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 Hey Guys,

April 8th 2012                                                                                                                               

It has taken me forever to get back round here, and I'm a slow learner on the Devinat Art system, and have been swamped with a ton of TMNT related work... much of which I will start sharing with you HERE as it takes off.

But today, I want to show you some really cool stuff that is going up for sale at Heritage Auction House May 10th and 11th--as it is some of the rarest of rare TMNT work--and this is the first place I'm posting it--I will roll out the press machine this coming week--but for now, you can be the first folks on the block with the news.

Most people will ask "WHY?!" right away, so I'll tell you... it is simply time to let these pieces go, and time for me to get back to the drawing board--doing what I love most, comics. Getting back involved with the TMNT's via IDW almost a year ago has reminded me of two things; 1.) How much I love writing and drawing comics, and 2.) How much I love writing and drawing stories with the TMNT's.

So, with that path in front of us, my wife, kids, and I all decided to wrap-up our life here in Los Angeles, head back home to Florida--simplify--and start digging into the stacks, and stacks, and stacks of story idea's in the notebooks--and start telling stories again.

The Turtles gave me my first real job at drawing comics, now they are going to do it again--watch the auction--tell your friends--tell your local news--and let's see WHO ends up with some of the coolest TMNT history ever!   

Read on, and I'll fill you in along the way!

Lot #5 The First Drawing Ever 1 by Kevineastman


In this frame you'll find a "copy" of the original FIRST drawing Peter and I even did of the TMNT's back in 1983. This was it, the one that started it all! I kept the real one in the vault--put the copy here along with the "real" check for a little over $1000 bucks that my Uncle Quentin lent us so we could print the first issue--an original FIRST printing of the first issue from 1984, and a cool little plaque!  


Lot #5 The First Drawing Ever 5a by Kevineastman


Here's a cool close up of the FIRST drawing!


Lot #5 The First Drawing Ever 4a by Kevineastman


It is hard to read the Plaque here, but is says, "TMNT #1 The Sketch, the check, and the first issue that started it all!  


Lot #5 The First Drawing Ever 2a by Kevineastman

In the frame you can see the check beeter--the original check is in there, along with the copy so you can see the front and the back--and my original signature, and bank stamp when it was cashed in March 23rd, 1984! This framed unit, the print, the check, and the first printing will be sold as one lot.  

Lot #5a The Metal Box 1a by Kevineastman

And here SHE IS! This is the real sketch, pulled from the vault with a few other key documents, kept in a metal box--and in my personal collection since November 1983! The original drawing will be sold by itself as one lot.

Lot #1 TMNT Resin 1 by Kevineastman

Also as part of the Auction, as I am putting a bunch of cool stuff in, here's an original "resin--first cast" that was given to Peter and I on one of our trips to Playmates Toys--while we were still developing the final toys!  

I wanted to include in this collection/lot the first five years of toy catalogs, 87, 88, 89, 90, and 91--as those were the biggest and the coolest years of toys.

Lot #1 TMNT Resin 2 by Kevineastman

This first resin, has been with me in my studio for 25 years, and somewhere in the middle of that, I made this display, which has an original animation cell, and background behind it, of Leo, Don, and Raph--I wanted this resin to be Mike--as Mike was the first TMNT ever drawn--and it was drawn the same night the original group shot above was!

Lot #2 First Print and Press Proof 1 by Kevineastman

 This next lot, is pretty cool and even more super rare--as it not only includes a coy of the FIRST PRINTING, but it also includes the FIRST PRINTING PRESS PROOF! Which actually is "The TRUE First Printing" becuase they ran off the press proof for us to approve, before running the entire 3000 copies and binding them--thus this has the rough edges, no staples, just a printed version I have kept packed away for 28 years.

It also includes interviews/press coverage from two local New Hampshire news papers dated May 1st, 1984--just a few days before the first issue made it's public appearence at a local Portsmouth Comic Show! Super fun!

Lot #3 First Comics Set 2 by Kevineastman

This next set, I think is pretty cool as well, as it includes a 1986 first printing of the First Comics, first color collection of the TMNT's--and what I ahve included with it, is my original hand colored "blueline" plate of the first TMNT drawing! This was printed in the back of the book.

The Movie Box #1a by Kevineastman

Here now, is one VERY cool set--it is my complete personal collection of all my TMNT movie files, and the case I had them stashed in for 22 years! Let me show you what is included...

Movie #1aa by Kevineastman


A never before seen December 1988 draft of the movie in treatment form, my personal signed copy of the shooting script, and the original "Sales Press Kit" that was done prior to release of the film--that includes bios, slides, press photo's--and everything is signed.


Movie #2aa by Kevineastman

This is my MOVIE TWO set of cool stuff, that includes a final draft of the screenplay, a stack of notes from Peter and I on the previous version, and a copy of the comic adaptation released at the same time! Everything is signed.

Movie #3aa by Kevineastman

In this set, you'll find all my MOVIE THREE loot, including two different drafts of the film, and the original Press Kit--which is chuck full of slides and bios, and notes--everything here is signed as well.   

Movie #4 Scripts Ba by Kevineastman

BUT THIS part, is the cool as shit part, as it includes all the drafts and drawings that I was working on for TMNT #4 with Newline Cinema--before they halted production! Then, the rights were optioned by Motion Picture Corporation of America--and developed further, before they halted production--so none of this work from my personal collection has ever been released until now!

Movie #4 Scripts Aa by Kevineastman

Besides getting three VERY different takes on what the film could have been, one part was consistant--it introduced a fifth TMNT--a male, named "KIRBY" after Jack King Kirby--the man that so inspired Peter and I personally!

Movie #4 Art #2a by Kevineastman

In the sets of drawings, you'll find tons of different versions of me trying to find the look of the character--as well as doodles of a new bad guy named "Spyder" (in one of the versions) and a bunch of other related sketches--some of which were published in my 300 page "Artobiograghy" that I published about ten years back!

Movie #4 Art #1a by Kevineastman

All of these drawings, and fifth TMNT discussion, came before the much debated fifth female TMNT, Venus. Funny to look back at where we were going with this then--very interesting.

Vintage Movie Mags 1a by Kevineastman


Also as part of the coolness factor, I included a signed set of magazines that came out right after the first movie hit the big screen...


CGB TMNT Feature a by Kevineastman


A classic CBG issue that covered ALL things TMNT and was released just before the first film came out...


Comic Collection 1a by Kevineastman

One of the 1989 version of the monster collection, that reprinted all the original 15 issues Peter and I did--it didn't include Fugitoid, and had an awesome Craig Farley cover!

DVD Set #1a by Kevineastman

And last but not least, and signed set of my personal TMNT DVD's--and they even have a few scratches to prove it!

So that is most of it, there are a few other items going in the auction--I'll add those in a later post--and I'm going to get back up here on a regular basis now--I have SOOOOOO many things to tell you about--so many changes going on with me, and Heavy Metal--and I'm planning to get back on some of the awesome notes and discussions you all are having--and show you some of my new work--which excites me the most--whether it is new TMNT or other stuff--I want to try and get it up here first!

Okay, been working on this for a big chunk of the day, let's post it and see what happens!

All my very best, Kevin


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Hey DeviantArt!

Just stopping in to remind you guys that tonight is our Opening night for the Biz and Buzz Art Exhibit at my "35 Days* art gallery in Los Angeles!

Biz and Buzz is a sort of slacker comedy I created featuring myself and Simon Bisley as wacky characters!

"Need to remove an unexploded WW2 bomb from your chimney?
Transport your one hundred and twenty three year old Granny to her Titanic Club reunion?
Babysit your 400-pound cousin with narcolepsy?
Clean out the nasty nest of mutant hedgehogs from under the orphanage?
Don't get stuck with those expensive licensed companies or contractors—get stuck with these guys:


Guaranteed to show up eventually and if they smell like vomit, air fresheners will be provided for a minimum charge for your maximum enjoyment during (paid) service!
Biz and Buzz: Work for Hire! A semi-epic animated series about two clueless guys who get the job done, one-way or another!"

The event will feature all 24 original black and white pages for complete issue #1!

The art, by Simon Bisley and myself, will be on exhibit and available for purchase, as well as all of my original development artwork for a future TV series.
Copies of the full color comic book and exclusive collectible toys will be for sale as well, including a limited-edition show print.  

So I hope you guys can make it down, check out the art, and have a drink or two with us!

And don't forget about all the TMNT stuff we have in the gallery too!

See you soon!


Meltdown Comics Gallery
7522 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

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Hey Gang,

I thought I would stop by and share some photos and thoughts from the December 7th Opening we had here in the Meltdown Gallery showcasing my "UnderWhere" graphic novel!

On that note, I also wanted to mention something about the openings that I think people are getting confused about. While our openings do focus on various properties as we go along, all of the Turtles stuff we have done is still up through the entire show, and we are adding new TMNT art and comics all the time. I think there was an assumption that after our Turtles opening last month, that we were taking it all down, and nothing could be further from the truth! The Turtles have always been a HUGE part of my life, and I wouldn't have been able to have the life I've had if it wasn't for all you Turtle fans. I owe everything to you guys! So please feel free to come down and check out the Turtles stuff we have going on no matter what phase of the show we happen to be in.

Now on to some photos!

Our UnderWhere Display! You can still come in and pick up for show exclusive copy for $5. $1 of which is donated to the Hero Initiative!

Some of Mark Martin's beautifully painted Original Art!

The wall of my original IDW TMNT layouts. We've sold a lot, but there are still some great pages left!

Our legendary guest artist, Ken Mitchroney, and I. Ken was the primary artist for many of the TMNT Archie books! It was a joy to get to spend time with him again!

My friend and extremely talented artist -- Marc Silvestri -- stopped by to say hi!


That just about does it for me today. You'll hear from me again soon! Of course if you just can't wait to hear from me again, you are more than welcome to come down to the gallery and see me! We are at the Meltdown Comics gallery in Los Angeles! 7522 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046.

Don't miss our next opening this coming Wednesday (December 14th), from 6-10pm!

Love Ya!


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Hello to all my friends and fans here on DeviantArt!

I just wanted to take a minute to tell you guys about something cool I'm doing right now at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.

It's called "Lost Angeles: 35 Days with Kevin Eastman"

It's an Art Exhibition that showcases the last 35 years or so of my career. From the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to Heavy Metal Magazine...It's all there for you guys to come check out and immerse yourselves in. I try to be there as often as I can so if you come by, there is a pretty good chance that you can catch me there. You never know who else might show up too! Just today, my friend Greg Cipes who is the voice of Mikey in the new Nickelodeon show came by to chat.

Now here is something special that I am doing just because I love you DeviantArt fans so much! Over the next few days, I am going to be scouring DA for great Turtles pieces. I'm going to load them all into a favorites folder, and then we are going to Project your art on the wall of the gallery! How cool is that! So keep an eye open for that when you're at the show!

Also at the show is a GIANT mural that Mark Bode and I have painted, recreating the cover art of Ninja Turtles #1 on the back of Meltdown! It turned out crazy awesome!

The show is open just about every day from now till January 4th and keeps the same hours as Meltdown does, but every Wednesday from 6pm to 10pm we have special openings that zero in on some of the coolest things to have sprung out of my brain!


The event will feature all things Turtles including 90 pages of my original TMNT layout art for the entire new IDW series re-launch

The original artwork that started ALL things TMNT will be there as well!

Special edition prints, books, posters, and other rare TMNT treasures from my personal collection and collections of dear friends!

The signing will have on hand all IDW TMNT comics, the new Ultimate Collection Book One, as well as many more original out of print publications.

The Gallery Night Event/Party/Signing is from 6PM TO 10 PM!


The event will feature at least 50 original paintings for Underwhere adventure by Mark Martin and myself in the exhibit and available for purchase—alongside tons of the original concept drawings from 1989.

An exclusive stickered 1500 copy edition of the Underwhere Graphic Novel will be sold at the show for $5 each, with a dollar from each copy being donated to the Hero Initiative

The Gallery Night Event/Party/Signing is from 6PM TO 10 PM! Special Guest KEN MITCHRONEY (Archie TMNT Adventures Artist) will be there signing as well!


The event will feature all 24 original black and white pages of the complete issue #1! The art, by Simon Bisley and Kevin Eastman, will be on exhibit and available for purchase, as well as all of my original development artwork for a future TV series based on the property.

Copies of the full color comic book and exclusive collectable toys will be for sale as well, including a limited edition show print.  

The Gallery Night Event/Party/Signing is from 6PM TO 10 PM!


The event will feature original concept drawings and development paintings by myself and Simon Bisley for an upcoming film option, as well as a series of show exclusive prints created just for the exhibit, and all will be available for purchase.

A special 100 page collector's edition book will make its premiere at the show.

The Gallery Night Event/Party/Signing is from 6PM TO 10 PM!


As this is the event 35 years in the making, and is growing larger and more insane day to day! I need to hold off on releasing the final details until mid December—but can assure all Heavy Metal fans it will be worth the wait!


So I really hope you guys can make it down to see me and the spectacle my friends and I have created for you!

Cool Beans!


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What's up deviantART! I'm Kevin Eastman, Co-Creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I figured it would be fun to share some of my story, and grow from there on my deviantART account.

This is where it all started.

Tmnt #1 by KevineastmanDover, New Hamshire. 1983. This is the house where Pete and I created The Turtles.

Tmnt #2 by KevineastmanThis was the very chair that I sat in in, in the shared studio space with Peter, and late one night I did a sketch of a Turtle standing upright, a mask on, nun chucks and dubbed him a Ninja Turtle! That was enough to kickstart the brainstorming session where we had to come up with the story to tell who they came to be!

Tmnt #3 by Kevineastman We worked on the 40 page origin story from the fall of 1983 to late spring 1984, and when it was finished, and printed--we had all the books shipped to our house on Union Street where we made furniture out of them, because we didn't think we ever sell them all! 

Tmnt #4 by Kevineastman
May 5th, 1984 was the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Comic Convention where we premiered the very first issue! I think we sold a couple dozen, and a lot of those were to family members that came from all over the state of Maine down to the show!

Tmnt #5 by KevineastmanAfter we finished the first issue we had all these awesome fans writing, "Hey, when are you going to do a second issue?!" Well, we figured we'd better come up with a second story and get on the job! Here's me inking on a page in Peter's studio in the fall of 1984!
Tmnt #6 by KevineastmanBy February, the drawing was done and so was the printing--when the books arrived in the studio, we could help but pose a stuff Turtle doll Peter's sister Chris made for him on top of the first box we opened! 

Tmnt #9 by KevineastmanBy the sumer of 1985, we had done a lot of signings and smaller conventions--but we finally made the pilgrimage to the biggest convention in the states, the San Diego Comic Con! Here's Pete posing in front of the old Civic Center where it used to be held. 

Tmnt #10 by Kevineastman
Here we are, the following year, 1986, shopping all the recent issues up to Raphael at that time--and doing sKetches for $5 each--most all the money at the end of the show we would then run around and buy as many old comics we were missing from our collection before getting on the plane back home. 
Tmnt #11 by Kevineastman
Year after year we kept coming back to the con--this year (2011) will be my 27th year there, and over te years, we met many awesome people--like in this one, here's my first mini comics publisher--Clay Geerdes!

Tmnt #12 by Kevineastman
Here's a great candid shot of Frank Miller and Lynn Varley during the Ronin years--they were still easily accessible to fans at the show. He was a great guy, very open about what he was doing back then. 
Tmnt #13 by KevineastmanOne of my best friends from those days that I sill hang out with today is Mark Bode, son of the famous Underground Cartoonist, Vaughn Bode! Mark and I went on to work on several TMNT stories together---maybe we'll get to do another one someday!

Tmnt #14 by Kevineastman
Peter hanging out with Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Saki (center) and fellow cartoonist Jim Groat. 
Tmnt #15 by KevineastmanA highlight, after several years at the convention was meeting Jack Kirby and buying the original art of some of our favorite Kirby stories--Kamandi for me, the Demon for Peter! DC Publisher, Julie Swartz is doing the peace sign in the background! 

Tmnt #17 by KevineastmanHere's the wild and crazy zoo crew--all the original Mirage Studios gang, having a few to many beers after the show, and generally taking the edge off a busy day--because we'd all be back signing in the morning! 

Tmnt#7 by Kevineastman
And of course there's the bed diving---every year at the show Peter and I would make sure the beds would hold up to wild and crazy room parties--and the only way to do that was run from across the room, jump as high as you can, and dive on the bed! Here's Pete go...
Tmnt#8 by KevineastmanAnd here's my turn! Can't wait to do it again this again this year--I have to pass the ritual on to my kids after all! 

... to be continued.

(Prepping for Comicon 2011, see you guys there next week!)  

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