August 1, 2006 — 102 words
Much like the Pig book, this is for kids. Well, and the occasional tech company CEO (you might have to read it extra slow for them, tho).
The Crow Who Could Fly is about a crow who, much to his surprise, learns to fly while trying to steal some cheese. After that, his whole life becomes centred around exacting payment from all the other flying creatures of the world... because, well, he invented flying, so they should pay him something for it, shouldn't they? Things don't go quite the way he expects, but that's what it's like being an innovator, I guess...
July 18, 2006 — 398 words
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July 11, 2006 — 535 words
One day, Pig finds a magic box that can replicate anything you put into it. Pig becomes so protective of his box, and so suspicious of anyone that wants to use it, that he takes drastic measures to keep it safe. He forces everyone to take their copied items home in special buckets... buckets designed to protect his rights... but they might not be so good for anyone else...
Just then, Duck came bounding up the road. She was covered from head to toe in sticky, gooey apple sauce.
"Yoooooou stinky Pig!" yelled Duck.
"What happened to YOU?" gasped Pig.
"My baby duckling tried to eat an apple for snack time, and ALL THE APPLES EXPLODED! Why can’t I share the apples with my family, Pig?”
The Pig and the Box is a modern fable that teaches kids and adults alike that sometimes, yes, it's a good idea to trust and to share.
I made the book after hearing how the entertainment industry in Canada is keen on teaching young kids about how to "respect" copyright. That was a bit heavy-handed, I thought, and otherwise despicable. Preying on small kids, brainwashing them so they believe what you're doing is honourable and good... Feh. So I wrote this book partly as a response to that venture, to counter-act the confused ideals that young'ns are being exposed to these days. Also, I wanted to write potty humour.
Buy a print copy or get a free download in one of the following languages: English, Colouring Book, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish.
September 1, 2001 — 132 words
My most notable endeavour was the series Dustrunners, an online project that spawned an Alternate Reality Game and wonderfully loyal fanbase. My compadre Gups and I made a kick-ass trailer in a weekend (when things went wrong with our animators), which you can view below. Note the release date. Didn't really work out that way.
Dustrunners is now an open source property, released under a Creative Commons license, free for anyone to enhance, extend or adapt.
For a time, there was a spin-off series called Dark Matter in development as a vidcast, but I'm not sure what the status of that is anymore.