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Limited Edition Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic Book Features Rochester

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Many of us, or our children, grew up with them: The heroes in a half-shell.

From the comics, to cartoons, and even the big screen, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seem to be just as popular now as when they were created 30 years ago.

If you like the Turtles and are a Rochesterian there's a special limited edition comic book you're probably going to want.

You're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover. But one artist and the comic book shop that commissioned him, sure hope you do.

Salvador Otero is the man behind a unique comic book cover.

"Just my love for the turtles, the love I have for this shop and the love I have for this city," said Otero.

Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michaelangelo. No, not the the famous artists, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are in front of a familiar skyline. The co-owner of 1st Print Comics helped come up with the idea for a local comic book cover. And after getting the okay from IDW and Nickelodeon, one thousand copies of Issue 34 were made available on Wednesday, an opportunity to cash in on a renewed interest in the industry.

"There's a true renaissance for a lot great stories it's not just superheroes it's not just sci-fi. Anyone who wants to read a great story right now is a great time for that," said co-owner Mike Ringelberg. "My kids love it and it's got Rochester on it so I'm buying two. One to keep and one so that my kids can actually read it," said comic book collector Steve Colabufo.

While Otero's cover is strictly local, it will also appear on the inside of the nationally produced editions.

A dream come true for a proud comic book geek and talented artist. "I'm in love with it. I thought I'd get tired of seeing it but every time I look at it it brings a smile to my face," said Otero.

Otero will sign copies of the comic book at a release party Saturday at 1st Print Comics at 1548 Buffalo Rd. He'll also be the local comic book artist guest of honor at this year's RocCon in September.

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