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Bird at Castle Howard - photo by Jeremy Fiest

Monday, August 9, 2010

Dawn of the Ninja

What is it? It's a graphic novel I'm writing that focuses on the origins of the ninja turtles and Oroku Saki (Shredder). Here I'm doing my best to stay true to the work of Eastman and Laird, while approaching it with a much more human design. When coming into this I was asking myself questions like "What would it be like to live in a sewer my entire life, and in what ways would this shape the way I viewed the world?" As far as Saki's story goes, I wanted to first see him as a person before the ruthless ninja leader he eventually becomes; a person who struggles with the definition of honor after the death of his father. Later, the lost adolescent finds security in the path of vengeance, and this leads to his eventual downfall .

Think "Batman Begins" with reptiles.

So far, we've had some extremely positive attention from an array publishers, and we firmly believe that it's only a matter of time until DOTN finds a home with one of them. Which one? That will depend mainly on who gets the license from Nickelodeon. Until then...we will keep plugging away.

So, for your viewing pleasure, here is the synopsis of the story and some art by artist Ray Dillon. Please, don't hesitate to continue checking in with us at


     Following a series of shocking events occurring in Japan more than thirty years ago, two stories are set in motion that transcend the corners of the globe in search of definitive clarity to the ever so mystifying question: What is a NINJA? The first story follows young Oroku Saki (Shredder) throughout the beginning of his life as he battles with the haunting death of his father, Oroku Nagi, and the feelings of retribution that eventually warp his perception of honor. The second centers on the Ninja Turtles and April O’Neal as they attempt to unearth a disturbing mystery: the transformation of Baxter Stockman into a new and exceptionally dangerous mutant. At the same time, Raphael grapples with the significance of his existence and the duty of preserving the selfless legacy set forth by Master Splinter’s fallen owner, Hamato Yoshi. The juxtaposing narratives focus highly on the human elements of vengeance and honor, while maintaining the charming fundamentals that have positioned the Ninja Turtles as true American icons. In the end, both tales finally converge, and from the resulting, climactic wake, a fierce and everlasting rivalry is born.

Chapter 1: Page 1

Chapter 2: Page 1

Oroku Saki (Shredder)
A panel from Chapter 2

Please, see the site for more images and updates on what what to expect next. Thanks for reading!

Jeremy Fiest

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