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Old 03-25-2022, 09:11 PM   #341
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But by the time Bebop and Rocksteady or Krang showed up again after not being featured for a while, I realized that I hadn't really missed them so much and in fact only ever did because I expected them to be there because of the cartoon.
Their return story was good though. It featured Slash, an action figure accurate wild and crazy violent Slash, not the buck toothed idiot from the cartoon, and we had the Turtles actually be proactive for a change and purposely seek out the Shredder to defeat him once and for all.
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Old 03-25-2022, 09:15 PM   #342
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The book started to really lose some people when the Turtles started going on adventures all over the world and the book got VERY preachy about the same "The world is gonna end in ten years if we don't all recycle Right Now" stuff that we're currently being fed. It went over the heads of the little kids who just wanted straightforward action stories, and some of their parents were really upset about them being "indoctrinated" by stuff like that and all the time spent talking about other cultures and religions and whatnot.

Didn't actually bother ME so much, but there were some times where as a result of these things the book felt like it lost a bit of focus. Selfishly I couldn't wait for the Turtles to get back to NYC and start having more conventional adventures again. Later on I had a bit more patience for the stuff, but at age 7 it felt a bit "off".

Another controversial bit was when Ninjara got written in and became the fifth member of the gang for almost the entire rest of the run. There had been some to-do in the letters page about "needing a girl mutant in there" so little girls could "be represented" (little girls apparently didn't like April much since she'd typically just been a Damsel or Plot Device, which is fair criticism), so I assume that Ninjara was created to quiet some of those concerns/complaints. And *I* thought she was fine but it was very controversial all the same; statistics showed that "little girls" never really jumped onto the book ANYWAY even after Ninjara was put in there, and a ton of the boys were simply put off by having "the bad boy" Turtle they all liked so much suddenly playing kissy-face with a furry.

You'll still find a lot of hate for the book to this day, and a lot of that stuff tends to be why. Now again, for me, personally, it's my favorite TMNT comic but I have to chalk a lot of that up to the fact that I was a kid when I first read it and thus have a strong sentimental attachment to it. In a vacuum, there's a lot about it that a person can rightly say isn't great or could be better - Ninjara, herself, being Pretty Evil upon her introduction and then suddenly Not Evil Because Plot was pretty ass, and her dumping Raph in the end while making it out like she was the victim and he was wrong when she was openly c*ck-teasing another guy right in front of him for several issues in a row never sat well with me at all.

BUT, I'd argue that it ultimately had more Good than Bad, and that the Bad wasn't really all THAT bad. But it's also interesting to note that some of the very same things people complain about Right Now in TMNT comics aren't even new. Even back then there were complaints about the book losing focus, "I don't want any romance in TMNT", etc. etc. I'd argue that those complaints are more apt Right Now than Back Then, but they're definitely not brand new complaints.

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Their return story was good though. It featured Slash, an action figure accurate wild and crazy violent Slash, not the buck toothed idiot from the cartoon, and we had the Turtles actually be proactive for a change and purposely seek out the Shredder to defeat him once and for all.
Oh yeah, I won't argue. The Archie book treated the FW characters and concepts way better than the cartoon show ever did. I don't see how that's even a debate. It's just that the comic did a good job standing on its own outside of being trapped within the cartoon concepts, to the point where while it was nice they were included the book didn't exactly "need" them anymore.
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Old 03-26-2022, 12:06 AM   #343
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Myself... I've always been against TMNT jambalaya. But I do have an affinity for the Archie material. And when IDW began, for a good long while it seemed like they were embracing a Mirage-level flavor and level of violence and such but while incorporating SOME things that may work from this or that spinoff thing, but in adult fashion. So that was interesting to me. And I actually find the reincarnation angle fascinating as a premise for the TMNT. But as soon as it became clear the Turtles weren't working up to actually killing and being ninjas... I kinda tuned out. And even after it seemed clear no killing was a must... suddenly tons more Fred Wolf cartoon stuff, and this and that. I saw which way the weather was moving. It was fine, but clearly not for me.
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Old 03-28-2022, 12:45 PM   #344
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Doing an occasional cover is all I recall. There were those gorgeous covers from them early on.
As well as those epic Future Shark Trilogy covers.
And to this day the 1492 cover still has a special place in my heart.
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Old 04-04-2022, 05:21 PM   #345
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What’s the best way for me to pay for copies of the Forever War books at this stage?
I’ve tried to email Arseniy a few times, but haven’t heard back. I’m guessing he is understandably busy with other things.
I’m really excited for this project so I just want to make sure I can pay for it and get some copies!
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Old 04-04-2022, 05:24 PM   #346
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What’s the best way for me to pay for copies of the Forever War books at this stage?
You don't. There isn't any way to send money to Russia right now. But hang tight. This won't last forever.
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Old 04-05-2022, 11:38 AM   #347
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This won't last forever.
Unless it's Forever war.
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Old 04-05-2022, 11:53 AM   #348
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Unless it's Forever war.
I feel like there are two different things that the universe conspires against to prevent them from existing in full: Spring football leagues in the USA and the publication of the Forever War. Every time significant progress gets made to establishing/re-establishing them, something incredible happens to impede the progress and potentially sap away its momentum.
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Old 06-26-2022, 09:16 AM   #349
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Been busy with life stuff, has issue 5 dropped yet?
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Old 06-26-2022, 10:48 AM   #350
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Been busy with life stuff, has issue 5 dropped yet?
Issue 5??? What about the first 4 issues?????
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Old 06-26-2022, 08:10 PM   #351
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Andrew - is it still possible to pick these issues up?
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Old 07-14-2022, 12:12 PM   #352
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Hey, guys! Here is the current status for all TMNT projects:

The Forever War -- pencils are done by Chris Allan, the whole story is lettered. Inks in progress, for now done two parts of five. Coloring also in work. Also there will be two backup story - one from Jim Lawson (as soon as he'll finish artwork for Andrew Modeen's 'The Shredder'). Another one by Chris. Aaaaaand maybe... another one by Ken Mitchroney!

Also I'm working on the inks for 'The Shredder'. It's coming as fast as I can and I hope to see both books in this year.

TMNT: The Origin Ultimate edition is almost ready for the printer. Some pages need to be colored. As well as Italian Las Tortugas Ninja Book 2 -- it's completed and ready for print.

Some worldwide situation makes problems for payments/shipping, but I'll figure out something by the time when the books will be done. Sorry if I'm not respond on your messages for a while -- I see them all and will answer for sure.

P.S. Here is a little sneak peak from the last chapter.

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Old 07-14-2022, 01:32 PM   #353
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Really looking forward to seeing this project. I ordered my copy via Paypal back in late 2019, but I know the wait will be worth it. Loved how TMNT Odyssey wrapped up the Mirage universe, so I'm interested to see how this final curtain call to the Archie universe goes.
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Old 07-15-2022, 05:55 AM   #354
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Hey, guys! Here is the current status for all TMNT projects:

The Forever War -- pencils are done by Chris Allan, the whole story is lettered. Inks in progress, for now done two parts of five. Coloring also in work. Also there will be two backup story - one from Jim Lawson (as soon as he'll finish artwork for Andrew Modeen's 'The Shredder'). Another one by Chris. Aaaaaand maybe... another one by Ken Mitchroney!

Also I'm working on the inks for 'The Shredder'. It's coming as fast as I can and I hope to see both books in this year.

TMNT: The Origin Ultimate edition is almost ready for the printer. Some pages need to be colored. As well as Italian Las Tortugas Ninja Book 2 -- it's completed and ready for print.

Some worldwide situation makes problems for payments/shipping, but I'll figure out something by the time when the books will be done. Sorry if I'm not respond on your messages for a while -- I see them all and will answer for sure.

P.S. Here is a little sneak peak from the last chapter.

http://turtlemania.ru/projects/tmnt_...fw_sneak11.jpg
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Old 07-15-2022, 10:18 AM   #355
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Aaaaaand maybe... another one by Ken Mitchroney!
I'm personally very excited about this piece.
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Sorry if I'm not respond on your messages for a while -- I see them all and will answer for sure.
Nice to hear, hoping for a way to get that Origin book, other stuff I've already "ordered".
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