When Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman took over a portion of Meltdown Comics for "Lost Angeles: 35 Days with Kevin Eastman," he brought his studio with him. Now, the contents of his space are up for grabs on eBay. Kevin Eastman's Art Studio Auction opened on December 25. As of December 30, the top bid was over $7,000.
Early in December, I met with Eastman at Meltdown to talk about his work over the years. Last Wednesday, I returned to his gallery/pop-up shop with photographer Shannon Cottrell for the 35th anniversary party for Heavy Metal Magazine, which the artist has owned since the early 1990s. While we were there, we took a peek inside the studio.
Certainly, Eastman's studio is packed with odds and ends, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Heavy Metal memorabilia, posters from a variety of movies, CDs and DVDs, toys and original art from notables like Richard Corben. There's even a photo of Mariah Carey, taken from behind, hanging on a wall near his desk.
"I was like, 'Oh my God, it's Mariah Carey,'" Eastman recalls. "So, stealthily, I took my camera out."