Some years ago, one of my professors at York University read the first two chapters of The City of Smoke & Mirrors. When someone asked him what he did on the weekend, he said, “Well, I read something very interesting. It had a little bit of Raymond Chandler, a little bit of Dashiel Hammet, a little bit of Edgar Allen Poe…and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
In my opinion, it’s still the best description of Dill that I could possibly consider. To say that Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s work on the Ninja Turtles was an influence in Dill’s creation would be a great understatement. Without going into great detail, I’d been a Turtles fan since the cartoon, but have also become a great appreciator of the original Mirage comics. I love that something so completely silly can have some dark undertones. Man, those original comics were dark.
Still, I can’t deny their influence on my creative process. Should Dill ever be made into something live action, my #1 ideal is to have him done like the Jim Henson company did in the first three live action Turtles movies.
The reason I’m bringing up all of this right now? Because my good internet friend Alisa Breiling attended the Phoenix ComicCon this past weekend and met Kevin Eastman. I’d talked with Alisa about this beforehand and sent her two copies of the book: one for her, and one for Mr. Eastman. And, well…check it out.
Kevin Eastman now has a copy of The City of Smoke & Mirrors.
KEVIN FLIPPING EASTMAN now has a copy of MY BOOK. Hell, I don’t even know if he’ll take the time to read it or if it’ll just go straight to his hotel trash can. Alisa said he was pretty delighted to be receiving a free copy of the book, though, quoting him as saying, “Oh, neat!”
Either way, he now has a copy of my book.
Excuse me, I’ll just be over here nerding out.
You can retire now, I think.
(But seriously, that is spectacular and a half.)