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Messages - Heath C Ackley

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General / Re: The Stainless Steel Rat
« on: 29 January, 2018, 04:04:03 pm »
I remember that the Rat novels were the first sci-fi series I read when I was a kid. Loved the humour and the action. It was funny how Carlos drew Jim in much the same way I had envisaged him in the stories - a Coburn-esque rogue.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 21 January, 2018, 06:29:32 pm »
A lot of memories for me there Prof, particularly Wolf and the Batman game. It's a shame that artists like Bob Wakelin aren't recognised more for their obvious talents.

General / Re: Short Story RESULTS and PRIZES Thread!!
« on: 16 January, 2018, 04:27:46 pm »
Well done Sharky!

General / Re: SHORT STORY VOTING THREAD WITH PRIZES!!!! (About time too)
« on: 11 January, 2018, 04:41:15 pm »
1) Napalm Kev     https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rtxbM7-jAD0

V funny well done mate.

2) The Legendary Shark

3) Eamonn

General / Re: The Commissions Thread
« on: 09 January, 2018, 05:15:05 pm »
Wow! That's a great piece.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 08 January, 2018, 07:57:37 pm »
Cinamon Hadley - the inspiration for the look of Death from The Sandman, has sadly passed away.


Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 30 December, 2017, 01:49:01 pm »
Another 2000ad legend gone. Very sad news.

General / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: 25 December, 2017, 07:23:16 pm »
Merry Christmas All! I hope the next twelve months serves you well!

General / Re: The 2000AD Advent Calendar 2017!
« on: 23 December, 2017, 03:16:31 am »
Apologies once again for jumping the queue but this the only opportunity I've got to post this little tale:

Rad Road Trucker

I've been driving the rad roads for twenty-five years now, travelling north under the storm clouds that restrict air traffic. Over the years I've seen some pretty weird shit man but nothing like what I saw that freezing December night.

I was hauling med-supplies to a tech community up in the snow wastes. As always, it was just me and the Bear. There ain't nothing more reassuring as an AI in the cab to watch your back. Not long after we hit the snow, I spotted something or someone in the road. Bear zoomed the windscreen in tight. It was a tiny fella in brightly coloured clothes. Now the Company has one policy concerning situations like that; nothing stops the delivery. Usually, I would have just mowed down whoever was on the road and probably whistled a happy tune as I did so. But as the scanner focused on those pale, trembling features and large dark eyes, all I could do was hit the brakes.

Leaving Bear to yak on about risks and policies, I jumped down from the cab. With a hand on my holster, I approached the little guy.

''Elp me.'

He kept jerking his head around and nervously glancing back at the darkness behind him.

''Elp me Mister.'

'What's wrong kid?'

'Company rules Boss - no passengers.' Bear boomed from the cab.

'Now wait a minute-'

In the distance, somewhere in the gloom, bells delicately rang. It was a cute, musical sound but by the way the little guy shook and fouled his costume, it must have sounded like the coming of the apocalypse.

'Its too late Mister - ' He wailed. ' - they're here.'

Shapes moved in the darkness. I slipped my Smiter from it's holster. Tiny figures scampered over and seized the little guy. They were all dressed in the same garish clothes. Their eyes gleamed with spiteful pleasure. The miniature mob clamped iron restraints around their prisoner's wrists.

My attention switched to the large, wheezing figure standing outside the arc of the headlights. From what I could tell it possessed two legs but it was by no means human. The creature seemed to be covered in red fur and long white hair.

'Take the little sheeet back to the camp.' It growled. 'He will soon learn that there is no escape from Camp Frosty.'

'What the hell is going on here?' I levelled the Smiter at the rotund belly.

'And you -' The figure stepped closer to the light. I made out mangled white hair and cheeks the colour of a rotten pumpkin. A mouth of yellowed and mis-sharpen teeth gaped in the forest of hair. ' - You have seen nothing.'

The mob turned to me. They bared jagged teeth and produced stiletto blades from their tunics.


'Way ahead of you Boss.'

The roar of the cannons filled the still air. They tore at the frozen ground. I raised a hand and the barrage ceased. When the mist of vaporized snow and ice cleared, they were all gone. There was no trace of the strange folk, not even a damn footprint.

I got back into the truck and completed the run. I put the whole thing down to crazy mutants. Bear and I made a back haul and were soon home for the festivities. My wife, Vests, met me at the door with a kiss.

'The kids found something strange under the tree about an hour ago.'

In the living room, I found a large box under the tinsel and baubles. My name had been scrawled on a label in crayon. I lifted the lid. Inside, poking from the layers of tissue paper, was a loop of ribbon.

'It must be a decoration for the tree or something.' Vests said behind me.

I hooked a finger under the loop and lifted my gift from the box. My free hand clamped over my lips to suppress a scream. I recognized those big, cartoonish eyes and the rose-tipped nose.

'Merry Christmas Mister - ' The small, decapitated head squeaked before rasping; ' - you saw nothing.'

Off Topic / Re: Does that work in real life?
« on: 22 December, 2017, 11:01:52 pm »
Here's another one:

Despite every 80's action flick and GTA, cars don't explode if you shoot them with normal rounds. They do if incendiary rounds are used but not standard bullets. I've read that the same goes for flamethrowers. In Battleground you take them out by blasting the fuel tanks on their backs. Nope. Hit the compressed air supply and it'll go boom-boom but a shot to the fuel tank will only leave a hole.

Please note that I have no experience of the above subjects! It all comes from wacky Wikipedia and other online sources for an art project. Do not try this at home!

General / Re: The 2000AD Advent Calendar 2017 COMMENTS THREAD!
« on: 22 December, 2017, 10:47:58 pm »
The entries so far have been outstanding. Does anyone mind if I jump the gun and give my little piece tonight rather than the 24th?

General / Re: Oct/Nov SHORT STORY COMP! "Bdum... Tish!"
« on: 12 December, 2017, 09:52:13 am »
Firstly let me issue a warning: some of the gags referenced in this story are not suitable for work or for those of a young age or to be used in the lull between Christmas dinner and Dr Who.



MUGLINS:  'Terrible!'

GUZMANN: 'What happened at the Jaw-Acher Club last night

MUGLINS:  'A jumper with big pockets!'

GUZMANN: 'What happened to those twelve missing citizens?'

MUGLINS:  'No eyed deer!'

GUZMANN: 'Something tells me creep that you're not taking this
                  interview seriously.'

MUGLINS:  'Shark infested custard!'


GUZMANN: 'What do you call an ex-comedian caught with the
                  property of twelve missing citizens?'


GUZMANN: 'What, no punch-line? I'll tell you - guilty. Who's
                  responsible for these disappearances?'

MUGLINS:  'Gohan.'

GUZMANN: 'Gohan who?'

MUGLINS:  'Gohan be a long night Judge!'

GUZMANN: 'Right, that's it!'


GUZMANN:  'Who the hell are you?'








MUGLINS: 'We are The Aristocrats!

General / Re: 15 reasons not to bother with CBR anymore
« on: 27 October, 2017, 04:14:27 pm »
I only go to CBR for the movie and tv news now. These stupid list things seem like filler to me. The only other interesting thing left other than the news is the Comic Book Legends at the weekend.

Welcome to the board / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: 19 October, 2017, 04:28:46 pm »

General / Re: SEPT/OCT Story Comp RESULTS/PRIZES!!
« on: 17 October, 2017, 07:00:48 pm »
Many congratulations Bolt!

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