Jim Lawson

Jim Lawson

I was born on on February 19, 1960.

I grew up in Northwestern Connecticut- in a small town named Falls Village, on the banks of the Housatonic River. Most of my family still lives there. In every respect, I think, I had what most folks would consider a totally normal upbringing. For as long as I can remember though, I loved to draw- and I’m certain that I caused my parents and my teachers some grief because instead of paying attention in school, I was generally trying to hide myself in the back row with my head down, scribbling away… Always into comics as a kid, I sort of got away from them as I grew into my teens. Thinking back, I probably substituted them for paperback science fiction books (I’ve always been a voracious reader). Then, when I attended art school ( Paier College) I got exposed to comics again by another student who was writing and drawing his own little book. I can’t remember the kid’s name anymore but I remember the comic- “Nick Danger”.

After graduating, it was simply through dumb luck and some really good timing that I met Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, the co-creators of the TMNT. It was around issue 3 of the Turtles at that time, and things were just beginning to take off for them. Stunned a bit by their success, Pete and Kevin generated a crazy excitement and enthusiasm that just instantly sucked me in.

Nothing’s been the same since.

Right there on the spot, they offered me work and I’ve been with Mirage Studios ever since. Or, more correctly, up until 2009 when the Ninja Turtles were sold to Viacom, the parent company of Nickelodeon.

Since then, artistically, it’s been quiet(er). I struggled with wondering what to do after the Turtle work stopped and played around a little with writing and drawing children’s books. I continue to work in comics and still do commission work when it’s available. I’ve taken several long motorcycle trips up through Canada- usually seeking out the places that most people want to try to avoid. I’m still drawing, but not nearly as much- however the incredible enjoyment that I get from it is still as strong as it ever was.

I now make my home in Western Massachusetts with my wife and 3 sons, 2 dogs and a cat. I just recently passed my MSF Ridercoach training so I am now licensed to instruct others in motorcycle riding. I teach out of Pittsfield, MA.