The above image was taken HOURS after I had been in line and been upstairs to see the guys from Mirage. You know, Eastman & Laird, Jim Lawson & Steve Lavigne?
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are shellebrating their 30th anniversary this year, roughly yesterday, May 4th.
There is just a couple of the MANY pictures I took in store. Chris & I arrived (individually) about the same time, right around 10am. I hadn’t seen the post that Steve was opening the doors at 10:30. Good surprise though for us!
Heres Jim Lawson arriving. Tried to get photos of everyone as they got there. He was first to show up, other than Steve anyways!
The store isn’t great on space and we certainly filled it up fast!
The two different lines start to merge. One for the signing headed to the front of the store and the other to the cash register to buy some seriously awesome Turtles items!
The line officially gets moved from inside, to outside so it can run down the stairs and out towards Route 1 before swapping back down along the little side road the shop sits on.
Kevin Eastman arrived next. I posted these pictures to Facebook as I was snapping them off and my phone decided that “Eastman” wasn’t correct and made it “East man”. Whoops!
Peter Laird arrives and oddly also beat my camera to the stairs! Everyone is crazy excited now! The fun is just about to get started! (Yes, the event isn’t even STARTED yet!)
Daniel Bailey of Zimmies Comics made a quick visit down to buy a couple copies of TMNT v4 #32 (You’re welcome Dan) and some artwork from Eastman’s stash.
“Scottie” gives a thumbs up to say everyone is having a blast! (He was dressed up yesterday at FCBD as the engineer from Star Trek. And I’m sorry, I don’t know your real name!)
My buddy Mark holding the line at the bottom of the stairs.
Eastman, lil Eastman, Lavigne and Lawson signing away. You’d think they were all famous. Lil Eastman was busy sketching away.
Peter Laird and some of the film crew guys taking a moment to chat when Mr Laird got up to get that fan moving around a bit. It was toasty warm upstairs!!
This is the best shot I managed to take all weekend. Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird. Those are my TMNT #2s in front of Kevin and my TMNT v4 #32s in front of Peter. Such a blast. Thank you guys again for signing everything!!
After this, Chris and I went outside to cool down and pack away our goodies and I took some photos outside of the massive line that had formed!
After close inspection of these large lines, I found that I could almost recognize some of the people and even found a few friends waiting around! Sean & Mike and Mike! Hi fellas!
No visit to Wells Maine is complete without some Wells Beach time. It was high tide so Chris and I just stayed up on the walk area and ate lunch. Then we headed back to Shellback so Chris could drop me there and head home.
Happy Anniversay/Birthday TMNT! Looking good for 30 year olds!
Finally everything below is what I had signed. You should be able to see the signatures clearly. There are a couple prints that Rich Woodall did that will need Peter Lairds autograph in the near future, and I still need issues 3, 4 Raph and Fugitoid signed by Kevin; but not a bad haul. Not bad at all.
Kevin & Peter signed the front. Steve and Jim had already signed the back of it. (above)
Four “extra” copies of issue #32 that I picked up.
That’s all I have for you. If you are still looking…. Thank you. Feel free to leave a comment.
*All my comics are stored in the Phantom Zone, good luck finding that place.*