Steve was born at Tachikawa Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan. He grew up in a military family--his mom is from Japan and his dad was US Army. He lived in many places growing up--Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Germany, as well as Japan.
When Steve was a teenager his father got stationed in Korea and his mother moved Steve and his four brothers back to Tokyo to stay with family. While he was there, he was lucky enough to land a part-time job working with Noburu Furusei (New Dominion Tank Police, Lupin III, etc.) at Studio Aoehyma. Steve worked on series like Only You and Yamamoto, and learned as much as he could before the family returned to the States.
In 1994, Steve attended his first US convention--Katsucon 1. Since then, he's become a regular at conventions, as well as doing guest speaker gigs at institutions such as the Iowa Museum of Art, the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and Loyola University.
From 1997 to 2004, Steve's company-Studio Ironcat-published several manga titles in English. After Stuido Ironcat closed, Steve continued freelancing and got into webcomics, such as The Angel of St. Thomas , Shakespeare Rodeo, Life With Steve, and Aliens of Extraordinary Ability.
Steve and his wife Nikki, after being in Japan for a few years, returned to the USA in 2015. They now live and work near Seattle, WA. But he's still occasionally attending shows across the contry, so keep an eye out for him!!