Spending a decade in trade journalism and media marketing/creation for radio, Since returning to comics in 2003 he has written for a variety of publishers including Marvel Comics, DC Comics / Zuda, Games Workshop, Dynamite Entertainment, Panini Comics, Titan Publishing, AAM/Markosia Enterprises, Rebellion/2000ad and IDW Publishing amongst others, writing a variety of creator owned titles and licenses that include X-Men, Spider Man, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Superboy, Starship Troopers, Wallace & Gromit and Shrek.
He has been the writer of both the ongoing Tenth Doctor Doctor Who series of comics from IDW and the Eleventh Doctor series, and his award nominated, creator-owned miniseries Hope Falls was collected by AAM/Markosia in May 2009, with an ‘Ultimate Edition’ released in June 2011. His next book, From The Pages Of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’: Harker, was the only Graphic Novel sequel to Dracula ever to gain endorsement from the Stoker family.
Added to this, Tony adapted Pride & Prejudice & Zombies into a graphic novel for Del Rey Publishing, with art by Cliff Richards – this was a New York Times #1 Bestselling Paperback Graphic Novel for May 2010 – he is also adapting Anthony Horowitz’s Power of Five series into graphic format for Walker Books, the first – Raven’s Gate came out in late 2010, Evil Star and Nightrise both came out in 2014, and he adapted four Horowitz Horror books with Dan Boultwood for Hachette Children’s Books as well as writing four Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars graphic novels for them.
His other book with Walker Books, Outlaw: The Legend Of Robin Hood (drawn by Sam Hart) was released in 2009 and has already been awarded a Junior LibraryGuild: Fall 2009 Selection, and ‘best for 2010’ awards from both the American Library Association and the New York Public Library in the USA, among others. In March 2010 it was announced that it was also a finalist for the Children’s Choice Book Awards. The next in the ‘Heroes & Heroines’ series, Excalibur: The Legend Of King Arthur by Tony Lee & Sam Hart was released in March 2011 and has already been nominated for many of the same awards. In May 2014 the third in the series, Messenger: The Legend of Joan Of Arc was released and he’s currently working with Sam Hart on book four, Pirate Queen: The Legend of Grace O’Malley.
For MTV he wrote The Gloom with Dan Boultwood, and Agent Mom with Stargate Universe / Smallville actress Alaina Huffman.
In 2012 he released a five part MacGyver series for Image, with MacGyver creator Lee David Zlotoff, and was involved on issues #1 to #4 of the IDW comics Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who comic crossover. In May 2012 his Doctor Who #12 issue won the Eagle Award for ‘Favourite Single Story’. In January 2013 the first of his Penguin Teen adaptations of Heather Brewer’s Vladimir Tod series came out, (with book 2 out in 2014) and his first DC work on Superboy was released. In 2013 his Hollowland adaptation The Hollows started a bi-weekly release from Dynamite Entertainment, who he also penned four part Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck and Steampunk Battlestar Galactica: 1880 series for in 2014.
Outside of comics he has written four novels aimed at reluctant readers published by Badger Learning, Stalker, Mister Scratch, Doctor Jekyll and Little Miss Hyde and Jigsaw Lady in 2014, as well as several audio plays for Big Finish Audio – the first of these, Doctor Who: Rat Trap features the Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Turlough and was released in June 2011. The next one, Private Enemy No. 1 was part of the September Bernice Summerfield – Epoch set and the third, Vesuvius Falling is part of the Bernice Summerfield – Legion box set. In addition he wrote a Confessions of Dorian Grey Christmas special for Christmas 2012 featuring Nicholas Briggs recreating his role as Sherlock Holmes.
In screenplay work, he’s written the movie The Mild Bunch with Frazer Hines, Vicki Michelle and Colin Baker attached to star, he’s co-written (with Andy Briggs) Cartel, starring Craig Fairbrass, written In The Ring starring Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, 52 Pickup, produced by Richwater Films and is working on several other yet unannounced films. In television he’s writing a series, The Nest for US television (starring Alaina Huffman) and has several other UK shows in development.
Added to this Tony is an accomplished storyteller and lecturer on writing, and has performed his ‘Change The Channel’ tour at libraries, events and schools around the world including the 2009 and 2011 Edinburgh International Book Festival, a 2009 tour of India for the British Council, and in 2003 around the Wadi Rum bedouin campfire in Jordan.
Tony is a full member of the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain, the Royal Television Society, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Society of Authors.
He currently lives in Essex with his wife, Tracy and his dog, Fosco.