Proof that God loves and still uses sinful men for His purposes
And they let this guy in the church?!
The official writing bio:
Sean Taylor is a full-time writer of prose, graphic novels and comic books.
He's the writer of Gene Simmons Dominatrix by Simmons Comics Group published by IDW Publishing and has also written for Gene Simmons House of Horrors, also published by IDW. He's also currently writing the upcoming fantasy graphic novel Shan: Be My Hero for VLE Comics, the upcoming miniseries Last Chance School for Girls and Jesse James in the Mayan Underworld for Arcana Comics.
He's the former managing editor of Campfire (formerly Elfin) graphic novels, where he oversaw the publication of graphic novels based on classic literature, world literature and historical biographies, as well as original works. For Elfin, he has written the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man and contributed to an upcoming Halloween-themed collection of stories.
Other projects of note that he's currently working on include Gomer, a contemporary retelling of the book of Hosea, Parodox Alley, a tie-in one-shot (featuring Fishnet Angel, Nick Landime, Phantom Jack and Cyberfrog) with the massive War of the Independents indy comic crossover, with his partners in that venture Erik Burnham and Mike Sangiacomo, Quinn: The Reckoning with artist/co-creator Martheus Wade, "Jennifer's Luggage" (a short comics tale) for Image's Negative Burn anthology, Jesus Manson, Agnostic at Large with artist Oliver Tria, an original sequel to The Invisible Man and The Time Machine, Body Dumper with artist Taki Soma, Ace Robinson, Monster Killer for Hire: Turf War with co-creator/artist George Pitcher III, "Sweetly Felt the Dream" (a comics short) for Terminus Media, and a few others that aren't quite ready for public revelation as of yet.
In addition to all that, he's also been a staff writer, managing editor and editorial vice president for iHero Entertainment's Writer’s Digest Grand Prize Zine Award-winning Cyber Age Adventures magazine ("The very first zine award, as a matter of fact," he adds with great pride). He served as book editor and writer for the two iHero trade paperback collections A Private Little Corner of the Universe and Playing Solitaire.
He's also the former editor-in-chief of Shooting Star Comics, where he edited the critically acclaimed Children of the Grave comics series and edited and contributed to the fan favorite Shooting Star Comics Anthology, and was creator and author of the Fishnet Angel: Jane Doe comic book miniseries.
As if he weren't already overworked and exhausted, he's also written and edited for the role-playing game industry as well, having contributed to the DCU Role Playing Game published by West End Games (Gotham City Sourcebook, Titans Sourcebook, and Green Lantern Sourcebook) and having edited the Cyber Age Adventures Role Playing Game.
He's the former editor for the Baptist Men Edition of On Mission magazine and the former associate editor of On Mission magazine, and during his tenure on the magazine's staff, it won an EPA Higher Goals award (a religious publishing version of a Folio, basically). He has won several awards for his periodical work, and has contributed articles and book and music reviews to such national periodical publications as Inside the Lines, Home Life, Church Administration, CCM, CBA Marketplace (formerly Bookstore Journal), and others.
He currently lives in the Atlanta area with his extraordinarily beautiful wife (who puts up with his posing with booth babes and only rolls her eyes at him) and his kids and dogs and cats.
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The official music bio: Sean Taylor helps lead worship at Lakeland Community Church in Cumming, Georgia, as a member and leader of in the worship band Nothing Regal. Together with other members of the worship team (primarily the Lennon to his McCartney, or perhaps more accurately the Boyce to his Hart, Jeff Gordon), he co-writes original worship music that reflect the grace-focused and relation-based culture of the church (it's hard to find a morality-cop on duty in the foyer). As a part of their intent to be "in the world and not of it" he and Jeff readily admit that they're not big fans of a lot of so-called Christian music, and they really, really like to inject their worship sets with bits of spiritual truth from the O'Jays, Pete Townsend, Lifehouse, Johnny Cash, The Youngbloods, Collective Soul, Stevie Wonder, John Hiatt, Bob Dylan, U2, and CCR (among others). Trust me, you haven't had church until your heard the congregation singing "Love Train" or “Shine” at the top of their lungs.
Music has always been an important part of his life. He can still remember playing "air band" to his Uncle Roderick's 45s from the '70s and then graduating up to creating pretend instruments out of household items (a few pots, pans, and trash cans for a drum kit; tennis racquets for guitars, and well, an actually a child's organ for the keyboard). Along with other neighborhood kids, he hammed it up to the music of the Clique, Five Man Electrical Band, KISS and Three Dog Night until he was finally able to request his own music (the first of which were cassettes of KISS Dynasty and REO Speedwagon's Hi Infidelity, for the record).
Sean plays bass guitar and owns a Fender Jazz and a Washburn B-15 with active electronics, acoustic guitar and owns a gorgeous Alvarez he got from his dad, a borrowed Ovation that sounds un-freakin'-believable, and an older guitar he inherited from his granddaddy that he is in the process of refurnishing to give it the love it deserves, electric guitar and owns a Fender Telecaster that he dreamed of for years before a bonus at a former job made it possible, and harmonica and owns a Hohner set that covers the scale.
Between 1988 and 1992 he played bass in the Christian rock band, Reign. The band had an '80s fetish going big-time, and would have given its last dollar to be Toto or Van Halen or Whiteheart (most of the time). They played in the southeastern U.S., mostly for churches at camps, youth events, or community event, but they did have three big event gigs -- one at IS Fest, during which they played the same stage as Adam Again and the Choir, and two at Atlanta Fest, the Southeast's biggest Christian music festival. They released one cassette called i of the storm, and later began work on a second release, tentatively titled Even in the Dry Season, but never finished it before the band broke up in the early 90s. During their tenure, the band also shared the stage as opening band for the Newsboys and Jacob’s Trouble.
Back in 2003, Sean released his first solo CD of "electronic-infused garage rock," Pop Nightmare, and is currently working (lumberingly and with little speed) on the second, Dreaming and Other Diversions. What's it sound like? The goal is to create something that sounds like modern incidental music from shows like Alias and the like. Maybe it's like the accident that would happen if the Chemical Brothers smashed their bus into Van Halen or Nirvana. Who knows? Just listen and find out for yourself.
One of his newest musical projects is called Blue Mercy Cafe. That's a catch-all, made-up band name to include stuff he writes and records both alone and with friends that falls into the acoustic, folksy, art-hymn vein. He’s hoping to finish recording about 12 songs for a BMC CD tentatively titled 12 Dirty Breadcrumbs. He also wants to eventually put together a project called Solid, which will be a artsy-folksy arrangement of many of the hymns he grew up with in church in the South.
I will be a guest at Con Nooga on February 20 - 22, 2009 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It will be a fun time as I hang out with fun-loving comics and pop media folks like Bobby Nash, Robert Freese, Daniel Emery Taylor, David Boop, Cristina Barber, Samantha Newark, Chase Masterson, and Linda Blair. Plus many more.
For full details, guest list, and panel descriptions, check the website at http://www.connooga.com
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