Friday, October 01, 2004

-->>20 years of Turtles!!
.. -this article posted from Silver Bullet !!

New Hampshire's own Heroes in a Half Shell return home.

It's the 20th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Comic Book Show is bringing them back to New Hampshire.

20 years ago in Dover, New Hampshire, a small studio had just finished putting the finishing touches on a new and innovative comic book. A comic book that would take the world by storm. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the brainchild of Peter Laird, co-founder of Mirage Studios. Shortly after its completion, the first issue of Turtles debuted at the first comic book convention ever held in New Hampshire.

On October 10th in Nashua, Peter Laird returns to New Hampshire to celebrate the Turtles' twentieth anniversary.

"Bringing the Turtles home for a twentieth anniversary celebration is something I've been working on for a few years," said Ralph DiBernardo, who promoted the convention where the Turtles originally debuted. Now the manager of Somersworth comic shop, The Paperback Bazaar, DiBernardo has kept in touch with Laird off and on through the years. "I've known Peter since he came up with the concept and decided to give self-publishing a try. A few years ago, I ran the idea by him of coming back to New Hampshire to celebrate the anniversary, and he liked it."

What started as an homage/spoof of the time's most popular comics became a near-overnight sensation. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became a multi-billion dollar merchandising juggernaut. Spawning three major motion pictures, a cartoon series, a TV show, a toy line that 20 years later is still going strong, a plethora of comic book series, trading cards and more, this New Hampshire originated idea has become an American icon.

Laird won't be appearing at The Comic Book Show alone. Turtles artist Mike Dooney and Turtles writer Steve Murphy will also be on hand to sign autographs, sketch, and chat with fans.

To make the celebration even bigger, other special guests will appear at the show. Rich Woodall and Matt Talbot will be signing and debuting the latest issue of Johnny Raygun, another New Hampshire produced comic book. Also appearing are The Tick and Runners artist, Sean Wang, Disney's Kim Possible artist, Craig Rousseau, comic veteran Dan Fraga and a handful of other comic book guests.

The Comic Book Show will feature dozens of New England area comic book, toy, and collectible dealers. As an added bonus, fans can pick up limited edition collectible comic books from Johnny Raygun and the Ant, produced especially for the show. There will also be exclusive art prints available for purchase, and thousands of dollars in give-aways. There will be free comic books for children and hundreds of free posters provided by DC & Dark Horse comics.

The Comic Book Show is October 10th at the Nashua Holiday Inn from 10am to 3pm.

$4.00 admission to the show

.. -The Comic Book Show's page starts here for more info !! Happy Birthday TMNT !!

-- ..Donnie.. DONNIE,.. yir facin' the wroNg way.. the pitcher's over here !! Ah TOO LATE THE BALL IS HEADIN' STRAIGHT FER YIR HEAD --..ahh don't look !!
..--from Mr.B's official TMNT d0t com..

.. you'll never guess who's BACK (in statue form)-starting here !!


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