Threezero和Kevin Eastman 聯手合作，從忍者龜的基本概念下重新設計新忍者龜1/6人偶系列
忍者龜作者Kevin Eastman 專訪
Threezero和Kevin Eastman 聯手合作，從忍者龜的基本概念下重新設計新忍者龜1/6人偶系列。設計原型於7月8日IDW聖地亞哥漫畫藝術畫廊舉辦的活動首次亮相。產品完成後將會加入25個以上可動關節及不同物料，包括PVC，ABS，乙烯基和布料並以Threezero的特殊風格精心製作。
Kevin Eastman（KE）：從一些忍者龜的最早版本，大約在第五，六期Eastman及Laird漫畫的時候，我畫了很多肌肉發達，外型更像傳統超級英雄風格的忍者龜草圖 – 在考慮故事發展我想用更合理的設定來設計忍者龜，因為故事中他們不斷接受實戰和訓練，變得更加強大。
KE：對，我有幾個想法，除了上面提到的原創故事，忍者龜第十八期中有一個我與Mark Bode及Eric Talbot合作的單元，我畫了很多不同的草圖。我想從這個概念中深化。與Richard Corben合作的“Turtles in Time”漫畫單元中，我特別強調誇張的肌肉線條及手臂上佈滿青筋的風格。到最後和Simon Bisley合作的“Bodycount”一書中終於達到頂峰，成功創造出更加逼真寫實的新風格。
KE：TMNT的世界有很多特別的角色都想推出！Shredder當然是第一個想到的經典角色，忍者龜的好朋友April O’Neil也是不錯的選擇。Elite Foot soldiers和IDW系列中重新設計的Slash也非常有趣。相信粉絲們聽到這些經典的角色如果能夠推出一定會感到非常興奮！
KE：其實還有幾個進行中的項目。我與IDW簽訂了獨家的代理協議，今年10月會推出與Simon Bisley合作的“Fistful of Blood” 重新修訂彩色版，另外明年3月我會推出6期單元的全新作品 “Lost Angeles” 。
這是一個非常有趣的系列，我喜歡和Tom Waltz及Bobby Curnow一起創作，還有一班出色工作人員的支持。往後我會更加努力創作更多有關忍者龜的作品來回報廣大讀者的支持！
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Kevin Eastman Interview
Threezero and Kevin Eastman have teamed up on a collaboration featuring new designs for a 1/6th scale collectible figure series based on characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The static clay sculpts for these figures were debuted at IDW’s San Diego Comic Arts Gallery during Stone Brewing Co.’s Hop-Con 3.0 event on July 8th. The final figures will include over 25 points of articulation and consist of mixed media elements including PVC, ABS, vinyl and cloth materials in renowned Threezero fashion.
At San Diego Comic-Con, this same weekend, Threezero met up with Kevin Eastman for a photo shoot and we all decided we should share more info on the project with our followers.
Threezero (3Z): We are so pleased to be working with you on this project. What inspired the new TMNT figure designs for the collaboration with Threezero? What lead the direction of your design into developing the more rugged aesthetic for the Turtles seen in your concept art in contrast to the cleaner designs we are used to from the more classic designs?
Kevin Eastman (KE): From some of the earliest versions of the TMNT, say around issue numbers five and six of the original Eastman and Laird comics, I started drawing them a lot more muscular, more traditional superhero stylized look – considering the kinds of stories we were putting them in, it over all made more sense – as they are always training and fighting – that they would become stronger, in look and reality, to do the things they are doing.
Also, when we were working on a fourth TMNT film with New Line Cinema in the early nineties, it was never made, but I designed a fifth Turtle named Kirby, and he was bigger and stronger than the originals – I wanted to explore that design concept for this special edition series/sculpture’s.
3Z: Is there a history or a story you have in mind that accompanies these new figures?
KE: Yes, several, besides some of the seed ideas mentioned earlier, TMNT issue eighteen, an issue I did with Mark Bode and Eric Talbot, showed them a lot bulkier, and compact and tougher, and I thought it would be great to revisit that concept, as well as the original “Turtles in Time” one shot comic by Richard Corben, I always loved how he drew them – over the top muscles and veins in the arms, kinda like his Den character – and finally, I did a book with Simon Bisley called “Bodycount” and Simon always took them way over the top with final artwork, in a way that they looked more realistic than I ever drew them.
I guess I generally combined several design ideas that had been running around in the back of my head that I wanted to try, as well as inspirations from some of the earlier works Peter and I did, and a bunch of key versions by some of my favorite artists along the way.
3Z: What excites you about designing 12” figures in the mixed media, fully-articulated style that Threezero is known for?
KE: Beyond cool and then some! Besides being a HUGE fan of the incredible detail that Threezero brings to the table, the quality goes so far above and beyond just about anything else out there in my opinion, I feel like these are show pieces you want to pose to your liking and put them behind glass – more like a Gallery Sculpture than a pose-able figurine – and at the 12 inch size, you can really see and appreciate all the little nuances and extra effort they put into each one.
3Z: Can you share with our readers a few other characters you would like to develop with Threezero after the first four Turtles are available?
KE: Man, that’s a long list – just thinking about TMNT universe characters alone! Shredder is always a great option of course, and I always wanted to see a really well done April O’Neal. Elite Foot soldiers and the re-designed Slash from the IDW series would be exceptionally cool. Guess it would be awesome to hear which ones the fans would like to see once these come out, and maybe I could work on the designs for those next! Woo!Woo!
3Z: Do you have any other cool new projects in the works?
KE: I have quite a few actually, since signing my exclusive deal with IDW, I am currently working on a re-mastered colorized version of a book I created with Simon Bisley called, “Fistful of Blood” – that will be out starting in October of this year, and right after that, I’m writing and drawing a six issue series I also created with Simon Bisley called “Lost Angeles” with will come out in March of next year.
This is all in between my regular TMNT work on the ongoing IDW series, which I adore – it is actually hard to believe we’re already at issue #50, which comes out in September – and we’ve got story ideas we want to put into motion nearly up to TMNT #100! It is such a fun series, I love working with Tom Waltz and Bobby Curnow on all the concept and story stuff – but the artists that bring these stories to life are exceptional – they really get me energized to work harder on my own stuff – and I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into a new TMNT four issue series or graphic novel once I finish the Lost Angeles series!
We’d all like to send an extra special thanks to our fans who are anticipating these figures, please be sure to follow Threezero on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for future updates on this exciting collaboration!! Also keep an eye out for the Eastman Studios: Simon Bisley statue also coming soon by Threezero!