Sunday, November 17, 2013

Blast from the Past #671: Sketchbook page 14, ideas for further mutations

Not much on this page -- just a few quick doodles, trying to work out ideas for further mutations for the Turtles (apparently in this case specifically going in a sort of monstrous direction with Leonardo), along with some other potential story notes. Here's what I wrote on this fourteenth page of the sketchbook:


       Physical mutations:


       Play with more radical mutations/morphing

       -- Karai variations?

       -- Nobody as a woman?

       -- Foor Elite similar to Shredder Elite in "City at War" -- traditional garb, gear, and semi-mystical "Bushido" approach"

         It's interesting to me that roughly a decade before I had April O'Neil don the mantle of Nobody in the TMNT Volume 4 comic books, I was thinking about introducing a female Nobody. -- PL


  1. Ooh, nice sketch right here.

    I must inquire, if you remember, would this mutation have appeared as the story progressed along, or only as other potential ideas for their current mutation state (as in, Leo's retractable claws along with this)?

  2. Eddie, that's a good question, and I think it is safe to say that we never got that far in thinking about it! For the storytelling, it might have been more interesting to show this new mutation in progress, instead of just jumping in with the mutation already full-blown.

    Then again... heck, I'm not sure which way would have been better, to be honest. -- PL

    1. Thanks for your reply! As for the concept, it could've worked both ways, definitely, but seeing how it goes, the mutations developing as it progressed would've added some surprise for some, and could've been incorporated nicely, too.

      Would've loved to see this actually take off, this concept shouldn't be thrown away altogether.

  3. Mr. Laird, do you remember why you ended up not introducing a female Nobody? I think that would've been quite interesting. Also, do you recall what the "Karai variations" was in regards to? Thank you!

    1. I think the main reason we didn't introduce a female Nobody was because the TMNT comic book Kevin and I planned to do never happened. As far as the "Karai variations", I think that probably referred to different types of ninja gear for her. -- PL