Kevin Eastman Launches A Kickstarter

Anyone who knows me even vaguely will know that I am a HUGE Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan. Like, the biggest. That’s why, when the following press release found it’s way into my inbox, I got very excited. Very excited indeed.



Who is Shane Bookman?

Creators Kevin Eastman and David Avallone, with Artists Ben Bishop and Troy Little, want to tell you his story with their new  comic book series, DRAWING BLOOD.

In 1992, Shane “Books” Bookman, and his brother Paul, released their scrappy indie creation on the unsuspecting comic book universe: The Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls. To their great surprise, everyone went wild for the adventures of three feline Katana wielding mutant cats, and a multi-million dollar franchise was born.

After more than a decade and a half of global success – comics/action figures/movies and just about anything else you could sell with a Ragdoll on it — the creators imploded. Too young and too naïve to know how to handle the sudden pressures of wealth and fame, they split up, and the franchise eventually sold.

Now “Books” is hitting his forties (hard), his money all gone, his artistic inspiration tapped out, and his very life in danger from the loan sharks his crooked business partner failed to tell him about before committing suicide. It’s hard enough to recover from a catastrophic encounter with the hit and run driver called “early success,” without having to worry about killers chasing you all over town.

Drawing Blood is a dark-comic-drama (dramadey?), the story behind the stories, a look inside the twisted life of a professional cartoonist. A roller-coaster of show biz and sex, fame and infamy, controlled substances and uncontrolled artists, genius and goons, this series takes you into the darkest corners of a mad world only talked about in the hotel bars of a Comic Con.

Drawing Blood is co-created by Eastman and Avallone, with scripts by Avallone. Primary art by Ben Bishop, with some sequences by Kevin Eastman and Troy Little and a Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls one-shot drawn by Little. Variant covers will be by Kevin Eastman and a constellation of comic book stars.


*Kevin Eastman is the Co-Creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Publisher of Heavy Metal Magazine.

*David Avallone is a filmmaker and comic book writer. His comics work includes The Twilight Zone: The Shadow, Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire, and The Secret Diary of Betty Page.

*Ben Bishop is a comic creator/writer/artist behind, The Aggregate, Nathan the Caveman, Lost Trail and a cover artist for IDW’s TMNT series.

*Troy Little is writer/artist of Chiaroscuro, Angora Napkin, and Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

*Brittany Peer is the colorist of The Aggregate, IDW’s TMNT and BOOM studio’s Jonesy, and SLAM.

*Taylor Esposito is a lettering professional and owner of Ghost Glyph Studios, and his work includes Red Hood and the Outlaws, Babyteeth and The Sovereign.


Stay up to the minute, follow the countdown clock to the August first Kickstarter launch at:

I don’t know about you guys, but I think this sounds fantastic, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing Mr Eastman’s new work. They had me at “dark comic drama”, basically!

Source: Kevin Eastman Press Release
GS Blogger: Stacey Taylor (@StaceysParlour)

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