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Howard Tayler

Howard Tayler is the writer and illustrator behind Schlock Mercenary, the Hugo-nominated science fiction comic strip. He also co-hosts the Hugo and Parsec award-winning “Writing Excuses” podcast, a weekly ‘cast for genre-fiction writers, with Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, Erin Roberts, and DongWon Song. He also collaborated with Mary Robinette, Dan Wells, and Brandon Sanderson to create the Shadows Beneath anthology.

Howard has written tie-in fiction for Privateer Press, and horror for the Space Eldritch anthologies as well as the Planet Mercenary RPG. Planet Mercenary is set in the universe of the Schlock Mercenary comic. You can find the comic online at His current projects include X-treme Dungeon Mastery Second Edition and the Shafters Shifters series of novellas.