The Author, Howard Tayler

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The creator of the strip.


Howard Tayler created //[ Schlock Mercenary] in 2000, and new installments have appeared online every day since then. This epic comic space opera has been nominated four times for Hugo awards, and has won “Best Thing Howard’s Done For a Living” each month since September of 2004. In his spare time Howard paints 28mm miniatures, plays table-top role-playing games, and shifts plates of metal around at the gym with sisyphean zeal. He lives in Orem, Utah with his wife Sandra and their four children.[1]

Howard is also featured on the Parsec award-winning “Writing Excuses” podcast, a weekly 'cast for genre-fiction writers. Howard’s illustrative artwork is featured in XDM X-Treme Dungeon Mastery, a role-playing supplement by Tracy and Curtis Hickman[2]

Howard’s most recently published work is Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic .

Affiliations & Relationships

Married to Sandra Tayler Children: Four, referred to online as Gleek, Kiki, Link, and Patch.


Howard has "broken the fourth wall" and appeared in his own strip several times, including: 2001-05-05, 2002-04-07, 2002-05-05, 2003-05-05, 2004-05-05, 2006-09-02

Sandra appeared in the strip as well, on 2004-05-05

First appearance

Howard's first 'breaking of the fourth wall was on 2001-05-05, when he appeared in a dream to Schlock for an appeal to boost ratings for the comic.

Links & URLs

  • SchlockMercenary blog: [1]
  • Howard's blog, [2]
  • Howard on twitter: [3]
  • Sandra's blog, One Cobble at a Time: [4]
  • Sandra on twitter: [5]
  • Writing Excuses: [6]