Howard Tayler is the author and artist of the Hugo nominated science fiction comic strip Schlock Mercenary.  This serialized comic space opera has been running daily for over 10 years and fully supports Howard and his family.  Howard is also part of the Parsec Award winning “Writing Excuses” podcast team with Brandon Sanderson and Dan Wells. They spend time weekly discussing writing tips and techniques in 15 minute segments which are available to listeners for free.  Howard’s artwork is featured in XDM X-Treme Dungeon Mastery, a role-playing game book by Tracy Hickman (Dragonlance, Ravenloft) and Curtis Hickman. Howard has drawn fannish cartoons for convention program books and websites.  Howard was previously a guest at Ad Astra in 2008.