Sunday, February 08, 2015

John G. draws a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Lake Erie Monster artist John G. also draws posters for local restaurant chain Melt, which gives him plenty of opportunities to draw some downright weird-ass illustrations, based on the names and contents of their various sandwiches (Many of which sound like things Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, Dagwood Bumstead and ninja turtle Michaelangelo would come up with after an intense sandwich conference).

One such sandwich is, of course, "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Melt, " a grilled cheese sandwich prominently featuring pizza rolls and using the word "ooze" as if it were a good thing. I believe a previous illustration John G. did for this particular sandwich featured his riff on the poster for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, although I'd have to check the wall of the closest Melt restaurant to be certain.  This one features a "straight" illustration of Leonardo, having apparently just taken a katana to the sandwich.

I like the image an awful lot. The artist's use of heavy ink and the splattery effects have always reminded me of Kevin Eastman's work, so it's nice to see what his version of one of Eastman's creations looks like. Pretty good, I'd say; pretty good (Far, far better than the sandwich it's promoting sounds, anyway).

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