Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars: Blood Ties’

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.

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.


The Sci-Fi Block Interview

Monday, April 25th, 2011

I chat to The Sci-Fi Block. Star Wars, Rombies and a very special sneak peak at The Deep. Click the pic for the interview.

More Great Reviews for Star Wars: Blood Ties Jango and Boba Fett #1… This Is Just Getting Weird

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

The amazing reviews continue for Star Wars: Blood Ties Jango and Boba Fett #1.

Starting with a four-and-a-half star review and some damn fine words from COMIC BOOK RESOURCES.

“This issue is the near-perfect beginning of the story of an assassin and his son.”  “Taylor’s story summarizes every complexity in literary father-son relationships from Abraham and Isaac to Mufasa and Simba.” “Chris Scalf has poured a lot of work onto these pages, in storytelling, layout, and detail. Jango and young Boba look astonishingly like Temuera Morrison and Daniel Logan, respectively. While there has been much ballyhoo made of photo-tracing in comics, Scalf’s artwork crosses over from photo-tracing to portraiture”  “The story has “Star Wars” moments, such as when the Atzerri Traffic Control asks for proof of identification from Jango Fett. In accordance with the request, Jango gives it to them. There are holographic messages, chase scenes, and action across multiple planets, just as with all of the films. This issue, however, ends with a surprise on the final page that sets the story on its ear.”

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

A ‘five out of five’ from, UK website, STAR WARS BOOKS.

“It must seem as if every other Star Wars comic story released recently has been written by Tom Taylor and judging by his previous stories (Invasion: Refugees, Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes, Invasion: Rescues, The Will of Darth Vader) this is no bad thing. Just as his previous releases enthralled us with Taylor’s storytelling abilities, this new story promises to do the same.”  “Chris Scalf’s art is, quite frankly, unbelievably awe inspiring and if you have been put off reading a Star Wars comic story because of black pen lines traced around characters’ features or overuse of monotonic colours, then fear not because Scalf’s capture of near photo-realism in his paintwork doesn’t require pen lines while his colour palette is a blend of natural tones and shades. However beautiful the artwork is, the real test of any artist is their ability to capture facial expressions and in this Scalf succeeds wonderfully. Blood Ties #1 is a worthy addition to any fan’s Star Wars comics library and is particularly recommended to fans who have yet to experience Star Wars stories in comic form. - SWBOOKS.CO.UK

COMIC BOOK JESUS and COMIC ATTACK also have nice things to say.

A huge thank you to everyone who picked up this book.  Thanks also for all the kind emails, messages and forum postings.

Chris Scalf and I couldn’t be happier… well, until issue #2.

thing. Just as his previous releases enthralled us with Taylor’s storytelling abilities, this new story promises to do the same.

New ‘Star Wars: Blood Ties’ Series Announced At SDCC

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

I’m back from San Diego and still insanely jet lagged.  It was a very fun, eventful con, which I may or may not remember to write about, but one of the bigger pieces of news to come out of the con is that Blood Ties is no longer just four issues…

“Randy Stradley and Darth Vader came on stage to discuss “Star Wars: Blood Ties,” which stars Jango and Boba Fett and written by Tom Taylor. It will now be a series of miniseries, each focusing on characters with blood ties.”

Yep, that’s what’s coming.  Blood Ties will be a series of Mini Series and I’m already writing the second one.

The Jango and Boba Fett tale will be hitting the shelves this month and finally the rest of the world will see Chris Scalf’s incredibly work on this series.

Me… trapped with Fett.

Star Wars: Blood Ties – Sneak Peek and Interview.

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Dark Horse Comics have a new blog, and they have posted a sneak peek of a simply stunning page from my upcoming Jango and Boba Fett miniseries by artist Chris Scalf.  I’ve seen all of Chris’ pages for the first issue and people are in for a real treat come August.  I think, next time we work together, I’ll have to write an entirely silent book, so my words don’t get in the way.

And Westfield Comics recently interviewed me about the upcoming Jango and Boba Fett miniseries – check it out to find out more about the book, how the series came about, and my thoughts on lettuce.

Interview: Tom Taylor on Dark Horse’s Star Wars: Blood Ties – A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett