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Mirage Studios is an independent Americanmarker comic book company founded in 1983 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, based in Northampton, Massachusettsmarker and best known for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series.

History

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.

In 1985, Eastman and Laird hired Clevelandmarker 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 series. In the following year, two new members were added, penciler Jim Lawson from Connecticutmarker and New Jersey's 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.

The Mirage artists operated out of a renovated factory space in Florence, Massachusettsmarker. 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 took over the building.

Eastman and Laird along with Brown, Dooney, Lavigne and Lawson toured extensively over the years, making personal appearances and attending many comic book conventions in Detroitmarker, Chicagomarker, Hawaiimarker, San Diegomarker, Ohiomarker, Bostonmarker, and Portsmouth, New Hampshiremarker among many others. As the TMNT went mainstream, later additions to the studio would include 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 Adventure title from Archie Comics. With the exception of Kevin Eastman, all the original artists are still with Mirage today and contribute to the TMNT.

In 1988, Mirage Studios participated in the drafting of the Creator's Bill of Rights for comic book creators.

On October 21st 2009 it was announced that cable channel Nickelodeon (A subsidiary of Viacom) had purchased all of Mirage's rights to the 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.

Titles

Comics published include:



NOTE: Mirage Studios have produced a lot of titles, although most were not successful enough to remain in publication for more than a few issues.

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