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Talking Turtles: A NYCC Interview With Paul Allor

Written by Tim Midura on Thursday, October 20 2016 and posted in Features

Talking Turtles: A NYCC Interview With Paul Allor

Definitely nothing about a new secret project.

Source: NYCC

Tim: While you're here with the number one comics news outlet named after a toilet, can you reveal the new licensed project you had approved this week?

Paul: No.

Tim: Fair enough.

Paul: All right. That was easy.

Tim: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been a sprawling series from the main title to a ton of mini-series. What are you doing different with TMNT Universe to flesh out the universe?

Paul: What I try to do, and what I think IDW tries to do as well, which is something that makes the TMNT franchise great, is that they really try to do something different with every arc, every mini, every one-shot. Give it different texture, a different feel. So for this one, it's basically a big action movie set-piece. Die Hard in the Turtles universe. It's also setting up one of their next big confrontations with Bishop and his people. So it's kind of telling a really awesome, fun action story, while also paving the way for things to come.

Tim: So you've written other Turtles mini-series: Shredder, Mutanimals, Utrom Empire. Does the Universe line give you looser rein over what characters you can write?

Paul: I don't know because I only pitched what I'm writing. So, Bobby [Curnow, TMNT editor] had mentioned that even though the Universe line covers every character in the universe, as the title implies, that he wouldn't mind starting off with a story that's centered on the Turtles themselves. I haven't written the Turtles a lot, so I kind of jumped on that opportunity and put this together.

Tim: You seem to have a thing for team books: Guardians of the Galaxy, TMNT, GI Joe. What draws you to team books?

Paul: That's what editors have hired me for so far. (Laughs.) That's pretty much all there is to it. I do think it's fun. Teams that have strongly defined personalities in them gives you a lot of opportunity to bounce them off of each other in interesting ways.

Tim: Do you see yourself doing more creator-owned work in the future?

Paul: Yeah, absolutely. I've done a bit in the past. I had Tet last year, Past The Last Mountain, Strange Nation. I do have some creator-owned stuff that's not been announced yet.

Tim: Everyone always asks about the favorite Turtle, so I'm going to ask, Bebop or Rocksteady?

Paul: Oh, wow.

Tim: Or do they only work as a team?

Paul: I really think they only work as a team. I mean, without Rocksteady, Bebop would go off and be like a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar. And of course, without Bebop, Rocksteady would be fulfilling his dream of making handmade pasta in Sicily. So really, it's only together that they're fulfilling their true purpose.


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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