J.R.R.R. (Jim) Hardison has worked as a writer, screen writer, animator and film director. He started his professional career by co-writing and producing a low-budget direct-to-video feature, The Creature from Lake Michigan. Making a bad film can be a crash course in the essential elements of good character and story, and The Creature from Lake Michigan was a tremendously bad film. Jim learned his lesson well, and after a brief stint recuperating as a freelance writer and film editor, founded his own production company. During its seven-year run, he wrote, directed and edited live-action and animation productions, including educational films, television commercials and television pilots.
Shifting his focus to animation, Jim joined Will Vinton Studios in 1997 where he directed animated commercials for M&M’s and on the stop-motion television series Gary & Mike. While working at Vinton, he also co-wrote the television special Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy with actor Paul Reiser. Jim has appeared on The Apprentice as an expert advisor on brand characters, has written for the PBS children’s series SeeMore’s Playhouse and has authored graphic novels and books. These include The Helm, a graphic novel for Dark Horse comics that was named one of 2010’s top ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens by the American Library Association, and Fish Wielder, an epically silly epic fantasy named one of the Five Best Indie Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews. He’s currently working on a new graphic novel about magic beer and lives in Portland, Oregon with his lovely wife, two amazing kids, one smart dog and one stupid dog.
Like Lord of the Rings set in Narnia if it had been written by the Monty Python troup working with the band They Might be Giants.
What if you had a magical superpower... and it hated your guts? Named a top ten great graphic novel for teens by YALSA