Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Triceratopses

A couple of you -- I think it was "tokka" and "machiasbanshee" -- expressed interest in seeing what my Triceratops collection looked like. These following photographs represent a large portion of what I have, though not all. -- PL





27 comments:

vader142 said...

Dear Peter, awesome collection, suddenly I see why the Triceratons were created haha. I read your interview on Newsarama today, and I'm very excited about all the info you revealed, of special interest to me is the possibility of doing the new Turtles movie as a CGI and live action mix with realistic looking Turtles. I think that's a wonderful idea, and I'm sure it would help broaden the appeal to a much much larger audience than TMNT appealed to. Just wanted to say, I think it's a wonderful idea, and that if IMAGI wants to put other projects before TMNT 2 (their most valuable property by far) then they deserve to lose the property to a studio who's more excited about it. Thanks great interview, keep up the good work!!

Stephan @ The Turtle Van said...

Hey Pete,
I'm curious to know...Did the Triceratons come from your collecting dinosaurs, or did you make the triceratons and then people just started giving them to you?

I was curious because when I was a teen, I got a dragon tattoo...then people started assuming I'd like everything dragon, and suddenly I had this massive dragon collection that I didn't particularly want in the first place lol.

The S said...

Thanks for showing your collection, Mr. Laird! That is an impressive number of triceratopses (or is it triceratopi? My encyclopedic knowledge of dinosaurs has diminished since my youth).

dark turtle said...

That's a ton of dinos! Love the collection. With all of the colors present, it makes me wonder what a real triceratops would look like. I always imagined a dark orange color, but I think I might be biased due to watching Land Before Time as a kid (the original movie, not those horrible sequels).

I've got a question that goes along with Stephan's... Peter, were you always interested in dinosaurs as a kid, or did that come up later in life? And how did the triceratops become your favorite?

Vaughn Michael said...

That's fun seeing this collection it's got me wondering, is there anything else you like to collect?

joe-eyeball said...

I love dinosaurs as well, but I'm more of an anklyosaurus fan due to the fact that he kind of looks like a turtle.

~ tOkKa said...

-->> The one with the most Triceratops toys wins.

I Bow before the master..

~~ **

>v<

~ tOkKa said...

-->> Love that big 'mask looking' thing on the 2nd shelf of the yop photo .. >v<

Splinter's Iroonna said...

~ tOkKa said...

-->> Love that big 'mask looking' thing on the 2nd shelf of the yop photo .. >v<


It looks like a puppet I've seen before.

Buslady of SoCal said...

that rubber mask thing reminds me of the donation collector at the natural history museum, you chuck the money thru a triceratops' mouth and feed it!

great collection.
I always liked ceratopsids, stegasaurs, and one other that i can't think of...argh! oh well

Savage Henry Lee said...

Hey Peter...

Dino-madness! (Dino-mite?)

I had a few questions for you, if you're still interested in fielding a few...

Do you still actively read (new) comics? What kind of stuff are you into? Are there specific creators you really enjoy? Do you enjoy the works of Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Brian Bendis, or any other big-time contemporary creators? Are you always looking for new comics to read? Do you prefer reading small press and independent stuff to mainstream publications? Do you ever take a flip through Ex Machina, Concrete, or Scott Pilgrim? Or Frank Miller's All Star Batman?

When your name comes up around my comic shop, somebody always asks, “why isn't he putting out any new comics?” Are there any great Peter Laird original graphic novels anywhere in the future? I think you're amazing graphic storyteller, and I'd love to have some more of your books on the shelf!

Thanks for glancing at my questions - I won't take it personally if you don't have time to get to them, I'm just curious. And thanks again for running the blog – I've been looking up to you since I was knee-high to a Turtle, so it feels really neat to get to see you interacting so personally with your fanbase!

Stephan @ The Turtle Van said...

By the way, shame on you for not having a triceraton up there. SHAME!!!! ;-P

Dierna said...

*looks behind her at her own dinosaur collection that sits on one of her dressers* Jimmony cricket...that's a mighty fine Dinosaur collection you have there...mine pales in comparison...I am not worthy..*hugs all her Triceratops plushies*

Vaughn Michael said...

Stephan,
yeah or the Triceraton from the paleo patrol line :P

PL said...

" Stephan @ The Turtle Van said...
Hey Pete,
I'm curious to know...Did the Triceratons come from your collecting dinosaurs, or did you make the triceratons and then people just started giving them to you?

I was curious because when I was a teen, I got a dragon tattoo...then people started assuming I'd like everything dragon, and suddenly I had this massive dragon collection that I didn't particularly want in the first place lol."

As far back as I can remember, I have always loved dinosuars, and the Triceratops has always been my favorite. Not sure why... but I do know that when, as a kid, I read "The Enormous Egg" by Oliver Butterworth, that "sealed the deal", as they say. Not only did it have absolutely GORGEOUS black and white pen and ink illustrations by one of my favorite illustrators, Louis Darling, but the story went right to the core of my young and impressionable brain. -- PL

PL said...

" Vaughn Michael said...
That's fun seeing this collection it's got me wondering, is there anything else you like to collect?"

Not really. I think I realized early on that collecting can become a real obsession, so I deliberately limited myself to just Triceratopses. (Although there was a point at which I had thirty-two motorcycles...!) -- PL

~ tOkKa said...

-->> ..betcha 5 bucks i could point out one of your favourite scenes in the original Jurassic Park movie..

X}

.. >v<

PL said...

Splinter's Iroonna said...
~ tOkKa said...

-->> Love that big 'mask looking' thing on the 2nd shelf of the yop photo .. >v<

It looks like a puppet I've seen before."

It actually is a rubber (or rubber-y) mask, unfortunately a wee bit too small for an adult head. But nicely done. -- PL

PL said...

"Savage Henry Lee said...
Hey Peter...

Dino-madness! (Dino-mite?)

I had a few questions for you, if you're still interested in fielding a few...

Do you still actively read (new) comics? What kind of stuff are you into? Are there specific creators you really enjoy? Do you enjoy the works of Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Brian Bendis, or any other big-time contemporary creators? Are you always looking for new comics to read? Do you prefer reading small press and independent stuff to mainstream publications? Do you ever take a flip through Ex Machina, Concrete, or Scott Pilgrim? Or Frank Miller's All Star Batman?"

My comics reading has declined precipitously from the level it was at, say, ten years ago. The only new comic book I read regularly is "Usagi Yojimbo". I actually tend to read more magazines and books ABOUT comics. Every so often I'll find a new comic that catches my eye, but it is rare. "Concrete" used to be one of my favorite titles, though I haven't read an issue in years. And I used to read everything that Alan Moore put out.

"When your name comes up around my comic shop, somebody always asks, “why isn't he putting out any new comics?” Are there any great Peter Laird original graphic novels anywhere in the future? I think you're amazing graphic storyteller, and I'd love to have some more of your books on the shelf!"

That's very nice of you to say, and I thank you. I have a few ideas I'm knocking around, but nothing definite. I draw so slowly these days that if I were to do anything new, it would probably be in collaboration with another artist (such as the redoubtable James Lawson). -- PL

poppyrobbie said...

I just read the first comment up there about you mentioning something in the Newsarama interview (havent gotten to it yet, but now am running, er, surfing to read it!) about the possibility of a CGI/live action mixed Turtles movie. I would absolutely adore seeing something like that happen. The realistic look of the orginal movies mixed with the cgi techniques to make possible all of those crazy skyline views and impossible fight scenes. I think it would be awesome. And of course I'm one of the ones that is praying to see a 'City At War-ish' inspired story in film form ala a more gritty presentation.

I truely think that's what a lot of people (fans and casual on-lookers alike) really thought that the CGI movie was going to be - something along the lines of Sin City or more recent darker-inspired comic films. I myself was even under that impression for a while before the films release. There was certainly no lack of giving off this impression by interviews with the director himself. But again, I believe the film did actually have a somewhat serious tone and did accomplish a lot of interesting and cool things that havent been done before in the Turtle movies (Nightwatcher, Karai being introduced (yet poorly, I thought - no real explaination of who she was or anything for those out of the know. Was her name even mentioned? Once by Max Winters, maybe?).

But I still look back and believe the first Turtles movie still holds the trophy for being the most true to the original comic, the most fun and the most serious all at the same time. A true sequel to the first is what I'd like to see - back to the streets, so to speak.

Haha, anyway, I'm rambling. I'm sure you get sick of fans offering their advice of what they think should be happening with the Turtles. I'm sure you guys have something good cooked up for us once the green light hits for the next film...

-r

poppyrobbie said...

BUT WHILE IM RAMBLING -

Seeing Utroms (and Shredder returning once more as one) and Triceratons in a huge EPIC invastion battle on the big screen with the Turtles stuck in the middle would be fine on the big screen as well...

...haha, you know, just sayin.

-r

GreenWillow said...

Gosh Peter, your Triceraton -- I mean Triceratops (I haven't been able to get that right for years...)--- shelf looks a lot like one of mine, only mine is full of your Turtles!

I want to tell you that your comments in the Newsarama interview just made my day. A hybrid cgi/live action film as you suggested would be the best of both worlds. It was the beautiful cgi detail work on the Turtles that made the Imagi film so amazing to me, but it seemed not nearly as much attention was given to the humans. True, we were there to see the Turtles, not the people so much, but the art seemed kinda inconsistent that way. But with live action humans and realistically rendered Turtles?
Oh wow.
Yes yes yes!

PL said...

" GreenWillow said...
Gosh Peter, your Triceraton -- I mean Triceratops (I haven't been able to get that right for years...)--- shelf looks a lot like one of mine, only mine is full of your Turtles!

I want to tell you that your comments in the Newsarama interview just made my day. A hybrid cgi/live action film as you suggested would be the best of both worlds. It was the beautiful cgi detail work on the Turtles that made the Imagi film so amazing to me, but it seemed not nearly as much attention was given to the humans. True, we were there to see the Turtles, not the people so much, but the art seemed kinda inconsistent that way. But with live action humans and realistically rendered Turtles?
Oh wow.
Yes yes yes!"

I'm glad you are excited about it -- so am I! -- but I would just like to add one small note of caution here: While the "hybrid" option seems to be the most-favored idea at the moment, it could change, depending upon a number of factors. Truthfully, while I am very intrigued by the idea of doing this kind of "hybrid" movie, I would not be sad at all if the next film was straight CGI. I was quite happy with the way "TMNT" looked. -- PL

Vaughn Michael said...

I'd also love a full length animated movie.
But yes the mixture seems like a good idea, can't say how dissapointed I was after waiting all the years for karai in the movie for her to be a stick of a cartoon woman.
Who would you like to have play Karai in a live action film Pete?
I really can't think of anyone off the top of my head.

Becky said...

I am completely inpressed with your dino collection, Mr. Laird! It's great to see how your love for Triceratops helped shape the Triceratons!

PL said...

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PL said...
"Stephan @ The Turtle Van said...
By the way, shame on you for not having a triceraton up there. SHAME!!!! ;-P"

...and...

Vaughn Michael said...
Stephan,
yeah or the Triceraton from the paleo patrol line :P"

You are both right! In fact, I am somewhat abashed that I have not broken out some of those awesome Triceraton figures Playmates has made in the last few years and set them up with my other three-horns. Thank you for pointing that out! I will rectify it shortly. -- PL

Jason said...

A hybrid movie could be done the same was Gollum was done in the Lord of the Rings movies or Jar Jar in Star Wars.