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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 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.

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.


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 – James Brouwer

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Every Friday, I’m going to endeavor to post a piece of art from one of the truly great artists I’m lucky enough to work with. I will most probably fail at this. ‘Fine Art Friday’ will occasionally occur on a Saturday… or a Monday. Regardless, here is your first ‘Fine Art Friday’ piece. To get ahead, I’m putting this one up on a Thursday.

The inaugural ‘Fine Art Friday’ piece comes from the always brilliant, James Brouwer. James is the artist on The Deep: Here Be Dragons. He and I are also working on a tonne of other stuff together.

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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.

My San Diego Comic-Con Schedule

Monday, July 18th, 2011

In about eight hours, the San Diego adventure begins for 2011.

And, because it’s yet another way to put off my packing, I’m posting my schedule for the Con.

With the dual releases of The Deep and Rombies #1, I will be spending most of the con at the Gestalt Comics booth – booth 4500 and 4501. I will be signing every day at 2pm (except Friday – Friday is Star Wars day) but I’ll probably be hanging out there a fair bit aside from my official signing. This year Gestalt are incredibly well represented, and the booth will be full of great Australian creators (and just damn fine people) in Ben Templesmith, Nicola Scott, Justin Randall, Andrew Constant, Christian Read, Emily Smith, Rombies artist and Gestalt Art Director, Skye Ogden and, of course, the head huncho, Wolfgang Bylsma.
The full signing schedule for Gestalt is right here – http://www.gestaltcomics.com/newsworthy/2011/07/


THE DEEP: HERE BE DRAGONS
Tom Taylor & James Brouwer
ROMBIES #1Tom Taylor &
Skye Ogden

And on Friday, July 22, 1 p.m.–2 p.m., Room 7AB. I will be part of…

The SDCC – Star Wars Panel!

“In celebration of what seems like a lifetime of collaboration between Star Wars and Dark Horse Comics, we’re unleashing a panel of Star Wars comics giants just for you, the fan!

Share favorite moments in Star Wars comics with our resident Jedi, Randy Stradley, and a host of Star Wars guests from comics and beyond, including Mick Harrison (Dark Times—in his first public appearance!), Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall, writers Scott Allie (Jedi: The Dark Side), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), and Tom Taylor (Invasion), as well as Dave Filoni (director of The Clone Wars TV show), artists the Fillbach brothers (The Clone Wars comics), Leland Y. Chee (Lucasfilm’s “Keeper of the Holocron”), author Timothy Zahn (Choices of One), Shelly Shapiro (editor at large, Del Rey), and more.

Plus, there will be an exclusive Knight Errant print for attendees and a chance to win a custom stormtrooper helmet illustrated by Chris Scalf (Blood Ties)!

Oh yeah, and you certainly won’t want to miss the exciting news about the future of Star Wars digital comics . . .”

After this panel, myself and many other Star Wars creators will be signing at the Dark Horse booth. Feel free to bring along anything you’d like me scrawl on.

Also, check the brilliant Chris Scalf stormtrooper helmet you can win.

Torn by Andrew Constant, Nicola Scott & Joh James
THE DEEP: HERE BE DRAGONS
Tom Taylor & James Brouwer
TORN
Andrew Constant, Nicola Scott & Joh James
ELDRITCH KID: WHISKY & HATE
Christian Read & Michael Maier
ROMBIES #1Tom Taylor &
Skye Ogden

Star Wars: Invasion returns with ‘Revelations’

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Yes.  Star Wars: Invasion has arrived with the new story arc ‘Revelations’.

And the official Star Wars site has an exclusive preview of issue #1 where Colin Wilson sends Luke Skywalker into battle against impossible odds.

Right here – StarWars.com

Epic battles. Betrayal. The Yuuzhan Vong. The Empire. The Galfridians. A secret weapon that could spell the end of the galaxy and more twists than you could poke a double-bladed lightsaber at.

So big we had to do it twice. Yes, two covers! Revelations #1 comes with a cover by our new cover artist, the always brilliant Chris Scalf (artist on Star Wars: Blood Ties), and a special variant by the great Dave Dorman, to mark the 25th anniversary of Dark Horse comics.

And don’t forget, coming in the next few weeks – The Deep!