Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas Exhibit Opens March 2

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

February 27, 2015

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Kim Della Porta, 585-410-6325,

Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas Exhibit
Opens March 2
at The Strong Museum

Exhibit Based on Book Series by Rochester Authors

Leap into a humorous world filled with ninjas, giant monsters, space aliens, and flying pirates when the Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas exhibit opens at The Strong museum Saturday, March 2. The exhibit—based on the illustrated Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas novel series by Rochester artists and writers Chris Pallace and Kevin Serwacki (to be released by Harper Collins in March 2015)—includes original artwork, photo ops with characters Joey and Johnny, and information about how to create a book. 

The imaginative book series that inspired the exhibit focuses on Joey and Johnny, two best friends with different personalities. Joey follows the rules; Johnny does not. Both are students at the Kick Foot Academy, the premier ninja training school, and must work together to defeat the evil Red Moon Clan.

“We couldn’t be happier about exhibiting Joey and Johnny, the Ninjas at The Strong museum because the spark for the books came from childhood,” says author Chris Pallace. “Remember you’d mix and match your toys creating epic adventures? When a giant robot threatened the sanctuary of your bedroom superheroes would stand alongside mystic aliens, talking cars, and- of course- ninjas to save the day. What can we say? It all made sense when you were ten. Inside the pages of Joey and Johnny those stories live again.”

The exhibit features replica ninja weapons, along with their toy counterparts from The Strong’s collections; ethereal, paper lanterns; and a 2D relief of a Japanese archway. Make a ninja mask to take home and test your ninja skills on arcade game Fruit Ninja.

On April 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., meet authors Chris Pallace and Kevin Serwacki, receive writing and drawing tips, watch a martial arts demonstration by Irondequoit Martial Arts at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and meet a martial arts expert. 

The exhibit remains on view until May 10, 2015 and included with general museum admission fees.



Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $13.50, under age 2 free, members free.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $3 for members, $4 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.