Thursday, October 29, 2009

Episode 48 - Tristan Jones of Mirage Studios

The longest episode yet! This week I talk to up & coming comic book scribe, Tristan Jones, about his work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, his film school adventures, and his writing process. Also, we shoot the shit about the current comics that have us jazzed. And! Respect for Charlie Huston!! Plus, I provide a review on TMNT Collected Volume 1, and speak upon the recent news involving the TMNT and Nickelodeon. Fun abound in this one!

Music featured is by Stone Temple Pilots.

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  1. Way back in the nineties when there was a cartoon show that was both syndicated daily and running weekly on CBS Mirage Comics still published their own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and Archie Comics was licensed to publish Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures. So any deal where Viacom licenses the Ninja Turtles property to IDW or Image or Dark Horse while Mirage publishes Peter Laird's TMNT comics is not unprecedented.

    That is the first point. The reason, being the second point, as to why Viacom would license TMNT comics to IDW rather than Mirage is simply that IDW (we're going with that as the standing example but it also applies to Image and Dark Horse Comics) has all the mechanisms and stuff necessary to make Ninja Turtles comics en masse, including trades. Mirage Comics doesn't really do collected editions. They don't even really do color.

    Reason three is that for most of its life Mirage Comics is mostly Peter Laird and whoever is helping him draw the comic and publish the comic, along with some other comics but not... a whole line. IDW would enable a quick snatch-up of artists for a color magazine. It's a different product. Peter Laird is allowed the 18-issue thing because he may want to do 18 comics a year of Peter Laird's expression because that was one of the terms of the sale, as well as $60,000,000 or so. But his ability to express his creative vision would be totally irrelevant to Viacom's idea of what a profitable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic would look like.

  2. So it is not a legal thing.... more like a logistical thing....

  3. Thanks for the comments, sir! Some good information that clears things up.