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SDCC 2013: TMNT Panel

The talent behind the fantastic IDW title talk about what the future has in store for the series.

A panel all about IDW's work with the Ninja Turtles sounds like a great way to kick off my panel experience at San Diego Comic-Con, doesn't it? The room was absolutely packed as Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow, Kevin Eastman and Erik Burnham took to the stage. As expected, they went over all of the basics when it comes to 'City Fall,' but it wasn't long before they started revealing some truly exciting stuff.

  • Expect Karai to play a bigger role in the conflict as Leo grows closer to Shredder. This is obvious but awesome nonetheless.
  • The team says they want to keep introducing elements from everything we've seen in other incarnations of the Turtles (cartoons, movies, each comic series).
  • Hun will debut in issue #25.
  • We got a first look at mutated Bebop and Rocksteady (image provided below).

  • They provided a first look at issue #29 (post 'City Fall') and the story is called 'Northampton.' It'll be four issues and illustrated by Ross Campbell.
  • They revealed the always awesome Mateus is onboard to be the artist as long as possible. Much more to come from him.
  • Alopex's micro will definitely have repercussions.
  • Karai's micro written by Burnham. It surrounds her frustration over the Foot Clan's direction.The issue's antagonist is Dark Leo and we got to see a glimpse of them clashing.
  • Hun will get his own micro, too (same creative team as the Casey micro). Goes into Purple Dragons' origin.
  • About Bebop/Rocksteady: They love being a part of the Foot clan and plan on having lots of fun.
  • Final villain micro will be for Shredder. It's described as a spiritual journey inside of his mind and will offer trippy visuals.
  • Eastman says the series is going "deeper than he ever dreamed of."
  • Eastman thinks the animated show is fantastic.
  • Issue 2 of the TMNT: NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES sees the return of Snakeweed.
  • Space Heroes will be seen in the New Animated Adventures!
  • 3rd issue of New Animated Adventures introduces Kraang.
  • 4th issue (by Erik Burnham) of New Animated Adventures introduces The Foot Clan. Rap rushes into a fight but gets hit with a poison dart. Things get wacky from there.
  • Post City Fall (Northampton): villains have stepped back, but not necessarily defeated. Turtles taking a time out, trying to find out how to regroup. Leaves them questioning how to approach a war they don't want but have no choice to be in. Escape to Northampton in an attempt to do that. There's victory in defeat and defeat in victory --- we'll see that from the Turtles and Foot. We'll also see a brand new mutant!
  • Nick and ongoing will keep separate, so don't expect to see the unique mutants from the show invade the ongoing series any time soon.
  • The book is planned out up until issue 50.
  • Last but certainly not least: Eastman claims the TMNT movie will blow us away.

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Posted by angus_lafroy

This is all fantastic news! The ongoing has been fantastic and it is nice to be reassured that we will have a couple more years of it to look forward to!

Posted by krspaceT

Definately haven't seen those two since the eighties

Posted by Dark_Guyver

Bebop and Rocksteady!!!! Awesome news!

Posted by Lvenger

Damn just when I need to drop the title in September, they come back with all this awesome news for post City Fall stuff. Damn it all...

Posted by Hawkguy

AWESOME. Till 50?!?!?! Best news this week

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Rock and Bop in the HOUSE ya'll!!!!!!!!!

I love that Mateus is staying on the book, his art is 100% perfect for the series

Posted by Ando123

I love the fact of the introduction of different elemnts of the TMNT media

Posted by Wolverine08


Posted by ccraft

Last but certainly not least: Eastman claims the TMNT movie will blow us away.


Edited by Wolverine08

The book is going to be published for at least two more years! Awesome!

Edited by 80sGangInfestedArcades

I can't wait for this i hope its violent!! and i hope good ole Casey jones,Bebop and Rocksteady are in the mov!e.

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

FINALLY!!! I was starting to get worried that Bebop and Rocksteady were missing in this series (except for pre-mutationin the Raph[?] Microseries). Glad that Erik Burnham and Mateus are staying on also. They're fantastic at their jobs.

Posted by tupiaz

I don't like Bebop*s glasses he looks goofy and weird. The old Bebop look cooler. In my opinion Bebop and Rocksteady look like metal/punk dudes with mohawk and piercing. Those glasses is as far as I know more used in the hippie circles and I have never seen them in the metal/punk subculture. Rocksteady looks pretty much the same just fresher and meaner. Less human and more like a rhino which I don't mind.

Edited by BR_Havoc

Sounds like there will be lots to look forward! Even with Eastmen saying that I do not have a good feeling about the movie, They will really have to make the action mind blowing because so far everything I see have been disappointing.

Posted by danhimself

with Saga on hiatus this is probably my favorite book right now...I'm so excited for more of City Fall and then they're going to Northampton after that!! man I love this book

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@tupiaz: Well it was Kanye West that made those glasses popular

Edited by RoTheKid

Cool! Great work, Gregg! :D

Posted by TigerClaw

Bebop and Rocksteady look cool.

Edited by Michael_Moran

Stoked to hear all of this

Edited by tupiaz

@jonny_anonymous said:

@tupiaz: Well it was Kanye West that made those glasses popular

Oh well still look stupid and not like the original outfit.

Posted by kid Apollo

on the one hand im super excited to see what they introduce from the other genres of TMNT, such as BEEBOP and ROCKSTEADY!!!!

on the other hand i hope they dont introduce that female turtle from the tv show, i dont care for her

Posted by Nahuel


Posted by Xwraith

My reaction to all this can be summed up in one word:

Posted by StMichalofWilson


Posted by manwithoutshame

This is such a great series.

Posted by SynCig

Love the comic and lately I have been getting into the animated series. Great time for the Turtles.

Posted by BaneStrokeLoboGrundyBatArrow


Posted by mattwing87

About time Rocksteady and Bebop showed up! Hopefully we see Metalhead, Leatherhead, Rat King and the Triceratop people someday!

Edited by RedheadedAtrocitus

Eastman claims TMNT movie will blow us away? O_o...I hope he wasn't just paid to say that....I really don't like being misled.

Edited by saoakden

Sounds awesome. Looking forward to see what happens in the future for the Turtles.

Posted by sinestro_GL

The TMNT team at IDW have been doing a fantastic job with their title.

Turtle Power!

Posted by pingclang

I've been a Ninja Turtles fan since I was 4 and I'm nearly 30. Right now is the best time to be a fan. The comics are breath-taking, the new show is amazing, the movie, though Bay influenced, are still Turtles and it could be fun. Super excited right now.