I wrote this TMNT infographic for HalloweenCostumes.com, but check out these fantastic illustrations by Jacob Kuddes! You can see the full-size version here.
If you’re a Ninja Turtle fan, I highly recommend checking out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History by Andrew Farago. I was expecting just an overview of things I already knew, but some of the behind-the-scenes details really surprised me.
I especially recommend it if you’re an aspiring comics pro (even if you’re not a TMNT fan), because it gives you a glimpse what other obstacles you’ll encounter even if you do dodge the initial pitfall of someone else owning your creation. You might not have lost the rights, but will you lose your passion, or maybe even lose your best friend?