May 3 – September 14, 2014
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. 14, 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.