The Info List - Mirage Studios

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Mirage Studios is an independent American comic book company founded in 1983 by Kevin Eastman
Kevin Eastman
and Peter Laird
Peter Laird
in Dover, New Hampshire, and currently based in Northampton, Massachusetts. They are best known for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
comic book series and the subsequent franchise it has spawned.[1][2][3]


1 History 2 Titles 3 References 4 External links

History[edit] Mirage Studios was started back in 1983, in Dover, NH, less than a year before TMNT #1 was published in May 1984. Mirage then moved to Sharon, CT and stayed there for two years before ending up in Northampton. With the success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Eastman and Laird hired a core group of artists to help with the increasing workload. The first addition to the studio roster was Eastman's high school friend Steve Lavigne, brought on in 1984 as a letterer.[4][5] In 1985, Eastman and Laird hired Cleveland
artist Ryan Brown to assist them as an inker for the Turtles. Brown would be the first in a long line of artists, other than Eastman and Laird, that would work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
series. In the following year, two new members were added, penciler Jim Lawson from Connecticut
and New Jersey's Michael Dooney
Michael Dooney
who would paint a number of covers. With the addition of these four core artists along with Peter and Kevin, Mirage's Ninja Turtles output would expand over the next couple of years to include numerous Mirage Studio spin-off titles, as well as a companion comic book entitled Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In 1989, Kevin Eastman
Kevin Eastman
invited freelance illustrator A.C. Farley to do cover paintings for the TMNT collected books. Peter Laird also invited Farley to do issue #29 of the TMNT comic. Farley was eventually invited to be part of the studio and crafted many paintings and comic artwork for the TMNT until his departure from the studio to resume his freelance business in 2004.[4] In 1991, Mirage Studios secured an interlocutory injunction against Counter-Feat Clothing for similar designs of drawings.[6] The Mirage artists operated out of a renovated factory space in Florence, Massachusetts. This is where the bulk of the creative output was done, such as the Playmates toy designs and the Archie TMNT comic series, until Tundra Publishing
Tundra Publishing
took over the building.[7] Eastman and Laird along with Brown, Dooney, Lavigne and Lawson and Farley toured extensively over the years, making personal appearances and attending many comic book conventions in Detroit, Chicago, Hawaii, San Diego, Ohio, Boston, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
among many others. As the TMNT went mainstream, later additions to the studio would include Eric Talbot
Eric Talbot
from Eastman's and Lavigne's old high school, writer Stephen Murphy, and Brown's friend, Dan Berger, who was brought in from Ohio
to ink the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Adventure title from Archie Comics. In 1988, Mirage Studios participated in the drafting of the Creator's Bill of Rights for comic book creators. On October 21, 2009 it was announced that Viacom
had purchased all of Mirage's rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
property. Mirage retains the rights to publish 18 issues a year, though the future involvement of Mirage with the Turtles, and the future of Mirage itself, is unknown.[8] Titles[edit] Mirage Studios have produced a lot of titles, although most did not remain in publication for more than a few issues. Comics
published include:

Bade Biker & Orson by Jim Lawson Barabbas by Dan Vado and Gino Atanasio Bioneers by A.C. Farley Commandosaurs by Peter Laird Dino Island by Jim Lawson Fugitoid by Kevin Eastman
Kevin Eastman
and Peter Laird Gizmo by Michael Dooney Gobbledygook by various artists Grunts by various artists Gutwallow by Dan Berger Hallowieners: Invasion of the Halloween Hot Dogs by Ryan Brown Hero Sandwich Melting Pot by Kevin Eastman
Kevin Eastman
and Eric Talbot Mirage Mini-Comics Paleo by Jim Lawson Planet Racers by Peter Laird
Peter Laird
and Jim Lawson Plastron Cafe by various artists Prime Slime Tails The Puma Blues
The Puma Blues
by Stephen Murphy and Michael Zulli Rockola
by Ryan Brown Stupid Heroes by Peter Laird Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
and related titles by Kevin Eastman
Kevin Eastman
and Peter Laird Usagi Yojimbo
Usagi Yojimbo
(volume 2) and related titles by Stan Sakai Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa
Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa
by Ryan Brown Xenotech by Michael Dooney


^ Douglas C. McGill (25 December 1988). "DYNAMIC DUO: Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird; Turning Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Into a Monster". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-12.  ^ Gustines, George Gene (14 July 2012). "Image Comics
Is Having a Creative Renaissance". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-12.  ^ "Tv & Video". Los Angeles Times. 1990-06-25. Retrieved 2015-03-12.  ^ a b Jason Heller (2014-08-07). "30 years later, the first 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' comics still pop". Entertainment Weekly's. Retrieved 2015-03-12.  ^ Andrew Farago. "The fascinating origin story of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". The Week. Retrieved 2015-03-12.  ^ Catherine Colston; Kirsty Middleton (2005). Modern Intellectual Property Law. Psychology Press. pp. 637–. ISBN 978-1-85941-816-1.  ^ Gary Groth (2012-01-03). "The Kevin Eastman
Kevin Eastman
Interview Part 2". TCJ. Retrieved 2015-03-12.  ^ Rodney (2009-10-21). " Viacom
Acquires Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". The Movie Blog. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 

External links[edit]

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Official website Mirage Publishing at the Comic Book DB

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