Sunday, May 20, 2012

Steve Lavigne's new venture

        My pal Steve Lavigne is boldly branching out into a new phase of his life -- this June, he will be opening a store he's calling "Shellback Artworks", which will be a combination of art supply store, art gallery and comic book/memorabilia shop. 

The location is at 1509 Post Road in Wells, ME, a town which is not too far from Westbrook, ME, where he and Kevin Eastman once attended high school together.

As many of you know, Steve was the first employee of Mirage Studios, moving down from Maine to Sharon, Connecticut, where he began lettering the TMNT comics. Later, Steve expanded into other areas of creative work in the TMNT universe, penciling, inking, and especially coloring, and ended up working on a lot of the art which appeared on licensed TMNT products. He even got into a Turtle costume for a TV talk show appearance!

I will be at the grand opening of Steve's new store, signing stuff and probably doing Turtle head sketches, on Saturday, June 16 between noon and 3PM. There will also be an exhibition of original art from my collection, much of it TMNT work, including some comic book pages. Here are a couple of examples...

        Should be a fun time! -- PL


  1. Very happy to hear you're going to be doing a signing Peter, I just wish I didn't live on the opposite side of the country to you guys, heh! Ah well, hope to meet you both one day and get a sketch. I really hope the pair of you enjoy the day and that Shellback is a huge success :) All the best,


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    1. That's great, Peter!! I wish I can go!!