Tom Taylor (writer)

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Tom Taylor
TomTaylorPhoto.jpg
Born (1978-11-29) 29 November 1978 (age 35)
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
The Deep: Here Be Dragons
Injustice: Gods Among Us
The Example
Star Wars: Invasion
The Authority
Earth-Two
Star Wars: Blood Ties
A4 To A3 (film)
Awards Winner 'Aurealis Award for Best illustrated book/graphic novel'
'Winner 'Stan Lee Excelsior Award'
'Best Dramatic Writing' Short and Sweet
and others.

Official website

Tom Taylor (born 29 November 1978) is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling comic book author, an award-winning playwright and has also written for radio, musicals, film, magazines, and television. He is the creator of The Deep: Here Be Dragons, The Example and Rombies and is well known for his work on the DC Comics series Injustice: Gods Among Us and Earth-Two as well as his many Star Wars works.

Biography[edit]

Tom Taylor was born in Melbourne, Australia.

Taylor is currently the writer of the bestselling Injustice: Gods Among Us comic for DC Comics and took over Earth 2 in November 2013 with artist, Nicola Scott.[1]

Taylor is the creator, with James Brouwer, of the all-ages adventure graphic novels The Deep: Here Be Dragons and its sequel The Vanishing Island published by Gestalt Publishing. The Deep has been optioned by Technicolor and is set to become a 26 episode CG animated series, with Taylor heavily involved in writing and development.[2]

In 2012, The Deep: Here Be Dragons won the Aurealis Award for Best illustrated book/graphic novel, Australia's premier speculative fiction literary award, it was also nominated for Best children’s illustrated work/picture book.

Performing and writing for theatre and musicals from the age of fourteen, Tom's works have been produced across four continents. His work has won a number of awards and accolades including winning the award for 'Best Dramatic Writing' in Short and Sweet - The world's largest short play festival.[3]

Perhaps most notably, his plays have been produced at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Taylor is well known for his many Star Wars comics and graphic novels for Dark Horse Comics. These include, Star Wars: Blood Ties[4] with artist Chris Scalf, and Star Wars: Invasion, with illustrator Colin Wilson.[5] April 2012 saw the start of Taylor and Scalf's new Blood Ties series provocatively titled Boba Fett is Dead as reported by CNN.[6] Taylor is also the writer of the Darth Maul: Death Sentence miniseries, which is set immediately after the end of the fourth Clone Wars television series.

Star Wars: Blood Ties won the 2012 'Stan Lee Excelsior Award' as voted for by thousands of school students across the UK, and Star Wars: Invasion #0 was nominated for a 'Diamond Gem Award' in the '2009 Comic Book of the Year Over $3.00' category.[7]

Taylor wrote the graphic novella, Star Wars Adventures: Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes which shows a never before seen story of Luke Skywalker training with Yoda on Dagobah during The Empire Strikes Back. Taylor also penned Star Wars Adventures: The Will of Darth Vader Randy Stradley, Dark Horse Vice President, says Tom Taylor has taken to writing comics faster than anyone he's ever seen.[8]

Tom Taylor also wrote The Authority, published under the Wildstorm imprint, starting with issue #22 in May 2010 until the end of the Wildstorm imprint.[9] He also wrote The Brainiac / Sinestro Corps war storyline in the pages of DC Universe Online: Legends, a Batman story with artist Nicola Scott and Rose and Thorn with artist Neil Googe.

Taylor's award-winning play The Example has also been adapted into a comic book with illustration by Colin Wilson through Gestalt Publishing[10] and was optioned and filmed by Staple Fiction in 2011. Gestalt Publishing are also publishing Taylor's Rombies series with art by Skye Ogden and published his stories, White Dove' III and 96000m, in their 'Flinch' anthology. They are also set to publish Taylor's original Graphic Novel Brief Cases.[11]

Taylor's award-winning short musical A4 to A3 (written with Simon Barlow) was filmed by Bravada Films in 2009, for which Taylor also wrote the screenplay.[12] A4 to A3 premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival on 29 April 2010.

Bibliography[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

Gestalt Publishing[edit]

Wildstorm[edit]

IDW Publishing[edit]

2000 AD[edit]

  • Tharg's 3rillers: 15 (with art by Jon Davis-Hunt, 2000 AD #1797-1799, 2012)

Marvel[edit]

Theatrical Works[edit]

  • DRIP
    • Stratton Players (Boston USA 2007)
    • Newtown Theatre (Sydney AUS 2009)
    • Carlton Courhouse (Melbourne Aus 2008)
    • Bedlam Theatre Company (Perth AUS 2007)
  • BELIEVE
    • Bite Size Theatre (Brighton England 2007)
    • Favourite Shorts (NSW AUS 2007)
    • Newtown Theatre (Sydney AUS 2007)
  • PROTEST
  • MYSTERY FLIGHT
    • Chapel Off Chapel (Melbourne, Australia 2009)

Film in Pre - Production 2009

  • NAZANIN
    • The BDP Ensemble (Brisbane AUS 2006)
  • MY MONTH AS A MEMBER
    • Old Fitzroy Hotel Theatre (Sydney AUS 2005)
  • THREE BAGS FULL (Script coordinator)
    • The Athenaeum Theatre (Melbourne AUS 2004)
  • HARD RUBBISH WEEK (Script coordinator)
    • The Athenaeum Theatre (Melbourne AUS 2003)

Accolades[edit]

Winning three awards including Best Dramatic Writing - 'The Example'

Short and Sweet - Melbourne AUS 2005

Angel Award 2008 for Artistic Excellence - Public Vote

With Bite-Size Theatre

'Believe' Brighton Festival Fringe - UK 2008

Winner of the Judges Choice Award and Peoples Choice Award – ‘Falling Praying’

Crash Test Drama – Melbourne AUS 2008


Official Selection - 'Drip'

Stratton Players - Boston USA 2007

Top 5 Shortlist Carol Tambor "Best of Edinburgh" Award

With Bite-Size Theatre 'The Example' - Edinburgh Scotland 2008

Finalist - 'A Short Play for a Competition'

Bite-Size International Playwriting Competition - Sussex UK 2008

Winner of The People's Choice Award - 'A4 2 A3'[13]

Short, Sweet and Song - Sydney AUS 2007[14]

Edinburgh Fringe First Nomination 2008 - 'The Example'

With Bite-Size Theatre - Edinburgh Scotland 2008

Nominated for Best Comedy Script and Best Production - 'Falling, Praying'

Short and Sweet - Melbourne 2008

Top Ten - 'Nazanin'

Magnolia Arts Centre Playwright Award - Greenville USA 2006

Top Ten - 'Short Sighted'

Short, Sweet and Song - Sydney AUS 2008

Winner of the Judges Choice Award and People’s Choice Award – ‘A Short Play for a Competition’

Crash Test Drama – Melbourne AUS 2007

Top Ten - 'My Month as a Member'

Write Now National Young Playwright Award - Sydney AUS 2005

State Finalist - 'Raw Comedy'

Melbourne International Comedy Festival – 2005

Interviews/Articles[edit]

References[edit]

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