With its posters and other merchandise, Mondo has also become “a safe haven for artists who have ideas for stuff,” Ishmael adds, and projects such as Mike Mitchell’s “Lil Mikey” artwork can inspire a toy.
Folks like Ishmael who grew up TMNT fans in the 1990s will remember the ice cream bar of yore with the crooked gumball eyes that littleMichelangelo is eating in the poster, and when Ishmael first saw it five years ago, he wanted to see it in reality.
Despite the movie, I’ve been extremely nostalgic for the Ninja Turtles lately. I probably drew a thousand ninjas turtles when I was a kid. In my notes, in the margins, in my sketchbook or just any piece of paper I could find. I don’t do it as much these days, but I had a few minutes to bust one out today. It’s like I forgot how much I enjoyed it.