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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles :  The Ultimate Visual History - Andrew Farago

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : The Ultimate Visual History


Published: 6th June 2014
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History relates the amazing story of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, from their humble beginnings in the pages of a cult comic book, to their enduring status as cultural icons. Beginning with the creative spark that led comic book artists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird to envision these unlikely heroes, this lavishly illustrated book tracks the Turtles’ phenomenal explosion in popularity as they became mainstays of kids’ TV and the protagonists of one of 1990s’ biggest box office hits.

The Ultimate Visual History also looks at the periods when the Turtles briefly slipped out of fashion, showing how enthusiasm for these evergreen warriors was kept alive by new comic books, animated shows, and, of course, some hugely imaginative merchandising.

About the Author

Andrew Farago is the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco and the author of The Looney Tunes Treasury. He has also written for "Marvel Comics, The Comics Journal," and "Animation World Network." He lives in Berkeley, CA, with his wife, cartoonist Shaenon K. Garrity.



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All TMNT must have this book!


from Melton South AU

About Me Rarely Read

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

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    Comments about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : The Ultimate Visual History:

    Being a massive TMNT fan since I was young and have always been in love with the shows this book is a must for any TMNT new or old. It shows how the idea all started and from that idea exploded and became massively popular which the creators never expected or even meant to. Its packed full of awesome concepts and artwork and even has some written out scripts for the 1987 TV show episodes and from one of the TMNT movies made in the 90s.

    It covers pretty much every TMNT there has been from 1985 from when it was all started to the 2014 TMNT movie and every TMNT related things from the toys to the video games, its just jam packed with TMNT goodness and would recommend it to any TMNT fan weather its the from the original comics or to the newer TMNT cartoons.

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    Independent Publisher Book Award ("IPPY") - Popular Culture Gold MedalPubWest Design Award - Gift/Holiday/Specialty Book Bronze Medal Showcases every aspect of the half-shell heroes, from their earliest days in Eastman and Laird's self-published B&W comics, through multiple motion pictures, video games, and TV series. "ComicsAlliance" ...you owe it to yourself to pick this bad boy up. It s worth every penny. "DVD Corner" "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History" is a must-have for fans and highly recommend for pop-culture aficionados. "Cinema Sentries" When they included "Ultimate" in the title, they weren't kidding around! "ComicBookMovie.com" Every TMNT fan needs to buy "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History." Seriously, you won t be disappointed. You will have a hard time putting this book down once you start reading it. "Geeks Under Grace" This book is something to be treasured. "Examiner" If you know a lifelong Turtles fan, you can't go wrong with giving him/her this well-designed hardcover. It includes interviews with the franchise's creators, a reprint of the first "Turtles" comic, a poster and much more. "USA Today" This eminently readable and thoroughly researched tome is an obvious labor of love for Farago, who heads the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. It s packed full of rare art and photos, including lots of facsimile documents and a reproduction of the very first "TMNT" comic. Well worth the time for anyone who grew up with echoes of 'Cowabunga!' in their heads. "Animation Magazine" a much-welcomed addition to my bookshelf. "Never Ending Radical Dude" A must have for any die-hard Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan. "Time to Play" all I have to say is Wow. This book is, simply put, beautifulif you were ever curious about the history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there is no better place to start than right here. "Geekadelphia" a must own for any TMNT fan, no question. "Media Mikes" a whirlwind of sketches, animation stills, and behind-the-scenes photos thoroughly documenting the evolution of the beloved turtle franchise So curl up with a pizza (no anchovies) and relive your childhood of skateboards, arcades, sunglasses, and some serious bad guy ass-kicking. "Mania" a wonderful book for fans and non-fans alike. "The HD Room" ...a must have for turtle fans...there is one picture in the book that nearly had me in tears. It's a picture of the staff of the 90's turtles cartoon and seeing James Avery and Rob Paulsen was overwhelming me with nostalgiaIt truly is a love letter to the creators, fans and staff who had taken part in this legendary franchise.""Otakus & Geeks" treats the Green Machine with the reverence and respect their rich lore and history deserves...Farago and his team cared to much to not give the Turtles the respect they deserve. It drips from every page how passionate they are about the turtles and how important it was to them to get this right. "We The Nerdy" "A wonderfully designed art book with just enough interesting factoids, it s the perfect complement to the empty pizza boxes littering your swanky sewer pad.""Chico News & Review" it is tremendous. Everything is covered, from the first Turtle drawing to the upcoming blockbuster film, via toys, TV shows and Vanilla Ice s Ninja Rap. Full of interviews, the book is a particularly useful tool in finding out the stories behind some of the lesser known chapters of TMNT history. Perhaps most exciting, it features lots of leaflets and press releases and such stuck onto the pages, like a demented scrapbooker has been enhancing stock in the warehouse. This book is must have for Ninja Turtles fans, or for people who like things that are brilliant. Just don t expect me to lend you mine. "Den of Geek" what makes this book truly great is the way Farago's writing immerses you in this franchise's history. You can tell he had a more than extensive interview with all of the talent and guides us through every era in an engaging fashion" Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History" is a must buy if you're a big fan of the heroes in a half shell. Even if you think you know plenty about the franchise's history, this is still an engrossing read that'll shed so much more light on its story and the constant supply of artwork and inserts is thoroughly entertaining. It's a very well-made collection that's full of treats and the trip down memory lane kept this TMNT fan smiling virtually the entire time. If you love TMNT, I strongly recommend adding this to your collection. "Comic Vine" almost a museum on the printed page. Farago puts together an impressive package; even the text shows enthusiasm for the subject and appreciation for their creators and stewards. "Red Headed Mule" "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History"a gorgeously detailed coffee table book written by San Francisco s Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago, is exactly what the title promises. It explores, across some 192 pages, everything a fan could possibly want to know about Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and RaphaelIf you re a series fan, an armchair comic book historian or simply a geek looking for a coffee table book to rival the famed"Transformers Vault" in both overall comprehension and phenomenal pack-ins, then pick up your copy today. "GeekDad" Any fan of the turtles, of any iteration, are going to love this book. "Nerds in Hell" "Bottom line is, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History" is a must have and companion guide for any TMNT fan. "Alien Bee" such a well written and expertly laid out book that it would be hard to imagine a fan of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" not wanting to pick up a copy of the book. "BioGamerGirl" after looking through it for just a few minutes, we want to let every Shellhead know that this book will blow your mind. Turtles fans get your money out of your shell because this is a must own. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.com" A gorgeous hardcover book. "Comic Book Resources" Out of the pages of an underground comic book, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles grew to become one of the largest pop culture icons of our age. This illustrated tome recounts the TMNT phenomenon using behind-the-scenes photos, comic art, and copies of rare advertisements. "Game Informer Magazine" June 3, 2014. Features photos of movie concept art. With this book, you'll be able to trace the visual origins of the characters, up to and including Michael Bay's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and judge for yourself just how true the characters look to the original. "Cinema Blend" Their June release of"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History" is nothing short of perfection. "Idle Hands" This beautiful hardcover book will have a wealth of information about the TMNTwith lots of pictures! "TMNT""

    ISBN: 9781608871858
    ISBN-10: 1608871851
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 192
    Published: 6th June 2014
    Publisher: Insight Editions, Div of Palace Publishing Group, LP
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 28.9 x 23.9  x 3.0
    Weight (kg): 1.53