He graduated from the Sheridan College Interpretive Illustration program in 1994 then returned home to P.E.I. to work crappy jobs and live with his folks. A dark time indeed, but he did meet his future wife Carol then, so it’s not all bad.
They moved to Ottawa in 1995. Carol attended University and Troy ended up working in animation in a multitude of positions.
In 1999 Troy decided to spend his spare time pursuing a career in comics. Influenced by independent comic creators like Dave Sim (Cerebus) and Jeff Smith (Bone), Troy’s first comic “Chiaroscuro” was published in 2001.
Troy won a Xeric Grant for Chiaroscuro and published 7 issues of the series on a quarterly basis. The series was well received on a critical level but due to financial difficulties the series was put on hiatus.
Troy and Carol moved back to P.E.I. in 2003 to re-group. He was awarded a P.E.I. Council of the Arts grant to complete the first book of Chiaroscuro, which he did in 2005.
He soon began work on his second book, Angora Napkin.
IDW Publishing approached Troy in early 2007 about publishing Chiaroscuro after reading a positive review on Dave Sim’s blog. The hard cover edition was published in October 2007.
On August 22 & 23 of 2007 he became father of identical twin girls, Alicen and Hayden.
Chiaroscuro was released as a trade paperback in October 2008.
While finishing up production on the Angora Napkin graphic novel the project was picked up as a pilot for Teletoon, Canada.
The hard cover Angora Napkin graphic novel was released January, 2009. The animated pilot was shown on the Teletoon Detour website and at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in the Fall of 2009.
Troy will be starting work on the second volume of Chiaroscuro. Likely as soon as he’s done building this website.
The piece shown above is one of over 40 pieces of original artwork featuring Wolverine donated to the Joe Shuster Awards for the Visions of an Icon Art Show and Sale by Canadian artists. The pieces were exhibited twice in 2009 – at the Joe Shuster Awards Ceremony in September and at the Speakeasy Comic Art Show in November. The original art pieces will be auctioned off on eBay in March 2010. Watch for announcements on this site!
Every day we will try to post an original piece and some information on the artist(s) that donated the work.