Howard Tayler is a writer and illustrator. He is best known for his award-winning Schlock Mercenary, an online comic space opera he created in 2000. He was nominated for four Hugo Awards.
He contributed to the Planet Mercenary Role Playing Game (2017). He is also cohost (with Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, and Dan Wells) to the weekly podcast Writing Excuses. The podcast has been nominated for a Hugo Award in 2011, 2012, and won in 2013.
He is a movie reviewer and has contributed to Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology, Space Eldritch, Space Eldritch II, The Haunted Stars, and numerous novellas and short stories.