Cool Stuff: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Art Exhibit In Philadelphia

Not only were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles radical, there were radically different versions of the characters over the past few decades. Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael started as a very dark comic book series, were developed into kid-friendly toys, then a popular, bright TV show, live action movie characters and most recently CG animated characters in a film that tried to bring the series back to its roots. Now, there's even a reboot in the works. Basically, while we all know the Cowabunga-yelling, pizza-eating, free-wheeling version of the Turtles, that's not all they are.

To hammer home the many interpretations of the Turtles, The Autumn Society created and presented Shell Shock: A TMNT Art Show and Tribute at Brave New Comics in Philadelphia. It closes on June 29 so, after the jump, find out more information, watch a video and see some of the art.

First up, here's a video created at the opening of the exhibition.

Then, here's a bunch of the awesome art that's on exhibit. Mouse over each for the artist names.

For more art and photos from the show, click here, here and here.

If some of that work looks slightly familiar, that's because The Autumn Society did both the 3G (Goonies, Ghostbusters, Gremlins) and 3B shows (Back to the Future, Bill & Ted, Beetlejuice) at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. It's an incredibly talented group of artists which an obviously huge love of pop culture. Hence why we love them here.

Shell Shock: A TMNT Art Show and Tribute, presented by The Autumn Society and curated by Chogrin, is on display now through June 29 at Brave New World Comics, 45 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia PA. Click here for more information.