Image will publish ‘Drawing Blood’ as a 12-issue series

Originally crowdfunded as a graphic novel, the series fictionalizes Kevin Eastman’s life as a comics creator.

Drawing Blood, the semi-autobiographical tale of Kevin Eastman’s rise in the comics world that was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter back in 2017, is coming to Image Comics as a 12-issue maxi-series in April.

“The completely fictional true stories of Shane ‘Books’ Bookman sums it up the best,” said Eastman. “Set squarely in our collective world of Comics, part autobiographical, part tall tails and legends, I wanted a fictional character we could really put through the paces. Drawing Blood is all that and a basket of kittens…”

Eastman is joined by co-writer David Avallone and artists Ben Bishop and Troy Little on the project, which raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter. It was followed by a crowdfunding campaign for a second volume.

Here’s how Image describes the series, which replaces Ninja Turtles with Ronin Ragdolls:

When you create a global franchise before you turn twenty…what happens next? Drawing Blood readers will follow the jaw-dropping journey of Shane Bookman—a cartoonist whose real life has become more absurd and action-packed than any comic book story he could dream up!

Once upon a time, Bookman co-created The Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls: a gritty, funny indie comic that became a billion dollar global franchise. Now, years later, the partnership dissolved, the corporate buy-out all spent, Books is struggling to recover from the hit-and-run driver called early success… and looking for the will and the joy to create something new again.

Here’s a look at some of the interior artwork:

The first issue will also have two variant covers — one by Bishop, and one by Bishop, Eastman and director Robert Rodriguez:

The first issue arrives in stores April 24.

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