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Stone Walled

This is an amazing piece by Sarah Stone inspired by the upcoming Drift: Empire of Stone.  I don’t know if it’s going to be a print, it should be because I want this on my wall!  Sarah is an outstanding artist and I’m absolutely in love with everything she does.  Brilliant.  Check out her art blog here: monsterboysandrobots

August 24, 2014   Comments Off

Talking Hale

I often get called upon to do school or library talks, it’s a real treat and I jump at the chance but I have to say, today was a real highlight. [Read more →]

August 18, 2014   Comments Off

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   Comments Off

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   Comments Off

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   Comments Off

5 Things Superhero Films Can Learn From Captain America: Winter Soldier

Okay so before I get into it…this post is filled with spoilers…SO MANY SPOILERS.  Man Of Steel spoilers, Amazing Spider-Man 2 spoilers (actually I’m not sure if “it was bad” constitutes a spoiler), Captain America 2 spoilers.  So, yeah, SPOILERS. [Read more →]

April 18, 2014   Comments Off

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   Comments Off