Many comics fans know Ross Campbell as the creator of the acclaimed Wet Moon and the artist of the recently concluded Glory, but he's also among the biggest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans you're likely to meet this side of Dimension X. His fondness for Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's beloved green machines has manifested in the form of fan art posted on social media, covers and a short for Mirage's Tales of the TMNT and most recently work at IDW. Campbell's last full issue came last year in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Microseries #4: Leonardo and he's illustrated several covers and a few pages in the recent TMNT #23, but this week Campbell will illustrate yet another full TMNT tale alongside writer Brian Lynch and co-colorist Heather Nunnelly in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villain Microseries #4: ALOPEX.
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You'll have to pardon the acronym-heavy headline, but there's just no avoiding it when trying to communicate Funko's San Diego Comic-Con 2013 exclusive Pop! Vinyl toys. Arriving at the convention this July at Funko booth 5343 will be four metallic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, two blood-splattered The Walking Dead characters, plus both an Aliens Xenomorph and a Predator leaking green blood.
Much as I love the core team from Playmates' new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line, a few characters have left me cold -- namely the evil Shredder, who sports few paint applications and minimal articulation. At Toy Fair 2013, Playmates revealed a much sharper take on the Shredster that will feature a removable helmet, a righteous cape and overall improved posability - but San Diego Comic-Con 2013 attendees can snag an extra shiny version of it this July.
Two heroes are down as Shredder advances his plot to take New York City in next week's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #23. Writers Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman's "City Fall" storyline kicked off last month, giving fans a taste of what kind of shocking transformation may be in store for one of the Green machines, and this month artist Mateus Santolouco (along with alternate cover artists Dan Duncan, Andy Kuhn, Ben Bates, Ross Campbell and Dave Wachter) turns up the tension as a team short on allies prepares to confront multiple foes.
Created just for the new continuity of IDW's current ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series, new villain Old Hob was one of the first (furry) faces fans were introduced to when the book's first issue arrived in 2011. Beginning life as a mutant by attempting to straight up eat an ooze-covered Raphael before having his eye gouged out by a still-normal-rat Splinter, the new villain's predatory instincts have since culminated in one of Casey Jones and Raph's worst beatings in the series thus far. This week in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villain Microseries #3: Old Hob by writer Jason Ciaramella, artist Dave Wachter and colorist Tyler Walpole, however, fans will have a chance to see another side of Hob and learn what set the kitty down a life of brutality.
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As the home of an abundant assortment of licensed titles -- many of which popularized at one time or another in animation -- IDW's in a pretty good place to play up its ties to Saturday morning cartoons. This September, the publisher will play up this relationship in titles with direct ties to animation like Black Dynamite, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, G.I. Joe A Real American Hero, Popeye Classics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures and Transformers: More than Meets The Eye, but also Danger Girl, Judge Dredd, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and... The X-Files? Hit the jump to see September's full line of "IDW Gets Animated" alternate covers.
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The year 1993, man. For Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their fans, it was the best of times and kinda the worst of times. On one hand several TMNT comics were going strong, the animated series was in its seventh season and Playmates was on the cusp of releasing some of its most tubular toys yet. On the other hand... the near-universally loathed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III dropped and a lot of kids were moving on to watch the newly-launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. With so much going on, many fans probably didn't realize what they missed out on: A ninja-piloted Party Wagon toy that "mutated" into a giant mecha warrior suit.