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The Example Goes Digital for 99 Cents!

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The comic that started my career, The Example, is now available as a digital download!

For just 99 cents you can have Colin Wilson and my first collaboration for your iPad, iPhone, Android or whatever you use, through Graphicly.


Not convinced to part with your hard-earned 99 cents? Read what the critics have to say…

“This book should be used in writing classes everywhere, and should be the primary example (no pun intended) for aspiring comic writers to reference when trying to learn how to write dramatic and compelling dialogue.” – Newsarama “

“Brief Cases, late trains, and small talk add up to what is probably the best comic of the year! Taylor and Wilson collaborate to create one of the most tension filled comics I have ever read.” – The Outhouse.com

“…as effing good as the accolades suggest.” – Broken Frontier

“Like Watchmen, it uses a simple 9 panel grid on almost every page, but you won’t even notice. I mean, this is just two people talking at an empty suburban space, yet you’ll be lost in the world it creates.” – Comic Book Jesus

The Example has also recently been optioned and filmed. Set photos and info right here.

On The Set of The Example

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Producer Jiao Chen has sent me a pile of great pictures from the set of The Example and I thought I’d share some here.

The Briefcase

John Batchelor (Chris) and Kelly Paterniti (Sam)

Shooting The Example

John Batchelor

Kelly Paterniti waits for the train

Surprise! The Example Began Shooting Yesterday.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

After several setbacks over several years for the film adaptation of The Example, I’ve been very quiet about this new possibility.

However, with this third option, it looks like it is truly going ahead. In fact, I’ve finished the tweaks to the screenplay, it has a wonderful cast, it has a wonderful director, and it began shooting… last night.

Yes, the short film of The Example began shooting last night in Sydney at Green Park Station thanks to the incredible efforts of award-winning director, Jennifer Perott and producer Jiao Chen – both of whom had to get a lot out of me during an insanely busy time (Thanks guys. Well done.)  The Example has a fantastic cast in…

John Batchelor (Underbelly: Razor, Red Dog, Sea Patrol)

And Kelly Paterniti (Griff The Invisible, Cops L.A.C.)

Go well, people. Can’t wait to see it.

Although this is an adaptation of my original play, The Example is also available as a one-shot comic from Gestalt Publishing, illustrated by the man, the legend, Colin Wilson. It can be purchased right here for less than a coffee.

Buy it right here.

“This book should be used in writing classes everywhere, and should be the primary example (no pun intended) for aspiring comic writers to reference when trying to learn how to write dramatic and compelling dialogue.”
– Newsarama

“Brief Cases, late trains, and small talk add up to what is probably the best comic of the year!“ “Taylor and Wilson collaborate to create one of the most tension filled comics I have ever read.”
– The Outhouse.com

“Like Watchmen, it uses a simple 9 panel grid on almost every page, but you won’t even notice. I mean, this is just two people talking at an empty suburban space, yet you’ll be lost in the world it creates.”
– Comic Book Jesus

“…as effing good as the accolades suggest.”
– Broken Frontier

Fine Art Friday – Colin Wilson

Friday, August 26th, 2011

It’s the second ‘Fine Art Friday’!  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, and fine artists don’t come much finer than Colin Wilson.

Colin and I work on the ongoing Star Wars: Invasion series together. We also collaborated on the ‘critical darling’ ‘The Example’ through Gestalt comics.  Colin and I are currently working on a little side project too…

Anyone who knows him, knows that Colin isn’t the biggest fan of superheroes, so, with this in mind, this piece is about as rare as they come.

Colin Wilson on, arguably, the two biggest Superheroes in the world.  And he nails it.

Click the pic to Enlarge

And, just in, Colin’s movie finally has a release date. ‘Bullet to the Head’, based on Colin’s French graphic novel written by Matz, is due for release on April 13 2012.  The movie stars Sylvester Stallone alongside Christian Slater, Jason Momoa and Sung Kang. I’m sure they’re all very happy to be associated with Colin.

Click to buy The Example.

Congratulations to Shaun Tan – Academy Award Winner!

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Holy crap.

Gestalt Publishing colleague, Shaun Tan, has just won an Academy Award for ‘The Lost Thing.’

Congrats to an incredibly talented and humble guy. Truly deserving of this award and many others.

With Shaun Tan and Wolfgang Bylsma at the launch of Flinch and The Example.

The Good Reviews Get… Gooder

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Seriously?

This is getting quite crazy.  Newsarama’s amazing praise of The Example last week (where they said “this book should be used in writing classes everywhere, and should be the primary example (no pun intended) for aspiring comic writers to reference when trying to learn how to write dramatic and compelling dialogue.”) on top of all the good reviews for Star Wars: Blood Ties #1, including CBR’S 4.5 star review, has been topped.

The Example has received even more praise from various sources and Star Wars: Blood Ties #2 has picked up that extra half-a-star in a 5 star review at CBR, as well as some nice words from IGN and others.

THE EXAMPLE

“Brief Cases, late trains, and small talk add up to what is probably the best comic of the year! “Taylor and Wilson collaborate to create one of the most tension filled comics I have ever read.” - THE OUTHOUSE.COM

“as effing good as the accolades suggest.” – BROKEN FRONTIER

STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES #2

“It’s a natural flow of story, reflecting upon how the past has fueled the present. The two tales come crashing together at the end of this issue, setting up an exciting story for the remainder of this series. 5 stars” - CBR

“Taylor seems poised to add some real depth to this enigmatic bounty hunter without sacrificing his cooler qualities. Whether in revisiting Jango’s death from Boba’s point of view or showcasing his bounty hunting methods, Taylor offers a lot for Fett fans to enjoy in this series.” - IGN

“This comic is awesome. Go out and buy it.” - THE SCI-FI BLOC

Okay, this is just crazy. The Example receives another incredible review.

Friday, October 8th, 2010

This is the first time I’ve ever posted a review in full but I have to do it.  ‘The Example’, was released into comic stores a few weeks ago, needing to go back to press for a second printing in the process.

This book, and the play it’s based on, has been quite the critical success, and Gestalt Publishing pointed out this review it received over at Newsarama. It’s one of the best reviews The Example has ever received and, with that talk of Mamet and Beckett, completely head expanding.

Colin Wilson asked me how much we paid the guy…

The ExampleImage - Cover art of the comic 'The Example'
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Colin Wilson
Published by Gestalt Publishing
Review by Jeff Marsick

“I was considering making this review a single word, but didn’t figure an interjection like ‘wow’ would do it enough service.  Most people would probably not even give this book a second glance, given that it’s black and white, weighs all of eleven pages, and is produced by some company no one’s ever heard of, which is a shame.  The thing of it is, this book should be used in writing classes everywhere, and should be the primary example (no pun intended) for aspiring comic writers to reference when trying to learn how to write dramatic and compelling dialogue.

Two people are on a train platform:  the woman, Sam, has been a resident for a half hour, and Chris, a business type, has logged three-quarters of one.  Their train due in is ten, now fifteen, now twenty-five minutes late.  Small talk typical of disgruntled passengers ensues, and Sam postulates that it’s a sort of game-of-chicken that the trains play where as soon as one would-be rider leaves in disgust, the train will arrive.  It’s a boredom alleviator, railway style.  And sure enough, someone from the platform leaves.  But…

He left his briefcase behind.  Right there.  In the center of the platform, clear as day and in the great wide open.

What follows is not only arguably (and I will if pressed) some of the best dialogue written in comics, but some of the best composition of the sequential medium.  Each page is a block of nine panels, where said briefcase is the central character, sitting in Paul Lynde’s favorite spot, with the dialogue as a framing device.  In this post-9/11 era, anyone who’s done time in our country’s subterranean transport system can understand and appreciate what terror a lone briefcase can instill.  And with the turn of each page, the center square gets subtly bigger, indicative of the stakes-raising with each passing minute.

Now, you may think, “You’re telling me that eleven pages of yakking about a briefcase is great?  Really?  That’s Bendis on any given day.”  Except it’s not.  This isn’t banal back and forth for the sake of filling space, nor is the reader fed fiberless trivia about each character.  We learn what we need from what they say and are quickly drawn to turn the page as Tom Taylor expertly winds up the tension to a climax that will have you wincing as you turn to the final page.

It’s a book that tastes like Mamet, Beckett, or maybe even Frayn.  And it’s funny that I mention these Broadway masters because that’s what I thought as I read this:  “What a fantastic play this would be.”  Turns out I was on to something, since The Example is the comic adaptation of Mr. Taylor’s ten-minute play of the same name, that has won awards and been performed across the globe from Edinburgh to Sydney (I learned this on Mr Taylor’s credit page after reading it).

Gestalt is an Australian company, and if the rest of their line is as compelling as this tiny one-shot, I might become their biggest fan. The Example is fantastic storytelling in a compact form and should be in everyone’s pull file.”

Big thanks to the reviewer.  We will now return your puppy to you, unharmed.

The Example and Rombies #0 Go Back To Press!

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

This Wednesday sees the direct-market release of Rombies #0 and The Example. The release date for The Example and Rombies #0 has actually had to be pushed to this Wednesday as both books have had to go back for a second printing!  Yes, both books are sold out and are going back to press.

A huge congratulations to Wolfgang Bylsma, Colin Wilson, Skye Ogden and Gestalt Publishing.  It’s awesome to see these Australian-made books cracking the international market and kicking head.

So remember, wherever you are in the world this Wednesday (Thursday in Australia), head into a comic store and pick up a copy of Rombies and The Example.  If they don’t have any copies, rant at them.  If an Australian comic store hasn’t ordered any copies, stage a sit-in protest.

A comic store would be a great place for a sit-in protest; you could read comics while calmly demonstrating your outrage.

Praise for Rombies

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 Frontier

“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”ComicMonsters.com

And The Example

“This Schrödinger’s Cat scenario is explored comprehensively via Taylor’s rhythmic dialogue. Sam and Chris riposte to and fro with the sort of casual offhandedness afforded to transient relationships. It’s almost flirtatious, but never dull, and the naturalness of their humour contrasts beautifully with the silent menace of the briefcase… a burst of applause to all concerned, and a note to other creators and publishers out there – this is an example worth following.” - (Cool) Shite

Some Great ‘Star Wars: Blood Ties’ Press – Interviews with TIME.COM and IGN

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

More Blood Ties coverage – an interview with me has just been posted over on techland.com. This is Time Magazine’s Tech/Geek Page. This is the closest I’ll get to ‘Time Man of the Year’ until I get around to finishing my world-peace-laser. Click the pic for the link.

“I also used to make up a lot of stories with my Star Wars toys in my bedroom and backyard. I could never hold onto the lightsabers, though. No doubt, when my tiny figures’ tiny hands were cut off in tiny rages by tiny Sith, they lost their lightsabers down deep (tiny) caverns. So, most of my original stories probably had titles like “Luke Skywalker and the colored matchstick held on by blu-tac.”

IGN have also interviewed me (entirely about Blood Ties) - right here

“As for the tone, these are not really kids’ tales. These happen in darker places with darker scenarios than The Clone Wars.  Although there is definitely some humor, we’re dealing with two men (in Jango and Boba) who aren’t exactly known for their fluffy-teddy-like approachable personas.”

There are also some great early reviews which I will post later.

Tom Taylor Made – Books For The Months Ahead

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Trying to keep on top of this.  Here are the books I have coming out in the months ahead (now with October and November added).

JUNE

THE AUTHORITY #23
On sale JUNE 2
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by MIKE S. MILLER
Cover by PHILIP TAN
With the onboard rebellions subdued and attacks from the stowaways repelled, The Authority can once again focus on the nature of their voyage. Is the Carrier leading them to its home – or does it have some other, more sinister agenda? While passing through a vast graveyard of discarded spacecraft, the latest Century Baby detects a faint sign of life. The High goes off on a rescue mission, but what he brings back on board eclipses any danger they’ve faced so far.

STAR WARS: INVASION—RESCUES #2 (of 6)
Tom Taylor (W), Colin Wilson (A), Wes Dzioba (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale June 30
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
New and vital knowledge sends Finn Galfridian with Jacen and Jaina Solo on a mission to the planet of Artorias. Though Finn does not know if his father, Caled, lives, if there is any chance, he must be warned of new dangers. It’s a hot and dangerous ride to Artorias, and the occupying Yuuzhan Vong are ready with a toothsome, ravaging welcome . . .
Meanwhile, Kaye and Nina, board their newly acquired Vong ship, embark on their own mission. It’s one they can’t refuse: rescuing captives held on a dead planet. There is no telling what peril will meet the rescue party . . .

JULY

STAR WARS ADVENTURES: THE WILL OF DARTH VADER
Tom Taylor (W), Brain Koschak (P), Dan Parsons (I), Michael Wiggam (C), and Sean McNally (Cover)
On sale July 21
FC, 80 pages
$7.99
TPB, 5 1/4″ x 7 1/2″
Darth Vader is on a mission for the Emperor!
When the Rebellion’s hit-and-run attacks on Imperial cargo ships become too audacious to be ignored, Darth Vader is sent in to find the Rebel base and destroy it. But the base, hidden in the center of a constantly shifting asteroid field, cannot be attacked directly.
To reach his target, Vader will have to team up with a recently captured smuggler named Zika—and dealing with an unwilling, wisecracking partner may be more of a trial for the Dark Lord than the actual mission!

THE AUTHORITY #24
On sale JULY 7
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art and cover by AL BARRIONUEVO
Deep in space, The Authority wage battle on two fronts. Aboard The Carrier, the combined might of the entire team is barely enough to keep the possessed, reanimated Aegean in check. It’s time for Hawksmoor to finally unleash his secret weapon, but will it be enough? Outside, against the vast entity known as Mondregon, even the immense Carrier is a mere speck. The High’s comeback may prove to be short–lived, as he’s about to face down Mondregon in what could turn out to be a suicide mission.

STAR WARS: INVASION—RESCUES #3 (of 6)
Tom Taylor (W), Colin Wilson (A), Wes Dzioba (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale July 28
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
Two armies have joined forces for a dangerous rescue mission. Both have experience fighting the Yuuzhan Vong, but this time the encounter takes an unexpected turn, and more is revealed about their enemy’s strange capabilities . . .
Meanwhile, Finn Galfridian and the Solo children race to warn Finn’s father that a trusted friend is a deadly enemy!
• Covers by Jo Chen!

AUGUST

THE AUTHORITY #25
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by AL BARRIONUEVO
Cover by HOWARD PORTER, ALLEN MARTINEZ & WES HARTMAN
In the aftermath of the twin battles with the Aegean and Mondregon, the team assesses the damage and Hawksmoor is forced to explain the origin of his strange, secret weapon. Deathblow is down for the count, and Swift is unconscious with no one able to figure out why she can’t be revived. But there’s not much time to lick their wounds or ease over internal tensions as The Carrier appears to finally be approaching its ultimate destination. Who or what they are about to meet could alter the course of the Wildstorm Universe forever.
On sale AUGUST 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES—A TALE OF JANGO AND BOBA FETT #1 (of 4)
Tom Taylor (W) and Chris Scalf (A/Cover)
On sale Aug 25
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Here begins a multigenerational tale of honor and redemption, starring two of the heaviest hitters in the Star Wars galaxy—the father-and-clone team of Jango and Boba Fett!
Shortly before the start of the Clone Wars, Count Dooku sends Jango Fett on a mission that will affect the course of Boba Fett’s life some twenty years later. But for now, neither of them knows what the future holds in store, and besides, they have their schedule filled dodging monsters and fighting bad guys!
• Jango Fett and Boba Fett together!
• Fully painted art by Purge artist Chris Scalf!

Image: Rombies #0

ROMBIES #0

(W) Tom Taylor (A/C) Skye Ogden

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it may crumble in one. Titans battle in the arena. A thumb turns down. A sword comes down. A dead man… stands up? Racing through dark, narrow tunnels beneath the Colosseum, two heroes and a child join together to escape their pursuers. Pursuers who were once men. Hungry men. Undead men. Rombies! Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your brains!

EXAMPLE (ONE-SHOT)Image: Example  (One-Shot)

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Colin Wilson

Two people. A train station. An unattended Briefcase. Prejudice versus Preservation. In the war on terror, will suspicion and fear win out? Written by Tom Taylor (The Authority) and illustrated by Colin Wilson (2000AD), The Example is a bleakly humourous meditation on terrorism, paranoia, and personal responsibility.

SEPTEMBER

THE AUTHORITY #26
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by AL BARRIONUEVO
Cover by CHRIS SPROUSE & KARL STORY
When Jack Hawksmoor chose to board the departing Carrier, he chose to hedge his bets. Now that his terrible secret has been exposed, the loss of trust far outweighs the recent loss of life…and the loss of loved ones. But there is no time for anger or mourning. They have reached their destination. Will The Authority find the help for their dying Earth that they seek – or will the end of their journey bring new nightmares?
On sale SEPTEMBER 1 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES—A TALE OF JANGO AND BOBA FETT #2 (of 4)
Tom Taylor (W) and Chris Scalf (A/Cover)
On sale Sept 29
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Then: Jango Fett, the most dangerous assassin/bounty hunter in the galaxy, never fails to get his man. But Jango has never had a success that has affected him this way.
Now: Boba Fett has taken up his father’s mantle and lived up to Jango’s fearsome reputation. But a secret from the past has Boba working a case he would normally dismiss and wondering if he actually knew his father as well as he thought . . .
Across the generations, and across the galaxy, if a Fett is on your trail, you’ve reached a dead end!
Fully painted art by Purge artist Chris Scalf!

STAR WARS: INVASION—RESCUES #4 (of 6)
Tom Taylor (W), Colin Wilson (A), Wes Dzioba (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale Sept 29
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
Jedi-in-training Finn Galfridian learns a secret about his mother that he never knew, but the knowledge only leads to new questions about himself and his unusual ability.
Meanwhile, Kaye Galfridian leads a New Republic attack against a Yuuzhan Vong base, not realizing that the Vong commander’s tactics are meant to buy him time to learn more about his most hated foe: Kaye’s brother, Finn.
New allies, new enemies, and a turning point in the lives of the Galfridian family!

OCTOBER

THE AUTHORITY #27
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by AL BARRIONUEVO
Cover by DAVE GIBBONS & KEVIN NOWLAN
1:10 Variant cover by ANDY PARK
One hundred thousand refugees scream inside the Carrier and are gone. Hawksmoor, Flint and Grifter disappear with them – taken by a species of brutal, nightmarish creatures. River’s growing powers as the Spirit of Information hid only a handful of Authority members. As they set out on an impossible rescue, a terrible history is uncovered and the mystery of Swift deepens.
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale OCTOBER 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES—A TALE OF JANGO AND BOBA FETT #3 (of 4)
Tom Taylor (W) and Chris Scalf (A/Cover)
On sale Oct 27
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Boba Fett has discovered that his father left a legacy to someone Boba has never heard of. He manages to track down the man, but if he is to learn the reasons behind Jango’s posthumous generosity, Boba Fett must first save the man from an army of bounty hunters who want the guy’s head!
Jango Fett and Boba Fett together!

STAR WARS: INVASION—RESCUES #5 (of 6)
Tom Taylor (W), Colin Wilson (A), Wes Dzioba (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale Oct 27
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Miniseries
Kaye Galfridian has taken command of a New Republic army, but her first mission has forced her to fight against some of the very refugees she has come to rescue! Mutated by Yuuzhan Vong bioengineering, the refugees have become monstrous killing machines who can only be “saved” by death.
Meanwhile, on their homeworld of Artorias, Kaye’s brother Finn must deal with death on another level, unaware that he has become the enemy’s objective in a new front in the Yuuzhan Vong invasion!
• Set within the time frame of the New Jedi Order novels from Del Rey!
The price of Victory . . .

NOVEMBER

STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES—JANGO AND BOBA FETT #4 (of 4)
Tom Taylor (W) and Chris Scalf (A/Cover)
On sale Nov 24
FC, 40 pages
$3.50
Miniseries
Boba Fett is on a mission to uphold his father’s honor. But when a bounty is paid, and the crime lord who issued it still refuses to call off his vendetta, Boba Fett’s own sense of honor is offended. Forget about bounties; now there’s hell to pay!

Boba Fett takes on a crime lord. Check.

And the crime lord’s army of minions. Check.

And a giant, rampaging rancor. Check and double-check!

THE AUTHORITY #28
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by AL BARRIONUEVO
Cover by TIM SEELEY & ALLEN MARTINEZ
Trapped by bloodthirsty aliens in a distant galaxy with billions of lives on the line, The Authority face impossible odds. Sarah Rainmaker will astonish, The Engineer will kick butt, Grifter will probably blow something up, Jack Hawksmoor will have to make a terrible decision, and Flint will put her fist through some squishy bits!
On sale 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US