Cowabunga Corner is a few friends who have gotten together to share our views on different things.  Though it is mainly founded as a Ninja Turtle Review site to go over everything that is TMNT, we also cover other things we like and events that we attend.  This started off as a simple youtube blog back in February 2010, when Michele Ivey decided to start doing videos about herself and the Ninja Turtles since there are so many people out there who have shown interest in her story.  Phoenix jumped on board as the editor for Cowabunga Corner video blogs, and that was the beginning of a new and fun blog.

Cowabunga Corner has become a blog with a handful of different things to it, we have the reviews of movies, toys, and other products and events, interviews with people who have worked with the TMNT property and also fans, and even flash backs of TMNT events.  We are working on a few non-Ninja Turtle topics which will be in the "Ivey Tales" and "Ivey's Flashback" blogs, covering other parts of Michele's life, which people may find of interest.  Some of those things include her history with media, her disabliity with RSD, and her artistic family.

The website is now put together so that we can share our stories in text as well, and cover much more than we can with the video.  Such as Movie and TV series reviews. These will be written by both Phoenix and Michele, letting known our likes and dislikes.   Also upon this site we will be doing event reviews, what's the best convention to go to,  what concerts have we been to and was it worth the trip and money.  This site will be filled with reviews, upcoming events and blogs.

The People Behind it All

Michele Ivey was born and raised in Michigan. As a child, she enjoyed most cartoons on the air.  Some of her favorites were Care Bears, He-Man, She-Ra, Ghostbusters, and ThunderCats.  Favorite movies from her childhood are Dumbo, Roger Rabbit, The Last Star Fighter, Howard the Duck and Ghostbusters.  She collected toys of each of the medias that she enjoyed and these toys remain in her collection today.  As a child, she wanted to get into the field of art until she realized that she wasn't keeping up with the skills that her own family had, so she moved on to acting.  Finding it to be fun, something she can do and it made others happy.

In 1989 Michele became a Turtle fan, through the cartoon.  This lead to the beginning of her collection, and a fandom that would change her life.  It wasn't till a year later that Michele realized this fandom was different from the others that she has taken part in, when her Turtle costume was made and she wore it to the "Coming Out of Their Shells Tour". A mob of over 100 gathered around her, thinking she was part of the show and wanting her autograph.  It was a feeling like none other, and a memory that will never be forgotten.  This Turtle costume and Michele went on to do over 150 Children Birthday parties, also working Movie Theaters for TMNT 2 & 3, and going to hospitals to see children.  Michele lables these the best years of her life, as she was happy and was able to make hundreds to thousands of other people happy.  One event that she covered had around 1200 to 1500 kids.  The end of the parties came all too soon for Michele in 1993, though when one door closed another one opened.  In 1994 she found the Words & Pictures Museum and made some of the best and closes friends she could ever hope for, including a handful who worked with Ninja Turtles.

Every year since Michele has become a fan, there's been one or more TMNT events per a year to keep her going strong in the fandom.  "Cowabunga Corner" will be covering all of those events, as well as interviewing some of Michele's friends that she's made through these years of traveling and meeting people.

While Michele remains a strong TMNT fan, she enjoys many other medias and is hoping to cover those here on the review section of the website.  From anime, cartoons, to hit tv series, and the latest movies released at the theater & DVD releases as well!

In 1998 Michele made a really good friend, who has since became her best friend and editor of her blog, Phoenix. She is the technical support behind Cowabunga Corner, with both the website and the video blogs. She is the editor and the graphical designer for the video blogs. Having decided to take a more public role in the website, she decided to become one of the reviewers, mainly for movies, television, and a few conventions.

Phoenix was born and raised in Kentucky. And just like Michele, Phoenix enjoyed the cartoons of the 80s.

Entertainment Earth



Ever since I saw that video on VH1 I've been trying to get a loose figure collection as impressive as yours!

The TMNT have been my life since '89 and I was born in '85. My folks split up in '90 the same year the first movie came out. Part of my coping and understanding this unfortunate situation as a child was totally immersing myself in the TMNT world. I had lunchboxes, toothbrushes, TV trays, bubblebaths, costumes, house slippers, toys, videos etc. Anyway, since the split I was in like a joint custody type of deal which meant I had to live with one parent sometimes and the other the rest of the time. I kept most of my TMNT stuff at my mom's, but one day I came back from my dad's and ALL MY TOYS WERE GONE!!!! I mean all of them; everything that meant so much to me. It's something that has really irritated me for years, and I wish to rebuild my collection one day. (which was extensive even back then) I've started my collection with the new series' toys as I am so impressed with their detail and articulation. I would love to meet you (Michelle) one day as a fellow fanatic and get your autograph. It would be cool to get some TMNT-related autographs but after reading and hearing your story, I see you're just as related as any voice actor, or artist, or writer! Anyway I'm rambling so I'll end with this: COWABUNGA!!!

Dear Michelle. The amazing Michelle. I'm a huge fan of yours and so amazed by your Turtlecollection. I've been wanting to contact you since 06 when I first saw you on YouTube. My name is Joakim Lindberg and I'm 23 years old. As you may can guess the turtles are and always will be my true heroes. I've been depressed now since 2009 and you and the turtles are some of the biggest reasons why I want to keep on living so thanx for that. I'm gonna get a turtle tattoo during this summer. I will send you a picture when its done. So Michelle; I want to know your main thoughts about the upcoming 2013 live action movie? I guess you can find it on this blog so I'm gonna take a look around. I wish you all the best. Love from Sweden

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Thanks! I'm easy to contact and if you have facebook feel free to friend me on there as well. It's always good to meet fellow TMNT fans, and I'm glad I could be of help to you. :) Looking forward to seeing the pics of your TMNT Tattoo!

man ever since the six grade and ever since i saw your first youtube video's .i have been wanting to contact you.i am a huge fan .i got a question to ask you ,do you go to convention's? and if you do i would love to meet you in person .you have in spired me, that no matter how old you are you can still be a turtle fan.i am very proud of my self for not letting go of my turtle's.i am a 17 year old going to tenth grade i will be spreading the tmnt fandom with the club i just opened on deviantart. also i am very amazed with allot of turtle's and figure's that you have.i bet those were hard to find and very valuable and not only that memories as well .i wish you the very very best of turtle luck ! your biggest fan dalia .ps.started a small collection .also i am a raphael fan.

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Yes I do go to conventions. In fact was just at Comic Con International this last week. I recommend watching the events area on this page to see which conventions that I am going too. I am always happy to meetup with fellow TMNT fans at events. :) Thanks for all the awesome words.

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