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Artist Spotlight: Kevin Eastman

Artist Spotlight: Kevin Eastman

Kevin Eastman grew up in a small town in Maine and discovered comics at a young age on a spinner rack in his local drugstore. Kevin’s biggest influence as a kid was Jack Kirby, and his parents were both artistic. In the summer of 1983, Kevin was renting a room from Peter Laird and his wife, drawing comics in what would later become Mirage Studios. One night out of an annoyance to Peter, Kevin thought “If Bruce Lee was an animal, what would be the stupidest animal? Slow moving turtle, fast moving martial artist.” A few sketches later and the Turtles were born.

Kevin and Peter decided to go the indy route after months of being turned down by the big publishing companies. “We were lucky that there was this wonderful movement of self-publishers, Dave Simms was doing a book called Cerebus, Wendy and Richard Pini doing Elfquest,” said Kevin. The first issue dropped in May of 1984 with 3000 copies after being “crowd funded” by Eastman’s relatives.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was always designed to be a parody, with a little New Mutants, Daredevil, and Jack Kirby mixed in. “I loved more grounded super heroes, Batman, Daredevil, (and) Captain America. Daredevil for me was one of my all-time favorites,” said Kevin. “I still remember Daredevil 158 when they brought in this new penciler named Frank Miller. (I thought) this guy’s pretty good!” The origin of the Turtles followed the Daredevil origin very closely, but focused on what happened to the radioactive canister after it fell into the sewer. “Marvel probably could’ve sued our butts off,” Kevin exclaimed.

In one of his most asked about stories, Kevin went on to tell the origin of the Turtles’ arch nemesis, Shredder. “Pete’s wife is an amazing cook, she’d cook us dinner and we’d do dishes. And on this particular night Pete was washing and I was drying, and there was one of those metal cheese graters. I slipped my hand inside to dry the inside, and I was holding the handle of the cheese grater (and said) can you imagine a bad guy with one of these?”

In the early 2000’s, both Kevin and Peter sold their rights to the Turtles to Viacom. The Turtles gained resurgence when Nickelodeon obtained the rights to the cartoon. IDW acquired the rights to the comic book, and asked Kevin if he would consult on the writing with Tom Waltz. It was a fresh idea after nearly 25 years, and they had planned on a 12 issue run. At issue 73, the IDW run became the longest running TMNT series, surpassing the Archie series. “Tom Waltz deserves 100% of the credit for what’s become the IDW universe,” said Kevin, as he also credited the tremendous response from the fans as a reason why this run became so popular.   

As TMNT marches towards its historic 100th issue, Kevin said that this is “kinda my tribute to the last run of Mirage comics that Pete and I did called City of War. Starting in issue 89, 90 (it) will run through issue 100 which will be double sized. (This is the) closest thing that I think we’ll ever get to the original Mirage series. Nothing will ever replace that, but the fact that tonally, attitude, edge, it was really written for the original fan base.” And all I can say to that is thank you.

Kevin Eastman appeared at Denver Comic Con on June 16th -17th 2018.

Written By Keith Shimabukuro

Denver Comic Con TOMORROW!

Well, our first Comic Con of our working season is tomorrow!! Denver Comic Con is FINALLY here!! With more than 100,000 people expected, it is sure to be a crazy, but amazing time!! There will be more than 200 celebrities, artists, authors, and more than 600 hours of different panels/programs. We will even be moderating 6 different panels!! With Denver Comic Con being tomorrow, here are some tips, information, etc. about the show, that you might need to know!

Ticketing 

To promote a quicker and more streamlined entry process, Denver Comic Con has implemented Flash Seats, an ID-based digital ticketing system that allows guests to enter the event with an ID, the credit card used to purchase tickets or with the Flash Seats mobile app, which also allows guests to sell, buy, and transfer tickets. For more on Flash Seats, visit: https://www.flashseats.com/FAQsDetails.aspx?ss=0&a=1#g1

Even with the new, more efficient ticketing system, guests should plan for lines, particularly for some of the more popular events, sessions and guests. Entry lines will be longest when the Con opens at 10 a.m. each day, with the longest lines of the weekend expected on Saturday.

Early badge pick-up will be available Thursday, Jun. 14 at the Colorado Convention Center from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the entrance near 13th St. & Welton St.

Security

Denver Comic Con’s top priority is the welfare and safety of guests. With that in mind, DCC staff works closely with the Denver Police Department and security contractors throughout the year on a variety of measures to enhance guest safety at the event, including training, bag checks and prop checks throughout the weekend.

Please note that the 2018 cosplay guidelines have been updated, and NO prop firearms will be permitted. Guests seeking the optimal fan experience are encouraged to carry in as little as possible with them. Minimizing outside items will expedite security checks and maximize efficiency at points of entry. For details about prop and cosplay guidelines, visit:  https://denvercomiccon.com/show-info/policies/

 General Event Info

Denver Comic Con is one of Denver’s largest consumer conventions, and a program of Pop Culture Classroom, a Denver-based non-profit that brings education and literacy programs to classrooms throughout the Denver metro-area. Last year’s con brought in more than 110,000 attendees and reached all corners of pop culture including film, television, comic books, tabletop and video games, anime, manga, cosplay, horror and science fiction and web comics.”

Remember everyone! Denver Comic Con kicks off tomorrow, June 15th through Sunday June 17th. The doors will open at 10am and close at 7pm, except on Sunday, when the show floor closes at 6pm! All the fun is at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202. This year there are TWO entrances for guests with tickets. You can enter via:

14th Street & Stout Street
13th Street & Welton Street

“The con also features more 10,000 sq. ft. of floor space dedicated to the Kid’s Lab. A space for kids and teens to explore pop culture through projects and talks from industry luminaries.” We personally have had our kids want to stay in the kid’s lab for HOURS! There are different activities and panels catered just for them, and it’s loads of fun!!

 

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at $38.50 for adults and $8.25 for children. 3-day passes are sold out, and single-day tickets are moving quickly, but still availability. You can purchase your tickets here if you have not done so yet!

Follow Denver Comic Con on their social media:

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www.facebook.com/DenverComicCon/

Document all of your fun using the hashtag #dcc2018

If you see us, stop us to record some content for our show! We hope to see everyone there!!