Steve is a 25+ year veteran of the comics and video games industries. Best known for creating the classic TY the Tasmanian Tiger video game series he’s also been involved with many big-name licensed games ranging from Spyro the Dragon to Frozen right though to Hellboy and Star Wars. Currently he’s focusing on a return to his long running comic series Blade Kitten.
Steve grew up in Brisbane back when there wasn’t an internet to get access to interesting stuff. Not much happened until December 1977 when a little movie hit the cinemas there that changed everything. Star Wars had an immediate impact on young Steve who knew right away that he wanted to make things like that… or at the very least get a full set of action figures.
Then in the early ’80s, Steve discovered computers and anime at a time when both were obscure and hard to get a hold of, but this only strengthened his love of them. He studied traditional animation at Art College but was more interested in trying to get animation out of a 16 bit Amiga home computer. He did and this led him on a merry chase through comics and movies before he realized he really, really wanted to make video games. Sadly in the early ’90s Brisbane didn’t have any video game companies to work for or even places to learn how to make games. Not content to just give up or move away he taught himself how to make art for games and together with a friend who also liked comics and games formed a company.
And so they made games like Halloween Harry/Alien Carnage the shareware action hit, the classic point and click adventure Flight of the Amazon Queen and HH/aC sequel Zombie Wars. Steve was the entire art team on all the projects as well as a co-designer. In 1999 Steve became one of the founders of Australia’s Krome Studios. As the Creative Director at Krome, Steve was involved in many big name titles like The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning, Hellboy: The Science of Evil, King Arthur, Viva Piñata: Party Animals and many more.
The biggest name though would be Star Wars: The Force Unleashed where Steve was the Director/Lead Designer of the Wii, PS2 & PSP versions of the game. They went on to sell millions of copies making it one of the bestselling Star Wars games. Hasbro even made a number of action figures based on characters Steve created for the game including a new Sith Lord, Darth Phobos. And with that a childhood dream was realized and the circle was complete.
His biggest contribution to games is the classic 3D platformer TY the Tasmanian Tiger an Aussie hero that is loved around the world. Created in 2002, it’s an original creation that features a host of fun Characters and iconic Australian environments. The award winning game series has even been part of a video game exhibit at ACMI in Melbourne. The TY series has spawned 5 games so far on multiple platforms from console to mobile to PC. Steve is now working on bringing more new TY games into the world sometime in the future.
Steve has won multiple awards for his games including best character design for all three TY games (which he calls the “awards for best new shorts”). He also received a Career Achievement Award, in recognition of his successful accomplishments within the Gaming Industry.
On top of all this Steve still loves to make comics because they are so fun to do. He has a number of different series in the works including Kitty Kazawa: Freelance Exorcist, Mech Assault Skin: Enceladus, Dirty Justice, Steam Breakers and his long running anime styled action comic, Blade Kitten, which he even managed to turn into a cult favorite game.
Now after the long delayed release of the second episode of that game Steve is returning to working on more new Blade Kitten comics and more.
Steve looks forward to meeting all his fans on the Gold Coast in April 2016, and will participate in signing sessions throughout Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm).
This information is correct at the time of writing but please check the Event Programme for the final timetable, including time and location within the events.
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