Tom Taylor (writer)

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Tom Taylor
Born (1978-11-29) 29 November 1978 (age 36)
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
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.

Tom Taylor (born 29 November 1978) is an award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling comic book author, playwright and screenwriter. He 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. He has been announced as the co-creator and head writer of the upcoming CG animated series The Deep based on his graphic novel series of the same name.


Tom Taylor was born in Melbourne, Australia.

Taylor has been announced as the All-New Wolverine writer, and has also recently written the bestselling Injustice: Gods Among Us and Earth 2 series for DC Comics.[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 was optioned by Technicolor and is set to become a 26 episode CG animated series, with Taylor serving as creator/head writer.[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. The sequel, The Vanishing Island, won the award again in 2014.

Performing and writing for theatre and musicals from the age of fourteen, Tom's works have been produced across four continents. His plays have 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]


DC Comics[edit]


Dark Horse Comics[edit]

Gestalt Publishing[edit]


IDW Publishing[edit]

2000 AD[edit]

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

Film and Television[edit]

Technicolor SA, Canada-based Nerd Corps Entertainment and Australia-based A Stark Production have finalized a partnership for a new 26 episode CG Animated series, based on The Deep graphic novels created by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer. Taylor has been announced as the creator and head writer of the series.[11]

Taylor wrote a short film adaptation of The Example which was optioned and filmed by Staple Fiction in 2011. It screened at Film Festivals around the world.

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.

Theatrical Works[edit]

  • DRIP
    • Stratton Players (Boston USA 2007)
    • Newtown Theatre (Sydney AUS 2009)
    • Carlton Courthouse (Melbourne Aus 2008)
    • Bite Size Theatre (Brighton England 2007)
    • Newtown Theatre (Sydney AUS 2007)
    • Chapel Off Chapel (Melbourne, Australia 2009)
    • The BDP Ensemble (Brisbane AUS 2006)
    • Old Fitzroy Hotel Theatre (Sydney AUS 2005)
  • HARD RUBBISH WEEK (Script coordinator)
    • The Athenaeum Theatre (Melbourne AUS 2003)


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



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Preceded by
Kieron Gillen
Iron Man writer
Succeeded by
Brian Michael Bendis