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Star Wars: Blood Ties wins the Stan Lee Excelsior Award!

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

I’ve just received an email letting me know that Star Wars: Blood Ties has come 1st in the Stan Lee Excelsior Award!


“The Stan Lee Excelsior Award is an exciting new book award for graphic novels and manga – where kids aged 11-16 choose the winner by rating each book as they read it!

Eight graphic novels are selected for the shortlist and it now attracts dozens of schools and public libraries from all over the UK – from Scotland to Jersey, from Belfast to Gateshead! The overall goal of this scheme is to encourage reading amongst teenagers. However, its secondary target is to raise the profile of graphic novels and manga amongst school librarians and teachers. This storytelling medium has been a largely underused resource within education for many years. The Stan Lee Excelsior Award attempts to highlight some of the amazing books that are out there - books that fully deserve to be in our school libraries alongside regular fiction!

We work closely with both the Schools Library Association and the Stan Lee Foundation. We are thrilled that ‘Stan The Man’ has given us his blessing and his permission to name this award after him.

‘Nuff said!”

This year, a whopping 77 schools participated in the program.

Congratulations to Chris Scalf, Randy Stradley, Freddye Lins and Michael Heisler. This was the acceptance speech which was read out on my behalf at the awards ceremony.

“On behalf of myself, Chris Scalf and all at Dark Horse Comics, I’d like to thank you so much for this honour. Star Wars: Blood Ties is a book that Chris and I are very proud of, and we’re both very happy to see its inclusion in such a worthwhile program.

When people say they don’t read comics, I’m quite stunned. To me, it’s the same as saying ‘I don’t read books’ or ‘I don’t watch movies.’ The idea of discounting an entire story-telling medium out of ignorance seems completely backwards.

Using Graphic Novels to promote literacy is an absolute no-brainer. Providing subject matter that young people actually find engaging obviously encourages reading. And yet, there are still so many that can’t see beyond ‘cartoon pictures’ to the thought-provoking, mysterious, suspenseful, funny, romantic, inspiring or heart-wrenching stories that can be told within.

I am very pleased to be part of an award that encourages reading and especially encourages reading of graphic novels. I’d like to thank Paul Register and all of the organizers, and urge them to take this award and conquer the globe. I’d love to see this award and this program spread to every school in the world.

I should also say thanks on behalf of Boba Fett, who also couldn’t be here today. He was swallowed by a giant tentacle-pit thing in a galaxy far, far away… and that makes it a bit hard to attend an awards ceremony in Sheffield.

- Tom Taylor.”

Again, thank you to everyone who voted and participated in the award. Being chosen by so many young people across so many schools means this award is one I will truly cherish.

Writing for young people is something that brings me a lot of joy, and I’d urge all fans of my Star Wars work to check out The Deep: Here Be Dragons. It’s an award-winning all-ages adventure story which I’m also very proud of.

Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead #2 – Out this week!

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Boba Fett continues to be dead this week.  Issue #2 of Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead is out this Wednesday all over the world, and features one of my favourite covers ever from, the man, Chris Scalf.

Here are some of the nicest things said about issue #1

“Boba Fett is Dead isn’t your average Star Wars installment, it’s a rough tale of what happens when you start a war against a force that isn’t completely understood. I really look forward to what Tom Taylor has in store for the rest of this series, it’s certainly going to be an intense one. Story: ★★★★★ Art: ★★★★★ Bamfas

“It reads as a Richard Stark novel set in space. “Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead” is unashamedly an entertaining book. Tom Taylor finds something of interest in every scene to ensure you actually haven’t seen all of this before. If you like Star Wars this is a nice and easy way to dip into the comics and have a good time.” – CBR

“What a way to start this tale – we dive right into the action, and don’t really stop at all for the whole issue. Taylor combines the action with a streak of dark comedy in both Connor Freeman and his enemies.” “Just go out and get it and read it. And then thank me.”Big Shiny Robot

“With elements of a Raymond Chandler novel, it follows in the footsteps of sci-fi noirs such as Blade Runner and Alphaville.” “I strongly recommend the Blood Ties comics to any Star Wars fan.”Fanboy Comics

“I never read any of the original Blood Ties limited series, but Tom Taylor writes this issue so well, I felt caught up and right in step with the action.” “I’m going to follow Scalf to any comic he does. Overall grade: ASci Fi Pulse

“It’s full of characters I’m unfamiliar with in the Star Wars Universe, but it doesn’t matter, the story is solid and the art by Chris Scalf is amazing.”
– Nerd Farm

“What you have here is a great first issue: plenty of answers to bring you up to speed and heaps of mystery to keep you guessing.”
- Giant Fire Breathing Robot

“I loved the first issue of Star Wars: Blood Ties-Boba Fett is Dead! Tom Taylor and Chris Scalf did an amazing job in the story and the art.” – Angry Koala Geer


Now, THAT cover.


Darth Vader on the cover to ‘Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead’ #3

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011



I’ve now seen this in a few places on the intertubes, so I figure it’s safe to post here.

Darth Vader is squeezing your heart with the force on the cover of Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead #3.

The time-lapse video of this cover being made by Chris Scalf can be viewed right here. It’s well worth a watch. Chris Scalf’s time-lapse videos are a kind of magic.

As brilliant as this cover is, I have to say the cover to issue #2 is my favorite. I can’t wait until people get a look at that one.

Nominated for the ‘Stan Lee Excelsior Award’

Friday, December 9th, 2011



The Stan Lee Excelsior Award is an exciting new book award for graphic novels and manga – where kids aged 11-16 choose the winner by rating each book as they read it!”

I received this in an email earlier this week from the organizer of the Stan Lee Excelsior Award.

“I am pleased to inform you that STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES has been nominated for the final shortlist of eight titles and, as such, will be winging its way into over 60 secondary school libraries across the UK!”

Forbidden Planet and Comic Book Resources started reporting it overnight and I thought this was a good note from CBR.

“Here’s what’s interesting about this shortlist: It reflects what tweens and teens are actually reading, as opposed to what the adult gatekeepers think they should be reading.”

I’ve also been invited to the Awards Ceremony in Sheffield next year. I don’t think I’ll be able to make that… but it’s very nice to be invited.

I think this is a fantastic initiative.

“The overall goal of this scheme is to encourage reading amongst teenagers. However, its secondary target is to raise the profile of graphic novels and manga amongst school librarians and teachers. This storytelling medium has been a largely underused resource within education for many years. The Stan Lee Excelsior Award attempts to highlight some of the amazing books that are out there - books that fully deserve to be in our school libraries alongside regular fiction!”

Using Graphic Novels to promote literacy is an absolute no-brainer. Providing subject matter that young people actually find engaging, obviously encourages reading. This was in my thoughts during the creation of The Deep: Here be Dragons and I’ve had a number of parents let me know that they’ve bought this book to encourage reading skills in their children.

Thank you to everyone involved in this Award. Star Wars: Blood Ties is a book that Chris Scalf and I are very proud of, and we’re both very happy to see it’s inclusion in such a worthwhile program.

Boba Fett and literacy. What a combination.

You can get Star Wars: Blood Ties through Amazon right here. And you can check out the Stan Lee Excelsior Award Nominees here – ‘Nuff said.

And here’s a picture of me and Stan from the Lucasfilm party in San Diego earlier this year.


Boba Fett is Dead! Official Art Unveiled and a Teaser to the Story.

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Media Release — Fresh from the panel today at New York Comic Con, Dark Horse Comics is back with new series arcs from two of their most popular Star Wars books!

Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead

Established Star Wars writer Tom Taylor is back with another stunning Blood Ties series to be released in April 2012.

“Boba Fett is dead. The most infamous hunter in the galaxy has been hunted. He’s lying, broken, on the desert floor. He’s more blaster-holes than man. It’s the ultimate ending. However, this is just the start of our story. With the fall of Fett broadcast across the galaxy, someone rises to avenge him. But who would care about the death of a man like Fett? Bounty hunters aren’t exactly known for their enduring, close friendships but even a man like Boba Fett has family… and now a Blood Tie demands blood.” -Tom Taylor

Yes, the artwork for ‘Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead’ has been unveiled as part of the media release. And here it is!

There was no art in the first announcement over at IGN overnight, which prompted me to do this.

In other news, ‘The Deep: Here Be Dragons’ is sold out AGAIN on Amazon.  If you’re a fan of my Star Wars work, please do check out this book about the adventures of a multi-ethnic family of underwater explorers who live on a submarine. It’s available from the official website for $9.95, it has had rave reviews and I’m very proud of it. Cheers!

Check Out 'The Deep: Here Be Dragons'

Fine Art Friday – Let Chris Scalf Mesmerise You

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Yep, I’m already bad at this…  This Fine-Art Friday is coming at you on a Monday.

Chris Scalf worked with me on Star Wars Blood Ties, and is the current cover artist on Star Wars: Invasion – bringing you insane covers like this.

Chris and I are working on a couple of things that are yet to be announced but one thing that HAS been announced is our upcoming creator-owned series, Voice of a Dragon.

Just posting an image would be an injustice when watching him create the work is a kind of magic. You can tell this by the amount of hits on his youtube channel. With Voice of a Dragon on its way, I figured this Fine Art Friday should be used to show why Chris Scalf is absolutely the man for a dragon story.

Thanks to everyone buying my books!

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Just saw the top 100 Graphic Novel sales for May 2011 and Star Wars: Blood Ties has come in at number 12!  This on top of Star Wars Invasion: Rescues coming in at number 11 for April.  Two trades in the top 15 in two months?  I’ll take that.

Thank you to every single person picking up my books.

My next upcoming Graphic Novel is – The Deep: Here be Dragons on August 4 – If you like my Star Wars books, you’ll love this… and if you don’t like my Star Wars books, you’ll still love this.  Tell everyone. Buy this book. Diamond order code JUN11 1131.

Star Wars Blood Ties – Out This Week

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

“This is, hands down, the best of the “Star Wars” comics from Dark Horse that I have read.” - Comic Book Resources

Yes, the trade paperback of Star Wars: Blood Ties is out this week.  It’s not often that I go out of my way to read my own work but I am kind of excited to see this one in its collected glory.  I’m still very happy with this story (which is a rare thing) and I hope I get a chance very soon to add to the Blood Ties series along with the genius that is Chris Scalf.  Go get this. Lend it to your friends.

Star Wars: Blood Ties—A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett

Here begins a multigenerational tale of honor and redemption, starring two of the heaviest hitters in the Star Wars galaxy–the father-and-clone team of Jango and Boba Fett!A mission that begins with Jango Fett–before the Clone Wars–will affect the course of Boba Fett’s life some twenty years into the future. When an important assignment with a big payday from Count Dooku goes awry for Jango, Boba will be tasked with picking up the pieces . . .

* This volume full of Mandalorian mayhem collects issues #1–#4 of the comics series Blood Ties!

“Taylor seems poised to add some real depth to this enigmatic bounty hunter without sacrificing his cooler qualities. Whether in revisiting Jango’s death from Boba’s point of view or showcasing his bounty hunting methods, Taylor offers a lot for Fett fans to enjoy in this series.” - IGN

“Writer Tom Taylor has roped us into the story from the beginning, and his illumination of the forces at play in these characters’ lives is not only intriguing; it seems to touch on a universal familial truth. There is an almost scientific way to see that Blood Ties is a successful story: In it, Taylor has taken to illuminating aspects of one this fictional universe’s most mysterious characters. In the end, however, the mystery of the character has been only multiplied. It would be overly dramatic for me to say that Blood Ties is the Citizen Kane of Star Wars comics. However, I can’t deny that I found myself comparing the two works in my head as I read this final issue.”THE SCI-FI BLOCK

The Washington Times Reviews “Star Wars: Blood Ties”

Monday, February 7th, 2011

The collected edition of Star Wars: Blood Ties is now available for pre order and the reviews are still going strong.  The Washington Times even gave the book a great write up a couple of weeks ago.  Click the pic for the link.

“Writer Tom Taylor has roped us into the story from the beginning, and his illumination of the forces at play in these characters’ lives is not only intriguing; it seems to touch on a universal familial truth. There is an almost scientific way to see that Blood Ties is a successful story: In it, Taylor has taken to illuminating aspects of one this fictional universe’s most mysterious characters. In the end, however, the mystery of the character has been only multiplied. It would be overly dramatic for me to say that Blood Ties is the Citizen Kane of Star Wars comics. However, I can’t deny that I found myself comparing the two works in my head as I read this final issue.”THE SCI-FI BLOCK

“At times, this comic book had a couple of laugh out loud moments making the story stay away from the typical deadly serious Boba Fett story. But fear not, there are plenty of Boba being a badass moments if that’s what you are looking for in this comic… it tells a story that entertained me and got me interested in characters I previously had little interest in before. It doesn’t hurt to have some witty dialogue and some terrific artwork. I guess you could also say I am a sucker for endings with a twist. It’s tough to come across a good original trilogy comic book story but this one is even better than good. I definitely recommend this comic and series. 4.5 out of 5 Geek Goggles”COMIC LIST

Goodbye 2010 and thanks to a lot of people.

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Happy New Year, everyone!

The ‘End of Year Comic Awards‘ over at NFAMOUS.NET have given ‘Best Miniseries’ to Star Wars: Blood Ties, which was also nominated for ‘Best Limited Series or One Shot’ over at COMICBOOKED.COM “…this piece is truly perfect. Perfect in art, perfect in literature, and perfect in Star Wars. Also, Boba Fett takes down a rancor.” – COMICBOOKED.COM

‘The best Damn Comics of 2010′ over at the ‘The Daily Cross Hatch’ also saw The Example get some love.

A huge year of writing comics has come to an end and I decided to do a bit of a review… then I changed my mind and just made a collage – a visual representation of how much sleep I missed last year.

Yep, all of these books came out in 2010 – that’s two for every month.

A huge thanks to all of the people I was lucky enough to work with in 2010

Thanks to all of the artists – Colin Wilson, Chris Scalf, Al Barrionuevo, Mike S Miller, Skye Ogden, Daxiong, Brian Koschak, James Brouwer, Wes Dzioba, Mike Heisler and Em Smith.

To my wonderful editors – Randy Stradley, Jim Chadwick, Wolfgang Bylsma, Freddye Lins, Kristy Quinn, Gary Edwards, Shannon Eric Denton and Ben Abernathy.

To the ridiculous wealth of cover artists – Jo Chen, Dave Gibbons, Kevin Nowlan, Philip Tan, Pete Woods,  Howard Porter, Chris Sprouse, Tim Seeley, Sean McNally and Jeremy Raapack.

And of course, an enormous thank you to every single person who read my books in 2010.  THANK YOU!

This year is already looking enormous, with a pile of work due for publication and some hints of more big gigs in the pipeline – 2011 preview post coming soon…