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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 093): An Interview with Howard Tayler

In episode 93 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and Fred Kiesche chat with author, artist and podcaster Howard Tayler, creator of the Schlock Mercenary webcomic.

From Howard Tayler is the writer and illustrator behind Schlock Mercenary, the Hugo-nominated science fiction comic strip. Howard is also featured on the Parsec award-winning “Writing Excuses” podcast, a weekly ‘cast for genre-fiction writers. Howard’s artwork is featured in XDM X-Treme Dungeon Mastery, a role-playing supplement by Tracy and Curtis Hickman.

Howard’s most recently published work is Schlock Mercenary: Resident Mad Scientist.


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3 Comments on The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 093): An Interview with Howard Tayler

  1. It’s hilarious you wait 21 minutes before telling the listeners what Schlock Mercenary is.


    Such is the Power of Howard 🙂

  2. That was pretty amusing. My ears perked up when Patrick mentioned my name, I wasn’t sure if I should expect some sort of shenanigans or not. I guess I was safe this time.

    I’m glad Fred bugged you to get Howard on the ‘cast, I’ve been a fan of him on the Writing Excuses and his art on Schlock for a while. Not near as long as Fred, just a mere two years.

    Certainly inspires me to get back to work on the Shadow Bytes, though time is tight.

  3. Howard is my inspiration, in so many ways.  When I think it’s too late for me to start a new career, I remember Howard.  He had barely cartooned at all before starting Schlock Mercenary, but within a few years he had quit his day job.  So I know I still have options, if I’m willing to put in the work.  


    He also helped me realize that if I want to be a pro, I have to act like a pro.  More than that, I have to identify positive and negative things about the way that professionals in my field behave, so I can emulate the good and avoid the bad.  When Howard was starting his comic, he decided that he would update every day because he hated the ones that took breaks.  And then he worked to make sure he could meet that goal.  So as I am trying to start my second career as a fiction writer, I remember Howard and I try to identify what must be done and then put in the work to make it happen.


    Thanks, Howard!

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