Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Commemorative Markers Unveiling
Two commemorative markers honoring Dover as the birthplace of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be unveiled in the city on Wednesday, Nov. 8.
A historical marker will be unveiled at noon on Central Avenue, followed by the unveiling of a decorative manhole cover on Union Street at 12:15 p.m., where TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird lived when they created the comic book in 1983.
The manhole cover ceremony will include remarks by Dover Mayor Robert Carrier, TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, and other guests. Eastman also designed the artwork for the marker.
The events mark the 40th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise and the 400th anniversary of Dover. Mirage Studios, formed by Eastman and Laird, was located at 28 Union St. in Dover, where the first TMNT comic book was created before the company moved to Northampton, Mass.
The commemorations are made possible by Dover resident James Lane, Griffin Hansen of the Animation Education Association, the Dover Arts Commission, the city's Planning Department, and the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Jetpack Comics in Rochester is providing free Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics to attendees of the event while supplies last.