While Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is in the midst of a creative renaissance at IDW, with the current series making our own Best Comics of 2013 list, the publisher continues to release reprints and collections of stories that had been unavailable for years. Recently, IDW released a new hardcover edition of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Collection, which was originally published in 2009 (the actual 25th anniversary) through co-creator Kevin Eastman’s Heavy Metal publishing house, re-mastering the artwork and providing some stories with color for the first time.
Unlike ComicsAlliance editor Caleb Goellner -- who seems to bleed green -- I’ve only read a few issues of the new series. I really, genuinely liked it, but felt like my memories of the original comics, if not the comics themselves, were better. For that same reason, I haven’t bought a single issue of IDW’s Classics reprints; just saw enough of the first collection to know that I didn't like the cold digital coloring. Really, I didn’t want to see TMNT with new eyes; I wanted it to remain great in my recollection, rather than diminished by the reality. I didn’t want to find out that literally the most important comic in my life was reduced to trash because of the passage of time and changes in perception.
Between the awesomeness of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time video game and the... much less awesomeness of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, the equation of TMNT + time travel doesn't always equal every fan's ideal experience...
We didn't realize when we set out to list our favorite comic books of 2012 that it had been such a fun year to be a fan of the medium that we all love so much. The last twelve months offered readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies; the return of much missed mangaka and the emergence of exciting new talent; a new crowd-sponsored visibility for self-publishing; and the ascension of the fan artist from bedroom dreamer to Tumblr tycoon...
Classics: Tom Spurgeon's short profile of Jan Strnad and Dennis Fujitake's 1980s sci-fi series, Dalgoda, may will have you begging Fantagraphics to recollect the full run in a hardcover omnibus.
Conventions: A group of the original San Diego Comic-Con founders have formed a new, more comics-centric convention called The San Diego Comic Fest, which will run from October 19-21 at the San Diego Town & Country Resort and Convention Center.
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