Radical Reading: Disney Adventures Magazine - May 1993


Do you remember Disney Adventures: The Magazine For Kids?

The publication mixed entertainment and education in a 90s-style format, released on a (semi) monthly basis. The material was all fluff, but it was a good way for kids to feel like magazine-reading adults. The articles ranged from pop culture events, such as upcoming movies and video games, to pieces on random topics like tall buildings and magic tricks.

And of course, there were lots of ads.



Browsing through The Sewer Den library, I discovered an old Disney Adventures issue that survived the ages. Naturally, the one I owned from May of 1993 featured the Turtles on the cover. To be more specific, these Turtles were from the third live-action TMNT film released that same year. Even though their popularity was waning by this time, the green guys were still trendy enough to land a Disney Magazine cover. I'm going to make a grand claim and say that this was their last big moment before plummeting into their dark years.

TMNT: Out of the Shadows - Movie Review


* SPOILER-FREE *

On Sunday, May 22nd, I had the pleasure of attending the movie premiere of TMNT: Out of the Shadows, held at Madison Square Garden in NYC. With attendees ranging from A-list celebs (not me) to die-hard fans (me), the event was oozing with Turtle Power. It was a mutated carnival, with a bunch of activities, photo opps & free merch on-hand.

NORWAY: PART 4 - The Quest For Cowabunga


Oslo, the capital of Norway. Like a viking exploring the sea, I navigated the waters of this foreign city. By bicycle, train & bus, I explored the Scandinavian metropolis by visiting museums, meeting locals & searching for Turtle Power. Join me and my Norwegian pal, Mathias, as we tour Oslo in a quest for culture and cowabunga!

PART 4, the final chapter of the 4-part travelogue!


The final day of my trip had arrived. Despite little sleep, I forced myself out of bed and hit the ground running. The clock was ticking - my plane departed later that afternoon. I only had a few hours until my time in Norway came to a close. With Mathias by my side, we climbed on our bikes and embarked on one last excursion.

NORWAY: PART 3 - The Great Outdoors


Oslo, the capital of Norway. Like a viking exploring the sea, I navigated the waters of this foreign city. By bicycle, train & bus, I explored the Scandinavian metropolis by visiting museums, meeting locals & searching for Turtle Power. Join me and my Norwegian pal, Mathias, as we tour Oslo in a quest for culture and cowabunga!

Part 3 of the 4-part travelogue!


After a few nights of Norwegian birthday celebrations, the time came to tame our party animal selves. One of the key reasons I came to Oslo was to help Mathias film a music video. Since our friendship was formed over creativity, we wanted to keep that momentum going during my visit. We once again combined my passion for filmmaking and his love for music. Our location for the project was Gullbaren ("Gold Bar" is the literal translation). The refined decor of the intimate speakeasy served as the perfect set to tell our story. The video has a simple premise - Mathias and his mother enjoy a drink at the bar. Between sips they discussed how artistic ambitions should never get too far ahead of themselves - to the point where they can't be explained to parents. Not exactly something you'd see on MTV, but hey, it was way cooler than anything on MTV.



Oslo had already given me so much at this point in the trip. Tasty food, local experiences & a wealth of fun memories. But in the department of Turtle Power, I was empty-handed. The window of opportunity was closing as the end of my trip was quickly approaching. With our music video complete, I began exploring the city with a newfound confidence - determined to uncover cowabunga. On a sunny afternoon search, I stumbled upon a familiar sight. No matter where I am on this planet, a flea market never slips by me. The usual junk-covered tables and pop-up tents were scattered across a small park. Along with Mathias' girlfriend, Marte, we joined the locals and strolled through the makeshift aisles in search of cheap treasures.

NORWAY: PART 2 - Biking, Vikings & Beyond


Oslo, the capital of Norway. Like a viking exploring the sea, I navigated the waters of this foreign city. By bicycle, train & bus, I explored the Scandinavian metropolis by visiting museums, meeting locals & searching for Turtle Power. Join me and my Norwegian pal, Mathias, as we tour Oslo in a quest for culture and cowabunga!

PART 2 of the 4-part travelogue!


After a ten-hour night of sleep, I woke up the next morning feeling rejuvenated. The jet lag subsided and normalcy had returned. Increased energy levels had me itching to do something more active. Being in Norway, Vikings were on my mind. Mathias climbed on his bicycle, I rented my own, and together we pedaled through the city streets and country-like roads to the Bygd√ły peninsula. Our first stop upon arrival was the Viking Ship Museum.

NORWAY: PART 1 - Hello Oslo


PART 1 of the 4-part travelogue!

All good things come to an end. From the tastiest foods to mundane household items, everything expires. But sometimes a conclusion acts as an inspiration. With the expiration date on my passport only a few months away, I wanted to squeeze one last international adventure out before the slow renewal process reared its ugly head.



I settled on Oslo, the capital of Norway. Like a viking exploring the sea, I navigated the waters of this foreign city. By bicycle, train & bus, I explored the Scandinavian metropolis by visiting museums, meeting locals & searching for Turtle Power. While most of my travel adventures have been with my partner in crime (Jess), my trip to Norway will introduce you to a new character - and he is a character.

I Spent Over $200 On Old Toys


Through a series of connections, I was offered an exclusive opportunity to purchase some of the rarest of TMNT toys. Larges bins were exhumed from the back of a New Jersey toy shop in my honor. This lost loot of treasure wasn't available to the public, making me feel like a celebrity. We carefully emptied the contents onto the floor, creating a pile of TMNT rarities that made my sewer-dwelling heart flutter with enthusiasm. Like Gollum searching for the ring, I got on my hands & knees searching for my precious. I sifted through dozens of figures, wandering though this living dream. I had never seen some of these toys in real life! They were perfect by my standards - opened from their packaging, included all their accessories & were in beautiful condition. I combed through them, analyzing them in awe, like a jeweler inspecting a flawless diamond.


Most of the fun came from just seeing these extremely uncommon TMNT toys in person. But of course, I had to buy something. Avoiding bankruptcy, I managed to leave by only spending a little over $200. Yes, I spent over $200 on old toys. Take a peek at the haul that still has me in disbelief.