If you're anywhere near Dover, New Hampshire, and are a massive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan, maybe you'll want to make a quick trip to the town tomorrow.
There had been rumblings about a special TMNT-related ceremony happening this year, but the specifics were unclear. Now we know thanks to the CBCC Podcast and Comics Beat that on November 8, the beloved global icons will be commemorated with two small monuments: "A historical marker on Union St. and a decorative manhole cover, with artwork designed by (Kevin) Eastman." The unveiling ceremony is happening at noon and 12:15 respectively.
While TMNT co-creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman are from Massachusetts and Maine, respectively, Dover, New Hampshire, is also a place of great importance for the Turtles: "Eastman and Laird opened Mirage Studios at 28 Union St. in Dover, and it was here that, according to lore, they created the first adventures of the sewer loving martial arts reptiles, before moving to Northampton."
The gala to unveil the uncommon manhole marks not only the 40th anniversary of TMNT, but also the 400th anniversary of Dover, so this is a double celebration and a big deal for the town. According to Comics Beat, Jetpack Comics is providing "free Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics to attendees of the event while supplies last," so it seems likely that the event will also turn some attendees into fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That's another win in our books!
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