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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

May 3 – September 28, 2014   HELD OVER!

Opening reception June 14, 2014, 7:00-9:00pm, Free and open to the public





The Cartoon Art Museum’s latest exhibition celebrates the iconic hit franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  This retrospective will be on display at the museum from May 3 through Sept. 28, 2014.

The Cartoon Art Museum’s exhibition will include all of the original artwork from the historic first issue from 1984, other early covers and interior artwork from series creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird and their associates from Mirage Studios, storyboards and animation cells from the original 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series and material from the popular TMNT Adventures comic book originally published by Archie Comics.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created by Eastman and Laird, and the first TMNT comic book debuted at the Portsmouth Mini-Con in New Hampshire on May 5, 1984.  An article announcing its publication was picked up by the Associated Press, and the book sold out its initial print run virtually overnight.  The comic’s success soon led to myriad licensing opportunities including toys, animation, video games and live-action films. Today, the Turtles are bigger than ever, with a hit comic book series published by IDW, a best-selling toy line courtesy of Playmates Toys, a hit-animated television series airing on Nickelodeon and the upcoming Paramount Pictures theatrical film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, set to open worldwide on August 8, 2014.


The opening reception for this exhibition takes place on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 7:00-9:00pm.  Meet Nickelodeon animators, TMNT artists Mark Bode and Ken Mitchroney, longtime Mirage Studios staffer Molly Bode and other special guests as we celebrate the world premiere of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, an illustrated history of the Turtles written by exhibition curator Andrew Farago and published by Insight Editions.  This reception is free and open to the public.



Comment from Adam Whitlatch
Time April 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm


Was wondering if any what art from this show will be for sale?

Thanks so much!


Comment from afarago
Time April 27, 2014 at 7:19 pm

None of the art will be on sale, since we’re an art museum, not a gallery. But we’ll have plenty of TMNT books in our gift shop, including signed copies of the forthcoming TMNT: The Ultimate Visual History.

Comment from Jaana Humlie
Time April 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm

I was wondering, is there going to be an admission cost for this expo. And if so how much will tickets cost?

Comment from afarago
Time April 28, 2014 at 6:04 pm

The exhibition is part of the Cartoon Art Museum, so standard admission will get you access to the TMNT art. We’ll be announcing details about our June 14 reception soon.

Comment from Tmntlegend
Time May 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Is the art work for TMNT Issue #1 on loan from the owner whom purchased from Kevin Eastman years ago thru e-bay or is the owner connected to this museum? Assumed it would stay held by a private collector and therefore a lost treasure for fans to see. Curious how the museum acquired it.

Comment from afarago
Time May 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

The art’s on loan from a collector, who graciously loaned it to us for the duration of the exhibition. Hope you get a chance to see it!

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Comment from eric
Time May 14, 2014 at 11:55 pm

maybe a silly question, but better asked, than trouble faced later. will it be okay to take photos of the art on display??

Comment from afarago
Time May 15, 2014 at 12:05 am

Yes, we allow non-flash photography in the museum.

Comment from Elias
Time May 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Afarago, You say you have signed copies of TMNT: The Ultimate Visual History available in the gift shop, but it has not been released yet. How is this possible? Also, are there any updates for your June 14 event? I definitely want tickets.

Comment from afarago
Time May 16, 2014 at 2:54 pm

The book isn’t available yet, but we’ll have it for sale as soon as we can. Thanks!

Comment from Elias
Time May 24, 2014 at 2:24 am

I saw on FB the TMNT reception is June 14 from 7pm to 9pm. Do we need to buy tickets for it in advance?

Comment from afarago
Time May 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm

The reception will be free of charge. We’ll be announcing more details soon!

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Comment from James
Time June 8, 2014 at 11:03 pm

So the reception is free but the exhibition isn’t? I’m kind of confused.

Comment from afarago
Time June 8, 2014 at 11:43 pm

The opening reception is a special, free event. If you visit the exhibition during regular business hours, the usual admission fees apply.

Comment from Mayra
Time June 12, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Is it okay to bring children? and will a ninja turtle be making an appearance?

Comment from afarago
Time June 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Yes, children are welcome! All four Turtles are scheduled to appear on Saturday!

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Comment from nancy gobaleza
Time June 15, 2014 at 12:59 am

we missed the reception today. our son would’ve loved to see the ninja turtles. what can we expect at the exhibitions after tonight?

Comment from afarago
Time June 15, 2014 at 3:33 am

Sorry you missed out! We’ll have at least one more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles event this summer–stay tuned for more details!

In the meantime, our exhibition runs through September, and we’ve got over 100 pieces of original artwork on display, and our bookstore has plenty of Turtles comics and books available.

Comment from Praful Gupta
Time July 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Hi! What the are times to see the TMNJT exhibit?

Comment from afarago
Time July 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Tuesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, through September 14! Hope you can make it–we’ve got a lot of great art on display!

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