Howard Tayler is the writer and illustrator behind Schlock Mercenary, the Hugo-nominated science fiction comic strip. His artwork is featured in XDM X-Treme Dungeon Mastery, a role-playing supplement by Tracy and Curtis Hickman, as well as in the board game “Schlock Mercenary: Capital Offensive” by Kevin Nunn, published by Living World Games.
Howard has written SF horror for the Space Eldritch and SpaceEldritch II: The Haunted Stars anthologies, and full-metal fantasy tie-in fiction for Privateer Press under their Skull Island X imprint.
With Alan Bahr and Sandra Tayler, Howard created The Planet Mercenary Role Playing Game, a project for which he is serving as the lead writer and the art director. The game is scheduled for publication in 2017.
His most recent printed work is Force Multiplication: Schlock Mercenary Book 12, which was on the 2011 Hugo ballot. New readers may find Random Access Memorabilia, available to read free online, to be a delightful introduction to the work for which he is best known.
A recovering autodidact, Howard nevertheless remains a firm believer in the power of focused practice, and in the relative irrelevance of talent. He praises artists’ skills, rather than saying “you’re so talented,” because he knows that their years of study and refinement are what we see on the pages they create.
He lives in Orem, Utah with his wife Sandra, their children, and one ungrateful, archetypally imperious cat.