NYCC 2014: Best of TMNT


New York Comic Con shattered previous attendance records by selling a whopping 151,000 tickets. With endless hoards of people roaming the event space, you'd think it would be tough spotting TMNT paraphernalia. Luckily, Turtle Power was in full swing this year. The green machine presence was strong - making the event an absolute blast for fans.



What were the best TMNT moments of NYCC? Here's a wrap up.

Comic Con Survival Guide


New York Comic Con kicks off Thursday, October 9th. There will be cosplay everywhere - joining the already congested streets of the Big Apple. The city becomes a battlefield of costumed bodies. With vast crowds, a labyrinth of merchandise, and celebrity appearances, the overwhelming event will bring you to your knees without proper preparation.

The TMNT panel is on Friday. I'll be wearing my brand of Turtle Power, representing The Sewer Den while navigating the pandemonium. But like any well-trained ninja, one must be prepared for battle. What defenses will you need to conquer the chaos?

Here is The Sewer Den's Comic Con Survival Guide.

"Turtles In Time" Exhibit at The Bottleneck Art Gallery


The Turtles have spent their existence living beneath the streets of NYC, under-appreciated and lurking in the shadows. But now, the green machines are finally rising from the sewers and into the spotlight. On Friday, The Bottleneck Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NY kicked off an exhibit celebrating 30 years of Turtle Power with "Turtles In Time."


Over the years, I have made many trips to The Bottleneck Art Gallery. Their events and work on display are unlike anything else in the Big Apple. It's an opportunity to attend a party, absorb the awesome artistry, and if you're lucky, take home affordable art (even my girlfriend has purchased 3 pieces from various shows). The magical space embraces nostalgia, grips your heart, and never lets go.

Issue 47: 5 Favorite Nickelodeon Figures



The TMNT toy universe is massive. With each new television series, a fresh wave of figures hit store shelves. Hundreds have been released over the years and Nickelodeon's Turtles hasn't bucked the trend. The latest series has only added to the huge slew of action figures.

I'll update and expand this list when new figures are released. But as of today, here are my 5 Favorite Nickelodeon Figures.

JAPAN - PART 5 Ending In Osaka

During a voyage to Japan, I relentlessly hunted for Japanese TMNT toys. What did I uncover? Pack your bags for a cowabunga-fueled trip to the Far East.



Kyoto cleansed my conscious, but the city was a toy wasteland. The shrines and temples were spiritual centers for tourists, not comic con visitors. Osaka was the last leg of my journey, my last opportunity for Japanese toy discoveries.



JAPAN - PART 4 Calm In Kyoto

During a voyage to Japan, I relentlessly hunted for Japanese TMNT toys. What did I uncover? Pack your bags for a cowabunga-fueled trip to the Far East.


OTHER ENTRIES


PART 4: CALM IN KYOTO

After seven time-warped days, my time in Tokyo reached its end. I made my way to the Shinkansen (bullet train) with my collection of Tokyo Turtle toys in tow.

The pulse of the city rushed me towards the train station. I hurried through the streets in a rapid fury. But, why was I racing against the clock? I had no set agenda. Next on my itinerary, Kyoto - a mellow and restful place. I slipped into a calm state of mind in preparation.

My pace slowed as the velocity of Tokyo zoomed by. But as if the toy quest wasn't ready to let me go, what suddenly appeared right before me? One final Tokyo toy store.

JAPAN - PART 3 The Final Days of Tokyo

During a voyage to Japan, I relentlessly hunted for Japanese TMNT toys. What did I uncover? Pack your bags for a cowabunga-fueled trip to the Far East.


OTHER ENTRIES

PART 3: THE FINAL DAYS OF TOKYO


The globe kept spinning and the days carried on. A few nights of sleep extinguished the brutal jet lag of my 13 hour flight. Now, I was deep into the city of Tokyo - exploring every facet of the urban ecosystem.



By the fourth day, I was drifting among the hordes of people who crowded a local street market in the Ueno ward.



I roved through, eying whole octopi and other bizarre snacks that were available for consumption. My mind had officially migrated to Japan, abandoning the desire to sniff out toys.

The narrow alley opened to a blur of cars on a busy street. As I waited at the crosswalk, something grabbed my attention...


Multi-storied TURTLES.