Kevin Eastman, one half of the totally tubular twosome behind the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is back with a whole new comic book series and we’re more excited than Michelangelo at a pizza party.
Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls might sound like a cheap knock-off of the TMNT comics, but it’s actually the brainchild of Eastman, who along with Peter Laird will forever be known as the co-creator of one of the biggest global properties ever created.
The comic series, which will release its first issue on May 8th, 2019 is actually a comic within a comic that will release alongside Drawing Blood: Spilled Ink, a semi-biographical 4 part comic book series that tells the story of a comics creator who experiences the extreme highs of instant success with his first idea, and the hangover that follows when your creation ends up eclipsing everything you do.
The official blurb reads:
Kevin Eastman (TMNT) returns to independent comics with a new creation: an inside look at the turbulent life and times of a once-successful cartoonist on the skids, Shane “Books” Bookman. Once upon a time, Books co-created The Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls: a gritty, funny indie comic that became a billion dollar global franchise. Now, years later, the partnership dissolved, the corporate buy-out all spent, Books is struggling to recover from the hit-and-run driver called early success… and looking for the will and the joy to create something new again.
The Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls meta-arc will examine the birth of the characters back in a world before RRRR-Mania had consumed the world. We can only assume it will be spookily similar to the early issues of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, and who knows we might one day be treated to a TMNT/Ragdolls crossover either in the pages of Eastman’s comics or as part of the many different animated spinoffs doing the rounds on TV these days.
Will you be buying any of Kevin Eastman’s new work? Do you think the Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls idea has legs? Let us know in the comments!