Cowabunga, folks! That’s Entertainment invites everyone to meet and greet with veteran Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic Book artist and writer Steve Lavigne on Saturday, January 19th, from noon till 5:00 PM.
Attendees are encouraged to bring in items Steve Lavigne has worked on in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, such as comic books and prints. Lavigne will be offering to sign up to ten items for FREE. He will be signing up to five items at a time, and there will be a $5.00 charge for each signature after the first ten.
Lavigne will also have 8” x 11” and 11” x 17” prints available for purchase at his table for $10 and $20 each. Furthermore, he will be offering to draw a free mini head-sketch with the request of a signature.
Steve Lavigne was the very first artist employee hired by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird (co-creators of TMNT/Mirage Studios) back in 1985. He and Kevin Eastman attended high school together, and it has been revealed in various interviews with Eastman, that Michelangelo’s personality is based on Lavigne himself.
Lavigne’s career with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles team began with lettering for TMNT comics and coloring graphic novels and covers. He later became Licensing Artist and Licensing Art Director.
Lavigne was the artist responsible for creating most of the officially licensed TMNT artwork seen on merchandise, toys, video games, and product packaging back in the late 80’s & early 90’s. He has produced art for Playmates, Burger King, Konami, Redbook Magazine, Yes Entertainment, and more. He also created TMNT characters Sergeant Bananas, Screwloose, Cuddly Cowlick, Code Name Chameleon among others.
Lavigne continues to do covers for IDW TMNT books, tours via comic conventions, and takes commissions regularly. He also owns Shellback Artworks, which is a Facebook page whereby fans can view current art projects and con schedules. Fans can also purchase vintage & new comics, art, memorabilia and/or request commission work through the page. Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook page: Shellback Artworks
Toy purchaser and longtime Ninja Turtles fan Jeff Englund says, “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a huge part of my childhood. I’m excited to meet one of the talented creators behind the franchise.”
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