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Saturday, February 21, 2009

TMNT Perform at the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con Masquerade

In 2006, after more than two years of pain in getting the Turtles costumes we commissioned delivered, and then wearable, four friends -- Dawnatello, Brinatello, GreenWillow, and Kimnardo -- and I braved the often brutal Comic-Con masquerade audience so that we could get jiggy to the original TMNT cartoon theme song and the ubiguetous Ninja Rap.

Despite a near-complete lack of vision, no one fell off the stage (there are actually catchers in case you do!) and, for the most part, we pulled off our small bit of choreographed dance during the Ninja Rap. Not only did the crowd love us, but much to our surprise, we actually won a prize! And let me tell you, the look on the face of the guys awarding the "Best Movie Costume Recreation" award as five short women came running on stage in their de-masked costumes was as priceless as any other moment during the night!

Here are some videos from several different angles:


  1. I consider it one of my Lifetime Achievements to have been part of the dance crew that got 5,000 people to sing along to Ninja Rap.


  2. -->> .. i was your guys' biggest roadie ..


  3. No, no. The term is "groupie".

    ::poke:: ::poke::
    ::wink:: ::wink::

  4. -->> ..more like ' FLUNKY ' ..


  5. 2006 stands as my best comic-con ever... and imagine how much better it would have been if I had seen you guys do this! I can't believe I missed it. Awesome!

  6. Oh yeah? What made 2006 so particularly eventful? IIRC that was the year Kevin Munroe was there promoting TMNT, which was very cool. I can't remember what else what there that year, though (although, due to the masquerade stuff, I ended up seeing very little of the Con).

    I have no favorite year, but each year really ends up feeling better than the last, as impossible as that should be. The last couple years the Doctor Who guests have totally made the Con for me.

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  8. Well, one of the cool things was that I walked by the WB booth and was greeted by free TMNT parapharnalia, something I never expected to see at SDCC in this day and age. I've done some work for Snoop Dogg over the years, but had never met him in person until SDCC 06, and when I walked into his room he gave me a hug, which was a cool moment for me.

    But what really made it special and significant for me was that 2006 was the year my buddies and I released our first graphic novel. That was an awesome experience, because as a kid I always knew I'd be on the other side of the booths one day. I think it was this moment that and this moment that really hit home...

    I never dreamed in a million years that I'd be signing an autograph for Matt Groening; it was just surreal (and the fact that we sold a buttload more books than we ever expected was also nice). I still wish I'd seen you guys perform, though. It would have totally added to the sensory overload of that trip :)

    On a sidenote, I've never tried Dr. Who, but it seems to have a rather big fanbase. I DO love me some British TV...

  9. Oh Wow, you definitely had a fantastic 2006!! Especially with your book - Congrats on that!! Meeting Matt Groening in that context would be sooo surreal.

    I only fell into Doctor Who a few years ago as some friends who were fans of the old series repeatedly beat me over the head with how good the new series was. So I watched the new series and got immediately hooked on that. I don't know how else to describe it but just fun. If you want to jump on board you can easily do so with just the new series. But if you've watched the old series, which I'm sloooowly working my way through, there's a lot of little throw away lines that will refer back to that stuff without leaving you confused if you haven't watched it.