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International Drift

I recently spent a wonderful four weeks in Sweden (amazing place) teaching Swing dancing (my other job).  While I was there I also had time to get in some solid writing on Drift: EOS.  The artwork has started to come through and BOY is it exciting to see what Guido is going.  Wow.  That guy has got some seriously annoying talent.

On top of that I got to meet the youngest Drift fan I’ve met so far.  On one of my flights home I had the pleasure of meeting Max; Max is a young Transformer fan who was drawing and chatting about Transformers with his dad.  I had a chat with him about our shared love for Transformers and, yep, it turns out his favourite is Drift.  That’s definitely one of my favourite moments so far.

August 18, 2014   No Comments

From The (Hotel) Writing Desk

I’m currently sitting in a hotel in Stockholm working on the script for Drift: Empire of Stone #3.  I’m loving the hell out of writing this and wanted to share some random thoughts… [Read more →]

June 27, 2014   No Comments

Drift: Empire Of Stone

Very excited that IDW have announced the new mini series I’m writing, DRIFT: EMPIRE OF STONE.  What I’m most excited about is teaming up once again with the incredible Guido Guidi.  This will be the first time the two of us work together on a Drift story, the character we created together for All Hail Megatron all those years ago.

June 23, 2014   No Comments

4 Best Animated Movies For A Younger Female Audience

I tend to find myself grumbling and groaning and throwing things at the screen whenever I watch any animated film targeted at a younger female audience.  Let’s face it, I usually have that reaction whenever I see most animation studios tackle ANY female character (come to think of it, most films and TV in general).  Having recently found myself in yet another conversation on this topic I thought I’d put up my top four picks for animated films young girls should watch…

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March 29, 2014   No Comments

Separated A Birth?

I’ve said it before, Kup’s “cigar” was one of if not my single favourite character in All Hail Megatron.  Giving the grizzled old bugger that “cigar” was a real hoot, especially back when it was meant to be just an empty energon version of what we’d call a cigar that he’d been chomping on for countless years.  Did it make sense?  Probably not, but it was a real laugh.

Seeing Bay and his team incorporate that into the new Hound for Transformers 4 gave me a chuckle.  I’m guessing Hound is the new Kup?

February 19, 2014   No Comments

Back At The Desk

Not that I ever LEFT the desk but I’m back at the desk working on a Transformers project at the moment.  The last few years have been spent focusing on traveling and teaching (dance) and working on my novel and creator owned comics (slow going) so it’s really exciting to be back working on the Bots and Cons.  I would LOVE to be able to tell you all about it and who I’m working with but NO CAN DO!  I’m sure you’ll be hearing about it soon…ish.

February 5, 2014   No Comments


Big thank you to the Victoria Park Library and especially to Andrew (from Vic Park Library) for having me as a guest speaker there for NaNoWriMo.  I do a LOT of public speaking at schools and libraries about being a writer and comics in general but this one was special for me because of one big reason…serious geeking out over HOW to write stories.

Because the crowd was there for National Novel Writing Month I got to get into the nitty gritty of story telling, structure and techniques and BOY did I enjoy it.  It’s not often I get to really let loose and talk about the ins and outs of that side of what I do and it was thrilling to be able to geek out.

Big thank you to everyone who came and for laughing at my lame jokes.

November 21, 2013   No Comments