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J. Torres was four years old when his family immigrated to Canada from the Philippines. At an early age, he learned to read from newspaper strips and comic books. By the third grade, he was writing and drawing comic strips for the school paper; and in the sixth grade he wrote and directed a play based on an Archie comic.
By the time he graduated high school, he knew he wanted to be a writer and aspired to work for the publishers of his favourite superhero comics. That dream came true in the early 2000s when he wrote some X-Men stories for Marvel and was then hired to write the Teen Titans Go series for DC Comics. He’s been writing comics and graphic novels professionally ever since.
Torres has written for all the major North American comic book publishers as well as some of Canada’s biggest children’s book publishers. He’s written stories for popular characters and titles such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Batman, Black Panther, Degrassi, Ninja Scroll, Rick and Morty, The Simpsons, Wall-E, Wonder Woman, Yo Gabba Gabba, and many others. His graphic novels for younger readers include Bigfoot Boy, Brobots, The Mighty Zodiac, How to Spot a Sasquatch, and his latest release Planet Hockey.