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Raise Some Shell: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

(Pop Classics #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Raise Some Shell critically and cleverly examines the origins, evolution, and impact of the Ninja Turtles phenomenon — from its beginning as a self-published black-and-white comic book in 1984, through its transformation into a worldwide transmedia phenomenon by the middle of the 1990s, and up to the sale of the property to Nickelodeon in 2009 and relaunch of the Turtles w ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by ECW Press (first published April 1st 2014)
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Jennifer Anglin
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
First off, I think the Pop Classics series by ECW Press is a fantastic idea and, as a pop culture enthusiast, I plan to devour every title that comes out. Raise Some Shell is the second book in the series (the first being It Doesn’t Suck. Showgirls by Adam Nayman). ECW describes this series as “pocket pop” and that’s the truth. I carried this book around with me in my coat pocket and it was great to pull it out while on the bus, etc. Very handy.

I was a big fan of the cartoon series when I was yo
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I personally never watched TMNT, nor did I read the comics. Nonetheless, these reptilian heroes were ever present in my childhood and their influence on the comic scene certainly informs and was informed by the comics and graphic novels that I read and love today. Prepare yourself as Rosenbaum takes you on walk through comic history in his highly intelligent, witty text that is often punctuated with comically hyperbolized bias, humorous footnotes, and even the occasional knock at the modern day ...more
Trav Rockwell
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have so much love for Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Rapheal and Donatello I feel like I'm the 5th turtle, I feel I'm part of the family, and now as a 29yr old I still look at the turtles as my family, my brothers - the turtles practically raised me and we're always with me through the good times and bad.

The TMNT franchise and phenomena was really just a 'happy accident'. Struggling artists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were living in Northampton, Massachusetts, when they came up with the Turtles i
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
A relatively short book, considering most Ninja Turtles fans would read something five times longer which goes into great depth over all the different stories and iterations the turtles have had over the past thirty years. Saying that, I have nothing but fondness for those iconic heroes in a half-shell, and this book helped me to reconnect and catch up with what they've been up to since I lost contact with them some years ago. There is an interesting take on why the Turtles are still around afte ...more
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received my ARC as a part of the Goodreads First Reads program.

I was never a HUGE TMNT fan. I enjoyed the cartoon as a kid, saw the movies, had a few toys, but never read the comics, and never lost sleep waiting for the next Saturday morning cartoons to air. The chance to read this book was purely a nostalgia feeling for me. Which is interesting because the main point in this book is establishing that TMNT was never a fad. It was never brought back for pure nostalgia, or the sole purpose to ca
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Richard Rosenbaum really knows his stuff & his TMNT! It's almost as if he were dissecting the entire TMNT universe & thinking about it scientifically, & delving deep into the pure science of "NinjaTurtle-ology". Sometimes he speaks in very technical terms (where I may be still scratching my head at the end of the statement), while other times using lay language to help clear the muddy waters. I like how he goes into detail in exploring the different concepts & paradoxes in the Turtles unive ...more
Phil Keeling
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
"Perhaps most important of all, Rosenbaum manages to take a seriously in-depth look at the Turtle phenomenon and its importance without losing his sense of humor. The ironic effect being that we feel that we can take Rosenbaum seriously for the very reason that he doesn’t allow the subject to become muddled down by self-importance. And in a book where transformative effects and the social status dictated by them is compared to the works of Kafka and Rushdie, it is imperative that one not get too ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look at the history of TMNT and its place in culture
Jordan Lombard
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title/Author: Raise Some Shell: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Richard Rosenbaum
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Subject/Topic: Nonfiction/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Book Format: Print
Length: 152 pages
Well Written/Editor Needed: Well written
Would I Recommend?: YES, if you love the TMNT, you'll love this!
Personal Thoughts: This was by turns hilarious, as the author insists Donatello is the best turtle (we'll just have to agree to disagree) and gives several footnotes to explain why, and insightful
Trevor Atwood
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wouldn’t consider myself a huge TMNT fan. I do generally like them and have a small nostalgic place for them in my heart, but I’m a casual fan at best.

I loved this book, though. At least the first half of it that is dedicated to the origin and philosophy behind the Turtles franchise. There was a ton of history I was unaware of as well. The power of this little book is in its philosophical thought. Who knew the Turtles were a subtle undercutting of postmodernity?!?

Once I hit the last chapter a
David Macpherson
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A pretty decent look at the pop movement of TMNT. I like a lot of the theory brought up and how it changes for audience and for the times. I might have liked it more if the tone was consistent, some time the author was smart and knowledgable, sometimes he's a snarky fan boy. Both are fine attitudes, but it doesn't hold as one point of view for me. Other than that, a really good book.
Derek Rathbun
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic overview of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise. My only complaint is that it wasn't long enough.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not only does Rosenbaum allow us to revisit and reexamine the cultural influences of our childhood entertainment, but he also presents an in depth history of not only the TMNT franchise but also the publication of independent comics in general.
Wayne McCoy
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
'Raise Some Shell: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' by Richard Rosenbaum is part of the Pop Classics series (the first volume was about the movie Showgirls, and I didn't read it). This one comes out during the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (!) and talks about their significance for a specific generation.

For those not in the know, the Turtles started life as a comic. I'm painfully familiar with this fact because I had a copy of the first issue in my hands and didn't buy it. To
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
An ARC of this book was provided by Goodreads First Reads giceaways.

I was very excited when I initially heard about Raise Some Shell, and while I enjoyed the time I spent with it, I do think I was expecting something a little different.

For the most was an enjoyable read, not too dry but not too simple. The author's explanation and discussion of the pastiche element present in the Ninja Turtles franschise was great, and by the end of the book I had decided to re-immerse myself in the world of the
Jeremy Birks
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rosenbaum tells us in entertaining prose just what makes the Ninja Turtles such a fantastic enterprise--how a silly concept has lasted over two decades and spanned comics, toys, television and the big screen. These Pop Classic books are awesome--each one takes on a different beloved pop culture property.
Jeff Wyonch
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fan-horror
A good history of the entire Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles phenomenon, from the very beginning to the present day. The author is an unabashed fan, and his personal asides can be both annoying and charming. For both die-hard fans and those wondering what all the fuss is about.
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoying this series so far. Breezed through each one and eagerly await more from the stable.
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