For over three decades I have been a working multimedia artist and publisher of games, comics and fiction.  I began writing seriously in high school (published in school literary journal), tackling short form narrative fiction, comic scripting and screenwriting simultaneously. 

I was fortunate to have several short stories, comics and articles published in periodicals such as The Campanile, Foothill Sentinel, Midnight Zoo, Northwest Gamers Network, Metagame, Aeon, Editio, Mash Tun and others. Several screenplays produced (, several retro pulp radio dramas produced, and over 40 adventure roleplaying titles published. One of my three novels was optioned by Time Warner back in the early '90s.

I grew up reading classic scifi & fantasy, and lots of comics. My favorite writers currently are friends who are bucking the old publisher system and getting it done themselves.

A San Francisco Bay Area kid, I grew up on Star Trek and The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery and Bob Wilkins' Creature Features. My dad and I bonded over old Universal monster movies on weekends. In the afternoons my friends and I would stop playing with our Mego action figures long enough to crowd around the TV in the closest house for the old Batman series. Wonder Woman. The Six-Million Dollar Man. The Bionic Woman. Battlestar Galactica. Buck Rogers. M*A*S*H*. Kung Fu. When I was 9, this little film called Star Wars came out, and changed the world of possibilities for an entire generation. Later on I would work for Richard Edlund, the visual effects pioneer who helped found ILM. I would meet legendary animator Ray Harryhausen and wonder how it was that I was explaining computer animation to this humble icon.

I'm a cancer widower, a father of two adult children, a husband, a collaborator and friend.

Currently editing the AEGIS Tales fiction anthology for publication in 2017.
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • JoinedOctober 13, 2016


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ToddDowning ToddDowning Jan 04, 2017 08:28AM
This short was written early in my career, when I was still searching for a voice. Even so, it got published in a couple venues, and remains a fun little romp, although a bit dated. https://www.wattp...
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