PowerCon 2013

PowerCon was great! I was on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles panel with Larry Carroll and Rowby Goren (ably moderated by Michele Ivey), and saw a lot of friends and fans.

Here are photos:

Karla & Phyllis

Danielle cannot keep her hands off me.

Geezer-fest: Mel Gilden, Phil Harnage & me.

Dean Stefan helping out at my booth.

Val Staples & his fiancee Rachel at my booth.

Adding New Plugins

I’m trying out a social sharing plugin. Links to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other networking sites. Let’s see how it works

In other news…

I haven’t been paying much attention here because we’re in the middle of moving to a new house! After almost 30 years in North Hollywood, CA we’re moving to the Palm Desert area. Will try to keep up but it’s hard to pack and post.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – “Planet of the Turtleoids”

This is some artwork from season 7 (1993). These episodes were made after I’d left the show, working on Exosquad, among other things.

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Groundchuck, from the TMNT episode "Planet of the Turtleoids"

The TMN Turtles are on a mission to save the Planet of Turtleoids – Shellri-La. A two-foot dwarf turtle, Kerma from the Shellri-La is asking for help to save his planet from the two-headed dragon – Herman the Horrible. The arch rival Shredded is all set to destroy the peace of town in the mean while with a gigantic robot and two new mutants. Can the TMNT save the Shellri-la from Herman the Horrible? Can they defend Shredder from his evil dreams? Watch out for more with our original Ninja Turtle cartoon artwork!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – “The Legend of Koji”

Samurai General, from "The Legend of Koji"

The Shredder has a new plan, now! He wants to uproot the master of foot clan. He uses his time-machine to move back to 1583 to fight and defeat Hamato Koji. Koji is the great ancestor of Splinter – the Ninja masters of the Turtles. Without the Splinters teachings the Quadra-Turtles will remain as normal turtles and can never become Ninja warriors! All Shredder has to do is to defeat and kill Hamato Koji so that Splinter can never be born. Will he succeed? Will original Ninja Turtles defend Shredder in this mission? What is the game plan? Let’s have the outcome through the series of TMNT – “The Legend of Koji.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – “Night of the Dark Turtle”

TMNT - Robotic stegosaurus from "Night of the Dark Turtle"

After being electrocuted, Donatello transforms to a Dark Turtle. An alien race of Triceratons has landed on earth to invade the civilization. The arch-rival Shredder is all set to make his most powerful weapon against the Ninja Turtles, who have one of their strongest partners converted into a Dark Super Hero. Will Shredder succeed? Will his mini-blaster blast off the Turtles? Will the earth be saved from the star gate? Look in our original artworks of 156th episode of TMNT for the answer.

Interesting Factoid:

The Triceratons were characters from the original ninja turtles comic books. Only a few of the original characters made it into the original series.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – “Night of the Rogues”

The Shredder is up again. But this time with a powerful team that is too heavy for the Ninja Turtles. Shredder has united all the evil forces of Scumbug, Leatherhead, Antrax, The Rat King, Tempestra, Chrome Dome, and Slash to form a team to demolish the powers and existence of TMN Turtles. Get the best feel of this collector’s edition of Turtle Artwork of the 161stepisode of TMNT with us. You can also ask for a re-print of original episode script from us!


Scumbug - one of the gang of mutants attacking the Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cartoon Artwork – “Revenge of the Fly”

This episode was produced in 1993, after I’d left the show. Fans will like to see a sample or two of the original ninja turtle artwork.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Revenge of the fly

TMNT - Revenge of the Fly - April as a wasp

This time Shredder is not the only villain for the Turtles. Baxtor Stockman steals the Retro-Mutagen Ray Gun from the Shredder and steals the essences of arachnids as well as insects from the Genetic lab. Using the Mutagen Ray Gun and special fire-extinguisher 2000 Baxter and his alien computer starts mutating humans to various gigantic insects and arachnids. It’s a horrible situation, when these gigantic insects and arachnids start destroying everything that coming in their way. The turtles have to take action and save the planet as well as change the mutants to their original forms. Will they succeed? Let’s see the original artworks of this 1993 episode of Teenage Mutant Turtle Ninjas!

TMNT - Revenge of the Fly - Irma as a moth

TMNT - Revenge of the Fly - Irma as a moth

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Nickelodeon edition

I’ve watched 3 episodes of this third version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show. On the plus side, it’s better than the 2nd cartoon version. And it’s waay better than the live action series (ugh!). Altho’ I’m a fan of hand-drawn animation, this CGI show looks good. The voice actors (Rob Paulsen, Mae Whitman especially) do a good job.

I won’t mention the movies.

On the minus side — and I’m clearly biased — it’s just not as good as the first version (my show).

I know, I know: this show goes back to the Turtles’ origins, when they were still coming together as a team. I know: this version focuses on the “teenage” part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so of course they’re dissing each other. And of course the Turtles spend more time fighting each other. It’s what kids do, right?

But criminey! April’s been captured by “the Krang” (and that’s another thing!) for two episodes and the Turtles are battling each other, giant plants and spiders?

Since I’ve started selling Ninja Turtle scripts, I’ve had the chance to go back and read the ones I wrote, as well as others. They’re more fun. Instead of cel animation being a limitation, it gave room for writers to make the dialog funnier. Banter beats bashing, in my book.

And the first show had a layer of story mostly for the grownups. Parents would come up to me at conventions and panels and tell me that they sat down with their kids to watch, expecting to be bored, and instead found themselves laughing out loud. The kids might not get the “adult” references, but they still made the show a phenomenon.

I’m a big fan of “breaking the fourth wall” (having the characters talk to the audience, or comment on the fact they’re in a cartoon), and the first TMNT used to do that a lot. This version? Not a bit.

Just one more thing: “the Krang.” They’re just robots. I bet we’ll get none of the great relationship between Shredder and Krang that was a feature of the 1987-2006 TMNT.

I’m beginning to think I’m starting to sound like the geezer yelling: “Hey you kids! Get off my TV!” So I’ll quit.