OMG!!! TMNT (!!!?????!!!!)

Fri 7/21/2006

Doesn't it seem like it's been a REALLY long time since I've been REALLY excited about a movie?

Well, I AM REALLY FRIGGIN EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MOVIE!!!!!!

It's safe to say that I am a real sucker for big "block buster" movies. (*COUGH* Star Wars *COUGH*) And sure, there were some pretty fun movies that came out this summer. But there was nothing I could really "get behind." There was no movie that I needed to call all my friends to make sure we were there opening night...

Well, TMNT is IT! I can't WAIT!!! I've been reading about it in the letters column of the comic book for years now and it is SO COOL to finally see how it is going to look. The character designs look awesome and the CG is INSANE! It's gonna be AMAZING!!!

I got obsessed with the old TMNT comics in about 2000... For those of you that don't know, It started in the 80s as a self-published comic book drawn and written by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. They did the first 22 issues together, with a few other guys helping out (the Mirage Studios "bullpen" ;) Then it really went to crap after about issue 22 when Eastman & Laird started making millions of dollars from TV shows and toys and movies, etc. Volume 1 made a brief "recovery" for the City At War 13-part series, but it turned out to be the END of the title. (And NO, I'm not addressing the "Archie" versions of the Turtles, which were just based off the animated cartoon, which had very little to do with the real characters from the Comics).

Then Mirage tried to relaunch the comic as Volume 2, in color (???) which only lasted for about a dozen issues. Volume 3 was done over at Image with NONE of the original people working on it (Donatello had a bionic arm? Uh... yeah) It was total garbage. At that point (the mid 90s?) it really seemed like there was no hope for the Turtles.

Then, a few years back, Laird bought out Eastman's share of the property and started the comic book over (Volume 4) in black and white, dealing with the original continuity. He puts it out on schedule, he writes every issue and it is drawn and inked by his core crew of Mirage friends. It is quite frankly one of the most consistent, enjoyable Comics I've ever read in single-issue form.

Anyways, sorry to dork out, but as you can see, I really LOVE the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and this movie looks like it will do an excellent job of capturing the attitude and look of the "REAL" turtles.

I'm SO PUMPED!!!

1 comment on this entry

Oh man, so awesome! I read the original B&W TMNT comics as a very little kid and don't remember much other than I loved them. Much like all the other kids growing up in the 80's and early 90's I was also a rabid fan of the cartoon show and even the comics that were based on the cartoon show. I used to have not only the Donatello in disguise action figure but a GIANT SIZE Donatello stuffed doll I won at the Dutchess County Fair. It was almost as big as me! Anyway, I don't mean to ramble on, but I couldn't help myself. I can't wait to watch that trailer when I get home!!!

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