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Old 03-09-2018, 02:41 PM   #1
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Favorite TMNT artists?

Hello everybody I wanted to ask all of you which TMNT artists are your favorite. Now these people can have worked on any Turltes comic incarnation be it Mirage, IDW, Image or Archie and so on. I don't want to give you a set amount but if you want to do a top 3, 5 or even 10 then go for it. I guess you can also post some pictures if you feel like it. The artists don't have to be in any specific order. Here are some of my favorite artists in no particular order.

- Ben Bates
- Mateus Santolouco
- Sophie Campbell
- Eastman/Laird
- Jim Lawson
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Old 03-09-2018, 03:09 PM   #2
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Dooney's pretty good, really like Bates as well. I don't quite think Zulli's realistic style is a good match for TMNT but he is an excellent artist regardless. I have a bit of a soft spot for Mark Martin, even if the actual comic he made is crap. Sakai is another one I like, nice cartoony style. I don't know if Dave Sim counts but he's pretty damn good in general.

There are plenty of artists I could bring up, these are just a few.
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Old 03-09-2018, 03:14 PM   #3
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It'd be easier to say who I don't like. The list of those whose work I was not too keen on would be very small.

With Mirage, almost everybody's stuff is iconic in one way or another, so it's kinda like they're all my favorite at the same time. Some are known mostly for covers or product design more than interiors, so you've got a lot of variables which can change your preferences based on the context. I'll try to narrow things down to top 3's though.

Oldschool:
-Fosco
-Lawson
-Farley

Newschool:
-Campbell
-Duncan
-Bates
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Old 03-09-2018, 03:18 PM   #4
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Maybe its just my nostalgia, but my favourite artists are Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman themselves for their art in Volume 1.
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Old 03-09-2018, 03:20 PM   #5
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Michael Dooney in his prime always had the best Turtles. I don't know what it was, but he makes them look so strong and cool looking. They were basically my idealized look of the Turtles when I was a young teenager. No cartoon has ever been able to replicate that look either, not even the 2k3 series.
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Old 03-09-2018, 03:48 PM   #6
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Old 03-09-2018, 04:43 PM   #7
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No certain order and way to many to list but this is some...Lawson, Brown, Lavigne, Laird, Smith, Bates
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Old 03-22-2018, 09:13 PM   #8
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The Mirage crew was universally amazing. Let's not forget the few times Talbot or Farley did a comic.

I also loved Chris Allan. His characters were exceedingly expressive.

In the IDW series I like Smith and Bates best. Santolouco and Campbell are both very skilled but their work has gotten a bit cutesy.
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Old 03-22-2018, 09:16 PM   #9
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The Mirage crew was universally amazing. Let's not forget the few times Talbot or Farley did a comic.

I also loved Chris Allan. His characters were exceedingly expressive.

In the IDW series I like Smith and Bates best. Santolouco and Campbell are both very skilled but their work has gotten a bit cutesy.
I really, really agree with that. I can't stand the cutesy. Great art, just not what I want.

And love me Fosco's art. Man oh man, Volume 3 has my favorite art for Mirage.
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Old 03-22-2018, 09:26 PM   #10
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And love me Fosco's art.
at times i felt myself pulled out of the story because i couldn't stop admiring the art.

Fosco's Turtles feel like a nice extension of A.C. Farley's.
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Old 03-23-2018, 01:30 PM   #11
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I tried replying to this post a few times, before realizing how hard it was for me to choose. The Mirage-era TMNT artists hold an immeasurable weight of nostalgia for me. I can't help but feel fuzzy when I look back on Dooney, Farley, Lawson, etc.

I also think Dan Duncan and Mateus have brought new, fresh, iconic looks to the TMNT since IDW has been around.

Since it's so hard for me to choose, my safe choice is Kevin Eastman and Peter Lair in sync. They created the look and owned it well.

I'll also give a shout out to the artist (name escapes me) who worked on the Fred Wolf-era TMNT toy packaging. Another truly iconic and fun look for the TMNT. The toy packaging back then had an attitude all it's own, and could stand to carry a little more influence on today's TMNT, when it comes to the colorful, whacky side of the franchise.
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