Sunday, August 06, 2017

TMNT Creator Shares Secret To Making Comics Your Life

Recently in San Diego for Comic-Con 2017, Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of one of the most creative comic franchises, stopped by the CBS News 8 studio to inspire comic lovers to turn their passion into a career!


Kevin Eastman and his collaborator Peter Laird were thinking one day: “What ironic animal would we make Bruce Lee into if he were a comic character?” Naturally, considering Lee’s mega strength and lightning-like agility, a turtle was the perfect match. Next thing they knew, Eastman had a sketch of a turtle in fighting stance brandishing nunchucks Michelangelo was born!

Eastman and Laird self published a little more than 3,000 copies of the 40-page Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in May of 1984. By September, 1985, it received 3 additional printings.

The first TMNT animated came in 1987 and ran for 10 years, the gang’s first action figures rolled out in 1988, and the franchise’s first live-action movie came in 1990, which to this day, is the second highest grossing independent film of all time. 30 years later, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is still going strong, with a animated series on Nickelodeon, and a second one set to debut on the network in 2018.

With all that said, you trust a guy like Eastman when he gives advice on how to make a living in the comic book industry.

One piece of advice from the sensei: don’t be afraid to be different. Eastman said that the idea of TMNT was so different that it helped draw comic readers’ attention. He shared some more tips with the News 8 Morning Extra crew.

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Creator of TMNT Kevin Eastman shows off some original artwork:

CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

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