The Art of Kevin Eastman 2015

San Diego Comic Art Gallery now featuring Kevin Eastman

Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, has been working in comics for 30 years. He and collaborator, Peter Laird, created the TMNT and self published the series beginning in 1984. The book was a runaway success, but it wasn’t an easy start. Originally from Portland, ME,  Kevin moved up to Northampton, MA where he and Peter met and formed Mirage Studios, so named because “there wasn’t an actual studio, only kitchen tables and couches with lap boards”. Citing artists like Jack Kirby and Richard Corben as his influences, he and Laird came up with the Ninja Turtles after Eastman comedically sketched a squat turtle in a mask with nunchucks strapped to his hands. In May 1984, Eastman and Laird self-published ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, a 40 page comic with an initial print run of 3,275 copies. By September 1985, it received 3 additional printings. Continue reading The Art of Kevin Eastman 2015