DC to be cool? A ton of my classmates at school had copies of the classic First Comics-published color TMNT volumes – they weren’t even seen as “comic books” so much as cool books like the Calvin & Hobbes strip collections.

The first 21 or so issues of TMNT (plus Tales of the TMNT, Turtle Soup, etc.) were a huge breath of fresh air for me, and for the comics industry. The “anything-goes” approach – They’re fighting ninjas! They’re in space drinking space beer! etc. – was the first brush I’d had with the Do-It-Yourself, punk approach to art and publishing. Continue reading

Loving the Long Beach Comic (& Horror) Con

2 Nov

by Orion Tippens

LBCC entrance

photo by Orion Tippens

Looking back, I wave to my humble friend. That friend who never let me down, retained its innocence while being focused on its ideals for the last three years; who, while not succumbing to the overbearing pressure of Big Hollywood marketing, resisting the video game company monsters, and not putting the attending pseudo-movie/TV celebrities ahead of its family of creative minds and indie publishers. Such fun lasted well in this struggled city of Los Angeles, and hopefully will for many more years. Here’s looking back at you, the Long Beach Comic Convention.

Actually, the show is now the Long Beach Comic & Horror Convention. A fitting, yet unnecessary change to fit for the Halloween weekend. For the added fun, attendees could participate in an epic nearby zombie walk, numerous scary movie screenings, live spooky drama readings, and special horror film guests including legendary film director, John Carpenter.  And for the more sci-fi or action inclined, the LBCC had Seth Green of Robot Chicken, the Guild cast (with Felicia Day!), live wrestling matches, Star Wars laser tag (!), and more film screenings. All good fun, and best of all enjoyed by its cheering fandom. But for reals, these happenings are mere accessories to what’s most important to the comic book convention…

The comics. Continue reading

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