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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1a
Kevin Eastman gained fame as the co-creator of teen Mutant Ninja Turtles with Peter Laird. He would go on to discovered creator-friendly Tundra Publishing, which gained much acclaim during its short history. He is currently publisher as well as Editor-In-Chief of heavy Metal. In August, he returns to his roots with IDW’s new teen Mutant Ninja Turtles series, together with co-writer Tom Waltz as well as artist Dan Duncan. Westfield’s Roger Ash inspected in with Eastman to discover more about this project.
Westfield: What drew you back to the Turtles?
Kevin Eastman: Besides convention sketches I haven’t truly done anything with the TMNT’s since approximately 1996, when I did the Bodycount book with Simon Bisley–until a few of the guys working on the new TMNT movie asked me to do some idea art–and I had a total blast drawing the guys again–I seriously didn’t recognize exactly how much I missed them.
So, when my great good friends at IDW, Scott Dunbier as well as Ted Adams, reached out as well as asked if I’d like to do some alternate covers on the new series–I not only jumped at the chance, however I stuck my whole foot in the door as well as stated indeed as well as can I come play with you guys on the stories too?
BUT, I have to tell you Tom Waltz as well as the team down there already remastered a vision I believed was remarkable on every level–and feel like the luckiest youngster on the world that I get to find play in their sandbox for a while!
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Westfield: The solicitation states this new series will be “true to the spirit of the original comics.” What does that mean to you?
Eastman: What that means to me is these guys get it, IDW as well as the entire crew, in partnership with Nickelodeon wished to keep as much as the original spirit as possible–yet open doors to some great concepts I totally flipped over! I can’t wait to see this land in front of a few of the hardcore fans–they’re going to dig it, in addition to it is going to open the flood gates to a whole new audience of new fans.
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Westfield: A number of preferred characters will be returning. will you be introducing new characters as well?
Eastman: Yes, as well as YES, as well as that is all I’m going to state for now… except I haven’t been this excited about the storyline since the original days Peter as well as I were cooking on all burners!
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Westfield: What can visitors look ahead to in upcoming issues?
Eastman: I honestly desire I might be more specific, however I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I will state fans will see some serious action sequences, plot twists as well as turns fans will be losing their minds over (in the very best possible way)–but most of all you’ll see the innovative team on this book having the time of their lives!
Westfield: are there any type of other jobs you’re working on that you’d like to mention?
Eastman: I have a number of great things going on in the heavy metal world–pop over to www.heavymetal.com for that news, however as far as right now I’m back to all things Turtles as well as can state it has been a decade or more since I have had this much fun drawing.
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Westfield: any type of closing comments?
Eastman: I just want to provide a shout out to all my old buddies, however particularly my new good friends down at IDW–these guys are playing at the top of their game, as well as have made an old hand like me feel like one of the boys from satisfying one!
The spirit as well as the drive there to produce stories THEY want to checked out as much as the fans are going to want to lusters through–complete with the clouds parting, the sun beaming through, as well as more than a few angels singing in the background!
I’m having a FREAKING blast!
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