Comic Book Resources alerted to me to this commercial for the Teenage Muant Ninja Turtles 25th anniversary crossover/event/cartoon movie Turtles Forever, which in turn alerted me to the fact that it’s airing tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. EST on whatever channel 4Kids.tv is slumming it on (The CW, right? Probably the CW), which in turn alerted me to the fact that Eastman and Laird’s black-and-white original comics turtles are joining the ’80s cartoon Turtles and the ’00s cartoon Turtles and HOLY SHIT THAT’S AWESOME. That’s 12 mutant ninja turtles, and officially one hell of an anniversary present for fans. I wonder how the comic TMNT will be portrayed. Grim? Uttler humorless? Badasses? Something goofy? Goodness only knows, but I know I’ll be watching Saturday morning cartoons tomorrow for the first time in a long time.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.