Greetings. Man, where has the time gone? 2013 was a great year for myself personally. And here we are at the start of 2014! What better to start of a new year with some great goals and great comics?
I was lucky enough to find some (4 volumes) old (1989) Eastman and Laird Ninja Turtle books a few months back for cheap ($6-8). These are known to be very rare and I snatched them up the second I seen them mainly because I always wanted to read them (well no shit). The thing that drew me to these comics (PUN) was the artwork. Simple, crude, and distinct. Not everyone’s cup of tea.
To a lot of people the early TMNT artwork was “bad”. I never thought that. It had a very natural look to it. It wasn’t great looking. That’s what was great about it. When I read the 1st issue years back thats when I thought, “Why couldn’t I do this?” and last month reading all Laird and Eastman’s original run I thought the exact same thing.
Why can’t I just sit down and draw an idea? Screw anatomy. Forget exact perspective. Who cares how the back of a surveillance camera looks. No need to make this your best. Your shining example of work. JUST DRAW. And most importantly: Have fun.
Sometimes you don’t need to sit down and say “THIS HAS TO BE THE ABSOLUTE BEST THING I CAN PRODUCE OR ELSE!” Sometimes you just gotta do it. And that’s what I did. I sat down…and I drew a short ninja comic. BECAUSE WHY NOT.
Here’s my ode to Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
2014 shall be the year of the comic…for this website anyway. More comics to come. Why?
Because my name is Chris. And I do comics.