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This collection belonged to an award-winning horror writer who worked for Mirage Studios (the TMNT studio) in the early 1990s, writing the TMNT newspaper strip. There is original art for never-reprinted newspaper strips (1993) complete with thumbnails, comic book manuscripts with editorial notation, story idea notebooks, minicomics produced by Mirage Studios, and manuscript materials for a host of secondary TMNT materials, including The Official TMNT Treasury. Many of the secondary materials are autographed by TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
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Wiater's work with the TMNT came at a time when the characters were just beginning to ride the wave of popularity from the animated series (the original comic books, created by Eastman and Laird, were darker, more mature, and parodied a host of contemporaneous comics, including THE NEW MUTANTS, CEREBUS, and RONIN). The collection reflects the beginning of Mirage's capitalization on the characters' enormous popularity, while still trying to maintain some of the original grittiness, but also the beginnings of the TMNT industry that would build up around them. Neither Eastman nor Laird have an archived collection, so this collection represents the only glimpse into the workings behind a global phenomenon, as well as the other materials that the publishers were producing.