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READ MY LIBRARY Entry 57: Gem City Comic Con 2014! Kevin Eastman! And the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Collection Vol. 1!

Gem City Comic Con

The Gem City Comic Con 2014 just rocked the Dayton Area!

Just this past weekend was this year’s Gem City Comic Con, Dayton, Ohio’s very own comic convention!  Their special guest was Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who was also here at Super-Fly!  Excited by the occasion, Max picked up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 and has reviewed it for this week’s RMLB entry!  See why this book is so big and bad, and read on to learn brief histories of the TMNT and the Gem City Comic Con!  Max breaks it all down, and even has a few pictures!  Read on, all you Super-Flyers and Fly-Hards, for the inside scoop here!

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Back when I was a kid, I can’t really trace the exact moment I became a comic book fan, but there are a few suspected times: like the first time I saw the Super Friends  or Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends cartoons as an infant and instantly latching onto these characters; or possibly when my Dad started buying me comics out of a spinning rack at a bookshop/newsstand in Fairborn, OH after our family went to church (back when we did that) each Sunday morning—even before I could read them.  I’m not sure.  But I was on a pretty steady diet of Marvel and DC characters from then on out and nothing but…Not that there was much else out there in those days to be found on that spinning rack at the bookstore.

At least there wasn’t until I was about 7 or 8 years old, and someone showed up at school with a new comic on the playground or during playtime during class; it was an exciting comic, an altogether different comic book.  It was called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and suddenly all the rules changed.  It was neither a Marvel, nor a DC, and was distributed by one “Mirage Studios.”  This Mirage Studios did things totally different than Marvel and DC too: instead of coloring their comic books, they were in black & white.  Little did I realize back then that it was because of the financial limitations on the two creators putting out the book: Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, and not a stylistic choice at all.  But there were several stylistic choices the two creators Eastman and Laird had done, like making the Turtles unafraid to kill their enemies and did so without hesitation—not quite something Batman or Spider-Man ever did.  There was violence and even blood spilled; the turtles drank beer (or at least asked for it); one issue showed a soaked woman’s nipples poking through her shirt (very interesting to a 7 or 8 year old, lemme tell you!)—so immediately, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the coolest book I had ever seen up to that point.

TMNT Classic

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were unlike any comic I’d ever read before!

I wasn’t the only one who thought so, and soon, many of my friends had issues of TMNT to read and share with me and other friends.  This was about the time the first several issues were in reprints and had color covers, showing the four turtles all with red bandanna masks, making the only way you could distinguish them from one another was by what weapon each had.  The earliest issues didn’t flesh out each turtles’ personality too much, but who cared?  They were ALL cool.  So cool that their popularity grew not only among me and my young classmates, but apparently across the country in whatever states the TMNT comic had been released in.  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the next big thing.

Not surprisingly, it wasn’t long before a cartoon featuring the TMNT came on the air.    Having the cartoon was really exciting and cool—in a way that is very akin to the joy a lot of geeks are feeling now, with super hero movies becoming so popular—it was like “Wow, they recognized the Turtles and now we have a show.”  Of course, the show was waaaaaaay tamer than the comic (of course, it would have to be) but it was still awesome to have as a kid.  For one, the TMNT didn’t kill anymore, and though they still took out members of Shredder’s Foot Clan, those Foot members were all robots, perfect for smashing.  I could understand the change, but I thought it was kind of lame.  Another thing was that the turtles now had different masks: Leonardo, the leader with katanas (samurai swords) had a blue mask; Donatello, the tech wiz with a bo staff had a purple mask; Michelangelo, the party animal with nunchucks had a yellow mask; and Raphael, the brash, impulsive turtle with the sai daggers had the traditional red mask.  I didn’t like this change either, but I figured that it made sense too so people could tell them apart in a pinch.  My only other problem with the cartoon was that it called the TMNT “super heroes”—which they really were, but to me I thought they didn’t make the cut as super heroes.  Was I prejudiced against mutant turtles or something?  Granted, they were more street vigilantes than anything, but I thought that just because they weren’t like the traditional “super hero” that they didn’t fit the mold.  Of course, I eventually got over that too.   But while the comics had been so key to me and so influential early on, the cartoon became so big that I all but forgot the comic book and got caught up completely in the TMNT’s animated adventures.

Animated TMNT

Although not as hardcore as their comic book counterparts, the cartoon TMNT still held a lot of appeal.

From there the Turtles blew up.  Action figures, video games, eventually even a movie were all to come…and in the years that followed, many more comics, action figures, video games, and more movies and cartoons.  Truly, there aren’t many geeks—in my generation or the generations that followed—for who the Turtles didn’t play a big part in their lives.  So you can imagine the excitement I felt when I heard that TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman was going to be the guest of honor at this year’s Gem City Comic Con.

I’ve covered what my first comic convention was here on the RMLB recently, but the second real comic convention I ever attended was the very first Gem City Comic Con in 2005, held at Wright State University (my alma mater) in one of the ballrooms of the Student Union.  I went with my friend and former co-worker Rob, who had told me about the convention and invited me to go with him.  Unlike the sprawling vacancy of my first con I experienced as a child, the first Gem City Con was fairly packed, with tables of long boxes and toys everywhere you looked, with large shelves and wire racks displaying even more geekly goods at every turn.  I can’t remember buying anything at that first GCCC, but I ran into an old friend who I would go on to reconnect with just coincidentally by being there which was awesome.  Moreover, I was filled with a joyous feeling that now Dayton had our very own comic con!  Not only that, it was a pretty fricking awesome con too—especially for its first year.  I was so impressed, I decided I’d do everything I could to catch it the next year.  I did—and have every year since, often bringing friends and eventually my wife with me. In fact, I think this is the first year I’ve gone alone.

GCCC has grown tremendously in the years since their first show, growing bigger and better each and every year in terms of size and guests.  Last year they transferred the con from the WSU Student Union (which could no longer contain the awesomeness, let alone the number of dealers, guests and attendees) to the Wright State University Nutter Center, a grand arena reserved for basketball games, concerts, and other giant events.  This was welcome news to both fans and retailers like Super-Fly, who were both beginning to feel the pinch of the confines of the limited space the GCCC was rapidly outgrowing.  Of course, there are many people behind the GCCC, but the real driving force is a man named Jesse Noble.  I don’t know Jesse very well, but I do know he runs a tight show and that he is to be commended for the fantastic success of the Gem City Comic Con.

This year for the Gem City Comic Con 2014, Jesse Noble and with the help of none other than Tony Barry and Super-Fly Comics & Games, brought one of their biggest and best guests yet so far: Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Turtles that had been such a big part of my—and so many other geeks’—childhoods and lives of fandom.  Kevin was to be a guest at both days at GCCC 2014, and thanks to their help in bringing him there, Super-Fly Comics & Games would host a special VIP meet & greet with Kevin limited to 50 fans for $50 a ticket to help recoup costs.

While I was totally excited for Super-Fly’s an Evening with Kevin Eastman, lately I’ve been a little cash poor, not to mention I’ve also saving whatever sheckels I can for the upcoming con C2E2 in Chicago at the end of the month, so a $50 ticket was out…But I knew I could afford to go to the Gem City Comic Con and meet Kevin Eastman there, and maybe get an autograph and a picture with him for a bit cheaper price.  Believe it or not though, as many comics and graphic novels as I have, I had no TMNT books in my collection prior to a couple weeks ago, save for possibly some beat up copies of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic (specifically reprints of issues #2 and #5, the only actual issues of TMNT—or anything else related to TMNT—that I ever owned) that may be in a couple beat up long boxes of old comics I didn’t take care of.  So I had to remedy this—and quick!

Super-Fly had stocked up on lots of TMNT books in anticipation of Kevin Eastman coming, but I didn’t see anything I really thought would be perfect to get signed.  I decided I wanted to get Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 released by IDW (as all TMNT comics are now) as it collected the first several issues of the original series in an oversized format in a lovely book, which I would learn included annotations from both Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird on each issue!  Nice!  Now, I would normally special order stuff from Super-Fly, but I had less than a week to get the book, so I reluctantly turned to Amazon, and ordered it with expedited shipping and hoped for the best.  While I was worried the book still wouldn’t make it by the weekend, it made it to my humble abode by the next day—AMAZING!  It looked like it got a tiny bit banged up when it shipped as there was a small crease in the top corner, but it was barely noticeable and did not affect the reading of the book in any way.  And that’s the thing: the day I got it, it was such a pretty book that I wanted to read it, right there, right then, immediately!

The <I>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Collection Vol. 1</I>

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 is the perfect book for TMNT fans new & old & the perfect thing for me to get signed by Kevin Eastman!

I’m glad I did. I probably hadn’t read TMNT #1 since I was very young, and had forgotten a lot of it.  But of course, being the memorable comic that it was, there were a lot of things that were instantly familiar.  The first issue starts with the four Ninja Turtles fighting a group of street punks, and not taking any prisoners either(!) before disappearing into the night under a manhole cover.  It then turns to the Turtles’ master, who is (as most of us know all too well) a giant mutated rat named Splinter.  In a part I recognized instantly, Splinter recalls the origin of the Ninja Turtles, how he had been a pet rat in Japan who mimicked his owner’s practicing of Ninjitsu who eventually fled to New York City, due to a feud with a rival.  Then Splinter recounts how the Turtles themselves had been mere pets in a fishbowl held by a small child on the street he had observed one day.  Suddenly, a runaway truck nearly hit an old man crossing the street, and a courageous youth jumped out in front of the truck, pushing the man out of the way only to have a radioactive canister hit him in his eyes and bounce to break the child’s fishbowl containing the turtles.  While the young man represented the character of Marvel’s Matt Murdock AKA Daredevil as a nod to one of Eastman’s and Laird’s primary influences, Frank Miller, it was the turtles that were the stars here.  After their fishbowl broke, the four turtles and the radioactive canister fell down a storm drain.  Splinter retrieved the Turtles, who were covered in goo, and took them to safety, only to find later that the goo had mutated the turtles and Splinter too into humanoid, intelligent creatures!  Splinter taught them the ways of the Ninja and BAM!  Enter the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

Splinter went on to explain that although his owner had slain his rival, the rival’s younger brother had grown to lead the rival Foot Clan (a reference to Frank Miller’s Ninja clan the Hand in Daredevil) and became the dreaded foe known as the Shredder.  Shredder had traveled to NYC to track down Splinter’s owner, slaying both he and his wife, giving Splinter purpose in his training of the Turtles to gain vengeance.  So immediately after the origin is told, Splinter puts the Turtles on the mission to kill the Shredder.  The Turtles agree, and the stage is set for a dramatic rooftop battle with Shredder and the Foot Clan—and this is all in issue #1!

Introducing the TMNT!

Introducing the TMNT!

According to the annotations, the TMNT creator duo reveal their other big influence was Jack Kirby in terms of action packed sequences, and even in this first issue where Eastman and Laird were just learning and honing their comic making craft, they definitely honor the esteemed “King” Kirby in this battle between Shredder and the Foot vs. the TMNT.  It’s a bloody battle, which ends with Shredder blowing himself up…or so it seems.  Meanwhile, the Turtles slip back into the night, setting the stage for all of the numerous adventures that were to come.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 collects the original Teenage Mutant Turtles series issues #1-7 as well as the Raphael Micro-Series #1.  This includes not only the first battle with Shredder, but also the first appearance of several other key characters/elements in the TMNT franchise such as the Mousers, Baxter Stockman, April O’Neil, Casey Jones, the Triceratons, and Fugitoid as well as the TCRI aliens, who most fans will associate with the character Krang from the cartoon.  Moreover, while some of these stories are “done in one” (most notably the Raphael Micro-Series #1), the later stories especially have an over-arching story that ties everything in the book together in one great package leaving you wanting more.

Highlights from the book include the first interaction with the Mousers, which almost proves to be the end of the TMNT and Splinter both!  Following this run in with these mechanical monsters, Splinter goes missing, setting up the story that will take the rest of the book to finish.  The Turtles look high and low, but eventually strangely (and mysteriously) end up in outer space as part of their search!  According to their annotations, this was Kevin Eastman’s and Peter Laird’s love letter to Star Wars, and although there are some similar elements to the classic trilogy of movies (as this was pre-prequels), it’s quite an original story in its own right, showing the breadth of the TMNT’s creators’ imaginations and developing skills.

Other great things about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Vol.1 is its immense size.  It’s a really big book, making the art all blown up and just beautiful.  Another excellent feature of the book is its annotations.  After every issue, there are annotations by Kevin Eastman and/or Peter Laird, breaking down their creative process, or answering questions that they’ve been asked countless times by fans.  Like the classic question of “Who did what?”  Apparently, the pair BOTH wrote and drew each comic; plotting each issue together and then taking turns drawing on each page so there would be a blending of their styles.  This slowed down production a bit, but it made for some great comics!  Another question I would have probably asked Kevin Eastman had I not read this book: “Did you or Peter study martial arts?” The answer is no, not any more than studying Bruce Lee and the Kung Fu TV show and any other martial arts flicks they could get their hands on—but they figured out the rhythm of fighting, as in if someone struck one way, their opponent would block a certain way in retaliation.  So there are lots of cool tidbits of information that I would not have known otherwise had I not encountered this volume.  So having read the first story arc of original TMNT, I felt even more jazzed to meet Kevin Eastman, and also felt like adding more TMNT to my collection.

TMNT vs Foot Clan

Even without knowing any martial arts, Eastman and Laird could portray action packed scenes that held the air of authenticity to them.

When the first day of this year’s Gem City Comic Con came along on Saturday April 4th, I decided to hit the GCCC early as possible, and for once in my life, I actually got to a con before it opened with my wristband on and was in line as they were counting down over the loudspeaker to open the show.  I wasn’t the only one in line, as there was a very sizable crowd waiting to get in ahead of me.  When the countdown was complete, the barrier came down and people flooded onto the convention floor.

I wandered around a bit, checking out different tables here and there.  I wandered over to Super-Fly’s booth and talked to Andrew for a bit, who told me Tony ran back to the store to get some things.  I also spoke with Travis Fowler, who was helping at the booth and selling some of his art—which is pretty impressive.  I wandered around some more and walked over to the World’s Greatest Comics booth, who are a store from northern Ohio.  I see them and their employee Jeff at virtually every comics convention I have ever been to, so I said hello and asked if they were going to C2E2 this year (they’re not) and looked through some of the action figures they had for sale.  While I saw a couple that looked OK, I decided not to spend my money there, needing to save it.  I began to wander around some more.

“Where’s Super-Fly?!? We gotta find Super-Fly!” I heard someone say, walking by.

I ran up to him and pointed in the direction of Super-Fly’s booth, thinking it was pretty cool that someone was seeking the store out at the show.

“Hey! Excuse me!  I overheard you, and Super-Fly’s right over there man!” I said, pointing.

“Thanks dude!  We’ll get over there in a bit!” he said, and walked off.

About this time, I walked over to the line for Kevin Eastman, which was already quite long and stretched far beyond the gated line area! I decided I’d better bite the bullet and get in line there and then.  However, after I had been in line about five minutes, a show employee came up and started handing out yellow passes to people behind the gates.

“We’re cutting off the line here,” said the employee, motioning the gated line area. “But when the line dies down, we’ll call for yellow passes over the loud speaker and you can come get in line then.  You can walk around the Con till then.”

“Wow! Thanks!” I said, taking my yellow pass.

I was totally impressed.  I’ve never seen it done this way, but it was definitely cool.  My only worry was I wouldn’t have the same place in line, but at the same time, I would be able to walk around and look around some more and I was guaranteed a spot in the next line.  Very cool!

During my walking around, I came to the booth of Bell, Book & Comic, a store in Dayton who I’m fond of.  It was actually the store my old friend Rob who I went to the first GCCC with shopped at, and through Rob, I had met and gotten to know Bell, Book & Comic’s owner, a really nice guy named Pete.  Every time I went into his store, Pete went out of his way to give me a discount on whatever I was buying and I dunno if he did this because I knew Rob or (more likely) he’s just cool like that and does that for all his customers.  I’ve seen him around various cons too while working at or hanging out with Super-Fly, and while he doesn’t remember my name, I always go out of my way to say hello to him any time I see him.  So once again, I saw Pete, and waved and said hello.

“Hey Guy!” Pete waved back, from a little ways away.

I was at the end of the booth and saw a short box full of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collections Vols. 1, 2, & 3!  I only had about $45-50, but these books were 25% off their $50 cover price, making them $38.  While I needed the money I had to help pay off my share of the hotel bill and share of the gas for traveling to C2E2 in a couple weeks, I thought long and hard about picking up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 to get that signed by Kevin Eastman too. When was the next time I was going to meet him? I thought—probably not soon, if ever.  To be sure, I called my wife Maureen and explained to her my dilemma.  She told me to go ahead and buy the book—I could earn more money in the coming weeks.  As much as I enjoyed Vol. 1, I agreed with her, and went ahead and bought the book from one of Pete’s employees. After buying it, I called out to Pete again.

“Hey Pete!” I exclaimed across a row of long boxes.

He looked.  Then I held up my new Vol. 2 and gave a thumb’s up.

“Awesome! Thanks man!” he cried back.

I waved, and was on my way.  I tried taking a couple pictures of people cosplaying, but I rapidly found myself getting a dry mouth, and fearing the yellow passes would be called soon, I went to get a drink of water so I wouldn’t have a dry mouth when I met Kevin Eastman.  Of course, just as I was about to make it to the water fountain, I faintly heard over the loudspeaker the word “Yellow” and figured I’d better check out the Kevin Eastman line before I found myself at the very end of it, in case they had indeed called for yellow passes.

Sure enough, when I got there, they were collecting yellow passes and ushering people in line.  I was a ways back, but not too far gone, and patiently waited my turn.  As I waited in line, I took pictures of anyone cosplaying who came close enough to the line to get a picture, and struck up a conversation with a couple behind me.  The guy had all three Ultimate Collections to get signed, while the girl had three TMNT NES games to get signed.  How cool is that?!?  While I was in line awhile, it wasn’t long before I was at the front of the line.

Before I could meet Kevin though, his assistant brought a mother and son up from the side of the line to Kevin and I heard her say “it’s for charity.”  Kevin went out of his way to be super nice to this pair, signing a LOT of stuff (way more than the three signature limit it purported to everyone else in the line) and then taking a picture with the young man.  I found this to be particularly touching, especially as after they left, I heard Kevin say “Make a Wish Foundation” while talking to his assistant.

Then it was my turn to meet Kevin.  I told him how much I loved the TMNT since I was a kid, and that it was my first non-Marvel and non-DC comic.

“Yeah, we were able to make our mark back then.  It’s a lot harder now, but not impossible,” he said.

I told him after reading Ultimate Collection Vol.1 I had answers to almost anything I could ask him, and that I had Turtles fever all over again and wanted to look into the newer stuff he was doing with the characters, which he seemed to appreciate.  Then I asked him why Peter Laird wasn’t so involved anymore.

“Peter just got burnt out after awhile,” he said. Then it seemed to me he thought I asked why Peter didn’t do cons because he said “He only does Cons close to him where he can do a quick road trip.”  I told him I was glad he was still involved with the comics.

He signed my books, drawing a TMNT head next to his signature in both volumes.  Kevin then pointed out to me that the art on the front and back covers of Ultimate Collection Vols. 1 & 2 connected. There is no way I would have noticed that on my own probably (at least I wouldn’t have looked for it) so that was really neat! Then I asked if I could get a picture to which he kindly obliged, and I got the couple I stood next to in line to take the picture.  For the favor, I took a picture of them with Kevin with their phone. I went away thinking to myself that Kevin Eastman was a super nice guy and how cool he had been with me, and seemingly everyone else I had seen him interact with. It was a good feeling.

Here I am with Kevin Eastman! COWABUNGA DUDE!

Here I am with Kevin Eastman! COWABUNGA DUDE!

From there I went on to meet Mark Waid again, who has been a guest at a previous Gem City Comic Con (2012)—where I got almost all of Maureen’s and my Mark Waid books signed.  I got the rest of our Mark Waid books signed at another con he was at, but I did have a book for him to sign since he was kind enough to return to the GCCC.  Super-Fly staple “Real King” Travis Ray had loaned me the first HC of Indestructible Hulk by Waid, and since Travis had done that, and taken me, Maureen, Tony and Jared out to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Thursday and was working at Super-Fly to help cover the store during the con, I decided I’d read his book the night before and then get the book signed for him at the con.  I briefly told Mark Waid how I’m out of Mark Waid books for him to sign and how badass Travis was, so could he sign his book?

“Sure!” said Mark. “Can I dedicate it to him?”

“Please!” I said. “And I’ll try to buy my own copy for you to sign for when I see you at C2E2 later in the month.”

“OK! I’ll definitely be at C2E2!” Mark said, and signed the book: “To TRAVIS! MARK WAID

I thanked Mark and quickly moved on.

Mike W. Barr was another guest at the show I had brought things to get signed by, so I found his table and asked him if he minded signing some things.  He said that’s fine, and then I saw he had several TPB copies of Camelot 3000, a story Barr did with artist Brian Bolland in the 80s—and a TPB I was sad I didn’t own so Barr could sign it at that very con.  Not only did Barr have several copies, he was charging $5 a copy!  Less of a commitment than TMNT: Ultimate Collection Vol. 2, I went for it, and bought it, and Mike W. Barr signed it and dedicated it to me.  He then signed my other books, and I thanked him and started packing up the books he signed into my bag.

While I wish I could have stayed longer and spent more money at GCCC 2014, I was out of money and time.  Maureen wanted me home so she could get together with some friends in Columbus, so I made my way out of the Nutter Center.  On my way out, I stopped by the Super-Fly booth and saw Tony, now returned, and gave him a high five.  I took a final cosplay picture of someone in an Alf costume (the second person in an Alf costume, or the same person in an Alf costume wearing a different outer costume, this time a Star Trek outfit instead of a pirate) and took off.  I only spent about two hours and $51 total including admission, but it had once again been a great experience—another great Gem City Comic Con!

Although I did not attend An Evening With Kevin Eastman later that evening, I heard it was quite the event!  Apparently Super-Fly sold all but a couple tickets and it was a really good crowd.  Not only did Kevin show up, but Shawn Martinbrough from Thief of Thieves showed up too and was also signing autographs and meeting fans.  Very cool!  Apparently Mark Waid’s wife and daughter were in the store too—leading “Real King” Travis Ray to mistakenly text me that Mark Waid was in the store, but while that wasn’t true, I guess Travis got to meet his family and they were pretty nice, and even bought some stuff!  Kevin Eastman apparently spent a lot of time with each fan and signed a lot of autographs and took a lot of pictures with fans—even after a long, grueling day at the Gem City Comic Con! Apparently, the night was such a success and so awesome, that reportedly Super-Fly owner Tony Barry swooned on his way out of the store!

So what else can I say?  Thanks so much to Kevin Eastman for coming to Ohio, and for co-creating the Turtles in the first place!  Not to mention, thanks to Jesse Noble and all the other organizers of the Gem City Comic Con for another great show—keep on getting bigger and better guys!  I’ll keep coming every year.  And of course, thanks to Super-Fly Comics & Games for co-sponsoring Kevin Eastman’s visit, for a great VIP event, and for putting up with my sorry butt enough to keep letting me post the Read My Library Blog!  (OK, so that last one was a little selfish…)  If you haven’t come to the Gem City Comic Con yet, it’s never too early to start planning for next year!

Here’s a few pictures I took at Gem City Comic Con this year or got from other people at the GCCC or An Evening With Kevin Eastman! They’re not too extensive, but I wasn’t at the con too long… At any rate, enjoy!

In the meantime, I’ll see all you Super-Flyers and Fly-Hards next week!

TURTLE POWER!

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