Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Pieces of Turtles 8 #1


Publication date: January 2022 (Canada), April 2022 (USA)

Publisher: Aardvark-Vanaheim

Curator: Dave Sim


Pieces of Turtles 8 is a 16-page "fanzine" collecting behind-the-scenes material related to TMNT (Vol. 1) #8. Included are photographs, sketches, anecdotes, artist's proofs, and many works never-before-published in any capacity from Dave Sim's personal archives.

Turtle Tips:

*This issue was followed by Pieces of Turtles 8 #2

*This miniseries acts as a lead in to the publication of Sim's TMNT (Vol. 1) #8 Remaster.

*There are two editions of this issue: A Swordfish/Canadian edition and a USA edition (which was crowdfunded on Kickstarter). The Swordfish edition had a total print run of 125 copies and the USA edition had a run of 325 copies. They are identical save for the info on the back cover.


I was fortunate enough to snag one of the USA editions moments before the Kickstarter closed. Dave Sim ran a perfect crowdfunding campaign; book delivered right on time and with lots of updates along the way. For reference, here are the back covers so you can tell the different editions apart:

(Swordfish edition photo courtesy of Rich's TMNT catalogue; I only have the USA edition.)

The unearthed gems inside are fascinating if you're a TMNT historian interested in those early Mirage days. I'll be picking up any future installments and the TMNT #8 remaster!