Saturday, January 3, 2009

Blast from the Past #60 repost: Donatello and Montana Moo

My good pal Ryan Brown (who, sadly, I do not see very much these days... but I do read his blog!) realized a longtime dream of his when, back in the 1990's, his "CowBoys" concept was made into a toy line, animated series, and a whole bunch of merchandise under the name "Wild West Cowboys of Moo Mesa". I drew this piece featuring Donatello and one of Ryan's characters, Montana Moo, as the basis for a congratulatory card for Ryan.

And here's the "cyberinked" and computer-colored version of this drawing which I sent to Ryan. -- PL

(Montana Moo™ and © 2002 R.E. Bee Inc.)


  1. Mr. Laird,

    I'm not sure how I didn't discover your blog until now, but wow! It's truly a time warp to see original art from the comics I grew up reading. I'm sure I'm not the first "almost 30-something" to say this, but the Turtles made a huge impact on me when I was a kid. I started drawing right around the time the series hit the airwaves (I was about 9)...and I truly built my drawing chops drawing the Turtles. Day in and day out, throughout most of my childhood.

    I'm now a cartoonist, working as an animator and illustrator in Boston. I draw my own comics, as well.

    I was just home visiting my folks in Maine over Christmas and rediscovered all the sketchbooks and comics I drew as a kid, and just posted a bunch of my Turtle drawings over at my own blog:

    Jinx the Monkey: Drip!

    direct link to--> Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Again, I'm sure you've been bombarded with fan art, but hey---I thought you might get a kick out of it. I even created my own spin-off comics, as you'll see.

    So, I just wanted to say a HUGE thanks! From myself, and my 9-year-old self---so fascinated with the Turtles that I drew them obsessively and eventually became a professional cartoonist.

    Best wishes (Happy New Year)...and keeping posting!

    -Bob Flynn

  2. -->> 0_0 favourite !!

    Thanks for posting the colour version Pete, never seen that

    (( a harbinger of things to come as well, this is.

    The 'Boys X- overed to TMNTs in more ways than one .. and i couldn't be happier !! !! ))


  3. Hey Peter....

    Something is lost in the colored version, me think. I just love the BW one though...

    Just an FYI, thanks to Murphs Blog, I was able to attend the Rutgers TMNT record breaking event last year. I just uploaded a better HD version now that I know what I'm doing with the software. This was the first HD event I ever recorded...

    Is the new record breaking event going to be held in NY? I'm guessing that is what the Javitz center april appearance will be? more month to wait for all the NYCC announcments :).