Posts Tagged ‘Chris Scalf’

One Big Week. Two Star Wars Books. Maul V Fett.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Yes. This week I have, not one, but TWO Star Wars books out.

The final issue of ‘Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead’ will be hitting the shelves at exactly the same time as the first issue of ‘Darth Maul: Death Sentence’. Rather than have them compete for your love, why not pick up both?

I haven’t actually seen a copy of either but I’m pretty sure they’ll be okay. Chris Scalf has been killing it on the pages of Blood Ties and I can’t wait for people to see Bruno Redondo’s first foray into the Star Wars universe.

“Tom Taylor finds something of interest in every scene to ensure you actually haven’t seen all of this before… a hell of a lot of fun. This is a revenge crime thriller. It reads as a Richard Stark novel set in space. The pace clips along and each confrontation is unique and holds its own reason for deserving your attention.” “Star Wars: Blood Ties – Boba Fett Is Dead” is unashamedly an entertaining book.- CBR

“Tom Taylor is raising the bar on what can be done with Maul in a comic, and art team delivers all the eye candy readers could want. Darth Maul: Death Sentence #1 earns a flawless five out of five…” – Roqoo Depot




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.


Cover to Star Wars: Blood Ties Boba Fett is Dead #2

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Here it is, I’ve just seen this show up on the internet over at Rebelscum.com, so I figure I can now share it with public eyeballs. This is probably my favorite cover of our whole upcoming Star Wars: Blood Ties series. This spent a long time as my background image when the brilliant Chris Scalf first sent it my way.

The cover to Star Wars: Blood Ties Boba Fett is Dead #2.  Alas, poor Boba…

Boba Fett is dead… in April.

Star Wars: Blood Ties ‘Boba Fett is Dead’ is Solicited with stunning variant cover

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Seriously. It’s good to be a comic book writer.
As if having Chris Scalf’s covers and interiors on this book wasn’t incredible enough, Star Wars: Blood Ties ‘Boba Fett is Dead’ was solicited today with this striking variant cover from David Palumbo. Add this to these two covers already released from Chris Scalf and, for once, I’d be happy if this series WAS judged by its covers.

Tell your local comic store to order now for April. You’ll be glad you did.




STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES—BOBA FETT IS DEAD #1 (of 4)
Tom Taylor (W), Chris Scalf (A/Cover), and David Palumbo (Variant cover)
On sale Apr 25
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
The news spreads from one end of the galaxy to the other like wildfire: Boba Fett, the galaxy’s most feared bounty hunter, is dead.
But when members of the team that killed Fett are themselves picked off one by one, Connor Freeman—the son of one of Jango Fett’s clones—gets pulled into the action in a most unexpected way!
• Writer Tom Taylor brings Blood Ties back with Boba Fett!
• Interiors and covers by Chris Scalf!

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'

Boba Fett Is Dead – Star Wars Blood Ties

Friday, October 14th, 2011

New York Comic Con has just started but apparently my major news has just been announced with IGN and Bleeding Cool reporting my new Blood Ties series ‘Boba Fett is Dead’ with artist Chris Scalf is underway.

The first Blood Ties received a lot of love from fans and critics alike and I’m constantly asked whether there will be more. Well, I can finally say ‘yes, there will be’. It’s 4.56am here in Australia and I’ve been up all night working away on issue #3.

I don’t think Dark Horse have released the cover art yet, so I’ve taken it upon myself to come up with a visual for everyone.

Star Wars Blood Ties – Boba Fett is Dead

(Please note: Not final artwork)

Today. ‘Revelations’ lives up to its name.

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Today sees the release of Star Wars: Invasion – Revelations #4 and, although there have been plenty of surprises so far, this is the issue where the ‘Revelations’ become, well… revelatory. Issue #4 is where it also gets quite explodey and carnagey, as you’d probably expect from a cover like this…

And don’t forget, next week sees my first work in the DC Universe as I pit the Green Lantern Corps against Sinestro and Brainiac in DCUO Legends #16.