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If there was one defining series for me growing up, it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The indie comic kicked off a craze that would take grip over the country for years. Launched in 1985 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, it would eventually lead to a 10 season, massively successful cartoon, 3 live action movies, and a recent CGI movie. All of which I own on DVD. I even have the “Turtles in a Half Shell Tour” VHS and cassette tape, I was impressionable to say the least. TMNT continues to be a massive hit, as a new cartoon is in the works, as well as numerous video games that have been released over the years, including the awesome TMNT NES game. There is currently a new comic book series out now for TMNT, that Eastman is co-writing and is the artist. His artwork is still pivotal even today, and really helps set TMNT apart.

In 1991 Eastman found out that the cult classic magazine, Heavy Metal, was for sale and he quickly purchased it. Heavy Metal was a highly influential magazine that focused on art ffrom the Sci-FI and fantasy genres. It featured art from some legendary names such as H.R. Giger, and Esteban Maroto.  The magazine also featured one of Eastman’s biggest inspirations for becoming an artist, the artwork of Richard Corben. Eastman kept the mature theme of the magazine and recognized the audience that Heavy Metal had built for itself.

Eastman has a love for art and led him to create the Words and Pictures Museum, which was opened from 1992 to 1997. The museum was dedicated to exhibitions of the best artwork from comic books, cartoons, and graphic novels. The museum showcased a wide range of work from hundreds of artists from Simon Bisley, Vaughn Bode, Robert Crumb, Richard Corben, and Frank Miller. It h0sted over 20,000 original works of art, but sadly it was closed down.

Now Eastman is getting back into the art world in a huge way as he is taking over Meltdown Comics Gallery new exhibition space where he will curate five different shows. He’ll be showcasing some exciting artwork from his past, present, and future creations. But that’s not all, he has a lot of special events planned for at least twice a week. The Meltdown Comics Gallery is located at 7522 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles Ca, and will be open daily. There will also be an all new exhibit opening every New Comic Day Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. This is definitely exciting and well worth checking out.

Fans will be able to attend the event and hang out with Eastman, check out the show, discuss projects and future plans for what he has in store, from the new IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic to the 2012 35th birtday of Heavy Metal Magazine. And for the opening weekend, today, and tomorrow, Kevin Eastman and Mark Bode will recreate the cover to TMNT Comic #1 in a huge mural on the back wall!

TMNT cover #1There is so much more planned for this event we’ll let the press release sum everything up!

GALLERY EXHIBIT and SIGNING SCHEDULES*

*Please stay tuned in to: www.meltdowncomics.com www.kevineastmanstudios.com
www.heavymetal.com (other important sites/blogs TBA)

NOVEMBER 30th, THE “TMNT” EXHIBIT OPENS!

things Turtles including 90 pages of original Kevin Eastman TMNT layout
art for the entire new IDW series re-launch, the original artwork that started all things
TMNT and special-edition prints, books, posters and other rare TMNT treasures from his personal collection!

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

Ultimate Collection Book One,

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

DECEMBER 7th, THE “UNDERWHERE” EXHIBIT OPENS!

The event will feature at least 50 original paintings for Underwhere adventure by Mark Martin and Kevin Eastman in the exhibit and are 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’s Initiative Organization.

For more information about the Hero Initiative, visit www.heroinitiative.org

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

DECEMBER 14th, THE “BIZ AND BUZZ” EXHIBIT OPENS!

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

The art, by Simon Bisley and Kevin Eastman, will be on exhibit and available for purchase, as well as all of Kevin Eastman’s 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.

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

DECEMBER 21st, THE “LOST ANGELES” EXHIBIT OPENS!

The event will feature original concept drawings and development paintings by

Kevin Eastman 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 10PM!

DECEMBER 28TH to JANUARY 4TH, THE HEAVY METAL 35th
ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT OPENS!

As this is the event 35 years in the making and the fact that it is growing larger and more insane day to day, we will need to hold off on releasing the final details until mid December – but rest assured Heavy Metal fans, it will be worth the wait!

**STAY TUNED TO WWW.HEAVYMETAL.COM FOR ALL THE LATEST DETAILS!

ADDITIONAL SHOW HIGHLIGHTS/EVENTS

RECREATING KEVIN EASTMAN’S STUDIO AND SELLING IT!

Inside the gallery space is a 15ft x 15ft square room, with a wall-sized glass window looking into it, in which Kevin Eastman will recreate his entire ART STUDIO and SELL IT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER!

All items in the exhibit space will be taken directly from his private Los Angeles-based Art Studio—and set up as a working exhibit! Everything including the desk, chairs, tables, original artwork, books, files, projects, comics, DVD’s, CD’s and things you (and even he) can’t even imagine. It will be a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, once in a lifetime event that will have to be seen in person to be truly believed!

(*Photo’s of the old and the new studio space will be posted online shortly!)

SPECIAL HEAVY METAL COVER ARTIST FEATURED EXHIBIT BY
LORENZO SPERLONGA!

GUEST SPEAKERS!

ARTISTS SIGNINGS!

SPECIAL MOVIE SCREENINGS!

DRINK AND DRAW SESSIONS!

ART DEMONSTRATIONS!

AUCTIONS, AND MUCH, MUCH, MORE!

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