Cowabunga to all you wonderful Grand Geeks and Gatherers out there! Now before you go ahead and grab your skateboards and surfboards to head to the beach, I am merely using that colorful greeting on account that it serves as a connection to characters that have charmed us for thirty five years now, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Their co-creator Kevin Eastman takes center stage this week for the indie books I will help guide you to so, get your sodas and pull up a slice of pizza and let’s find what’s out there.
Drawing Blood Spilled Ink: The Story behind the Stories #1 (of 4)
Writer(s): Kevin Eastman, David Avallone
Artist(s): Kevin Eastman, Troy Little, Ben Bishop
Cover Artist(s): Ben Bishop, Kevin Eastman
Publisher: Kevin Eastman Studios
Synopsis: “Kevin Eastman (TMNT) returns to independent comics with a new creation: an inside look at the turbulent life and times of a once-successful cartoonist on the skids, Shane “Books” Bookman. Once upon a time, Books co-created The Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls: a gritty, funny indie comic that became a billion dollar global franchise. Now, years later, the partnership dissolved, the corporate buy-out all spent, Books is struggling to recover from the hit-and-run driver called early success… and looking for the will and the joy to create something new again. Co-created by Kevin Eastman and David Avallone (Elvira, Bettie Page).”
Seldom does such a book capture the imagination regarding indie creators themselves. But in this tale of the one that created the Ronin Ragdolls, we see a paradise found, lost and regained all in one with “Books” Bookman’s rise and fall in the comics world. Lets just see if “Books” can get it all back again!
Shane and Paul Bookman’s Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls #1 (one-shot)
Writer(s): Kevin Eastman, Troy Little
Artist(s): Kevin Eastman, Troy Little
Cover Artist(s): Ben Bishop, Kevin Eastman, Troy Little, Stan Sakai, Freddie Williams
Publisher: Kevin Eastman Studios
Synopsis: “From the pages of Drawing Blood and the mind of Kevin Eastman comes the story-inside-the-story: the indie comic about three crime-fighting mutant cats which launched the Ragdolls franchise in 1992, and kicked off Ragdolls-mania! See where it all began, in this thrilling one-shot from co-creators Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and David Avallone (Elvira, Bettie Page).”
Almost thirty years ago three crime fighting mutant cats would come onto the scene on the heels of some certain other mutant fighters to forever change the indie scenery as we know it. In this wickedly awesome one-shot we see a return of the veritable story that gave rise to the larger story courtesy of Kevin Eastman’s vision. Anyone who loves Eastman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be absolutely charmed by this tale, and its just in time to enchant new readers as well!
And with that the week has definitely gone to Kevin Eastman with his return to indie books and these wonderful creations courtesy of his signature studio publisher! The one who was partially responsible for creating our beloved Ninja Turtles now has some new and enticing works to satisfy all your needs this week. And the best part is these books and so many more are available at the mere click of a button or screen from your phones, keyboards or tablet. But I will encourage you to go that extra step and head down to your local stores this Wednesday and pick up the hard copy issues themselves. Read them and share with your friends. Start a conversation and be sure to leave a comment or two. But most importantly, remember…GGG!