About

I’m a screenwriter for television, video games, comic books, and transmedia. But wait, there’s more! I’m also a graphic novelist, an award-winning author, and an in-demand public speaker. 

Currently, I’m the Lead Writer on an unannounced project for Endless Entertainment. In 2017, I was one of the writers who worked on Jam City’s soft-launched interactive fiction game Twist, and I wrote on the Wild Things: Animal Adventure IOS/Android game (also for Jam City), revising intro text, adding flavor text, and crafting backstories for the characters. Prior to working on those projects, I wrote episode 2 of the episodic Law & Order: Legacies game, produced by Telltale Games.

Throughout my career in the video game industry, I’ve worked on a variety of projects for Legacy Games. My first assignment as a game writer was a gig as the screenwriter for all five episodes of House M.D.: The Official Game, an episodic casual game produced by Legacy in 2010. I went on to write the Disaster Hero educational children’s game (2012), and the Paranormal State: Poison Spring game (2013), both for Legacy Games. I also wrote the screenplay for the unproduced Sherlock Holmes: Criminal Insight Augmented Reality game for Legacy in 2015.

In 2012 and 2013, I was a staff writer on the hit talking head show TruTV Presents: World’s Dumbest, where I wrote numerous comedy sketches and countless jokes for a cast that included Gilbert Gottfried, Rachel Feinstein, Chris Fairbanks, Judy Gold, Mike Britt, Jared Logan, and Mike O’Gorman. Over the years, I have also written for many other television series, such as MTV’s TRL, Cartoon Network’s Codename: Kids Next Door, the PBS Kids series Cyberchase, and FYI Network’s Broke Bites: What the Fung.

I’m the author of more than two dozen books, including LEGO Star Wars: Face Off, LEGO Star Wars: The Official Stormtrooper Training Manual, The Jurassic Park Little Golden Book, Swashbuckling Scoundrels: Pirates in Fact and Fiction, and the award-winning From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books. From Krakow to Krypton won the 2009 Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth Award. The book was also a finalist for the 2008 National Jewish Book Award, and it was nominated for the American Library Association’s 2009 Sophie Brody Medal.

Oh, and then there are the comics! For over a decade, I have worked as a comic book writer, and I’ve penned comic book scripts for DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, Archie Comics, Bongo Comics, Papercutz, Joe Books, and many other publishers. My comic book stories have featured such iconic characters as Superman, Ben 10, Speed Racer, Archie Andrews, the Simpsons, Bugs Bunny, the Disney Princesses, and Shrek.

In addition to my work in the aforementioned areas, I’m an entertainment journalist, blogger, humorist, and literary critic. My writing has been featured in MAD Magazine, Slate, Tiger Beat, Entertainment Weekly, Star Wars Insider, The Jewish Review of Books, AMC.com, MyJewishLearning.com, and NationalLampoon.com.

Like many authors, I’m also a public speaker, and I give lectures and teach workshops at venues all over the world. I find that it’s a great way to connect with my fan base. It’s also an excuse to get out of the house every so often.

For over fifteen years, I have lectured on various pop culture-related subjects, such as film history, comic book history, video game history, and the history of American sketch comedy. Previous lecture venues include the 92nd Street Y (NYC), the Skirball Cultural Center (LA), the Nevele Grand Resort (The Catskills), the Connecticut Historical Society (Hartford), the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival (Krakow, Poland), the Trondheim Jewish Cultural Festival (Trondheim, Norway), and the International Festival of Comics and Games (Łódź, Poland). These days, I also teach screenwriting, animation writing, video game writing, and film history at the New York Film Academy in Manhattan.

Please contact me if you want to use this for any reason. arie@ariekaplan.com