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Technicolor Options Rights to Tom Taylor and James Brouwer’s Award-Winning Graphic Novel Series, THE DEEP.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The sea is deep and full of secrets… and we’ve been working away in secret on this for a VERY long time. http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/technicolor-options-the-deep-for-cg-series/


It’s great to finally have this out in the open.

You can get both books right here – http://www.gestaltcomics.com/store/product-tag/the-deep/

Here’s the press release. and I’ll follow up with some thanks after the press release.

CGI Adventure Series to Mirror Broad Appeal of Tom Taylor and James Brouwer’s Worldwide Hit Property

Paris–(Marketwire – Jan 22, 2013) – Technicolor (EURONEXT PARIS: TCH) has optioned the rights for the international hit graphic novel series, THE DEEP, created by writer Tom Taylor (Star Wars: Blood Ties, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Injustice: Gods Among Us) and illustrator James Brouwer (Justice League Beyond), and published by Gestalt Comics.

The Deep: Here Be Dragons graphic novel won the Aurealis Award (Australia’s annual literary awards for science fiction, fantasy and fiction) for “Best Illustrated Book / Graphic Novel” of 2011 and was also nominated for “Best Children’s Fiction (illustrated).” Technicolor Digital Productions aims to develop and produce 26 half-hour episodes of THE DEEP, which follows the incredible adventures of a family of underwater explorers. The CGI- animated series targets Kids 8 – 12 and their families. Each self-contained episode of THE DEEP will bring the family a step closer to unraveling the mysteries of the deep sea; and every story will be filled with action, adventure, incredible sea monsters, fantastic vehicles, unbelievable bravery, and the odd family squabble, of course!

“THE DEEP is one of those unique properties that truly appeals to all ages and genders by delivering compelling entertainment in the form of enthralling adventure, heart-pounding danger, laugh out loud humor and incredible discoveries all wrapped in unbreakable familial relationships,” said Steven Wendland, Vice President, Technicolor Digital Productions. “It’s the family we all dreamed of being a part of when we were kids and are anxious and excited to share with our own children now.”

“Technicolor is the ideal animation studio to bring THE DEEP to life,” added Robert Chandler, Executive Producer, THE DEEP. “The CG team at Technicolor has the ability not only to visually knock your socks off, but also to deliver moments of tenderness, character and heart. That’s why THE DEEP and Technicolor make a great partnership. It is that special combination which leads to creating great series and stories.”

THE DEEP follows the Nekton family, comprised of the independent and fearless 12 year old Antaeus, Ant to his friends; his analytical 15 year old sister Fontaine, an astute navigator; and their parents Will, an oceanographer and former Olympic swimmer, and Kaiko, a marine biologist who is fiercely protective of all sea life, including Ant’s pet fish, Jeffrey. Continuing a long family legacy, the Nektons live aboard a state of the art submarine, The Aronnax, while exploring unchartered areas of the earth’s oceans. Each member of the family has unique skills and are all equally passionate about sea life conservation. They seek to solve the ultimate mysteries that appear to be connected to a place we know as Atlantis.

THE DEEP was created by multi-award-winning playwright, screenwriter and author Tom Taylor, best known for his many Star Wars graphic novels and comic books for Lucasfilm and Dark Horse Comics; and illustrator James Brouwer who has worked as a pre-production and concept artist on a range of film, television and games projects for major studios. Brouwer moved into comics in 2011 with The Deep: Here Be Dragons and has since illustrated for DC Comics.

Technicolor Digital Productions produces high-quality CG animation for feature films, television, direct-to-video, commercials, video games and location- based entertainment through its industry-leading production facility in Bangalore, India. The group launched its original content development initiative in 2010 and is currently in development on several projects, including Berkeley Breathed’s Pete & Pickles, and Atomic Puppet, a co-production with Mercury Filmworks. Complementing its services business with original content creation, Technical Digital Productions continues to work with major animation clients including Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, Mattel, Rockstar Games, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Square Enix.

About Technicolor
Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector, is at the forefront of digital innovation. Our world-class research and innovation laboratories enable us to lead the market in delivering advanced video services to content creators and distributors. We also benefit from an extensive intellectual property portfolio focused on imaging and sound technologies, based on a thriving licensing business. Our commitment: supporting the delivery of exciting new experiences for consumers in theaters, homes and on-the-go. Euronext Paris: TCH – www.technicolor.com

Technicolor options rights to graphic novel series, The Deep: http://hugin.info/143597/R/1672261/543804.pdf

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Some thanks.

Congratulations and thank you so much to James Brouwer and Wolfgang Bylsma, I may be a writer but I seriously can’t find the words for these two guys right now. Also, a big thanks to Skye Ogden and Gary Edwards at Gestalt Publishing.

Thank you to Kym Bagley, who reads everything I write before anyone else in the world and never gets enough credit.  Thanks to Megan, Finn and Connor, who are watching me write this at 7.30am having not gone to bed yet.

Thank you also to Robert Chandler, our friend and Producer in the UK, who has made so much of this possible and has now joined with James, Wolfgang and myself to form Nekton Productions.

And, of course, thank you to Steven Wendland, Alison Warner, Jean MacCurdy, Fonda Snyder and everyone at Technicolor, who have been a joy to work with, and have treated the Nekton family with so much respect and love.

Lastly, thank you so much to every single fan of The Deep. Thank you for buying the books, for telling your friends about them, for tweeting, for sharing, for reviewing, for blogging and, above all, thank you for having faith in the fish!

Tom.

The Deep – The Vanishing Island is Here! An Underwater Christmas Miracle

Monday, December 24th, 2012

It’s the night before Christmas, and what lands in Australia?

The Vanishing Island from Brouwer and Taylor!

Yes, advance copies of the second volume of The Deep touched down in Australia a couple of hours ago and it is now available from our distributor Madman and direct from Gestalt Publishing.
This is, without a doubt, the book I am most proud to be a part of of this year. James Brouwer’s art is even better here than it was in the first volume, and he and publisher and editor, Wolfgang Bylsma, have worked tirelessly to make this book happen. Thank you so much to James and Wolf, along with Gary, Skye and everyone at Gestalt Comics.
“…reading The Deep makes me happy.” says Joe Kelly in his wonderful foreword, “Pure, unadulterated, non-cynical, I’m-eight-years-old-and-what’s-under-the-Christmas-tree-happy.”
I have to say, in all the long hours sitting at this computer, I am never happier than when I’m creating The Deep and telling the tales of the joyous family Nekton.

The Vanishing Island will be in stores very soon and we will also be bringing you news of an official launch but, if you’d like to get it earlier, get ordering from here and here!

• The sequel to the Aurealis Award Winner for ‘Best Graphic Novel of 2011’ is here!
• When an island is ‘completely not hit by a tsunami’, a new investigation begins for the daring aquanauts, the Nekton family.

Danger, secrets, peril, ancient messages, shocking revelations, and the first word to rhyme with ‘orange’.

The Nektons are back, along with Jeffrey the Fish, in an adventure every bit as mysterious as the deep blue sea.

“Not only does the family Nekton give younger readers an accessible, entertaining gateway into the world of comics, but they remind we elder readers why we started reading the funnies in the first place. In an industry flooded with gritty ‘realism’, have faith in more than the fish – have faith that Tom and James yet again deliver an action-packed, all-ages adventure that’s filled to the gills with heart and mystery.” - Bryan Q. Miller – Writer of the Smallville TV series, Batgirl and Teen Titans.

The Deep is nominated for A Gold Inky Award and Rose And Thorn is solicited.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

I’m currently doing a writing residency for Inside a Dog – A site “All about books – by young people, for young people” where I’m blogging a few times a week about all things writing. I thought I’d simply post my latest  post from there to cover our latest award news and the Rose and Thorn solicit…

“Some nights (most nights) I stay up very late writing. When the world is asleep and I’m alone, this is when I’m most productive. With only my fellow night-owl friends (usually writers and artists) and editors in the US and England to distract me, things get done. I don’t think I could do what I do without this time, for which all thanks must go to my wonderful wife, Megan – If you see Megan on the street, please start one of those slow claps which is quickly taken up by random strangers until everyone is just cheering her as she walks past.

This morning, I crawled into bed at about 5am, having started the night writing on a strange world in a galaxy far, far away and ending the night writing a love scene under a star-lit sky on a pirate ship.
I woke up to find that the world, as it does, has moved on without me but still involved me in it.

First up, I’ve seen that The Deep: Here Be Dragons has made the longlist for a Gold Inky Award!

On behalf of myself, James Brouwer and Gestalt Publishing, thank you very much to anyone who was involved in choosing our book for this honour.
The Nekton family also asked me to pass on their thanks and congratulations to all of the books who made the longlist (the Nektons may be fictional but that’s no excuse for rudeness).

Next up, I heard I was on the radio in Philadelphia. I was interviewed about all things Star Wars for the radio show ‘Fictional Frontiers’ last week and apparently it aired while I was in bed – a severe case of talking in your sleep.  Not sure when it will be podcast but you can listen to the last time I was on the show right here.

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Fictional Frontiers with Sohaib – (Episode 194) – Tom Taylor Extended Exclusive

And last up, a new story I’ve written for DC Comics, Rose and Thorn, has been solicited for September. Which means I can finally share the concept and the stunning cover by Ryan Sook.

Rose and Thorn Tom Taylor Ryan Sook Neil Googe

NATIONAL COMICS: ROSE AND THORN #1
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by NEIL GOOGE
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale SEPTEMBER 26 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• The classic DC character Rose and Thorn is taken in a compelling new direction!
• Can a teenage girl with a dark secret, readjusting to life after being institutionalized, learn how to live again?

So, there you have it. The things that happened while I was sleeping… or possibly while I was continually smacking the snooze button.”

The Aurealis Award for ‘Best Graphic Novel’ goes to – The Deep: Here Be Dragons!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

The Deep: Here Be Dragons has won the Aurealis Award for Best Illustrated Book / Graphic Novel!

The Aurealis Awards, Australia’s most prestigious literary awards for spec fiction, were held on Saturday night at a glittering ceremony at the Independent Theatre in Sydney.

James Brouwer and I would like to extend our thanks to the judges and all involved for the award.

I’d also like to thank my wonderful wife, Megan, our boys, Finn and Connor (who I wrote this book for), Wolf, Skye and Gary of Gestalt Publishing, Colin, Kym, my mum, dad and Kevin J Anderson – who wrote the foreword.

I’d like to congratulate my fellow nominees and winners. A huge congrats to all of the Gestalt nominees who were present on the night, Christian Read, Andrew Constant, Emily Smith and Nicola Scott. Do check out Torn and Eldritch Kid, they are both great books.

Lastly, I’d like to thank every one of you who has championed this book. All of those who have reviewed it, shared it, tweeted it, joined the facebook group, bought it for your friends or young family members, reviewed it on Amazon, Goodreads and other places. Without your help and your continuing support, we’d be paddling around the ocean by ourselves. Thank you, and have faith in the fish.

Here’s the award, it’s heavy, sharp and has been licked by Andrew Constant.

The underwater adventures of the Nekton family gives me more joy than anything else I write, and having it recognized in this way is truly wonderful. I hope that all book stores, schools and libraries in Australia will now stock, and embrace, our multiethnic family of aquanauts.

You can buy The Deep: Here Be Dragons in various book stores and comic book stores, Readings currently have free shipping Australia-wide, you can buy it on Amazon and direct from Gestalt Publishing.

Volume 2, ‘The Vanishing Island’, is well underway.

Here’s a peek.


The Deep Here Be Dragons is Nominated for TWO Aurealis Awards.

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Still blown away by this but ‘The Deep: Here Be Dragons’ has been nominated for ‘Best Children’s Picture Book’ AND ‘Best Illustrated Work’ in the 2012 Aurealis Awards. The Aurealis Award is Australia’s premier literary award for speculative fiction.

Thank you to the judges and to all involved from myself and artist, James Brouwer.

Congratulations to all the nominees and a huge congrats to Wolfgang Bylsma and my fellow Gestalt Publishing nominees. Gestalt garnered four nominations in all, and took out three of the five final places in ‘Best Illustrated Work’. A stunning achievement.

Christian Read, Andrew Constant – I’m sending a slight nod of mutual respect, with a competitive edge, your way ;)

We’ve actually updated the official Facebook page today with the first sneak peek image of the upcoming ‘The Deep: The Vanishing Island’. You can check that out right here – http://www.facebook.com/explorethedeep
If you’d like to get our twice-nominated book, it’s available in many fine book stores, comic stores and online at places like Amazon. You can also get it directly from the publisher and through the official site here – http://www.exploringthedeep.com/shop/the-deep-here-be-dragons/

The full list of finalists can be found here.

The Example Goes Digital for 99 Cents!

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The comic that started my career, The Example, is now available as a digital download!

For just 99 cents you can have Colin Wilson and my first collaboration for your iPad, iPhone, Android or whatever you use, through Graphicly.


Not convinced to part with your hard-earned 99 cents? Read what the critics have to say…

“This book should be used in writing classes everywhere, and should be the primary example (no pun intended) for aspiring comic writers to reference when trying to learn how to write dramatic and compelling dialogue.” – Newsarama “

“Brief Cases, late trains, and small talk add up to what is probably the best comic of the year! Taylor and Wilson collaborate to create one of the most tension filled comics I have ever read.” – The Outhouse.com

“…as effing good as the accolades suggest.” – Broken Frontier

“Like Watchmen, it uses a simple 9 panel grid on almost every page, but you won’t even notice. I mean, this is just two people talking at an empty suburban space, yet you’ll be lost in the world it creates.” – Comic Book Jesus

The Example has also recently been optioned and filmed. Set photos and info right here.

Surprise! The Example Began Shooting Yesterday.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

After several setbacks over several years for the film adaptation of The Example, I’ve been very quiet about this new possibility.

However, with this third option, it looks like it is truly going ahead. In fact, I’ve finished the tweaks to the screenplay, it has a wonderful cast, it has a wonderful director, and it began shooting… last night.

Yes, the short film of The Example began shooting last night in Sydney at Green Park Station thanks to the incredible efforts of award-winning director, Jennifer Perott and producer Jiao Chen – both of whom had to get a lot out of me during an insanely busy time (Thanks guys. Well done.)  The Example has a fantastic cast in…

John Batchelor (Underbelly: Razor, Red Dog, Sea Patrol)

And Kelly Paterniti (Griff The Invisible, Cops L.A.C.)

Go well, people. Can’t wait to see it.

Although this is an adaptation of my original play, The Example is also available as a one-shot comic from Gestalt Publishing, illustrated by the man, the legend, Colin Wilson. It can be purchased right here for less than a coffee.

Buy it right here.

“This book should be used in writing classes everywhere, and should be the primary example (no pun intended) for aspiring comic writers to reference when trying to learn how to write dramatic and compelling dialogue.”
– Newsarama

“Brief Cases, late trains, and small talk add up to what is probably the best comic of the year!“ “Taylor and Wilson collaborate to create one of the most tension filled comics I have ever read.”
– The Outhouse.com

“Like Watchmen, it uses a simple 9 panel grid on almost every page, but you won’t even notice. I mean, this is just two people talking at an empty suburban space, yet you’ll be lost in the world it creates.”
– Comic Book Jesus

“…as effing good as the accolades suggest.”
– Broken Frontier

Buying ‘The Deep: Here Be Dragons’

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Just a quick note to say that we know ‘The Deep: Here Be Dragons’ has sold out on Amazon and, from the sound of it, at a lot of comic book stores. I’m sure these places will be restocked soon but, if you’re having trouble tracking it down, it’s easily available from the official site, right here – http://www.exploringthedeep.com/shop/the-deep-here-be-dragons/

Thanks to everyone who has picked up the book so far and to all the people who have reviewed, tweeted, facebooked and generally shown their love for The Deep. Please continue to hassle stores to order the book in, and help get this book in front of people’s eyeballs.

The Nekton family still need you.

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Fine Art Friday – Emily Smith – Vertigo Bar Fight!

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Vertigo Bar Fight!

The first time I saw Dream of the Endless being punched in the stomach by Jesse Custer, I immediately knew I wanted to work with Emily Smith. And this young, talented Perthian’s work has grown better and better since.

Em has recently finished the art on ‘Believe’, adapted from my short play of the same name. ‘Believe’ will be included in ‘Brief Cases’ from Gestalt Comics but it looks like it’s getting its own print run as a one-shot too. Really looking forward to seeing it in print and hopefully we’ll have some previews soon. Em and I are also working on one or two unannounced projects.

Here it is.  Your ‘Fine Art Friday’ from Emily Smith. Click for the full version – you’ll be happy you did.

Sorry I haven’t updated much recently.  Heaps on the go.  Almost all of it secret – movies, more Star Wars, a little something for DC, more Gestalt work on the go, and work for a couple of other publishers on top of all this. When I can say something, I will.  Hope everyone has got themselves a copy of The Deep: Here Be Dragons by now. If not, go here – Buy The Deep!

Help Spread the Word – The Deep – The Nekton Family Need You

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

It’s here. This week. The worldwide release of ‘ The Deep: Here Be Dragons’!

The reaction to the advance copies available at San Diego Comic Con was incredible, with meetings and interest from all over the world in our aquatic adventure story. Many fans read the book and came back to tell us how much they loved the story and the beautiful art of the talented James Brouwer. Some were already talking about cosplaying as the Nekton family (Yes. Do this. I want to see this).

Now, the Nekton family need you. I’m kinda proud of this one but for our book to get noticed alongside the enormous wave of books about flying people in tights, we need the word spread. Please help us out by plugging, pimping, tweeting and sharing news of this book using every form of social media you can.  Also, feel free to just tell people, using your voice box – I know it’s ancient tech but it still works.

Anyone wanting a digital copy for review, please contact media@exploringthedeep.com

Also, remember to actually get the book. Make sure your comic store has ordered it.

You can get it direct from the publisher right here – GESTALT PUBLISHING

Through the official website here – EXPLORING THE DEEP

And through Amazon here – AMAZON LINK

Go forth.
Spread the word.
The Nekton family thanks you.