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Site Created : July 1st, 1997
Last Updated : April 13th, 2008




04.13.08 ( Sunday ) 3:16 pm PDT

TMNT Vol. 4, #29 now available!
After two years, Volume 4 is back. See information here on how to order or read #29, which is now available.

07.16.07 ( Monday ) 12:30 am PDT

Tales of the TMNT #36 & Raphael #1 coming this Wednesday!
A double feature this Wednesday the 18th! Tristan Jones' "Tales of the TMNT," Vol. 2 #36 at last is due out this Wednesday, promising to deliver on a bit of grit and grime and intrigue relating to the fallout from the well-loved "City at War" (TMNT Vol. 1, #50-62). Also don't miss "Raphael: Bad Moon Rising" #1 (of 4) as well!

07.10.07 ( Tuesday ) 5:30 pm PDT

New Interview with Steve Murphy!
Lots of questions answered, and we now know the fate of any TMNT sequel movie will be decided this Friday the 13th. Check it out here.

07.07.07 ( Saturday ) 11:00 pm PDT

Vote for the TMNT Fanart Contest!
The entries are in, click here to cast your vote.

06.21.07 ( Thursday ) 8:30 pm PDT

Fate of the 4Kids/2K3 cartoon revealed
Don't worry, it's positive -- whole new TMNT cartoon coming in 2008. Click here.

"Tales of the TMNT," Vol. 2 #35
Discuss here.

TMNT Fanart Contest!
Time is running out! See information on the contest here.

06.13.07 ( Wednesday ) 6:52 pm PDT

"Tales of the TMNT," Vol. 2 #35 on shelves now!
Run, do not walk, to your nearest comic book store and grab a copy. If your comic book store does not have a copy (in the event they don't regularly carry the series) they would be happy to special order it for you.

Dan Berger interviewed!
A man that's practically been there from the beginning, working on multiple issues of the Archie "TMNT Adventures" comic book series as well as Mirage Volume 1 and multiple issues of the current "Tales of the TMNT." Read it here.

06.10.07 ( Sunday ) 4:02 am PDT

Will Tupper interviewed!
Up and coming comic book writer (and more!) of the backup stories of "Tales of the TMNT," Vol 2. #30, 33, and the forthcoming #35 (due out THIS WEEK, THIS WEDNESDAY!), Will Tupper, has given an interview for the Ninja Turtles Empire here.

Fan interview with Kevin Munroe
Check it out here.

DVD cover... to be or not to be?
Articles continue to surface now with the old DVD cover art for the movie DVD due out this August 9th with Raphael holding pizza and Mike skateboarding... it's not clear at this time which art will be the final art to grace DVD, Blu-Ray, and HD-DVD, but stay tuned!

06.06.07 ( Wednesday ) 6:45 pm PDT

Kevin Eastman Interview!
Get the scoop on his executive producing role on "Highlander: The Search for Vengeance" anime, as well as what the true nature of what happened in 2000 with the rights to TMNT between he and Peter Laird. Check it out here.

"That seems to be a continuing, on-going question and it’s due to whatever Mirage is putting out. When I started working on the second Heavy Metal movie and Heavy Metal as a company started growing the Turtles were really in a sleeping period. I told Peter that I wanted to spend more time with Heavy Metal and he said, “Why don’t we do a deal where I’ll buy out your creative control?” I still retain an ownership in the property and I get checks every quarter. Why wouldn’t I, I drew the first Turtles, and I’ve been with that property for 20 some odd years. So we reached an agreement that he would take over creative control. But I still own the Turtles and I still get money and I’m grateful for that because I’ve got bills to pay. A lot of people say, “Why did you sell out on the Turtles?” I say, “First, fuck you I didn’t.” They are still very much my characters and whatever is done with them, hopefully Peter pulls together the right people to put together the vision that he and I created together."

TMNT Fan in the Metro Times Detroit
TMNT fan Michele Ivey is interviewed by Will Tupper (who also has been known to write a TMNT sidestory or two for "Tales of the TMNT" Volume 2) about her interest and collection of TMNT memorabilia as well as her involvement in the media. Read it here.

06.05.07 ( Tuesday ) 8:45 pm PDT

TMNT Fanart Contest!
See more information and participate here.

DVD Covers Redux!
Taking a possible cue from fan reaction, evidently the previous covers have been scrapped in favor of these covers :

Source : http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releases/tmnt.html

DVD Special Features revealed!
1) Alternate Opening & Alternate Ending
2) Commentary by writer/director Kevin Munroe
3) Deleted Scenes
4) Storyboard Sequences
5) Voice Talent: First Look
Source : http://felixip.blogspot.com/2007/05/tmnt-dvd-on-august-7.html

Fan Music Videos (recently posted on forums)
"On the Rooftops" by Lisa "Lizardo" Weisert
"Ninja Rescue" by Lisa "Lizardo" Weisert
"Darkness" by Andrew Modeen
"Good Times" by Andrew Modeen

05.26.07 ( Saturday ) 8:35 pm PDT

DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray Covers for TMNT revealed!
For the original source, click here. Here's the covers :

05.20.07 ( Sunday ) 12:15 pm PDT

Updates on the TMNT Empire...

TMNT Director Kevin Munroe speaks!
"TMNT SEQUEL – No, there is no word yet. Everyone involved is very excited and happy with the b.o. of the movie. We’ll just have to wait and see. But I’ll be here immediately either way. The pessimist in me thinks that we’ll have to wait for dvd release, but I don’t want that to seem like a campaign to buy lots of dvd’s has to be started. I think everyone is counting on great dvd sales, and hopefully some good marketing with the release. As for the story, plot, etc. we’re sort of trying not to think about it (tho we have), as it’s kind of nice to build up a backlog of ideas. Your online discussions have been cool to check out. Fun to see when people are closer than you’d think." "Don't know if we could push for a PG13 for a sequel. It'd be nice. We're really high end PG13 on Gatchaman, so anything's possible. (mind you, it's not in theatres yet)"
The Technodrome.

"Tales of the TMNT" Volume 2 #33 & #34 on the stands! A double dose of Mirage TMNT hit shelves this week, making amends for the long wait while our boys at Mirage had their hands full with the movie prequels and adaptation (amazing how many comics they were able to churn out in such a short time! kudos to Mirage).

New Comic premieres! The current cartoon "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward" is receiving a new comic book within the pages of the U.K.'s Titan magazine, written by recent Empire interviewee Tristan Jones himself (writing the upcoming "Tales of the TMNT" #36 for Mirage as well). Click here to subscribe!

"The Forever War" expected this year! According to Mirage, the work on this decade-in-the-making continuation/conclusion of the well-loved Archie Comics "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures" comic book series should be concluding within the coming months, with solicitations from Mirage Publishing expected to be going out by fourth quarter.

"Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Vol. 1 TPB release date! Coming your way this November.

"TMNT" movie DVD release date! Coming to DVD, Blu-Ray, and HD-DVD on August 9th of this year.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward" rewinding? Take this one with a grain of salt at the moment, but coming off the rumor mill, different sources do seem to paint the same picture -- "Fast Forward" will be wrapping up its run 10 episodes early. But relax! The show isn't being cancelled, but rather retooled to better resemble the universe of the new TMNT movie (or, at least like pre-"Fast Forward" seasons, we can assume). Stay tuned on this one.

05.09.07 ( Wednesday ) 8:35 pm PDT

Interview with Tristan Jones!
Up and coming writer and longtime TMNT fan himself, Tristan Jones, that is writing #36 of the current "Tales of the TMNT" comic from Mirage Publishing has conducted an interview for the Ninja Turtles Empire. Read it here.

He's one of us, folks. Amazing he's able to do what many of us have dreamed about for years -- now let's get out there and make sure we're all supporting the book! 

04.28.07 ( Saturday ) 3:05 am PDT

Message Board & Webpage Additions
As this website will be celebrating it's 10 year anniversary this year, sweeping changes are in store for the Empire (and have already begun!), beginning with a new vBulletin message board with an integrated FlashChat plugin. Be sure you visit it here and sign up.

The new, fourth movie has been out for over a month now. Discuss it on the board here.

Though what you see here is very much still under construction, any and all suggestions are welcomed, not just to this website but the message board as well. Please shoot me an E-mail.


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~ Dan Berger interviewed by the Empire!
Writer/artist of many TMNT projects since near the beginning. Read it here.

~ Will Tupper interviewed by the Empire!
Writer of the backup stories of "Tales of the TMNT" Vol. 2, #30, #33, and the forthcoming #35. Read it here.

~ Tristan Jones interviewed by the Empire!
Writer of the upcoming "Tales of the TMNT" Vol. 2, #36 and Titan "Fast Forward" mags in the UK. Read it here.

~ New Kevin Munroe interview!
Read it here.

~ TMNT Premieres!
Keep track of its box office progress here.


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