The drawing is amazing but it seems to me to be check, not checkmate. The white pawn is blocking the bishop from threatening the king. The white pawn should have been on the black square or the white square to it's diagonal right instead. The king has one move (diagonal right). If rook moves to check then king takes knight. If bishop comes to check, either knight takes bishop or king takes knight. Either way not checkmate. The only reason that I'm even mentioning it is because I've had the smile that Donatello has on his face only to discover that I hadn't really won the game yet.
somebody else said this about a year or so ago, and it's just me messing up the board. i'm not a chess player but i did do research on the board arrangement but somehow i still messed it up. i guess it still works even if Don hasn't checkmated Shadow yet, but that's the basic joke. glad you like the drawing, in any case, thanks!
Sorry to open up a year old wound I enjoy a good game of chess and I've been on both sides of the board (so to speak) having all of my pieces taken away and having taken my opponents' pieces leaving them with next to nothing but since Don's a genius it'll be over soon away Again great drawing
i posted this picture way back in 2006, i'm surprised nobody caught the chess board until last year! i have a friend who's a big chess player, i should've run the board configuration by him but i didn't, i don't know how i messed it up. i looked up piece configurations online and stuff like that, how did this happen?!? anyway, it's cool, thanks for bringing it up again and confirming it!
At first I wasn't going to say anything but the chess player in my couldn't keep his mouth shut I'm pretty sure most people focused on the faces of the players and the number of pieces by Donatello and figured that he'd already won.
i've met Laird but not Eastman. my meeting with Laird was awkward and weird because i assumed he knew i'd done the pin-ups for Tales and covers to Raphael: Bad Moon Rising, but he had no idea what the Raphael project even was, i don't think he was involved much at that point. D'OH. so embarrassed!
technically not long, it's sporadic, it's never been a regular gig. i did the Raphael: Bad Moon Rising covers and the 2 Donatello pin-ups for Tales of the TMNT back in 2007, and then i did IDW's Leonardo micro-series issue earlier this year and i have a couple covers coming up. hopefully more actual comics soon!
thanks! haha, damn, did i mess it up?? i'm not a chess player but i did research on board/piece configurations so i'd get it accurate... i can't even remember if it was meant to be a checkmate or not, i did this so long ago. we need a chess expert in here!
its not failure, she is clearly at the defeating side of the game, so both characters expressions are accurate I just needed to ask, cause there was some "pro-chess-player" comments of total checkmate but I would gladly trade my chess qualities for your art ones sorry for my EN
seems like you could help since you worked in TMNT. I picked up a few back issues a while ago and this shadow character was in it as well as a couple other females. who is shadow and how long has she been involved?
Shadow first showed up in the City At War storyline, back around 1992-1993, when she was just a baby. she's Casey Jones's daughter. the current series is set like 15 years later so now she's a teenager, like in this pic here.
not much, admitedly. At least not much in my active memory- I had a bunch form when i was comin' up in the 80s but none of them are around anymore. So for now roughly the trades they have of 'Tales of TMNT' and MOST of the last Year and a 1/2's singles. as for the trades one thing i've noticed it they don't exactly collect anything in any sort of order of print but more of issues centered around a theme of single element running through them.
Tales isn't a continuing storyline, every issue is a different story so that's why the Tales trades seem that way. they're putting out a new trade reprinting TMNT #1 through i think #12, you should pick that up. besides that you'd probably have to go through back issue bins to find the older stuff like City At War, or search on ebay for the old trades, you can definitely find copies there sometimes.
i think my personal favorite stuff is volume 1, which is #1-62, specifically #1-12 (after that the issues get kind of disparate and all over the place as different creators work on them; they're still good though), and then #19-23 is Return to New York which is awesome. then #24-26 is The River which is also awesome, one of my favorites (which is weird because it's by another creator, Rick Veitch, and usually i'm not as crazy about the non-Laird/Eastman stuff, but this one's great), and then finally #50-62 (which is the end of the series) is City At War, which i don't believe is collected as a trade anywhere, unfortunately.
THEN (whew!) the new/current series is really awesome, it picks up 15 years after the end of volume 2 (which is also good, it has some Shadow stuff in it, but it's pretty hard to find and only ran 13 issues. it's worth it if you can find it but it won't ruin your enjoyment of subsequent material if you can't) and that's the one that features teenage Shadow and aliens integrated into american society, it's bizarre but cool stuff. there's no trade of that, unfortunately, but i bet you could scrounge up all the issues if you tried. the last couple have been only released through the Mirage website in really limited quantities, really sporadically, and at $10 a pop they're expensive, but worth it.
whew, anyway, i think that's it. better start saving up money! haha.