Co-Creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Kevin looks forward to meeting all of his fans in Melbourne and the Gold Coast in March 2020.
Kevin will give a Q&A panel each weekend, and sign autographs on Saturday and Sunday in Melbourne, and Friday and Saturday on the Gold Coast.
Further information on Kevin’s panels will be released closer to the convention.
Born in Portland, Maine in 1962, Kevin Eastman began drawing at a very young age, copying children’s books and reading comics. Inspired by master storyteller Jack Kirby, and later by self-publishing creators Richard Corben, Vaughn Bode, and Dave Sim, all of his early work focused more on science fiction influences than traditional superhero style comics.
In 1982, while trying to sell some of his illustrations to local fanzines, he met Peter Laird in Northampton, Massachusetts and the partnership studio; Mirage Studios was formed. Less than a year later in the middle of a late night drawing session, Eastman doodled a new character he dubbed a “Ninja Turtle” to make Laird laugh—several sillier sketches and a final drawing of four characters later, Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had officially entered the universe!
Self-published in May of 1984, the first issue sold out of its 3,000 copies overnight and quickly became a fan-favorite. Catching the eye of merchandising agents and Hollywood producers, Eastman and Laird maintained full control of their creations while guiding them through toy licensing, TV series adaptation, as well as feature film exploitation, and by 1989 the TMNT’s were number one in all three categories.
Thanks to “THE BEST FANS ON THE ENTIRE PLANET!” according to Eastman, after 35 amazing years the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles STILL continue to find their way into the hearts and imaginations of kids, large and small.
When not having way too much fun drawing the TMNT, he also launched three new series in 2015/16; Fistful of Blood, Lost Angeles, and Underwhere. In 2017/18, Kevin launched his first ever Kickstarter that was fully funded for his new projects, Drawing Blood and Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls.
Kevin Eastman resides in San Diego with his wife Courtney (a.k.a. First Lady of the Turtles & VP of Kevin Eastman Studios), son Shane, three insane Dachshunds, and two bad kitties.
This information is correct at the time of writing but please check the Event Programme for the final timetable, including time and location within the events.
Guest confirmed, health, international travel restrictions and other commitments pending. Further information will be provided via social media should any of these factors impact the guest's ability to attend.
Panel rooms are subject to venue capacity and safety requirements and may reach maximum capacity. Some panels will require patrons to queue for entry prior to the panel commencing. Please follow the directions of the staff.
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