Nickelodeon just bought Ninja Turtles.
All of it. All the comics, the backstock, the series and movies rights. All of it.
I guess Laird finally had enough and wanted to retire, after 25 years. (Eastman sold his share years ago.)
Well, that explains why the comic creator blogs were taken off the official website over the weekend.
For the most part, this doesn't bother me, because Mirage hasn't done anything really worthwhile with the property in years, I have all the old stuff, I hate the teams they've had on the comic for over a decade now, and the current show has sucked for a couple years now, and getting it out of 4Kids hands is only for the good.
UPDATE: Mirage retains the right to publish 18 issues of TMNT comics a year. So any stories currently going or that they desire to do, should still come out without any problems.