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February 25, 2014

Bundled Extra: Eastman And Laird Doing A Cover Together For Anniversary TMNT Publication


I don't really have anything to add that Kevin Melrose doesn't cover in full at Robot 6, but I do like the image that IDW provided for their news that Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird are collaborating on a cover for a special issue commemorating the 30th anniversary of their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book.

I was too old for the television cartoon that followed but just the right age for a parody comic book that targeted the Frank Miller comic books I liked very much. I bought the first issue the day it came out and later sold it with some other comics to buy older-teenager me a car. There was some grit to the mix of what they were doing there that helped drive that project into other media, I think, as well as the splendid, pitch-perfect arbitrariness of the pop culture elements combined in the concept. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also led to Peter Laird's Xeric Foundation, which for years allowed a lot of art-comics kids to put out first work and for its first several years in particular provided a kind of secret boot camp in self-publishing. There was also Kevin Eastman's Tundra, which gave us at least one of the great alt-comic book series.

(I've long enjoyed Peter Laird's private, puttering-around-home blog, too.)
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