Giant Robot’s Teenage dream

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Cowabunga, dude! The he­roes in a half-shell will be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance har­bour-side in Dart­mouth this week, care of the folks at Giant Robot Comics (114 Wood­lawn Road). Owner Dar­ryl Wall has been bring­ing ev­ery­one from the Trans­form­ers to Jem and the Holo­grams to im­por­tant HRM land­marks for years, via ex­clu­sive comic cov­ers sold at his shop. Now he has the Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles grac­ing the cover of TMNT #75– out this week–posed atop the buoy sculp­ture at Alder­ney Land­ing. Wall says he was in­spired to do the cover while at­tend­ing the Dart­mouth Comics Art Festival this sum­mer, where he saw kids climb­ing all over the buoy. “Wouldn’t it be cool to have the Power Rangers or the Ninja Tur­tles on there?” he says he pon­dered. “I’m go­ing Ninja Tur­tles, and ba-da bing, ba-da boom.” These ex­clu­sive cov­ers are pos­si­ble through a pro­gram with comics pub­lisher IDW—which runs the TMNT ti­tle–that gives comic shop own­ers in­cen­tives to order a bulk amount of copies. “We only have 500 this time, which is only a third a third of what we usu­ally get. This one is a spe­cial dou­ble-sized is­sue,” says Wall. He adds that, since the rights to the TMNT are owned by me­dia giant Vi­a­com, he had a few more hoops to ninja park­our through than be­fore. “Vi­a­com/Nick­elodeon, who owns them, are much big­ger and harder to deal with. Our first cover was ac­tu­ally re­jected be­cause we used the orig­i­nal ’87 de­signs,” says Wall. Many of Wall’s older cus­tomers, who grew up with the clas­sic tur­tles, are ex­cited to get their hands on a copy, he says. But so far, not many of his younger read­ers seem to be aware of the spe­cial cover. Though, since TMNT is en­joy­ing some­thing of a resur­gence these days, he’s cer­tain they’ll be ex­cited when they see it on the shelves. “They’re go­ing to come out of their shells,” he says, know­ingly. The spe­cial Dart­mouth-based TMNT cover is avail­able now at Giant Robot Comics.

CHRIS MUISE

Dar­ryl Wall with his ex­clu­sive TMNT cover.

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