I started selling t-shirts on RedBubble back in the summer of 2015. Initially I only uploaded a few designs and it took a good few weeks for my first sale to come through, but when it did I felt quite proud and pleased, and then I was overcome by blind panic in case the design actually looked rubbish when printed (I must stress that I go through my final PNG files with a fine tooth-comb, so quality at my end if guaranteed). Around Christmas time that year, my sales were definitely on the increase and so I decided to focus much more of my spare time coming up with new designs.
Welcome, welcome, welcome. Summer feels like it might be finally here (in the UK at least) and so I’m attempting to push as many new designs out as possible before flying off to Asia for a bit.
Based on that opening sentence, you’d expect me to now give you a list of new designs. Alas I only have one, but I do have other bits of good news too. Firstly, I have reached over 1,000 sales on my RedBubble store. I will dedicate a post about this very soon. Secondly, the Cartoon Network have granted me an official license to sell my Samurai Jack design at RedBubble. This is very exciting because I’m now classed as an official fanart seller and my design is protected!
Three new t-shirt designs have recently been uploaded onto my Redbubble and Teepublic stores. First up we have a new design for my gaming category. Anyone that owned an N64 will no doubt be familiar with the 64DD; an external hardware add-on that would allow you to play games on a disk drive format, which had a larger memory capacity compared to the N64’s game cartridges. I remember getting monthly updates on the 64DD progress courtesy of the Official UK Nintendo magazine and each month it was looking bleaker and bleaker. The 64DD did eventually get released, but only in Japan were it flopped and consequently was quickly forgotten by Nintendo. To this day I still think that was a shame, so to celebrate I created a design that showed exactly how the 64DD would have worked. Firstly, the 64DD would have plugged directly into the bottom of the N64 console. Then the N64 RAM expansion Pack would have been required (this add-on did make it to us, largely because some games actually needed it in order to work), and a special N64 cartridge that allowed for the N64 to connect to the internet could be inserted into the cartridge slot. And finally the 64 disk drives themselves would slot into the front. All very neat and tidy, and when you see one in action on Youtube, it’ll make you still want one. You could, of course, settle for my t-shirt instead.
Here’s part two (of two) of my Evolution of TMNT article.
TMNT – Animated Movie (2007)
The rebirth of the turtles in the new millennium resurrected plans for a new feature length film, but this time going down the CGI path in a bid to save money more than anything else. When the simply titled TMNT was announced, it looked like this version would harken back more so to the original comic books. While that was true to an extent, it was a real mix of everything we’ve had before. The look of the turtles were lean and mean, thanks largely to not being constrained by men in suits and animatronics. Their design was a rich flavour of the cartoons and live action films, with a hint of the original comic book designs from later issues. Overall this was deemed a success, and certainly helped path the way for future projects.
INTERESTING FACT: The plot line for this film is almost identical to the plot for the fifth Highlander film, Highlander; the Source (not really worth watching)
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have stood the test of time. Since the mid-eighties they have managed to grace both the small and big screen as well as printed media, spanning now several generations and continuing to go strong even after all this time and many franchise reboots.
Your favourite Turtles carnation may very well depend on your age and personal memories, and even I would be hard pressed to pick a definitive version of the turtles that I would be happy to settle with if I could take only one on a desert island with. So let’s briefly explore the contenders, starting with where it all began….
I am pleased to announce a brand new customised figure that I have made; TMNT Boba Fett.
The figure combines two things that I love, which are Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Over a year ago I had the idea of customising one of spare TMNT figures into the legendary bounty Hunter Boba Fett, whom needless to say is one of my favourite characters from the Star Wars universe.
Apparently the 1993 third live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film (aka TMNT III; Turtles in Time) has the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score of all the Turtles films. I also follow enough TMNT fan instagram accounts to know that this is not a surprise. Personally, I find this a little sad.
I have complete and utter affection for this installment in the series. I remember the first time I watched it (on TV) and what I even had for dinner while I was doing so (pizza, obviously). Consequently, I may always watch it with rose-tinted glasses but I think it’s got a lot going for it.