NYCC 2018 TMNT Checklist

New York Comic Con is less than a month away!

There’s a lot to do and see, and as NYCC approaches, that leaves a lot to miss! Don’t worry, Shell-Heads! I’ve compiled a checklist just for fans of Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles to make sure you get the most out of the biggest convention on the East Coast. This is just part 1! We’ll do another closer to the actual convention.


Artist Alley is such an important part of NYCC and all comic conventions. All of the video games, media, movies, and the convention itself wouldn’t be there if not for the comics. Being an artist might seem super awesome, but the artists work extremely hard to tell a visual story in comics. This site and your toys, movies, and collections would not exist if not for the comic book from Eastman and Laird.

I think it’s important to support your favorite artists. Many of the artists at Artist Alley take commissions! It always ranges in price, but you can ask some of your favorite artists to create original artwork for you! Check out the Artist Alley page and look up some of your favorite artists. Reach out and see if you can get some original artwork!

So far, the only TMNT artists I spotted are Billy Martin and Corey Smith. Ben Bishop is great too, but I’m not sure if he’s attending yet. But! You can absolutely ask most artists to draw any character you’d like!

Last year I started getting different Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character commissions from different artists. I’ll show you what I got this year after it’s done.  In the meantime, check out what I got last year! Marcio Takara did April O’ Neil and Ben Templesmith did April and Casey Jones. (It was for my engagement to my fiancee.) The picture doesn’t do them justice.


So many exhibitors want you to look their way and spend their hard earned money with them. Some things you can ONLY get at conventions, and NYCC is no different!


Funko puts their highly sought after exclusives in the hands of the lottery. At time of this writing, no exclusives for Funko have been announced. Lotteries will open September 13.

Zen Monkey Studios

Our friends at ZenMonkey Studios are always good for exclusive pins! In addition to Rick and Morty, Spongebob Squarepants, and Mystery Science Theater 3000, they have an amazing line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Exclusives. Here are some Instagram teasers they posted.


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Cool foil shirts coming to our #nycc2018 booth. Booth 1865. 🙂 #ninjaturtles #teenagemutantninjaturtles #zenmonkeystudios

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The pins are limited to just 500 each so make sure to grab your favorite turtle!


Herocross will unleash this 3 inch set of the 4 turtles in hybrid metal. The Gold version of the turtles is available at booth #402


Nickelodeon is promoting Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a big way! Here’s a bit of info from the press release.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Friday, 10/5, 4:15-5:15 p.m. (Location: Javits Center, Main Stage)

Rise up! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in the next mutation of New York’s half-shell heroes.  Join us as we celebrate the latest incarnation of The Turtles.  Featuring Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raph, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donnie, Brandon Smith (You’re the Worst) as Mikey and Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April.  Joining the cast are co-executive producers, Andy Suriano and Ant Ward, and legendary voice director Rob Paulsen. Panel highlights will include never-before-seen clips from the series, special guests and exclusive giveaways.

No word yet on IDW comics panels, but I’ll let you know if any come up.


The booths are so much fun. Even just wandering around to see what’s coming up in the future. Some booths have giveaways and prizes. Some are definitely worth planning out if you’re a fan of TMNT. I’m assuming you are.


Again, they really want RotTMNT to succeed. And if you’re a fan of the franchise, you should want it to succeed as well! Here’s some of what they have going on all weekend.

Daily Booth Activity:

  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Experience: Attendees can step inside the Turtles’ secret lair under the streets of New York City for a gif opportunity.

  • The Loud House Photo Opp. Enter the Loud family’s living room, sit on the couch and take a group photo with Lincoln Loud and his 10 sisters.


  • Costumed-Character Appearances: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will make appearances at Nick’s booth at select times during the convention.


  • Giveaways:  Enter for a chance to win special prizes over the course of the convention

Sideshow Collectibles

Their booth is always an attraction. They showcase what’s coming up for the famed figure and statue brand. They will have exclusives, but even if you don’t want to spend the money on a figure of your own, it’s still worth checking out. If I had to guess, we might get a look at the other 3 brothers, or at least Raph.


IDW puts out the longest running, and arguably BEST comic series in TMNT history. No word on exclusive comic covers yet, but their booth sells any books they release. Now is your chance to get a rare variant cover or a hardcover book for your collection! There’s a rumored TMNT board game coming to Kickstarter in October, so maybe we’ll even get a peek at that!


The cast of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be doing signings at the IDW booth.


That’s all we have for now!

We’ll be posting a lot more as the info comes out! Stay tuned here and on our social media! Are you going to NYCC? I’ll be there all weekend with giveaways and interviews, so stay posted!

The Author

Kyle Tobey

Kyle Tobey

Kyle is a freelance artist and professional weirdo living in Astoria, Queens with many animals and wife. He can discuss TMNT, pro wrestling, and animation in depth with minimal research. He once won a PAC-MAN competition. He plans on getting more tattoos.

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