Biography – Steve Lavigne

Steve Lavigne (born September 22, 1962) is an American comic book illustrator best known for his lettering and coloring on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title for Mirage Studios. He is the creator of Cudley the Cowlick, Sgt. Bananas, and Stump and Sling.

Lavigne inked the backup story in the 1989 collected Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Lavigne, along with fellow Mirage Studios artist Ryan Brown, illustrated the artwork seen on the vast majority of officially licensed Turtles merchandise. The team of Lavigne Brown produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles art for Burger King, Pez, Konami, New Line Cinema, Colorforms, and Playmates Toys among many others.

Lavigne was a participant in the drafting of the Creators’ Bill of Rights.

He is also the basis for the character of Michealangelo, one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, according to TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman.

He currently lives in Wells, Maine with wife Denise and children Cooper, Gracie and Jackson.

Steve currently works as a freelance illustrator and does occasional work for Mirage Studios. In July 2007, he also released a self published book Shine Like A Lighthouse, written by Tim Janis, illustrated by Steve.

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  1. You should update this to include that Steve now owns & operates “Shellback Artworks” in Wells, Me, minutes from the Wells exit of the Maine Turnpike. Comics store on the main level/first floor, artist studio/classroom downstairs and studio/gallery up on the second floor! Check out my two blog posts about my couple recent visits!

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