Kevin Eastman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Co-Creator, Takes Over Meltdown Comics for 35 Days
For 35 days ("one for each year that Heavy Metal has been in existence," says Eastman), fans can check out different facets of the artist's career. Eastman himself will be on hand many of those days, live painting inside the shop. There's also a studio filled with items from Eastman's own workspace, which will be auctioned, with some of the proceeds benefiting The Hero Initiative. Additionally, fans will have the chance to see, and even purchase, artwork and scripts from the early comic book.
Every Wednesday, a new piece of Eastman's body of work will be revealed to coincide with New Comic Book Day. Last night was dedicated to Underwhere, a kid-friendly graphic novel released back in the '90s. The following two weeks will feature projects Eastman currently has in development, including the "slacker comedy" Biz n Buzz and "a post-apocalptic warrior sort of story" called Lost Angeles. Beginning on December 28, the exhibit will focus on the 35th anniversary of Heavy Metal, which Eastman bought in 1990.
Eastman grew up in Maine and, by his own admission, was "the kind of kid who always drew." He was also heavily into comic books.
"From the time I read my first Jack Kirby comic book, that's all I would tell my parents that I wanted to do," he says.
But Eastman eventually sought something more than the superhero titles he had been reading. That's when he found Heavy Metal.
"Heavy Metal re-inspired me," says Eastman. "I realized I could draw any kind of comic book."
Because of Heavy Metal, Eastman discovered underground comic artists like R. Crumb, Vaughn Bodé and Richard Corben. He found out about people who were working outside of the mainstream, comic book industry.