I was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho and raised in Idaho and Utah. My childhood was filled with drawing monsters, superheroes, and ninjas, and coming up with complex stories and ideas for comic books, movies, and video games. I also began writing lengthy stories in a junior high creative writing class.
I attended Brigham Young University for a year before spending two years in Atlanta, Georgia as a volunteer proselyting missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I then fully pursued my dream of writing and designing, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Sequential Art, the study of comic book storytelling and conceptual design.
My "big break" came when I pitched a story for the comic book series Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which became issue #31. Since then I've written for Kung Fu Panda, Megamind, Richie Rich, and more. I also act as writer and art director on the epic series Elders of the RuneStone, co-created with artist Robert Q. Atkins. Robert and I, together with my brother (and video game designer) Troy Johnson, produced 80+ episodes of The Darkhan City Podcast, an entertainment and educational podcast with no shortage of professional guests and ridiculous joke segments.
In 2016, I joined Troy at Avalanche Software, the studio behind the critically acclaimed Disney Infinity video game series. There I joined a special 5-person team of Associate Level Designers who created epic levels in the sandbox Toy Box mode. Together, our levels received over 3.5 million downloads. I also wrote and co-hosted 30+ episodes of Tips N Tricks for the official Disney Infinity YouTube channel.
I am an impromptu stand-up comedian, love sushi and old-school video games, and am obsessed with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I also have the tendency to burst into song at the most inopportune times and tell more terrible puns than you ever thought possible.
Some of my favorite things: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Castlevania, The X-Files, The Book of Mormon, Doctor Who, Mr. Bean, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Peter Gabriel, The Moody Blues, Pizzicato Five, TimeSplitters, Lord of the Rings, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
Some of my favorite comics: Usagi Yojimbo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hellboy, Blankets, Bone, Super Spy, Batman, Creature Tech.