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A dark-comic look inside the life of a famous cartoonist on the skids: the story behind the stories - from the co-creator of the TMNT.
A dark-comic look inside the life of a famous cartoonist on the skids: the story behind the stories - from the co-creator of the TMNT.
A dark-comic look inside the life of a famous cartoonist on the skids: the story behind the stories - from the co-creator of the TMNT.
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Posted by Ben Bishop
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Hey there everyone! 

Ben here just dropping by for a quick update to let everyone know how things are going with the book!

I recently just wrapped the last page of roughs for chapter 3 of DRAWING BLOOD! which means to date I've pencilled 68 pages, and fully finished 24. My hand hurts! Now I'm jumping over to do the finals on all of chapter 2 and 3, THEN I'll bounce back over and do roughs for chapter 4, the final chapter of DRAWING BLOOD Vol.1, and THEN, of course, do the finals of those pages. Did you follow all that? Me either. 

Rest assured things are MOVING and fast

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Also, convention season has started so you may have spotted some of us out in the wild! Me and Kevin (and his mohawk) crossed paths at NORTH CAROLINA COMIC CON recently, which was amazing... 

We even had a panel together, with TMNT writer god TOM WALTZ where Kevin "accidentally" spilled the beans about our upcoming Turtle story he and I are drawing! The secret's out! Kevin will be doing the layouts and I'll be busting out the pencils and inks! very similar to the process you see from him and Troy on RRRR #1

Very exciting stuff. You can catch  the full audio of the panel HEREhttps://nerdyshow.com/2018/03/nerdy-show-interview-ninja-turtles-rise-kevin-eastman-tom-waltz-ben-bishop/

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The following weekend, Kevin ran into David (and his mustache) at WONDERCON, and of course they had a great time touching base and talking about the future of the greatest book ever made... DRAWING BLOOD

David is looking a little Bookman-ish wouldn't you say so? I would.

David's BETTIE PAGE trade "Bettie In Hollywood", is coming out in May and available for pre-order NOWhttps://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?PRO=C1524106445

Click to order!
Click to order!

He has a couple other TOP SECRET projects he's told me about that you're going to love, but for now... Sleep in wonder. He will be announcing 2 of them SOON! So stay tuned. 

What else, what else... Oh yeah!

LAST 48 HOURS!
LAST 48 HOURS!

I've officially entered the FINAL 48 HOURS of my NATHAN THE CAVEMAN 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION Kickstarter campaign! Time is almost up! 

NATHAN THE CAVEMAN was my very first book! It's over 300 pages and was self published (by myself, duh) 10 years ago! Now it's coming BACK and better than ever. 

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Some of you may already be backing it, and if so, THANK YOU! We hit the goal the first day, and this brand new, top of the line 10 year anniversary edition IS HAPPENING!

For those of you who didn't, there is still time... But not MUCH.

We've unlocked so many stretch goals, so now every single book comes with 4 free bookmarks, a sticker, a print, and a AGGREGATE ISSUE #0 PROLOGUE

 We also unlocked a Kickstarter exclusive KEVIN EASTMAN variant cover edition. This version won't be available AT ALL once the campaign ends. It's pretty incredible that the guy who co-created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, one of the most famous self published works of all time, is now doing a cover for my first self published book. I am incredibly honored. Here's a look at Kevin's rough for the cover. It's going to look SO GOOD! Don't miss it. WWW.NATHANTHECAVEMAN.COM

EASTMAN rough
EASTMAN rough

We’re only a few thousand short of the BIG STRETCH GOAL, a HARDCOVER version of the book! It’s very possible and within reach. I’m optimistic we have the ability to do the do it in the next 48 hours, and hopefully with enough time for those of you who want to ADD the HARDCOVER version to be able to.

Please go take a look at the campaign, ( WWW.NATHANTHECAVEMAN.COM ) and get in on it, and be a part of it while you still can. And if you can't, even sharing it around your social media circles will be a HUGE help. thanks you very very much. It means a lot, this book was and IS very special to me. I wouldn't be where I am now, doing a book like DRAWING BLOOD if I didn't just decide one day at 18 years old..." If I want to make comics, why don't I just MAKE COMICS."

Thanks for listening. :)

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Before I go, here is a sneak peek at some of the behind the scenes roughs We've been hard at work on!

Troy's pencils over Kevin's layouts RRRR#1
Troy's pencils over Kevin's layouts RRRR#1
Troy's pencils over Kevin's layouts RRRR#1
Troy's pencils over Kevin's layouts RRRR#1
Bishop rough chapter 2
Bishop rough chapter 2
Bishop rough chapter 3
Bishop rough chapter 3
Bishop rough chapter 2 (red areas are layouts for Troy)
Bishop rough chapter 2 (red areas are layouts for Troy)

More soon! You all rock. Thank you!

-Ben

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    1. Ben Bishop Collaborator on

      Hey Edward. I can't say for certain without talking to everyone, including printers and then shipping time etc. But things are well on their way. Nothing has stopped and everyone is working as fast as possible while still bringing their A-game. No way we are rushing or phoning this one in, as I'm sure no one would want that.

      But we will try to get some new estimated dates together for everyone soon. We have some personal deadlines and timelines set for ourselves, but they are very best case scenario and again, we're cranking trying to make those happen.

    2. Edward Petersen
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      What's the new timeline?

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      Sean Risley on

      Nice, you think you guys will have any of the issues (TPB or RRRR) in time for SDCC? Maybe a panel?

    4. Bill Walko
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      sweet!