There’s always a first time for everything. Co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman will do something he has never done in the 30-year run of the popular comic book series: he will write and illustrate an issue on his own.
Eastman co-created TMNT with Peter Laird in 1984, but now Eastman is ready to take on the task to plot and layout the TMNT Annual 2012. He wanted to write a multiple story line issue for awhile and has even seeded the idea for the annual in issue 6 of the new TMNT IDW Publishing comic book series.
The multiple story arc including a new gang trying to buy their way in the city’s underground crime ring, the Shredder’s evolution as a character and Raphael and Casey Jones trying to infiltrate the crime ring. Eastman wants the story to be somewhat structured like Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction with “multiple characters all interacting and intersecting at different times.”
Eastman will illustrate the annual himself. He illustrates the old fashioned way and only relies on “blue pencil, pencil and ink and Sharpie and toothbrush for spatter,” to capture the look and tone of the issue. Eastman also uses a discontinued paper stock called Grafix DuoShade to give the TMNT pages some added texture.
Doing a single issue alone is a big undertaking for anyone, even someone as experienced as Kevin Eastman. In an interview, Eastman talks about his inspiration and how he created his work ethic. Eastman reveals:
“Working with Peter (Laird) was awesome because he was such a great craftsman, and I think we learned a lot from each other. Working with Simon Bisley or any other artist I worked with — I love the give and take, I love the back and forth. When you hit those low spots in the storytelling, or those late nights when you need to keep pushing through, you’d have another person on the other end helping prop you up a bit or fill in some of the gaps. So now it’s all on me.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012 will be released in October from IDW Publishing.