Monday, September 7, 2015

TMNT Time with Kevin Eastman at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery



Did you know that the co-creator of Turtle Ninjas: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello is a San Diego resident?! I didn't either! We recently got the chance to meet Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles founder and co-creator, Kevin Eastman, at the Teacher Appreciation night held by IDW Publishing at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery located at the NTC/Liberty Station Barracks #3 in Point Loma, San Diego.


The SDCAG has only been open for less than six months and is FREE. Artists must have that designer "eye" because although it is not a large space, there is a lot to see! There are some monitors located throughout that display the work of professional IDW comic book editors.


The gallery also has an impressive array of original Kevin Eastman art and a replica of his studio, filled with memorabilia, artifacts, and artwork. Kevin Eastman is considered one of the world's most successful and influential independent comic book artists of our time.  What began in the late 1980s with a doodle of a ninja turtle has turned into a billion dollar empire branching out into a cartoon series, manga, merchandise, movie, video games and even a concert series!






The gallery also holds cartooning and gaming contests where kids can win books and other prizes. This coloring contest ends on September 20th.

 

Watch this interview from the 2014 San Diego Comic Con where Kevin Eastman discusses his "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Odyssey". 


We felt really lucky to meet him, take some pictures and get his autograph!  He was very down to earth, laid back and just a genuinely nice person.



Last but not least, Sara Richard, "My Little Pony" comic book artist, was also there that night!

  

The gallery holds tours and plans to have more artist appearance/signings.  Another special event featuring Kevin Eastman is coming up soon on October 17th!


The San Diego Comic Art Gallery is a great place to bring the whole family, explore over 100 pieces of art and learn how comics are made.  Better yet, make it a group gathering or for you educators out there, a student field trip, and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grass lawn.  If you're a true Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan, you'll have some pizza!  Cowabunga dudes!
For more info, check out:
http://sdcomicartgallery.com/
https://twitter.com/sdcagallery
https://www.facebook.com/sdcagallery
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