‘The Deep’ sets sail on Netflix

Streaming giant Netflix has procured the US rights to the animated adventure series, The Deep, based on the graphic novels published by Australian-based Gestalt Comics on Facebook.

The show began streaming on the Netflix platform in the US on June 1, 2016.

The television series is based on the internationally acclaimed graphic novel series created by multi-award-winning best-selling comic book author and playwright Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, All-New Wolverine), illustrated by James Brouwer (Justice League Beyond) and published by Gestalt Publishing. Taylor serves as head writer for the animated series, and Brouwer serves as art director.

“We have the best people possible working on this series, and have done absolutely everything in our power to maintain the integrity of the storytelling that won people over in the graphic novels. With both Taylor and Brouwer in pivotal roles, this series cannot help but amaze,” said Wolfgang Bylsma, Editor-in-Chief of Gestalt Publishing.

The Deep follows the incredible adventures of the Nektons, a family of underwater explorers who live on a submarine. There’s fearless 12-year-old Antaeus; his analytical 15-year-old sister Fontaine, an astute navigator; and their parents Will, an oceanographer, and Kaiko, a marine biologist; and, of course… Ant’s pet fish, Jeffrey! Their ongoing adventures continue a family legacy of exploring uncharted areas of the earth’s oceans to unravel the mysteries of the deep sea.

> The Deep comics and graphic novels are available here!

The Deep TV series begins Tuesday, 1 December 2015 on Channel 7TWO

From 1 December 2015 everyone around Australia is invited to adventure into The Deep with the daring aquanauts, the Nekton family!

A truly all-ages show, this unique and stunning underwater animated series premieres on the Seven Network’s 7TWO showing at 7.30am on weekdays. The series will also broadcast on ABC3 in 2016 and is set to roll out globally.

The animated series is based on the award-winning graphic novels written by Tom Taylor, illustrated by James Brouwer and published by Gestalt Publishing.

Melbourne-based writer, Tom Taylor, is the co-creator and lead writer of the series. He is a #1 New York Times best-selling comic book author, screenwriter and playwright, well known for his many STAR WARS works and the worldwide #1 bestselling comic series, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US. Taylor has spent the last year writing a critically acclaimed run of Marvel Comics’ flagship superhero, IRON MAN, and has been announced as the next writer of WOLVERINE as well as BATMAN/SUPERMAN for DC Comics.

Brisbane-based Illustrator, James Brouwer, is the co-creator and Art Director of the series in which his beautiful vision and incredible designs come to life.

Wolfgang Bylsma, Editor-in-Chief of Gestalt Publishing and Executive Producer on the series said, “It was paramount to us to maintain the integrity of the storytelling during the transition from comic to screen. Negotiating for key creator involvement at the highest level has truly paid off as the animated series is a thing of tremendous beauty that retains the flavour and flair of the graphic novels.”

Avrill Stark, CEO of A Stark Production and Australian Producer of the show said, “The Deep is a spectacularly entertaining series. The characters draw us into their irresistible world of wonder, mystery and adventure. It’s an honour to be working with such a talented team.”

Niki Hamilton at the Seven Network is also an executive producer on the program. Ms Hamilton said, “The Deep’s stories are multi-layered with themes and humour that will engage children and adults alike. This is truly family viewing and we are thrilled this classy animation will premiere on the Seven Network.”

The Deep Vol 2 wins Aurealis Award for ‘Best Graphic Novel’

At tonight’s Aurealis Awards The Deep: The Vanishing Island was declared ‘Best Illustrated Book or Graphic Novel’ in 2013.

The graphic novel is the second in the series by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer which is published by Gestalt Comics.

The President of Aurealis Awards organisers Conflux Inc, Nicole Murphy, said to all finalists: “to be judged as producing one of the stand out works of 2013 is something that all finalists can be immensely proud of.”

“Their works will now be known as among the best produced by an Australian and that’s a remarkable thing to have achieved.”

The Deep was among a record number of entries with over 800 works submitted to the twelve categories that make up the Aurealis Awards.

Gestalt Publishing’s Editor-in-Chief, Wolfgang Bylsma, was thrilled at the news.

“It is absolutely fantastic that the quality of Tom and James’ storytelling has been recognised and acknowledged with this year’s Aurealis Award for Best Graphic Novel, ” he said.

Graphic Novels by bestselling Melbourne Author to become international animated series. Screening and book launch this Saturday.

The Deep - TV Series Preview

His recent publications sit atop the bestseller lists on Amazon and iBooks among others, and he has written adventures for Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Luke Skywalker and Boba Fett — however, for Melbourne born and bred comic book author, Tom Taylor, nothing excites him more than crafting tales of the Nekton family in his creator-owned graphic novel series, The Deep.

After receiving the 2012 Aurealis Award for ‘Best Graphic Novel’ for the first volume of The Deep series, Here Be Dragons, Taylor and artist James Brouwer return to the seas for the second volume, The Vanishing Island, published by Gestalt Comics.

The Vanishing Island
continues the adventures of a multi-ethnic family of daring Aquanauts who live on a submarine — and will receive its official launch on the 23rd March 2013 at Melbourne’s All-Star Comics.

Written by award-winning writer Tom Taylor (DC’s Injustice, Star Wars: Adventures, Star Wars: Blood Ties) and illustrated by the incredible James Brouwer (Justice League Beyond), The Vanishing Island sees the Nektons, a family who have been exploring the seas for generations, investigate an island that was “completely not hit by a tsunami.”

Book Launch Details
The launch of The Vanishing Island will be held at All Star Comics, Level 1, 410 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, on Saturday the 23rd March 2013, from 1pm-3pm, and will feature the first public preview of the upcoming TV series based on The Deep graphic novels.

Upcoming Animated TV Series

A new CGI series is in the works based on the The Deep graphic novels, with Paris-based animation studio Technicolor developing and producing 26 half-hour episodes of The Deep targeting viewers 6 years and up.

The Deep: The Vanishing Island and the previous volume in the series, Here Be Dragons, are distributed by Madman Entertainment in Australia & New Zealand and Diamond Comics and Last Gasp in the USA.

Smallville Writer Bryan Q Miller praises
The Deep: The Vanishing Island.

“Not only does the family Nekton give younger readers an accessible, entertaining gateway into the world of comics, but they remind we elder readers why we started reading the funnies in the first place.

In an industry flooded with gritty “realism”, have faith in more than the fish – have faith that Tom and company yet again deliver an action-packed, all-ages adventure that’s filled to the gills with heart and mystery.”

Bryan Q. Miller
Executive Story Editor of Smallville (TV), Writer of Teen Titans, Batgirl Vol. 3, and creator of the upcoming All-ages graphic novel Earthward


Broken Frontier reviews ‘The Deep Vol.2: The Vanishing Island’

Broken Frontier‘s Kris Bather reviews The Deep Vol.2: The Vanishing Island

The Vanishing Island is the next entry (in hopefully a long series of OGNs), after the Aurealis Award winning debut of 2011. The Deep: Here Be Dragons by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer focused on the undersea adventures of the delightful and diverse Nekton family.

Now, Taylor and Brouwer are back and have crafted another entertaining, smile inducing tale. To put it in the vernacular off the kids of today I “LOL’d.” Several times in fact. Taylor is having a great run at the moment, with his work on each issue of the Injustice: Gods Among Us videogame tie-comic from DC rocketing to the top of the sales charts, and news that The Deep is now wisely in development as a 26 part animated series, which is an obvious choice, as anyone who’s enjoyed the Nektons’ tales will attest…

> Read the full review

The Deep Volumes 1 & 2 are available to order through the February 2013 Diamond Previews Catalogue (Page 315).

The Diamond Order Codes are:

The Deep Volumes 1 & 2 in Diamond Previews February 2013

Hot on the news that the animated TV series is in development with Technicolor, Tom Taylor & James Brouwer’s creator-owned series, The Deep, is listed in Diamond Comic Distributors Previews Catalogue right now. If your local comic store doesn’t stock them, now’s the perfect time to ask them to order both volumes!

The Diamond Order Codes are:


Of course, if you’re in Australia or New Zealand – you or your store can order directly through Madman Entertainment and save yourself a two-month wait on the US shelfdate!

You can view the full details and sample pages by clicking on the covers below:

The Deep Vol.1: Here Be Dragons The Deep Vol.2: The Vanishing Island

‘The Deep’ to become animated TV series!

Gestalt Comics’ international hit graphic novel The Deep is to be turned into an animated TV series by Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH).

The Deep, created by Australian playwright and comic book writer Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, Star Wars: Blood Ties, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight)  and illustrator James Brouwer (Justice League Beyond), follows the adventures of a family of explorers, the Nektons.

Technicolor Digital Productions aims to develop and produce 26 half-hour television episodes, which follows the Nekton’s incredible adventures.

Targeting kids aged 8-12 and their families, each self-contained episode of The Deep will bring the family a step closer to unraveling the mysteries of the deep sea; and every story will be filled with action, adventure, incredible sea monsters, fantastic vehicles, unbelievable bravery, and the odd family squabble, of course!

The Deep is one of those unique properties that truly appeals to all ages and genders by delivering compelling entertainment in the form of enthralling adventure, heart-pounding danger, laugh out loud humor and incredible discoveries all wrapped in unbreakable familial relationships,” said Steven Wendland, Vice President, Technicolor Digital Productions.

“It’s the family we all dreamed of being a part of when we were kids and are anxious and excited to share with our own children now.”

> Facebook Fan Page – The Deep

The Deep Vol.2: The Vanishing Island has arrived

The Vanishing Island - banner

The Deep Vol.2: The Vanishing Island written by Tom Taylor and gloriously illustrated by James Brouwer has hit Australian shores.

Stores who have ordered through our Aus/NZ Distributor, Madman Entertainment, should be receiving their stock very soon. All advance orders through the Gestalt Comics website were filled just prior to Christmas 2012, and they have still stock of their advance shipment available.


Kirby Krackle Momentarily Pause Rocking To Read The Deep

Seattle Nerd-Rock Band, Kirby Krackle take time out from rocking to collectively read The Deep: Here Be Dragons.

“Fantastic art combined with relate-able, fully fleshed-out characters and an intriguing story makes “The Deep” a can’t-miss book!” – Kirby Krackle

Cheers to Kirby Krackle, who have just launched their third awesome album, Super Powered Love!  Check out the band’s official site for details on how you can obtain all of their nerd-rock goodness.

Also, be sure to check out the video for “Ring Capacity”.

Broken Frontier reviews ‘The Deep’

A stunning review for the just released ‘The Deep: Here Be Dragons’ from Broken Frontier.

“Taylor and Brouwer make for a dynamic partnership. Comedy in this artform can always be tricky, but the pair know what they’re doing and elicit the most laughs out of each comedic moment, thanks to great pacing, expressions, and dialogue. Brouwer’s art is a perfect fit for this breezy, well-paced adventure. His expressions are great and add to much of the comedy.” – Broken Frontier

Click here for the full review

New York Times Bestselling Author, Kevin J Anderson On The Deep

The Deep: Here Be Dragons is out this week! And more wonderful people are praising it.

For those who don’t know, Kevin J Anderson is an award-winning science fiction author who has written over forty bestsellers. He has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and with Brian Herbert is the co-author of the Dune prequels. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity… he has also written the foreword for The Deep: Here Be Dragons.

“The story is full of epic action, as well as great banter and character development… I loved Here Be Dragons.” – Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times Bestselling Author

Thanks KJ!

Advance copies of The Deep were available at San Diego Comic Con.  Here is the moment it was first held.

MTV Explores ‘The Deep’ With Writer Tom Taylor

The Deep: Here Be Dragons gets even more coverage as Tom Taylor talks to MTV geek.

‘I’ve had the opportunity to read the first 24 pages of the 88-page OGN and I have to say that it’s pretty impressive stuff thanks to Taylor’s simple and clear take on the Nekton family combined with the wonderful cartoon-style art by Brouwer. It strikes just the right balance between smart, funny, and menacing with the family element being present and a major throughline but never reducing what I read to sitcom material.

Gushing aside, here’s what Taylor had to say about his book…’

“Geek: You can count on one hand the number of characters that are multi-ethnic in big-name titles. What appealed to you about giving the Nekton family this composition?

TT: Well, I think the first part of your question played a large part. The world is a diverse place and not every family of heroes looks like The Incredibles. We haven’t made a big deal of this in The Deep. We simply wanted a unique cast of heroes who aren’t from anywhere. Their ethnicity and countries of origin aren’t talked about or pointed out in the book at all. The sea is huge and covers the globe, and so do the Nekton family.”

Click here for the full interview.

Avatar and Inception Star, Dileep Rao, Praises ‘The Deep’.

Some fantastic early praise is coming in for The Deep: Here Be Dragons. We start with the words of Dileep Rao, who recently read an advance chapter of The Deep. Here’s what the Avatar and Inception star had to say – “The images are ravishing and the plot and pacing are fun and absorbing. The wit and family dynamics are spot on while the action is effortless.”

Thanks for the kind words, Dileep.  Glad you liked it!

Comic Book Resources Talks Exclusively To Tom Taylor About The Deep

“The Deep” is a wonderful concept, almost a “Fantastic Four” meets “Fantastic Journey… 

Hot on the heels of winning its country’s biggest sci-fi literature award, the Aurealis, for “Changing Ways,” Australian publisher Gestalt Publishing is set to dive deep this fall. On August 4, the publisher will release “The Deep: Here Be The Dragons,” an 88-page original graphic novel by award-winning multi-media writer Tom Taylor and artist James Brouwer.”