Monday, March 22, 2010

Renet is why i'm here today....well sort of.

Years ago, back in 1989, i had never read a comic book. Never even picked one up at that. My older brother read them when i was little, but i was never really interested in actually collecting them. I think the old 80's cartoons like Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends and Super Friends kind of spoiled me, as i felt that all comics should be like that.....and they weren't. Late that year, i started getting into the phenomenon that was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I remember in the fall of '89, i traveled to my first comic shop, just out of curiosity and saw something that truly caught my eye: the original Eastman and Laird Ninja Turtles comics that were in black and white. I was just completely off struck by what i saw: They all wore red headbands, cursed, killed, had tiny tails, and didn't eat pizza! There was no Krang, Bebop, Rocksteady, crazy mutant monsters, Foot Solider robots, or crazy aliens from Dimension X. Plus, the book was bloody as all hell, for its time. Needless to say, i was hooked.

These comics were the books that opened the door to me for reading other titles. Without them, i would have never started reading Marvel or DC books (or collecting for that matter). One character, specifically, that i've always wanted to draw from that series was Renet, the time travelling apprentice from TMNT #8. Though she has only been in a handful of issues, i have always loved her design and character. I was completely stoked when i saw that she was included in the 2003 TMNT cartoon revamp years back.

Well, here's my take on her! Enjoy!

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