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Old 10-04-2011, 09:43 AM   #1
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Master Splinter in "Nothing to Fear"


http://oldmanwinters.deviantart.com/gallery/33022088

At long last, my first Ninja Turtles fan comic is ready to launch! Over the course of October, I'll be posting all 12 full-color pages of the story inspired by my previous piece, "Splinter's Worst Nightmare." It's newly christened title is "Nothing to Fear." October was the perfect month to debut this for the public, since it certainly has some Halloween appropriate vibe!

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Master Splinter's rigorous mental discipline in the way of Bushido is about to be put to the ultimate test! While meditating in the secret sewer lair of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, some of his most feared adversaries from the past suddenly converge upon him at once! Who is responsible for this home invasion? And how will Splinter ever escape from this horrible surprise?

Seeing how this is my first attempt at doing something so ambitious as a comic, I do appreciate comments, compliments, and even critiques so that I can improve my artistic skills. Over the last couple of months, I've learned basic competence in how to color digitally in Gimp.

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http://www.mediafire.com/?5astup2vkmafrd0
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:27 AM   #2
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Looking forward to reading this, winters!
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:38 AM   #3
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Looking forward to reading this, winters!
Believe it or not, you might not actually have to do much reading!

Since I am a novice at the comic book medium, I've decided to avoid the challenge of making room for word balloons and worrying about dialogue. This comic won't feature much text, but it will advance the story through careful layouts and artistic poses that suggest energy and motion. I've tried to play to my strengths and sidestep my weaknesses.
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:28 PM   #4
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Crap...I have to pay $1.25? Ok, winters, where do I send the money.

Looks promising.
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:39 PM   #5
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Crap...I have to pay $1.25? Ok, winters, where do I send the money.

Looks promising.
PayPal is acceptable!

I thought about giving my cover a barcode to complete the illusion, but I realized it would be too hard to make one up and I didn't want to steal one from a real comic. Plus, I hate barcodes that cover up key aspects of the cover art.

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I guess making a barcode isn't really so hard after all!

How's this?
http://www.barcodesinc.com/generator...&xres=1&font=3
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:12 PM   #6
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Looking good so far
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:23 PM   #7
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I guess making a barcode isn't really so hard after all!

How's this?
http://www.barcodesinc.com/generator...&xres=1&font=3
And it'll fit right under the "Has Splinter's Worst Nightmare..." text.
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:07 PM   #8
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Page 1

Here's the first page:

http://oldmanwinters.deviantart.com/#/d4bwc01


I didn't really put much thought into the backgrounds of the first page, so that's why the last panel looks a little strange with the full grey backdrop.

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And it'll fit right under the "Has Splinter's Worst Nightmare..." text.
Heh, I actually decided to edit the cover image and shift the text lower to make better use of the space.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:02 AM   #9
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Page 2

Alrighty then, here's the 2nd page. The action starts to get underway when the Mousers make their entrance! Can anybody guess what piece of official TMNT art inspired that first panel?

One of my goals with this comic was to end each page on a bit of a cliffhanger. The first four pages are dedicated to introducing the first three threats to Splinter's life:
http://oldmanwinters.deviantart.com/...ge-2-261998629
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:54 AM   #10
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Page 3

Things go from bad to worse for Master Splinter! Say, what's a rare breed of tiger doing in the New York city sewers anyway? Who or what could have led him here?

And doesn't that yellow jumpsuit in the last panel look familiar? Uh oh...

http://oldmanwinters.deviantart.com/...ge-3-262143266
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:37 AM   #11
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Mutated cat April makes a return? :p
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:47 PM   #12
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I like it! I can see what you mean concerning conveying Splinter's emotions without using words - good job in doing so!
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:01 PM   #13
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This is great, cannot wait for the rest... I am curious though what does the Winters & Powder on the cover mean? Did Powder help out in some way?

Keep on truckin!

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Old 10-07-2011, 02:11 PM   #14
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Not my cup of tea but fun to see.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:13 PM   #15
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I appreciate all the feed back, folks! I get encouraged by positive feedback but I also invite constructive criticism as well. The next page will be up sometime this weekend.

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Mutated cat April makes a return? :p
Eh... could be!

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I like it! I can see what you mean concerning conveying Splinter's emotions without using words - good job in doing so!
I accepted that as an artistic challenge. I figured there's no reason to burden down a story with poorly written dialogue and unnecessary word balloon clutter if the art and layouts can do the job on their own merits!

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This is great, cannot wait for the rest... I am curious though what does the Winters & Powder on the cover mean? Did Powder help out in some way?

Keep on truckin!

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Your compliments are most appreciated, MS!

Apparently you must have missed the piece that inspired this project:
http://oldmanwinters.deviantart.com/...olor-199450042

Without Powder stepping up to the plate and volunteering to color it back in March, I likely wouldn't have gotten the excitement to see this project through to the end! I drew the original piece so that it had the format of a wrap-around comic book cover, and I just decided to use it as such for the actual comic.

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Not my cup of tea but fun to see.
Andrew, coming from you that statement means a lot. I hope that good art can always be appreciated. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment!
P.S. Nice rhyme with that comment too, intentional or not!
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:54 AM   #16
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Page 4

Page 4 is up! Things just keep getting worse for poor Master Splinter!

http://oldmanwinters.deviantart.com/...ge-4-262459115
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:31 PM   #17
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Seems to be all aspects from various episodes. The Mousers from episode 3, Cat-April from Season 2, and is that tiger the one Creepy Eddie summoned from the dreamworld to attack Splinter in that Season 6 ep?
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:35 AM   #18
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Page 4 took some trial and error in order to get the layout right. You can check out my first two drafts here:
http://oldmanwinters.deviantart.com/...outs-262459061

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Seems to be all aspects from various episodes. The Mousers from episode 3, Cat-April from Season 2, and is that tiger the one Creepy Eddie summoned from the dreamworld to attack Splinter in that Season 6 ep?
Good guess on the creepy Eddie tiger, but that one was actually of the saber-toothed variety. Also, I don't think Splinter ever encountered him.

The tiger in my comic is supposed to be the same tiger that was featured in "The Cat Woman from Channel Six," or at least one similar enough to him. However, catwoman April won't be the last threat to show up in my story! Page 5 should be up by Wednesday at the latest.
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Good guess on the creepy Eddie tiger, but that one was actually of the saber-toothed variety. Also, I don't think Splinter ever encountered him.
Creepy Eddie appeared in the lair and met Splinter which is where he summoned a tiger to go after him. Raph/Don return from the pizza store and throw two slices of pizza in the tiger's eyes.

Splinter thanks the turtles for their, "Pizza marksmanship."
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:30 AM   #20
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Cute!!!! Just discovered it! I enjoy it!!! Great work!!!
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