Shane McCarthy's SMAcTALK

The Last Jedi: In Answer To Insider & Other Interweb Gripes

Greetings! The latest Star Wars movie is out and BOY is it a doozy! What’s that? Did I like it? No, no I didn’t. I LOVED IT! Yes, yes I did, I loved all of it…MORE PORGS and so on. I’ve been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember and this movie was every bit the Star Wars film it needed to be. Not that everyone agrees with that… [Read more →]

December 18, 2017   Comments Off on The Last Jedi: In Answer To Insider & Other Interweb Gripes

Vintage Post – Breaking In

So a loooooong time ago I put up a post about breaking in for writers. Back then I would get asked a lot about how to break in and if I had any advice. I still get asked this a lot so I figured it would be good to dust off the old post and, yeah, repost it. So here it is. It’s old but I still think it has merit. Check it out here.

July 22, 2017   Comments Off on Vintage Post – Breaking In

Children’s Book Week 2017

I’m very excited for Book Week this year. Firstly because I love dropping in on schools and libraries to talk about storytelling…LOVE IT. And secondly because I am 99% booked out for it.  I think I have one afternoon free all week.  It’s going to be a crazy, adrenaline rush of a week and I can’t wait.

July 1, 2017   Comments Off on Children’s Book Week 2017

Writer In Residence

Greetings! Wow, it’s been quite some time since I’ve made a post here…whoops. I think I get so used to mouthing off on Twitter that I forget I have this site.

I’m popping back in to say, firstly, I’m not dead and I’m still working (some great projects are happening…exciting stuff), and secondly that I had a fantastic week at Guildford Grammar.  For a week I was their writer in residence and spent my time talking to students about storytelling and comics.  It was a real treat.  The staff were wonderful and the students were crazy smart!  Thanks for having me.

June 3, 2017   Comments Off on Writer In Residence

Tokyo Signings


Tonight I’m flying out to Tokyo and, yeah, I’m super excited about it.  I’ve got five signing events over the week and I can’t wait to meet the fans and FINALLY meet Guido Guidi (seriously, NEVER met the guy!).  Outside of the signings I’m thrilled to be able to visit Tokyo and will, more than likely, buy everything in sight.  PLUS…Tokyo Disney.  Oh yes.  Tokyo Disney.

Here’s the signing schedule when I’m there.  I’ll drop in links when I receive more information.

14/11 Sat Signing at Monster Japan  4-8 PM
15/11 Sun Signing at Tokyo International Comic Festival all day (Booth F07)
20/11 Fri Event “Swerve’s” at Shibuya 6-10 PM
21/11 Sat ShoPro signing and talk event 1-3 PM
22/11 Sun Signing All Hail Cybertron event 10AM-5PM


November 12, 2015   Comments Off on Tokyo Signings

Writing Chats


Big shout out to everyone at Roleystone Community College.  I spent a whole day there chatting with the students about storytelling, themes and comics in general.  Loved it.  The staff were fantastic and I got to hang out, drink tea and get some solid 3DS time in the breaks (yes I brought my own tea).  Cheers, Gang!

October 14, 2015   Comments Off on Writing Chats

Pocket Sized Drift!


I think it can safely be said that I’m the last to find out anything…like…all the time.  So it wasn’t until I saw a retweet of these guys from a fan that I was even aware they existed!

I’m actually not exactly sure what they are.  Anniversary, mini, special, Japanese Drift…things?  Either way, I had to have one!  I scoured the internet and tracked ’em down.  CUTENESS OVERLOAD.  My bookshelf never looked better.

I love finding random Drift merchandise around the place.  My baby’s getting out there!

September 21, 2015   Comments Off on Pocket Sized Drift!