John Austin
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Agent: Laurie Abkemeier
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John Austin graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial/Product Design and was immediately recruited by Hasbro toys. He was a respected senior toy designer in the Boy's Research and Development Department for five years, during which time he created and shipped more than 200 items under some of Hasbro's biggest brands; Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Transformers, Tween Electronics, and more. He has also personally pitched and presented a few of his projects to Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, EA Sports and Industrial Light and Magic. Trained in 3D computer modeling, illustration, and product sketching, he brings many of these skills when creating his books and ancillary products.

    Chicago Review Press, 2016
  • MINIWEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION: Build and Master Ninja Weapons
    Chicago Review Press, 2014
  • MINIWEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION: Build Siege Weapons of the Dark Ages
    Chicago Review Press, 2013
    Chicago Review Press, 2012
  • MINIWEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION: Build a Secret Agent Arsenal
    Chicago Review Press, 2011
  • SO NOW YOU'RE A ZOMBIE: A Handbook for the Newly Undead
    Chicago Review Press, 2010
  • MINIWEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare
    Chicago Review Press, 2009
  • CUBICLE WARFARE: 101 Office Traps and Pranks
    HarperCollins, 2008
  • PRANK UNIVERSITY: The Ultimate Guide to College's Greatest Tradition
    Three Rivers, 2006