I totally forgot to get to this yesterday. In yet another move that once again surprises everyone in terms of a company obtaining something, Nickelodeon has purchased the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. After Marvel Entertainment obtained the rights to Marvelman, and Disney in turn purchased Marvel, I was expecting Disney to be purchased by something even larger. The United Nations, perhaps. And then in response to that, aliens would purchase the U.N. But anyway, Nickelodeon owns the Ninja Turtles and there’s nothing more I can do about it.
Not only have they bought the cartoons, but they’ve even purchased the comics. I’m not sure what this means, but odds are it means that we can expect to see the “radical” Turtles a lot more. I don’t know how I feel about this. Or how any of my fellow NNAN writers feel. Or how the President feels. But what I do know… is nothing. All I have right now is a pretty consistent fear, because my mind is doing what it did during the Marvel buyout: going straight to the worst-case scenarios. On the plus side, we could get the old cartoon back in syndication. On the minus side, we could get new silly Turtle toons. On the plus side, maybe we could see new editions of the old comics collected. On the minus side, maybe we won’t. I’m tossing and turning here, folks.
Fortunately enough, fans of the current TMNT books that are being released by Mirage can still enjoy the fact that Peter Laird, Turtles creator who sold the property to Nickelodeon, retained the rights to release up to eighteen Turtles books a year. Apparently Mirage will be kept going at least until next year. Now all that’s left to do is to wait and see what Nickelodeon chooses to do with the four brothers, but so help me if they put them in a pineapple pizza under the sea I am going to flip.