"Thirty Years of Turtle Power" at Toonseum!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turned 30 last year and while some places have gotten it out of their system there are a lot of us who still want to party.  Knowing that these green heroes have been around and are still going strong makes us feel great.  Which is why I am excited to let everyone know about the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Thirty Years of Turtle Power!” exhibit at Toonseum from February 7th to April 26th. 

I first learned of Toonseum a few years back when I went to a convention to meet Jim Martin.  Jim was the puppeteer for Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, so I brought the Leonardo head with me to get autographed.  We made friends and he informed me about Toonseum, a cartoon museum in Pittsburgh, PA.  At the time he was working there, so Miki and I got to go check it out.  We even did our Cowabunga Corner interview with Jim at the Museum.  It’s a nice little set up, giving respect to Cartoons and Comics, which reminded me of the old Words & Pictures Museum that Kevin Eastman use to run.  Though Toonseum is a lot smaller, it has a large heart for the arts.

Cowabunga Corner did want to take part in helping with the Exhibit, so I let a few pieces go on loan to the Toonseum.  Leonardo’s head, a beautiful artwork piece by Mark Bode from the Mirage Comics, Blueprints from sets from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990, animation cels and more.   My true goal is to get a museum to store these pieces in public for people to see daily as such items should not belong to just one fan but the entire fandom.  I hold that dream very close to me, which is why I am honored when they can be placed up for display.

The one behind the event though is no stranger to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans, he released his book last year “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History”, held a handful of galleries in honor of the 30th Anniversary of TMNT and even hosted the 30th Anniversary Panel at San Diego Comic Con International 2014.  Hs name is Andrew Farago, and he’s a Turtle fan that wanted to make something that can be treasured for years to come.  Sharing my views that the best way to keep something we love alive is by sharing our knowledge and passion. 

With such a great connection already to TMNT, as Jim Martin did work there, Toonseum has our full support.  We’re hoping that anyone in that area can make it out to see all the cool Turtle stuff on display.  At some point there is talk of an event weekend, where I will personally be there.  Keep an eye on our events section for updates, once we learn the details we will be sure to share it with everyone.

Have you ever been to Toonseum?  Have you made it to this exhibit?  Please share reviews, comments and questions below!

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