Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I am now recruiting for a yet-to-be-named collaborative blog project. Like the Turtle Van, it is a niche blog that caters specifically to the tmnt fandom. The difference is that this new project will involve a number of contributors. Fans, industry professionals, people involved in the creative processes of the tmnt, etc. The vision here is to create a SINGLE place where a tmnt fan can go to keep current on the universe, find great deals on toys, or whatever else is interesting in the TMNT world. I am looking for Passionate, Enthusiastic, Well written folk who would like to apply to be part of our initial writing staff.
Here's a Quick FAQ!
Does this cost me anything/Do I get paid?
Nope and Nope! I'm footing the bill for everything we need to get the site going. From then on it will all be donations or...me.
As far as getting paid...like...ever...don't count on it. The people I want on staff are going to want to do this because they believe in the vision and are passionate about the brand.
How many writers are you looking for?
I have no idea yet. Too many cooks in the kitchen isn't good. And we don't want to be so big that we step on each others toes with posts, etc. I don't have a solid number in my head at this time though.
If I am not chosen, can I still contribute?
Of course you can! There will be contacts on the site to be able to submit news, stories, whatever! It just means that you won't be blogging first hand. And there will be no guarantee that your content will be used. Of course we will credit the sources whenever requested
If chosen, can I contribute anonymously?
Sure! This allows people involved in the creative aspect of the brand to be able to contribute more freely! When choosing screen names, it will be up to you what it is, and who you tell.
I'm sold! How do I apply?
Send a breif turtles related writing sample to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other than being turtles related, it can be about whatever the hell you want. Please don't go over a page in length. Your blog posts will probably never be over a page, no reason your writing sample should be.
The people who I have already contacted either verbally or via email need not apply. Just accept or decline the invitation. Being involved in the TMNT creative process also gives you an automatic approval for either guest blogging or a staff position.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask at the above address or in this thread.
My wonderful sister April posted this picture of me and my kids on her facebook. I thought it was cute. Not quite Christmas Card cute...but cute none-the-less. Those are my gym clothes, not my underwarez :-P
So, I was speaking to one of the people who are somehow involved in the Turtles Creative Universe...Yes...It is vague...Deal.
Anyway, the important part isn't who they are as much as what they said. I thought this was very insightful input on the subject:
Just saw your post online about the B&N.com selling tales.
It's only online. NOT in stores.
I think TMNT's biggest problem is that it's too diverse a property.
So, what a step in the right direction for one part isn't going to save the franchise as a whole.
There's not a lot of crossover from one part to the other--meaning those who read the comics don't necessarily watch the cartoon
Those who collect the toys don't care about the comics, etc.
And it doesn't help that every part skews to a different age group and audience.
Step in a right direction? Kinda. I guess. But I'm not really optimistic. They've been on Amazon forever, but no one buys them there.
Agree or disagree, it is interesting input.
P.S. The Picture is just something I stole from google image search. If it is yours, let me know so I can credit you.
Yes, this is a few days old. I hate you too ._.
Super Slueth and all around good guy dromer Cipher dug up this interesting factoid:
Barnes & Noble Sell Tales of the TMNT?
Or at least, they seem to have started to carry them online with issue 55: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...WRD=TMNT&SAT=1
Most definately a good move and a step in the right direction! Good find Cipher.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
New kid on the block, GodzFire remixed the soundtrack to the Turtles III NES game as his contribution to the 25th anniversary. Download links can be found on his technodrome post here.
My favorite Canadian - Isaac - Whom you may or may not know is spearheading the turtledoc project, had a pretty insightful post over on the technodrome. Thought I would share it.
So as many of you know I am currently deep in production on the TMNT documentary project, I can say we are achieving much more than I thought we would be able to! The official TMNT community has been a major help so far! I can't thank them enough!
I have seen a lot of threads on here about the "doom and gloom" of the franchise, talking about the ending of TMNT, if and when we get a movie, and so on.
Well, as you can imaging I spoke about such things with many of the people I was privileged enough to get to know.
I can't say everything but I will say a few things.
First off these people all deserve a lot more credit than we give them, they are too often cut down on here with no reason. They are working very hard to continue to bring you a quality product that we all love and enjoy.
The Current Show: I know that Peter is very proud of what they have accomplished on the new show! As I believe many of us would agree. When the new show comes to an end we shouldn't freak out, we can't expect it to last forever. It is no secret that there is a "feature" project with the new cartoon being premiered at Sandi Con by 4kids. This was discussed at their panel which I am sure you can find on the net.
The New Movie: This I can't say to much about other than they are talking about it, it would likely be a "hybrid" style shoot, and people are confident it may happen some day soon. In the world of movie making deals rest on dollars and contracts, as much as the Mirage crew wants to make something it can be put on hold by the powers that be. Though Peter seemed optamistic about it!
TMNT Longevity: Personally I think it is silly that people are worried about TMNT "going away" How can it go away any more than super man or batman can go away? Even if it sleeps for a while it will never disappear forever. From the perspective of some at Mirage taking a break can be a huge help to get those creative juices flowing again. When being so close to one specific property some times you need a little time to step back and take a breather, but in that case they will be back.
Lets cut them some slack, I think we are pretty lucky and have a vibrant and very alive franchise compared to pretty much all others of the same generation.
Thanks! Check for more updates on the doc at: www.turtledoc.com
I completely agree. As much as I bitch about certain aspects of the brand on occasion, I am sick to death of all the negativity. It is funny, because a number of you have told me that I've "gone soft" or that I've "changed". The truth is kids...I am just too tired to be bitter anymore. I will not allow myself to be consumed by it anymore. You shouldn't either.
Friday, February 13, 2009
My adorable friends, the FragDolls, put me in their video montage for NYCC09. Check it out! Thanks to Rhoulette for the heads up!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
You know, I didn't catch this guys name, but we met at con, and I always love collecting pics of other peoples TMNT tats...since there are so few of us.
Edit: HAHA! You can read his name off his badge in the picture. His name is Chris Wilcock :-)
A couple weekends ago, the Nuart Theater in Los Angeles showed the first turtles movie at midnight. I was there, and I thought I would share a couple pictures. Everyone there was really really enthusiastic, some of the people there were even wearing home made costumes and makeup. There were about 200 people according to the ticket count.
I actually woke up really late day one. Got to the con, went straight to the Heavy Metal booth and talked to kevin for awhile. Went to the Mirage table in artist alley and got my Volume 1 #4 misprint signed by all the guys. Met up with Issac (Canadian_Turtle) and his cousin Rob. Spent most of the day running around the con with them. Attended the Panel (I'm the charming gentleman with the handy cam in the front, right in front of Eric Talbot). After the con, Issac Rob and I went and explored NYC. Went to dinner at the Hard Rock, desert at Sardi's.
Bought a Poop-ton more turtles art, and ordered a water color painting from Eric Talbot. Saw Avenue Q (it's an adult level humor, puppet musical. It's fantastic) on Broadway. Met Vaughn! Met with the Brand manager of the TMNT for Playmates, and had a good long talk that was actually constructive. Luke is a great guy. After the con closed, Isaac, Rob, and I had drinks with Kevin Eastman at the bar in his hotel, the 4 of us ended up spending a good 3 or 4 hours talking about a multitude of things. Which...was surreal for me. Afterwards I went and started packing since I had to move my crap out of my hotel on day 3.
Sunday was pretty awesome for me. First off, I actually convinced Peter to do a Wolverine turtle to go with my wolverine turtle custom. The Painting Eric did for me turned out FANTASTIC. When I went by the Heavy Metal booth to say hi to Kevin, I had a realization that, despite the countless things he has signed for me... he had never actually done a sketch for me...so he did. Then at noon, Murph and I went to lunch. Shortly thereafter I was back on a plane headed for Los Angeles. All in all a fantastic weekend. I'd like to especially thank Isaac, Rob, Kevin, Murph, Eric, and Luke, for all the contributions each of them made toward making my weekend awesome.