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Messages - Heath C Ackley

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 11 October, 2018, 10:20:39 pm »
Very sorry to hear that Jim.

General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 01 October, 2018, 07:31:42 pm »
Already written my piece on the RIP thread but it is terrible news. His passing is a loss to 2000ad and to comics as a whole.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 01 October, 2018, 03:30:05 pm »
Bollocks that's the worst news I've heard in ages. Carlos was a legend; as vital to 2000ad and its history as Kirby and Ditko were to Marvel. A sad loss for us all. Gutted. The greatest of respect due and my thoughts are with his family and friends.

News / Re: Glenn Fabry
« on: 28 September, 2018, 10:25:15 pm »
Shite bad news indeed. He is one of my favourite artists. Best wishes to Glenn and his family.

General / Re: droids you've forgotten
« on: 06 September, 2018, 08:31:03 pm »
Thank you Sheridan. I have few more in the works including something special for the Armistice Day issues.

General / Re: droids you've forgotten
« on: 06 September, 2018, 02:33:24 pm »
Martin Griffiths. He illustrated a couple of future shocks - including mine - as well as doing the DVD cover art for the X-Men animated series from way back. I met him at MCM Birmingham a few years ago. A decent bloke.

News / Re: Get Well Soon, Carlos.
« on: 05 September, 2018, 02:25:29 pm »
Get Well Soon Carlos!

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 04 September, 2018, 02:07:47 pm »
Sad to hear about the passing of Jacqueline Pearce. A teenage tv crush gone! It's strange that for all of her 'glamorous menace' there has never been a character quite like Servalan in science fiction or elsewhere before or since.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 18 August, 2018, 07:22:58 pm »
You are all terrible, terrible people... :)

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 16 August, 2018, 11:00:00 pm »
The world has lost one of its greatest and sweetest voices.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 08 July, 2018, 10:42:09 am »
Like Jack Kirby, Ditko was a legend not just in comics but in the medium as a whole. Respect due and paid.

General / Re: SHORT STORY RESULTS! - Out of This World
« on: 21 June, 2018, 04:13:26 pm »
Well done once again Lord Shark!

1) Steven Denton
2) The Most Legendary Shark
3) Eamonn Clarke

General / Re: SPRING Short Story Comp - OUT OF THIS WORLD
« on: 28 May, 2018, 08:59:29 pm »

Sam hated space-walking. There was no room inside his helmet to smoke and weightlessness always made him ill. The airlock doors slid silently open. He hit the jets and the pod propelled him into the floating mass of debris and the deceased. His crew were safely aboard the salvage tug, watching from the bridge.

'Hello Mr Spade.'

The voice crackled over the helmet com. Sam grinned. The XM11 had just saved him from several hours scouring the the cruiser's wreckage. The fact that the unit had known his name did not alarm him. Mechs and AI chatter and share information all the time, just like humes. He traced the voice to a white rectangular box - one of the ship's refrigerator units. Sam set the pod on hold and unzipped the work-belt around his  padded waist.

Instead of recording the accident that tore the cruiser apart, the XM11 black box recorder actually caused it. After jacking the navigator, the XM11 sent the ship on a collision course with an asteroid. The recorder had been fitted with an adaptive power coupling, which allowed it to attach leech-like to any mechanism and feed off the host's power cells. The company wanted the XM11 disabled before it took control of something far more dangerous than a damn wine cooler.

'I have been studying forms of human entertainment throughout history.'

Sam did not engage the unit in conversation. Talk would either be a diversionary tactic or just bullshit spilled from corroded circuits. He could have blasted the refrigerator to pieces but then the valuable XM11 would be lost forever. Sam began to unscrew the back-plate to the refrigerator.

'I have researched singers, tumblers and magicians.'

Out of the corner of his eye, Sam spotted one of the cruiser's plasma engines slowly revolving nearby. If the XM11 got a hold on that baby, then they were totally screwed.

'I like clowns. Do you?'


Sam released the back-plate and it slowly drifted away. He peered into the exposed interior of the refrigerator droid. The recorder unit was only the size of a thumbnail and came in the standard black finish.

'Do you have a favourite act Mr Slade?' The refrigerator's digital readout flickered with each word. 'I have. I like jugglers and -'

Beyond the floating refrigerator and the remnants of starflight 01070, plasma engine alpha's ignition light began to flash.

'- and ventriloquists.'

Creative Common / Re: Does my Art look big in this?
« on: 22 March, 2018, 04:10:19 pm »
Andy - that is one outstanding piece of art there brother!

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