Posts Tagged ‘The Deep: Here Be Dragons’

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.

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.

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.

The Deep is Making Waves… and other bad puns.

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Now less than a month away from its official release, The Deep: Here be Dragons has been getting some fantastic publicity.  With TEN exclusive preview pages now available at Comic Book Resources, the interest level for this book has grown and grown.  I’ve done a pile of interviews and am set to do a pile more.

Thought I’d stick links up to the interviews I’ve done so far for The Deep, and also post a link to the Official Facebook site – Right here.

Comic Book Resources (with ten exclusive preview pages) – Exclusive: Tom Taylor Explores ‘The Deep’

“The Deep” is a wonderful concept… a “Fantastic Four” meets “Fantastic Journey” – CBR

MTV Geek – Fun interview – (and similar pun to CBR) – Exploring The Deep with writer Tom Taylor

“…impressive stuff thanks to Taylor’s simple and clear take on the Nekton family combined with the wonderful cartoon-style art by Brouwer. It strikes just the right balance between smart, funny, and menacing…” – MTV

Comic Booked Interview with the brilliant Nicci Sixx – Take a Journey to The Deep

“Fun for the whole family, I highly recommend grabbing your copy the very day it drops, and tucking your own family in with it that very same evening.…new depths of ageless family entertainment.”

Broken Frontier Interview with, fellow Australian, Kris Bather – Tom Taylor Dives Deep

“Australian writer Tom Taylor has been a juggler, a fire eater, a playwright and more. He’s chartered the course of Luke Skywalker and DC’s The Authority and now has an all-ages undersea adventure to be told in the attractive pages of new OGN, The Deep.” – Broken Frontier

Thanks to everyone buying my books!

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Just saw the top 100 Graphic Novel sales for May 2011 and Star Wars: Blood Ties has come in at number 12!  This on top of Star Wars Invasion: Rescues coming in at number 11 for April.  Two trades in the top 15 in two months?  I’ll take that.

Thank you to every single person picking up my books.

My next upcoming Graphic Novel is – The Deep: Here be Dragons on August 4 – If you like my Star Wars books, you’ll love this… and if you don’t like my Star Wars books, you’ll still love this.  Tell everyone. Buy this book. Diamond order code JUN11 1131.

The Deep – Now On Amazon

Monday, June 6th, 2011

The Deep: Here be Dragons is now available for pre-order on Amazon.  It is also available at TFAW, Forbidden Planet and a bunch of other places.  This book is coming and it’s only $9.95.  Come ‘like’ our facebook group for exclusive sneak peaks – http://www.facebook.com/explorethedeep

Product Description

From Tom Taylor (Star Wars: Invasion, The Authority) and James Brouwer, the adventures of a multicultural family of underwater explorers begins here.

“My family are explorers.
We have been for generations.
Some argue that there is nowhere left to explore, that everything on earth that can be discovered has already been found.
They say that to truly explore we need to leave our planet.
While others look up to the stars, my family know that there are also stars beneath us, that there are an infinite number of things that shine brightly in the darkness below.
Most of our world lies unexplored, unexplained. There are things lurking in the seas that have only ever been spoken about in myth.
My family are explorers.
We have been for generations.
We explore…

…The Deep.”

Click the cover to head to the Amazon page.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Gestalt Publishing; 1st edition (August 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980782341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980782349