A lifelong devotee of both mediums, I place particular focus and enthusiasm on the Superhero genre in its various forms (particularly related to DC Comics), Film Music, the cinema of The New Hollywood, screen-based Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Effects (practical and digital) and the work of Steven Spielberg.
A graduate of King Alfred’s College, Winchester (now Winchester University) in 1996 and The London School of Journalism in 1998, I began my media career the following year at Turner Broadcasting in London, where I was Editor of the UK website for Turner Classic Movies. Going freelance full-time in July 2001, I have contributed to a wide array of outlets – both print and online – in the last decade.
These include: EMPIRE Magazine, VARIETY Weekly, Eaglemoss Collections, Comic Heroes, Yahoo! Movies UK, The First Post (Online), The Daily Telegraph, SFX Magazine, SciFiNow Magazine, Judge Dredd The Megazine, BBC Online (Films, Music, Collective), Virgin.Net, Amazon.co.uk, Film Four.Com, Ink Magazine, Dreamwatch Magazine, Starlog Magazine, Hotdog Magazine, The Net Magazine, BBC Classical Music, TV Zone Magazine, Starburst Magazine, Popcorn.co.uk, SFX Online, Thisislondon.co.uk, Flicks Magazine, Comics International and Model/Collector’s Mart.
My first book was THE ROUGH GUIDE TO FILM NOIR, co-authored with Alexander Ballinger and published by ROUGH GUIDES/ PENGUIN (UK) in June 2007. My second book, THE ART OF PLANET 51, published by INSIGHT EDITIONS (US), was released in November 2009 with my latest, CARTOON CLASSICS: THE JETSONS also published by INSIGHT EDITIONS in 2011. As an editorial contributor, I have appeared in Film Review (Reynolds & Hearn), The International Film Guide (Button Press) and Soundtrack Nation (Cengage). I was a contributing writer to Taschen’s highly-anticipated THE JAMES BOND ARCHIVES, published in October 2012 and my most recent book was ANGRY BIRDS: HATCHING A UNIVERSE, the first book to detail the creation, development and phenomenal sucess of the best-selling video game franchise, published by Insight Editions in May 2013.
My most recent publication was “THE SUPERHERO COSTUME: Identity and Disguise in Fact and Fiction“, an academic collaboration with Dr Barbara Brownie published by Bloomsbury in November 2015. My current book project is “THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF DOCTOR STRANGE” for Dorling Kindersley and Marvel Comics which will be published in October 2016.
Since 2009, I have been a Visiting Lecturer to the University of Hertfordshire, where I am currently a Module Tutor/Lecturer in Critical & Contextual Studies in the subject areas of Film & Television and Model Special Effect (MSFX) for The School of Creative Arts, teaching across all three undergranduate year-groups (Levels 4-6) and having previously supported the Digital Animation and Interactive Media & Screen Cultures degree pathways. I also provide assessment support for the university’s post-graduate programme. Between 2012 and 2014, my academic teaching work expanded to Kingston University London, where I lectured on the Film & TV BA and MA degrees.
Since 2009, I have periodically provided public-facing adult education work for UHArts, the university’s cultural body, also hosting Film-related events. I am also the co-founder of UHArts’ Comics & Graphic Novels Festival, “UniComics”, which debuted in April 2010. In November 2015, I became Film Manager for UHArts, responsible for devising and delivering a diverse programme of Film events and educational courses for public and student audiences. My inaugural event was “A STUDY IN SHERLOCK”, a season of Sherlock Holmes films presented at UH across March 2016.
In May 2013, I received two nominations in the University of Hertfordshire’s Vice-Chancellor Awards: “Employee of The Year (Student Choice)” and “Tutor of The Year”. In September 2013, I made my academic research debut at the G2 2nd Global Conference on The Graphic Novel, held at Mansfield College in Oxford via Inter-Disciplinary.Net, delivering a paper entitled “Negotiating Ordinariness and Otherness: Superman, Clark Kent and the Superhero Masquerade“. In September 2015, I lead an academic conference devoted to the Superhero for Inter-Disciplinary.net, entitled “The Superhero Project: 1st Global Meeting“, held at Mansfield College, Oxford. A second edition of the conference is scheduled for early September, 2016.
Additionally, I have made appearances on television and radio as a specialist interviewee on Film and Comics for international media outlets as the BBC, Channel 4, Sky News, Press TV and MGM HD and regularly present Comics-related events for Herfordshire Library Service and am also involved in national events, notably EMPIRE’s BIG SCREEN festival in 2011.