“Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Heavy Metal) is flying in for the event. This Eastman 88/69 print is one of the first 4 Limited Edition prints Petra Gallerie is proudly launching with. All of them limited to 88, as if you didn’t already know. Signings will run on and off until 1 am.”
**KEVIN EASTMAN @ JETPACK COMICS , FREE COMIC BOOK DAY – There’s a limited amount of FREEBIES at Kevin’s table. That’s right. The NH co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be the guest of honor for this years Rochester, NH Free Comic Book Day Festival. People are flying in from all over the country to meet this superstar. We expect the lines to be long so we are going to have to place limits on how many things you can get signed. If you have more than the limit please feel free to jump back in line and do it all over again. We just want to be fair to everyone that wants to visit Kevin. PLEASE NOTE: Sketches will not be available that day. Too many people and not enough time. Of course there will be a vendor table of great Eastman works that you can get signed at the event hall.
“When something does not insist on being noticed, when we aren’t grabbed by the collar or struck on the skull by a presence or an event, we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude”
– Cynthia Ozick
” A baby alligator snapping turtle in a Florida swamp perches on the outsize skull of a record-breaking ancestor. At its largest, the monstrous reptile weighed a whopping 250 pounds (113 kilograms). With its spiked shell, beak-like jaws, and thick, scaled tail, this species is often referred to as the “dinosaur of the turtle world.”
(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, “Swamp Thing: Unmasking the Snapping Turtle,” March 1999, National Geographic magazine)”
**Via ehow Male alligator snapping turtles weigh between 155 and 175 pounds when fully grown. They are the largest known freshwater turtle and are often compared with dinosaurs because of their primitive-like appearance. They have large heads with strong, beak-like jaws and spiky ridges running along their shell. They live in deep, muddy holes in the rivers and streams of the southeastern part of the United States. They are most at home in the water.
Habitat : Alligator turtles make their home in the waterways that empty into the Gulf of Mexico. They remain almost motionless in the water and stay submerged for 40 to 50 minutes at a time. Algae often grow on their shells, which makes them invisible to marine life and allows them to snatch prey that wanders close. Females nest on land and, on occasion, males will bask in the sun. Young turtles live in small steams.
Diet : Alligator snapping turtles in captivity are fed fish, mice, worms and a nutritionally balanced diet. Wild turtles usually hunt and feed nocturnally. They like to eat all types of fish, clams, worms, aquatic plants, frogs, snakes, snails and other turtles. Their bright red, worm-shaped tongues are like magnets to their prey and make hunting simple for the turtle because marine life is attracted to the color and motion of the tongue.
Reproduction : Mating occurs in the early spring in Florida and late spring in the Mississippi Valley. The male grasps the female’s shell from behind when he inseminates her. Nesting takes place in the sand one to two months later and incubation takes up to 4 1/2 months before hatching occurs.
Life Span : Incubation temperature determines the sex of the hatchlings, which arrive in autumn and are born looking like adult turtles. Sexual maturity comes between the 11th and 13th year into their long life span, which ranges from 20 to 70 years in captivity. Their only predators are human, who harvest them for their meat or keep them in captivity as pets and for their own amusement.
Threats : Dam construction, river flooding, dredging and over-harvesting all threaten the alligator turtle population. Preserving their habitat can be achieved by protecting wetlands and streams through land and easement acquisition. Additional harvesting regulations by the federal government and less carelessness by the boating and fishing community would also help protect the turtles.
–>> Tokka tries to keep personal projects posted on GGM to a minimum ( but he also swore he’d stop talkin’ about himself in the 3rd person years ago as well ), but you TMNT fan-folks may appreciate this more than most.
This custom hoodie was made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one o’ Mirage Studio’s most popular story arcs in TMNT history; and the final one that put an end to the original Volume one of the Mirage Turtles FOREVER : “City at WAR“.
Ripped from an old t-shirt .. the classic “C.A.W.” logo features on the front, and one the back the iconic Eastman & Laird image a vicious Shredder Elite choking the life out of one of the warring Foot Soldiers. One of the most memorable panels from TMNT v.1 #50.
The Hoodie goes up a tad small when the hood is actually pulled up over my noggin, but it’s not to bad. “Blood”,”ooze” , street grime & spray, Three-toed dragon symbol stencil, and some very worn battle-wrapping around the arms pay a small nod to the Shredder Elite Guards themselves.
–>> Comic & storyboard artist, stage-actor, voice artist, & professional model maker : Scott Williams.
An illustrator for **Vincent Ferrante’s Witch Hunter comics, double-time work as storyboardist & VA on MTV’s Daria, a tiny bit more of VA highlights in Scott’s repertoire include MTV’s CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH, video games such as Pokémon, & of coarse the 4kids series TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES as the brilliant, grandiose, over-the-top creator of the Mouser Robots BAXTER STOCKMAN.
Scott provided the truest, most FREAKISH elements of Baxter from the original MIRAGE comics & ran with them. Not only proving just how horrible and insane Baxter really could be, but even giving Baxter a humorous backbone that often counter-balanced the darker tone of the whole series, even at times allowing BAXTER to steal the whole show !! No matter just how many times Shredder & the Turtles cut him down to size, LITERALLY .. Dr.Bax always came back more frightening and disturbing than ever before !! By far in Tokka’s top 3 incarnations of the character.
“This summer some of the news that was released was the new designer Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Merchandise line coming out. With watches, shoes, and shirts are some of the things we’ll be seeing for TMNT. This is bringing out new styles of art that we have yet to see on the official side of store sales. One of the artist who did some of these pieces is Ron English. At San Diego Comic Con International a lot of us fans saw some of Ron’s artwork get released to the public on shirts, which was a promotion for the Ninja Turtle watches that he designed. At New York City Comic Con we were able to catch up with Ron to ask him about .. ..
A good friend and fellow Ninja Turtle fan Tokka, joins me as the co-host in this interview. Tokka is a fan of Ron English, so he knew a lot of areas that I did not know about with Ron’s work. It was great to have Tokka on the show. A lot of fans may know him for his posts on Go Green Machine, Twitter, Facebook and so many other places on the internet. Tokka is an artist, who was even published by Mirage as one of the pin up pages in Tales of TMNT Volume 2.
Tokka and I talk to Ron about his history in art, how he originally learned of Ninja Turtles, and how he is now involved in the future of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We also talk a bit on how the fans of the Classic TMNT are reacting to this new swing with the Turtles.”
–>> In case ya missed it, watch Tokka play the FOOL as one of the most distracted Ninja Turtle zombies in history.
The RON x FLÜD collab- releases parallel this years FILA/TMNT releases. Ron also hints at his future with Nick, FLÜD, and the Turtles & soon-to-be released TMNT work in follow ups to the now infamous LEONARDO as MONA LISA piece ( made available as am exclusive poster at SDCC ’12 ). Hurry before Tokka collapses into a useless puddle of undead, toxic goo and gets toxic Mutagenic fluids all all over your fancy watch there.