Some IDW Publishing news from SDCC 2012 should make Kevin Eastman fans very happy. Not only will Eastman return to TMNT art duties for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012, he will also be launching a new six-issue IDW comic miniseries titled Lost Angeles with his friend, Simon Bisley. Let’s jump into the TMNT news, with the official announcement from the IDW Publishing website:
IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon are excited to announce the launch of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ANNUAL 2012, a 48-page jam packed story written by co-writers Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman, and drawn by co-creator Eastman. It’s been nearly 20 years since Eastman has created a full TMNT story, but fans will relish this Annual filled with non-stop downtown action and mayhem that is well worth the wait!
“After nearly 20 years I find myself once again fully engrossed in the wonderful mythos of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and having the absolute best time in my life!” said Eastman. “The intense creative energy flying around between IDW and Nickelodeon is when this idea was inspired and born, so with this incredible team, I’m back on the drawing board–hanging with the boys, knocking out a full blown epic–and it is AWESOME!”
Releasing in October this year, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ANNUAL 2012 follows the adventure of Raphael and Casey as they find themselves in the middle of a criminal escapade gone wrong. Rival clans jockey for power in the NYC criminal underworld, and the Ninja Turtles are drawn into the chaos. Expect the unexpected in this exciting, all-new tale that sets up a crucial future TMNT storyline. Readers are encouraged to ask their retailers about the special variant “Eastman Layout” edition.
As if this news wasn’t enough to put a smile on your face, IDW followed it up with another big announcement involving Kevin Eastman. This one involves an exciting project titled Lost Angeles, that is set to be a six-issue mini-series. In a press release from the IDW website:
IDW Publishing is thrilled to announce another project in their ongoing partnership with comics legend Kevin Eastman! LOST ANGELES is an action-packed, science-fiction collaboration with fellow comics luminaries Simon Bisley and Joe Pearson.
When all hell breaks loose following a massive comet’s near miss, the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles is irreparably fractured and claimed by legions of brutal gangs. Perpetually turf-thirsty bands of fierce warriors fight day in and day out to claim blood and respect across swaths of scarce land, battered by cosmically twisted disasters. As civilization recedes into uncompromising tribal life, an anomaly surfaces: two rival gang members, Mikal and Angel, find themselves in the throes of a comet-crossed love affair. Threatening to tear their respective clans apart from within, their love becomes the centerpiece to all-out gang war as LOST ANGELES reaches its fever-pitched conclusion over six issues.
“I am THRILLED to be back at the creative table with my good friend Simon Bisely, and the very talented Joe Pearson–this is one of the coolest projects I have been involved with in a great many years–and my first solo art project in more than two decades!” explains Eastman. “I can wait to show the fans what I’m going to do he–my career as a artist is about to go into high gear!”
From a concept by Eastman and Bisley, a story by Eastman, Bisley, and Joe Pearson, and featuring painted covers by Bisley with pencils and inks by Eastman, LOST ANGELES promises to be a brutal, gorgeous, post-apocalyptic thrill ride the likes of which civilization has yet to see, and may not be able to handle!
That is some big news! It’s hard to pick which of these announcements is more exciting. Kevin Eastman’s TMNT art is iconic, and it is thrilling to see him take over art duties again, even if it is only for a single annual issue. As a huge fan of both Kevin Eastman and Simon Bisley, I am quite intrigued by the Lost Angeles project. I have no doubt whatsoever that I will be picking up both the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012 and Lost Angeles, and I have a feeling that many other people will as well. What do you think? Feel free to sound off in the comments below. Thank you for reading, and be sure to check out the rest of our site for a staggering amount of news from SDCC 2012.