Happy Birthday, Tom Taylor

November 28, 2011 at 8:29 am | Posted in Birthday, Comic Books | Leave a comment

Today we wish comic writer Tom Taylor a very happy birthday. Tom is the writer for the Star Wars comic series Invasion and Blood Ties. His birthday is technically November 29, which is tomorrow here in the United States, but since Tom was born in Australia, and since it’s already November 29th there, now is as good a time as any to celebrate.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Tom has had a long career in writing and performing for theater and musicals, winning numerous awards. As a comic writer, he’s written for Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, and Gestalt Publishing. His original works include several graphic novels, The Deep: Here Be Dragons, The Example, and his comic series Rombies which combines ancient Rome with zombies. His Star Wars works include Invasion: Refugees, Invasion: Rescues, Invasion: Revelations, Blood Ties: A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett, Star Wars Adventures: Luke Skywalker and the Treasures of the Dragonsnakes, and Star Wars Adventures: The Will of Darth Vader. His next Star Wars project will be Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead, plus the unnamed fourth arc in the Invasion series.

First up, I’d say reading comics gave me the skills I needed to write good theater. Then, writing theater and the success that came with that helped me become a better and more confident comic book writer. There is no doubt that my days spent as a playwright helped me with what I’m doing now. I learned what I feel an audience wants through my theater work and also through my work as a professional juggler. I learned that every story should be a thriller. People have to want to turn the page. They have to want to keep watching, or reading or listening. And for me, every story needs to be entertaining. Or what’s the point?

Theater is also far more confined than comics (you can’t blow up planets on stage very easily), and having to work within those constraints means you have to work harder to hold an audience. I am a huge fan of great, rhythmic dialogue, and theater helped me find my rhythm. -Tom Taylor, SFB interview.

You can find out more about Tom by checking out his official website Tom Taylor Made. And don’t forget to stop by his Facebook or Twitter page and wish him a happy birthday.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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