Posts Tagged ‘Skye Ogden’

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 –

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
Tom Taylor & James Brouwer
Andrew Constant, Nicola Scott & Joh James
Christian Read & Michael Maier
ROMBIES #1Tom Taylor &
Skye Ogden

More Rombies Online For Free

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Yup.  There are now even more Rombies pages free online at Gestalt Publishing.

Click the picture below to read more Rombies.  Tell your friends.  Share the undead origin story love.

Rombies – Free and Online

Friday, May 13th, 2011

I highly doubt Roman Zombies have ever been offered online for free before, so this must be a pretty unique opportunity.

Gestalt Comics have opened up a new ‘online comics’ section at their official website and Rombies #0 is the first of their comics to be offered for free in its entirety.  As well as the #0 issue of Rombies, issue #1 is also set to appear with new pages being revealed every week until it’s all up.  Issue #1 is where our tale truly begins and, joining myself and the brilliant Skye Ogden on issue #1, is the newly announced series colourist, Mikiko Ponczek.

Skye and Mikiko are doing brilliant things on this series.  I’ve just finished writing the script to issue #4 and I can’t wait for the world to see what comes next.  Click the picture to start reading Rombies, right now, for free.

Rombies – Rising Soon

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

And so it begins…

Rombies #1

by Tom Taylor, Skye Ogden & Mikiko Ponczek

A father’s sorrow.

An unbearable heartache.

His desperate action, though wrought of love, unwittingly unleashes a dark force in the time of Emperor Titus.

A dark force that can be… harnessed?

Tying to real life historical events and crossing the paths of real life historical figures, our story twists, turns and weaves its way through theologies and empires, leaving no one unscathed, be they citizen, soldier or Senator.

Written by Tom Taylor
Illustrated by Skye Ogden
Colours by Mikiko Ponczek

24 pages, FC  | View all issues of ROMBIES

“…a captivating new take on both history and horror. A carefully laid Roman Road of brilliant mythos and endless macabre potential” - Nicole Sixx- Comic Booked

“Awesome start. Can’t wait to read the rest.” - Bruce Moyle – Cool Shite

“This blew me away!” – Kris Bather – Extra Sequential

Don’t forget, you can ‘Be A Rombies Extra‘.  Just post a picture of yourself up at the facebook page for the chance to shuffle along the streets of ancient Rome.

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…

You Could Be In Rombies! Plus Reviews and Interviews.

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Want to be a zombie?  Now you can be, without having to be infected by some sort of super-disease.

Rome was big.  Very big.  Populating it (and depopulating it in Zombie form) in a comic is a big task.  Skye Ogden and I have decided we want real people to walk (and shamble) through Rome’s streets.  We want you!

Gestalt Publishing have set up a facebook page – “Be a Rombies Extra.” – If that link doesn’t work just type ‘be a Rombies extra’ into facebook’s search – “Here’s the deal: Post a photo of yourself as a Zombie or Citizen (or both) for the chance to appear in the upcoming Rombies comic series from Gestalt Publishing, written by Tom Taylor (Star Wars/The Authority) & illustrated by Skye Ogden (Vowels)”

A special #0 issue of Rombies will be available in comic stores in August but it it is already available in other places and early reviews have been great.

“A large part of the book’s success stems from the stellar artwork of Skye Ogden. Working in a slightly cartoony style, Ogden’s art is lively and leaps off the page without sacrificing a stunning attention to detail. The Coliseum and its gladiators are beautifully rendered, featuring exquisite period design elements and decorative flairs. His figures are robust and expressive, the pencils impeccably inked with a nice heavy line that lends each character weight and solidity. It’s a unique style, wonderfully matched to Tom Taylor’s crisp, fast-paced script.  Like his collaborator’s artwork, Taylor’s script achieves a fine balance between levity and real emotional moments… Taylor delivers a rousing, fun story even if it’s steeped in half-devoured corpses and rivers of blood.” – Broken

“Did I get what I expected out of this book? No, I got a hell of a lot more. I loved the animated style artwork, and hey how can you not love a zombie lion? The story was done right. It didn’t go where I thought it would, which is a good thing. It’s not a B-movie story that is told here. It is an action pack death fest. I will say this, if Romero directed Gladiator this is what it would have looked like. Check this one out, it is highly enjoyable and I think a must read for zombie fans. 4 stars”

Skye and I have also been interviewed recently right here, which includes a six-page preview of Rombies #0.

Rombies – Preview And Website.

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Heaps going on this week, including Authority and Star Wars, but first up… Rombies!

The Rombies one-shot and The Example are both being offered through Diamond this August – meaning I now have five comics coming into comic stores in August… and that’s even with Invasion skipping that month.

Rombies has been flying along.  I’m really happy with the last script I turned in and Skye is about to rip into the series proper.  All of this momentum has seen a fair bit of pimping by Gestalt Publishing.

Rombies now has an official website – ROMBIES.COM – which currently has a violently-brilliant new image by Skye Ogden to check out.

Comics website ‘Broken Frontier’ have written a great article about the series and included a 6 page preview (7, considering one is a double page splash) of Rombies.

Skye and I have also done several interviews which should also appear soon.

Interviews, Reviews and Podcasts.

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

With the imminent release of The Authority, the second Volume of Star Wars: Invasion and the announcement of the Rombies series, I’ve been doing a pile of interviews recently.  I thought I’d actually post some links.

First up, Colin Wilson and I were interviewed by the Comic Spot radio program about Star Wars and The Example.  You can hear all of that right here

Next up, Rombies artist Skye Ogden and I were interviewed by the awesome website Cool Shite about our upcoming Rombies series.  It’s a slightly awkward interview, as two interviewers try to interview two creatives in two different countries, but it has Zombie Gazelles and no one needs more than that.

Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes is reviewed by the EU Review here (at about 18 minutes).  The script and Daxiong’s art both come in for some high praise.  “A very good read’ that they ‘highly recommend”.

Over at Half Hour Wasted and the Legion of Dudes, an entire extended edition has been dedicated to a review of Star Wars: Invasion #4 & #5 and they like us… they really like us!  Click the pic for the podcast. 

Also just done two magazine interviews, another radio interview and three other website interviews (links when they all appear).

In the coming days, the website is being revamped – it will look pretty.  When it relaunches, I should be able to speak about a few of the ‘secret’ things that I’ve had to keep close to my chest, including ‘The Example’ film news and another great piece of news about ‘The Authority’.

Announced – Rombies – The Series!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

So, last week was huge.

After happily announcing that I was the new writer of The Authority on Wednesday, I was then flown to Perth on the Thursday (Thursday morning… I don’t do morning) by Gestalt Publishing for Gestaltapalooza!

Comic Book Jesus posted about the night right here.

And the night was capped off with the announcement that our one-shot ‘Rombies‘ was just a teaser.  Yep, Rombies is set to be a series!  The Dead will walk again… in sandals.


The depth and breadth of the story Skye Ogden and I have planned was not even hinted at in the first publication.  This story is tied to real-life historical events and crosses the path of real-life historical figures.  It weaves through theologies and empires and leaves no one untouched, be they citizen, soldier or senator.

It will be fun.

A great celebration of the first five years of Gestalt also included a sneak peek of the incredible ‘Changing Ways‘ by one of the fine artists working on my upcoming Brief Cases, Justin Randall.  Gestalt asked if I could provide a pull-quote for this incredible book.  Which meant that I got to read an advance copy.

“Changing Ways grabbed me by the eyeballs and wouldn’t let go until it was done. The art demands you stop and admire every extraordinary rendered panel while the tension of this perfectly-paced thriller forces you to turn the page. Justin Randall balances beauty and terror on a rusty razor’s edge.” – Tom Taylor, writer of Star Wars: Invasion and The Authority.

Gestaltapalooza! If You’re In Perth, Come And Join Us.

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Gestaltapalooza - Celebrating five years of Gestalt!

We’re celebrating FIVE YEARS of Gestalt and we’d love for you to join us!

Rombies by Tom Taylor & Skye Ogden - cover artworkIn preparing to  launch Rombies, our zombies-in-ancient-Rome book, we realised that February 2010 marked FIVE YEARS since we first decided to start these shenanigans!

And so, to mark the occasion, we’re flying in the creative team behind Rombies:

Tom Taylor, writer of Rombies, The Example, two stories in Flinch and the upcoming Brief Cases and The DeepTom Taylor
Melbourne-based playwright who writes  Star Wars: Invasion (for another publisher) alongside Gestalt titles Rombies, The Example, two stories in Flinch, and the upcoming Brief Cases.

Skye Ogden, illustrator of Rombies, Vowels and more!Skye Ogden
Tokyo-based writer/illustrator responsible for Vowels, ‘The Daemon Street Ghost-Trap’ in Flinch and, of course, Rombies! Skye is also Art Director for Gestalt, responsible for our book design and trailer videos.

Both Tom & Skye will be discussing their vision and creative process and signing books!

Experience the musical stylings of Gestalt’s own Anton McKay and the immensely talented Tracey Read!

Care to join us? We hope so!

Clancy's Fish Pub Canning Bridge are the generous host venue for GestaltapaloozaWhere:
Clancy’s Canning Bridge
903 Canning Highway, Applecross

Western Australia
Find Clancy’s on Google Maps

Thursday, 18 February 2010
From 7pm

We’ll also be celebrating ALL of our 2009 releases at Gestaltapalooza:

Shaun Tan, Justin Randall, Colin Wilson, Terry Dowling, James Barclay & many more!

The Example
Tom Taylor & Colin Wilson

Digested #1 & #2

Flinch - cover artworkThe Example - cover artwork by Colin Wilson & Justin Randall

Digested.01 - cover artworkDigested.02 - cover artwork

We look forward to seeing you there, and unveiling some of our plans for the NEXT five years — including the creepily beautiful world of Justin Randall’s Changing Ways


Wolfgang Bylsma
Managing Director