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Video+Info: This Week in NerdNews October 28 2018

This week in Nerd is a look back at the Pop Culture events and Nerdy News from the previous week.  This Week in Nerd is hosted by Troy Stegner of Zia Comics/Talk Nerdy to Me.

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TNTM: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) Universe

The Ninja Turtle Universe has grown exponentially from the original issue #1.  No longer is it just the Turtles, Shredder, Splinter, and the Hand.  Now you have enough other characters to support a second ongoing comic title… which is exactly what IDW is doing!

This new series will tell stories focused on various supporting characters in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle world. Characters named by series editor Bobby Curnow include Casey Jones, Fugitoid, Old Hob, April, Nobody, Harold, and Baxter Stockman.  He also teased we’ll get a couple brand new villains.  “Essentially over the past four-plus years our TMNT world has grown too large to contain to one monthly title.

There are dozens of fan-favorite characters. In short, we need a second title to do the TMNT Universe justice,” said Curnow. “With two series we can flesh out these supporting characters more and devote greater time to the Turtles themselves and expanding their world. Our aim is to tell stories that are self-contained but complementary to the original ongoing TMNT title.”

Paul Allor, who has written previous TMNT comics Turtles in Time and Mutanimals, told us what to expect from the story. “This is a classic siege story in the vein of Rio Bravo and Assault on Preinct 13. It’s a brutal, action-packed siege story packed with villains old and new. It’s also very driven by the relationship between these four brothers,” Allor said.

Issue #1 of TMNT Universe has already hit the shelves and is selling very well.  Run to your local comic book store and pick up your copy now before it is too late.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #1• Paul Allor, Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz (w)• Damian Couceiro, Kevin Eastman, Bill Sienkiewicz (a)• Freddie Williams (c)

Introducing a new era in TMNT! This series will explore characters and story-lines that are pivotal to the IDW TMNT universe! When a mysterious new mutant targets Baxter Stockman it will be up to the TMNT to reluctantly save him. Little does everyone know that a larger trap is being laid by a new arch-foe! Plus a back-up story from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and comics legend Bill Sienkiewicz!

• 40 pages • $4.99

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TNTM Kevin Eastman interview El Paso Comic Con

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com got the opportunity to interview Kevin Eastman at El Paso Comic Con 2016.

(We apologize for the background noise, but there was a vending machine in the room and there was a con going on in the background.)

Kevin Eastman is best known for co-founding Mirage Comics and co-creating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise alongside friend and colleague Peter Laird. He purchased Heavy Metal Magazine and became publisher of it`s U.S. branch. He is currently co-writing and doing covers for IDW`s current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles run.

While searching for someone to publish his comics Kevin Eastman met Peter Laird. After working together on several projects the two decided to publish their own independent comic book.  In May of 1984 they released the first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles under the company name Mirage Comics. To save on their budget the book was printed in black and white.

The initial print was only 3,000 copies. It was funded by a $1,000 loan Eastman took from his uncle. By September of the following year the first issue had been reprinted five times. With the success of issue 1, demand for issue 2 was much higher. They received pre-orders of 15,000 copies. This allowed Eastman and Laird to work on the series full-time.

In 1985 a How to draw: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles book was released by Solson Productions.  They also published several martial arts manuals centered around the Turtles. Shortly after Eastman and Laird began licensing the characters.  There were role-playing books and miniatures released by Polladium and Dark Horse, respectively. In December 1987 the first episodes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series premiered.  It was an instant hit leading to a nine year – 10 season run. This led to Eastman and Laird being approached by Playmate Toys. They licensed a full line of action figures which lasted the entire length of the series with new figures being released with each season.

With the series came more comics, toys, roleplaying games, and even video games. This solidified the Turtles as a franchise to be respected.

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