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Messages - Mike Carroll

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 09 November, 2018, 12:31:36 AM »
Can anyone identity this book - a long shot 'cos I remember virtually nothing about it - may have been Heinlein or Clarke (or maybe another). All I can remember is that it featured a family spaceship crew - a man, his son and daughter in law. I gave up after a multi page discussion about who should be the next captain and the chain of command and ship protocol.

That sounds like it might be The Number of the Beast by Heinlein, though as I recall, the main characters are a man, his girlfriend and her father (and his girlfriend), all of whom are deliberate allusions to characters in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars books. It's been almost forty years since I read it, but I'd been a huge Heinlein fan and then this one came along and it was just ponderous, incomprehensible, self-indulgent waffle. One of those books where you go, "Yeah... he's lost it."
-- Mike

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 17 May, 2018, 03:39:28 PM »
Colin Wilson - Excellent!

I love your site, Alex - it should be required reading for every fan!

Do please keep up the good work!


News / Re: Judges!
« on: 15 May, 2018, 03:27:24 PM »
Just a heads-up...  The first book in the series -- Judges: The Avalanche -- is published today! Available on
Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and iTunes!

Edited links so they actually work! – IP

Announcements / Journey Planet #39 - Judge Dredd issue! Free!
« on: 16 March, 2018, 02:37:42 PM »
Now on-line, totally free and ready for you to download - the Judge Dredd issue of Journey Planet, the Hugo Award-winning fanzine!

Packed with all-new articles on Dredd, the creators that shaped him, features from the folks behind the Dredd fanzines Zarjaz and Sector 13, plus interviews with Patrick Mills, John Wagner, strips, art, reviews, and much much more!


(Note: if you've already downloaded it, this is version 1.1, with a few formatting errors and typos fixed, and a couple of corrections in the "Introduction to Judge Dredd" section! As a bonus, we've also included a feature that was accidentally omitted from the first version: three graphic novel reviews by David Ferguson!)

Lorca is my favourite character because he's a tool. Nice to see a tool on Star Trek that isn't just a fusspot or Neelix.

Looks like many of the bets about Lt Tyler were correct, eh? Lot of character arc already for a fake person. Gutted about the Doc, bit dubious about in regards to the 'Bury Your Gays' trope  The other half was doomed from the second he injected himself with spacemagic of course, but I feel that's a bit different. Maybe just because this was my favourite couple in SF for a long while and one of the things that made the relatively dark world of Discovery still part of the Utopian tradition of Star Trek.

This Mirror World is Totally Fun. Captain Killy? Doesn't need a goatee

Sorry, Theblazeuk, I had to remove the TV Tropes link because the spoiler tags don't work properly with embedded links. (I could have simply spoilered the text around the link, but the link itself is a bit of a spoiler...)
-- Mike

General / Re: Christmas sale
« on: 01 December, 2017, 09:30:53 AM »
And you can add The Mighty One to that 99p list.

And Rico Dredd: The Third Law, too!

General / Re: 2000 AD Messageboard Advent Calendar 2017 SIGN UP Thread.
« on: 17 November, 2017, 04:45:49 PM »
A good collection of contributors there...! I always look forward to this time of the year: checking the board every morning for the new entries!

Don't think I'll be contributing myself this year, though: time is limited! (Unless, of course, I come up with one of those "can't NOT do it" ideas!)


Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 10 May, 2017, 05:26:26 PM »
This is real!

Entertainment Weekly

Oooh! Like those hoodies!

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 08 February, 2017, 09:53:46 PM »
Brigand Doom
Not convinced by this one.

When I saw that cover pop up on Facebook it reminded me that I've always suspected Dave D'Antiquis was a play on words but I've never been able to work out what it might be.

I always figured it was meant to sound like "Day of the Anti-Christ."

Announcements / Re: 2000AD 40th Anniversary - 11th Feb 2017 - London
« on: 31 January, 2017, 04:29:35 PM »
Getting close now! :thumbsup:
I've just booked the Friday & Monday off work for that mini-holiday feeling.

Any other forumites from ROI making it over to this?
Tordelback? Zenith 666? Joe Soap? David?

I know Gavin is coming, but he'd go to the opening of a brown paper bag with 'Zarjaz' written on it.

Leonia and I will be attending!
-- Mike

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills 2017
« on: 19 January, 2017, 04:56:34 PM »
Back in 2015 I recoloured Johnny Alpha on that cover to more closely match the real thing... I also recoloured Wulf's beard!

General / Re: What are these editions and how to catch up?
« on: 11 January, 2017, 10:32:45 AM »

3. The Mega-collection isn't available outside the UK, Australia & New Zealand and Ireland*.

FTFY Frank

FTFY, Stevie

General / Re: Pedants' corner a.k.a. "Get me Mek-Quake on speed-dial!"
« on: 31 December, 2016, 04:47:09 PM »
Hmm... Just spotted this thread!

The error (or "continuity stinker" -- thanks, A. Cow!) was the result of a minor screw-up by me and minor mix-up in the Nerve Centre: I wrote "The Grindstone Cowboys" many months before I started working on "Reclamation" and, to be frank, I'd forgotten that I'd already shown Joyce and Giant working together (Giant wasn't in my original plan for that scene in "The Grindstone Cowboys": I added him later because I wanted to foreshadow his appearance in "Reclamation").

I spotted the mistake shortly after I delivered "Reclamation" and informed The Mighty One, then sent him the corrected version. Unfortunately, the revised version of the script was mislaid or something and the incorrect one was used instead.

The good news is that we've managed to patch over the mistake by tweaking the dialogue in the collected edition (Every Empire Falls, due to be published in early February), and it should be absolutely seamless and unnoticeable to new readers (or established readers who are a tad less pedantic observant) as long as those who DO know it's there don't go "helpfully" pointing it out to everyone...


« on: 24 December, 2016, 01:45:39 AM »

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