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 1590 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


willow said...

I wish I was able to come to ME in June to see you in mom Betty Thompson of Florence Ma worked at the bank where you and Kevin Eastman cashed your checks back in 1996..she had a photo of the three of you taken at the and Kevin kept promising her a comic book and one day she said she would not do your banking til you gave her a comic you left and came back with a signed comic from both of mom hung the picture in her living room and took very good care of the comic. Mom passed away a few years ago and there in her night stand still in perfect condition was the comic book signed by you and Kevin..I have it mom had a real fun personality and I hope you remember her as you both meant alot to her. Sincerely, Mark

Mark H said...

I want to go check out Steve's shop. Comics and art supplies sounds like heaven to me. I know my son would go bonkers! You are his favorite comic creator! I just don't know if trust my rust bucket of a car to make the 150 mile trip.

Melodye said...

How I wish I lived close enough to come to the Grand Opening! But you can count on my being there in spirit...I'll be sending my best wishes across the miles.