Oops! That’s a whole other IP, isn’t it?
This is not new work; it’s something I rediscovered going through some old files. Literal, physical files in a filing cabinet, I mean. It’s a comic book cover I did, and it was never published.
Before I got into animation, I was trying to make comics my career. In the late ’80s/early ’90s, I did a fair amount of work for Don Chin, publisher of Parody Press/Entity Comics. Around that time, there was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles strip appearing in newspapers. Don was always looking for things he could do to expand his comics line, so he got the idea to license the TMNT strip and put it out collected in comic book form.
To that end, he had me do a couple pieces of art. The one you see here was going to be the cover of (I believe) the first issue. The reason the format looks odd is because the cover art was going to have borders around it, and a big, official TMNT logo up top, taking up roughly a third of the page. As I recall, the plan was that I was going to be the regular cover guy for the comic.
Unfortunately, they had to pull the plug on the project. Don found out that the one thing they would not allow him to do with the strip was to collect it and put it out in comic book form. He could basically do just about anything but that. Perhaps because then that would put it in competition with other TMNT comic books. So this is the first time anyone outside of Don, Laura, anyone else who were working for them, or myself, have seen this cover art.
Enjoy, and stay cool!