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Archie and the gang meet Canadian indie pop duo Tegan & Sara in THE ARCHIES #5 from Segura, Rosenberg, and Eisma

First Comics News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 21:26

Tegan and Sara join CHVRCHES and The Monkees as latest musical acts to guest-star in THE ARCHIES.

After a major meltdown leads to one of their one quitting the band, The Archies will turn to indie pop sirens Tegan and Sara to help them get through a major crisis! Will things get patched up in time for their next show or has The Archies’ tour gone kaput?

Tegan and Sara join the ranks of CHVRCHES and The Monkees as the latest acts to appear in the new ongoing THE ARCHIES comic book series by co-writers Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg, artist Joe Eisma, and colorist Matt Herms.

“I love the mix of acts we’ve gotten to jam with the Archies, and Tegan and Sara are no exception,” said co-writer Alex Segura. “The fun part about writing this series is that the groups coming in get to meet the Archies at different points in their musical journey, and this issue will find the Archies at a major crossroads – one that might change the makeup of the band forever.”

“Of the bands we’ve featured thus far, I’ve been a fan of Tegan and Sara the longest, and I think their team up with The Archies will make for some exciting comics,” said artist Joe Eisma. “I’m looking forward to drawing this super talented and stylish band!”

THE ARCHIES #5
Featuring guest stars TEGAN AND SARA! After a wild, trippy ride to the 60s, the Archies find themselves back in the present day—and facing a major meltdown as one of the members quits. Can indie pop sirens TEGAN AND SARA help the band through the crisis, or has the tour gone kaput?
Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Covers: Joe Eisma, Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 2/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Valiant Rockets into NC Comicon 2017 with Exclusives, Panels and More in November!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 18:48

In just a few short weeks, Valiant is heading to the Tar Heel State for an incredible celebration of comics and pop culture!

From Friday, November 10th to Sunday, November 12th, the most celebrated publisher in comics today is charging headfirst into NC Comicon with a show-stopping slate of convention-only exclusives, panels, signings, programming, and more unforgettable surprises no one will want to miss.

All weekend long, head to booth #A001-A002 inside the Durham Convention Center and find out firsthand why Valiant is the most renowned publisher in the comic book industry! Start your journey here with a complete selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers of our critically acclaimed and award-winning titles, including BLOODSHOT REBORN, DIVINITY, BRITANNIA, FAITH, X-O MANOWAR, HARBINGER, NINJAK, and more!

And don’t miss the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 NC Comicon 2017 Exclusive Variant by artist Megan Hutchinson (Rockstars)! Capturing Hutchinson’s live painting demonstration during Valiant’s appearance at the Vans Warped Tour in Pomona, CA on August 8th, 2017, relive Valiant’s summer on the road with America’s longest-running touring music festival with this one-of-kind snapshot, available only at NC Comicon! Then, behold a bloody and vengeful new beginning for Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award-nominated superhero saga as extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) set forth with a revenge-fueled assault in Valiant’s next blockbuster ongoing series!

Then: Find out what’s in store for the Valiant Universe in 2018 and beyond with exclusive panels all weekend long! First, join Valiant on Saturday, November 11th at 3 pm ET for the Valiant Presents NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE – Screening and Q&A! Valiant and Bat in the Sun Productions, the team behind the YouTube sensation Super Power Beat Down, have joined forces for a live-action digital series colliding Ninjak with a gauntlet of Valiant’s formidable heroes! Join a star-studded panel of special guests right here at NC Comicon 2017 for an exclusive round of footage and Q&A, with an exclusive giveaway to follow!

Next: The excitement continues on Sunday, November 12th at 2 pm ET with #AskValiantAnything! Ever wanted to get inside the head of the people that help produce some of the most acclaimed comics on the market today? Do you have questions about what’s coming next for your favorite Valiant comic book series? Or about how to break into the industry? Any and all questions are welcome – because now you can ASK VALIANT ANYTHING! (And we might even drop a spoiler or two!)

We’ll see you at NC Comicon!


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – NC Comicon 2017 Exclusive Variant 

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FOURTH WAVE OF GUESTS AND EXHIBITORS FOR MALTA COMIC CON 2017 ANNOUNCED AS PHASE 1 TICKETS SELL OUT!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:14

(Your Home, Your Place to Shine!)

 

November 1st 2017, Malta

 

Wicked Comics are proud to announce that the first phase of Malta Comic Con 2017 have already sold out. Phase 2 Super Saver tickets are now available online from the Malta Comic Con website (http://www.maltacomic-con.com/product-category/tickets) and offline from Pandora’s Box Collectables (Tarxien), Toy Town (Birkirkara) and RC World (Naxxar) at €10 for 1 day and €14 for 2 days.

 

Wicked Comics are also proud to announce that guests Lee Townsend, Ian Sharman, Cliodhna, Clint Langley, Leonidas “Steve” Stivaktis and Lea Gerard as well as exhibitors Agenda Bookshop, Daniel Mercieca, Jonathan Shaller, Leanne Agius, Lawrence Paul Zrinzo and Scatterbrian will be joining the previously announced guest and exhibitors amongst the highlights of Malta Comic Convention (MCC) 2017. The 9th edition of the Malta Comic Con (MCC) will be held on Saturday 2rd December (10am-6pm) and Sunday 3rd December (11am-7pm) 2017 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.

 

Lee Townsend

Lee Townsend started working in the comic industry in the mid 90’s. Throughout his career he has worked on titles such as Action Man, Transformers (Marvel Uk), Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk (Marvel), Judge Dredd, Sinister Dexter, Flesh (2000AD), Hellblazer and World of Warcraft (DC). He has also spent several years working in the animation industry for Disney and Dreamworks and is currently drawing comic strips for Cartoon Network and storyboards for adverts and films. He is also in discussion on new comic projects with Marvel and DC.

http://www.maltacomic-con.com/guests/lee-townsend

 

Ian Sharman

 

Ian Sharman is the award winning writer of Alpha Gods, Hero: 9 to 5, Hypergirl, The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley and Spacescape. He also contributes and edits the Eagle Award nominated anthology Eleventh Hour. Ian has also inked titles such as Spider-Man, Iron Man and X-Men for Panini Comics and lettered the Doctor Who graphic novels and the AX Collection of underground manga published by Top Shelf. He’s also Editor In Chief of Markosia, one of the leading independent publishers of graphic novels in the UK, and runs Orang Utan Comics, a UK based collective of comic book creators. In addition to this Ian is also the producer and one of the stars of the audio drama Ray Gunn & Starburst and recently released a collection of flash fiction and poetry called Words On A Wall. http://www.maltacomic-con.com/guests/ian-sharman Cliodhna

Cliodhna is an Irish animator and illustrator. She studied animation at Ballyfermot College in Dublin and comics at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her film credits include “The Secret of Kells” and “The 99 Unbound”. She has also contributed to several comic book anthologies including War: The Human Cost, Ink+paper and The Whores of Mensa as well as editing the charity anthology ‘I’m sorry I can’t take your call right now but I’m off saving the world’.

http://www.maltacomic-con.com/guests/cliodhna

Clint Langley

Clint Langley is a British comic book artist best known for his work on series Slaine and ABC Warriors with Pat Mills at 2000AD and as the cover artist for Marvel Comics’ Guardians of the Galaxy, Hawkeye and Ghost Rider. He has also produced art for Games workshops’ Warhammer universe, Radical Comics’ Hercules and collectible card art for Magic the Gathering and World of Warcraft.

http://www.maltacomic-con.com/guests/clint-langley Leonidas “Steve” Stivaktis Greek creator Leonidas Stivaktis graduated from Ornerakis School of Applied Arts, where he studied comics and illustration, and has also studied Creative Writing in the Kapodistrian University of Athens. To date Steve, as he is also known has self-published ten zines, two sketchbooks, and a graphic novel, illustrated various children’s books and the core book for the role-playing game The Small Folk. His comics are usually about various fantasy settings, puns, gender and sexuality, and too many dolphins. He loves attending comic conventions and festivals. 

http://www.maltacomic-con.com/guests/leonidas-steve-stivaktis

 

Lea Gerard

Lea is a twenty-two year old living in the countryside of England. Now a graduate, she works in retail and has found her passion in creating zines about what she knows best: conservation, animals and ridiculous stories from her adventures to places such as Africa, Spain and Madagascar. Her first zine ‘Pandas Are A##holes’ has just been completed and at least two more are currently in the works. http://www.maltacomic-con.com/guests/lea-gerard

 

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Women of Wonder Convention

First Comics News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:35

A Unique Experience Focusing on Women Creators

On Saturday March 10, from 10am to 5pm at the Dallas Central Library, we present the first ever Women of Wonder Convention.  This event is free to attend.

Built from years of success with the Creative Women’s Conference, we are taking our celebration and support of female creators to the next level with WOW Con.

Our headlining guest is Caitlin Dechelle, actress and stunt woman known for such films as Wonder Woman, Teen Wolf, Fast and Furious 7, and many more!
We will have a wide assortment of speakers, artists, and more showcasing the talent of creative women.  They will share knowledge about their process applicable to creators of any age or gender.

In a fun show of support, we will also be making the first ever Guiness World Record attempt for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Female Super Heroes!
If you are just starting out, already well on your way, want to show your support, or just curious about what happens behind the scenes, there is something for everyone at WOW Con.
www.facebook.com/WomenOfWonderCon
womenofwondercon.weebly.com
twitter.com/wowcontx
instagram.com/womenofwondercon

If you are interested in volunteering or participating at the con please go to – womenofwondercon.weebly.com/get-involved.html

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Comics Creators At Wizard World Comic Con Austin

First Comics News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:18

Justice League,’ ‘Avengers,’ ‘Venom,’ ‘Dark Nights: Metal,’ ‘Cyanide & Happiness’ Artists Headline Creators Roster At Wizard World Comic Con Austin, November 17-19

 

Jorge Molina, Jonathan Glapion, Mike S. Miller, Sam de La Rosa, Shawn Coss, Tim Vigil, Stuart Sayger, Clinton Hobart, Genese Davis, Tom Cook, Phil Ortiz Among Leaders In Artist Alley At Austin Convention Center; Creative Stage To Feature Demonstrations, Discussions All Weekend

 

AUSTIN, Texas, November 1, 2017 – Creators behind today’s hottest comic and film properties are scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Austin, November 17-19 at the Austin Convention Center, including Jorge Molina (“Thor,” “Avengers”), Jonathan Glapion (“Dark Nights: Metal,” “Batgirl”), Mike S. Miller (“Justice League,” “Game of Thrones”), Sam de la Rosa (“Venom”), Shawn Coss (“Cyanide & Happiness”), Tim Vigil (“Faust”), Stuart Sayger (“ROM,” “Micronauts”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons”), Tom Cook (“Masters of the Universe,” “Smurfs”) and Clinton Hobart (licensed Disney fine artist).

 

Other superstar artists and writers populating Artist Alley are Mostafa Moussa (“Tales of the Thing,” “Godzilla”), Ryan Kincaid (“Antoinette,” Marvel card sets/Upper Deck), Mark Kistler (“Secret City,” “Imagination Station”), Genese Davis ( The Holder’s Dominion), Victor Dandridge (“The Samaritan,” “Origins Unknown”), Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Night, Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth), Jeremy Clark (“GFT: Apocalypse,” “Grimm’s Fairy Tales Genesis: Heroes Reborn”), the legendary Allen Bellman (Golden Age “Captain America,” “Human Torch”) and many others.

 

In addition to appearing at their respective Artist Alley tables, select creators will participate in panel discussions and demonstration on the Creative Stage.

 

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 14th and final event scheduled on the 2017 Wizard World calendar, Austin show hours are Friday, November 17, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, November 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

 

Wizard World Comic Con Austin is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

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Wednesday Comics: Nocturnals: Sinister Path

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:00

Ignore the calendar. Halloween doesn't have to be over yet, not when there's a new Nocturnals graphic novel out. I backed the Kickstarter for Dan Brereton's Sinster Path, so I first mentioned it back in July, but now the nonbacker public can get it. The Kindle/Comixology versions are available, as is the soft cover, through sellers on Amazon.

If you're not familiar with horror/pulp/superhero mashup The Nocturnals, you might want to read this post first.  If you are, then you know Brereton presents his tough guy underworld where super-science and magic exist in a matter of fact way, without a lot of explanation. Sinister Path continues this tradition, so no one evidences any surprise when Doc Horror and his crew head into the mansion of a deceased judge to get the files of dirt he kept on various underworld and government figures and encounter supernatural menaces. All in a days work for a werewolf/mob enforcer/scientist from a parallel dimension!

If that makes the Nocturnals sound like camp, it is not. The tone is serious for the most part, and Brereton makes his unusual concept work. His moody and lurid art probably helps.


Sinster Path could be read as a standalone, but it's probably, but best to start a little earlier so you know the relationships. It's fairly open-ended, promising more to come.

MIGHTY CRUSADERS HANDBOOK: The Web II

First Comics News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 08:19


Created by:

Jerry Siegel and Paul Reinman

Real Name:

John Raymond Jr.

Joined Mighty Crusaders:

In an untold story prior to Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) #1

First Appearance:

Fly Man #36, March 1966

Origin:

The Web was really noted criminologist John Raymond, Jr. whose father was the Original Web. He has continued the family tradition without letting the world know his father retired.

History:

The Web’s identity is known by his wife, who objects to his crime-fighting, to the point he has become the “Henpecked hero”. Unbeknownst to the Web his wife is the superhero Pow-Girl. The two have teamed up on several occasions. He has also had several adventures with his brother-in-law the Jaguar.

Powers & Weapons:

The Web is an Olympic level athlete with a vastly superior intellect. He spent his life training as a top-level criminologist, concentrating on what makes the criminal mind operate. His psychological prowess aids him in outsmarting his opponents and bringing them to justice!

Checklist:
Mighty & Radio Comics:
Fly Man 36, 38
Laugh Comics Digest 23
Mighty Crusaders 4, 5
Mighty Comics 40, 43, 45, 46, 50
Super Heroes vs. Super Villains 1

Red Circle & Archie Comics:
Blue Ribbon Comics (vol. 2) 7, 13, 14
Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) 1-5, 7-13
Archie’s Weird Mysteries 3, 14

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RICH INTERVIEWS: Kyle Starks Writer Dead of Winter: Good Good Dog

First Comics News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 07:36

First Comics News: How would you survive in the Dead of Winter world?

Kyle Starks: Oh nooooooo. Uh. Not very well, I don’t think. I mean, honestly, there’s no way I survive without the kindness of others.

1st: Why do you think people are so fascinated by zombies?

Kyle: Personally, I think it’s because zombies represent inevitability. They aren’t scary because they’re so formidable. They aren’t as difficult to kill like vampires or bloodthirsty killers like werewolves – they are the inevitable. We are all going to die and that is always stomping toward us, slowly, in a huge unavoidable wave.

1st: What do you enjoy most about writing Dead of Winter?

Kyle: I mean, Sparky is the best, right? I love a good zombie movie but definitely writing for a dog was the highlight for me. I could tell Sparky stories for a very long time and for that setting to be the zombie apocalypse or drawing from a tabletop game I genuinely adore, full of wonderful characters, that’s a treat, my dude.

1st: What do you think makes Annaleigh so special?

Kyle: Annaleigh’s tenacious. You don’t become a lawyer without a good head on your shoulder and desire. I think she’s just a real gutsy woman who’s not scared of much and 100% sure of herself.

1st: Besides zombies, which monster would you most like to write about?

Kyle: I’m not sure it counts, per se, but I would bend over backwards to do a Tremors ongoing series.

1st: How does writing Dead of Winter compare or differ to writing Rick and Morty or Kill Them All?

Kyle: It’s a lot of things that make it stand apart from those projects: it’s the only one that has a horror element, it’s the only one whose protagonist is a dog, it’s the only one that’s based on a tabletop board game and it’s the only one I didn’t do any illustration on. But, it was just as fun and just as fulfilling. I love a new arena to tell a story in and I think, additionally, Sparky is single-handedly the only REAL, honest to God good guy HERO in any of those three books, and that sort of purity and intent was a lot of fun to play with.

1st: What comic book would you like to write, given the opportunity?

Kyle: You know, right now I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to tell my own stories with Kill Them All and Rock Candy Mountain over at Image, to work on the absolute two non-comic franchises I would want to work on (Rick and Morty and Dead of Winter) and I’m not sure what is out there I’d rather be doing than what I’m lucky enough to be doing right now.

1st: Which comic books (besides ones you have worked on) would you recommend?

Kyle: This could be a super long list so I’ll just keep it to my hard recommendations for 2017. The two best books I’ve read, handily, are Zander Cannon’s Kaijumax and Matt Rosenberg’s 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank. They are both unique, clever and masterful works in the comics medium.

1st: Any words for fans of your work?

Kyle: Any time I get to say anything to my fans it’s always “Thank you.” Without the people who have supported and championed my work I absolutely wouldn’t be making comics for a living, and I’m just endlessly grateful. I can’t say thank you enough to anyone who supports me and my stories.

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RICH INTERVIEWS: Gabriel “Gabo” Bautista Artist Dead of Winter: Good Good Dog

First Comics News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 07:30

First Comics News: What inspires you when you are drawing zombies?

Gabriel Bautista: You know when you people get third- degree burns? That. Bubbling flesh peeling off. And a wicked hangover. The zombies in Dead of Winter aren’t your typical, rotting zombies., It’s a nastier virus I guess?

1st: What do you think is the most important feature when drawing a zombie? What do you focus on to make them “look dead”?

Gabo: The eyes, chico, they never lie. The key is to make them as empty as their humanity. That and torn up raggedy clothing. I’ve never met a well-dressed zombie.

1st: What comes to mind when you are drawing people’s reactions to the zombies (surprise, fear, excitement)?

Gabo: I try my best to emulate the reaction they might be going through. Hell, sometimes I even take a picture of myself and study it. Then I delete it immediately. Don’t want someone to find a folder of me being a weirdo.

1st: How do you feel that Dead of Winter compares to your work in The Life After or Elephantmen?

Gabo: Dead of Winter was a bit tough at first. In The Life After and Elephantmen I was able to experiment with color, and basically, go nuts on whatever I wanted to draw. This project I had to stick to a desaturated palette and keep from drawing weird sci-fi mechanical things on walls haha.

1st: What does your color art bring out in Jonah Hex’s character?

Gabo: Jonah Hex was the second book I colored professionally. The artist, Moritat, was a very good mentor on the title. He taught me some very important lessons that I still carry on through my personal and professional work. For All-Star Western, I had to learn how to keep things very grungy and dirty, being as it’s a western. Ultimately, though, I often ended up often coloring the pages a bit too bright for Moritat’s taste, but I think it worked out nicely in the end.

1st: Have you ever had the desire to draw a superhero comic? Which would it be, or would the hero be your own invention?

Gabo: I think the only superhero I’d kill someone to work on would be MODOK. Anybody else, I feel I wouldn’t be doing them justice. Hell, even MODOK I don’t know much about! I didn’t really grow up reading comics, so I don’t have a deep passion for any of them like some other artists do. The closest to obsession would be Ninja Turtles, but even then, at the end of the day, I’ve got tons of my own stories that I’d much rather do. There’s more freedom with your own inventions!

1st: What advice do you have for new and upcoming comics artists?

Gabo: You can’t be a comic artist unless you draw some comics. You can’t be an artist if you don’t ART. I started a website over a decade ago called http://EnterVoid.com. The main idea of the site is to pit your own characters against other people’s characters in comic battles, then the public votes on who did best based on several different attributes. We’ve had some pretty amazing artists come through, including: Marley Zarcone (Shade, the Changing Girl), Kenneth Rocafort, & James Stokoe, amongst many others. If you want to learn how to get better at comics, I invite you to go to that site and get better. You have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting a job in the comics field by drawing pinups of Wolverine or Dragon Ball Z. DRAW THE COMICS, GET BETTER. GET PAID.

And for any of you reading this, and you’re serious about becoming a professional comic artist, I offer mentorships for that very thing on my patreon: https://www.patreon.com/galvosaur

1st: In your opinion, what is the best part of being an artist?

Gabo: On occasion, we’re able to create the worlds we see in our minds. Being able to create your own universe is one of the most precious things I’ve ever been given. The power of imagination.

1st: What would you like to say to those who enjoy your art?

Gabo: First and foremost, thank you so very much, we love hearing those things from people directly., it lifts our spirits when we can’t leave the house for weeks on end because of deadlines. Secondly, if you love our art, please support us. Go to your local comic shop and buy an extra copy for a friend, or hell a stranger! Or support us on Patreon! Imagine if everyone pitched in a dollar a month, we’d be able to afford health care haha. Also, don’t forget some of us sell original artwork and are open for commissions! You can find my original art sales here: http://comiconart.com/artist/Gabo and all sorts of other fun stuff here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/galvosaur .

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Hugely collectible toys being given away by the Co-Creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

First Comics News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 06:36

Souped up playset worth unknown thousands going to one lucky fan.

NORTHAMPTON, MA, OCTOBER 31, 2017 – One of the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is going to make one TMNT fan very happy this year.  In an effort to thank his many fans for years of loyalty, Fan Club Membership and the recent success of his collectible toyline, Co-Creator Kevin Eastman is launching The Ultimate TMNT Giveaway. The Giveaway includes the Sewer Playset, Technodrome, Party Van, Blimp base, Cheapskate, Turtle Trooper and Knucklehead (1988-1990 original toys) all signed with a headsketch along with a complete set of “soft head” signed 1988 action figures: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michaelangelo, Splinter, Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady and a Foot Soldier.  A 1988 April O’Neil and 1989 Casey Jones complete the set. “Soft heads” are so named from the very first production run of TMNT action figures in 1988 when the heads of each figure was hollow.  The decision was made after that to use a harder solid head for durability. “You can tell a real collector,” said Eastman, “they see an ’88 toy and they pick it up and squeeze the head.  No need to squeeze here”, he added, “These are the real thing and everything will be given to one lucky fan!” The Ultimate TMNT Giveaway runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017.  For details on how to enter and full contest rules, please visit https://fan.kevineastmanstudios.com

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