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Announcements / Dave Evans, R.I.P.
« on: 07 May, 2021, 11:32:09 AM »
It's heartbreaking to report that long-time messageboard member Dave Evans -- AKA Bolt-01 -- has died.

Dave was more than just a tremendous friend -- he was exceptionally caring, funny, intelligent, generous, loyal, talented and warm-hearted. As co-editor of some fantastic and influential zines such as FutureQuake, Zarjaz, Something Wicked and Dogbreath, Dave helped nurture many new creators, and he was delighted that so many went on to attain full-time careers in the comics industry.

I first met Dave at a Dreddcon in Oxford back in the early 2000s and we became instant friends. I've never had anything but a fantastic time in his company, and over the years Leonia and I got to know and love his amazing family, too.

I'll write more later, maybe -- this is not easy. Dave was one of those people whose presence just lifted your heart and the thought of not seeing him again is almost unbearable.

So long, Dave. It's been an absolute honour to have been your friend.

-- Mike

Links / The Rusty Staples comics blog!
« on: 29 January, 2020, 10:23:26 AM »
On Rusty Staples, my comics blog, I take a look at an issue of 1015 from 1996 which features some Dredd-related articles and very early interview with Rusty's better-looking and more talented younger brother Greg Staples, as well as very nice cover by that same droid!

Go on, treat yourself!

(Rusty Staples also has tons of other 2000AD and Dredd-related articles and features for your delectation, including the huge and exhaustively-researched Star Wars in 2000AD feature, so big that it had to be split into two parts! And it's all free! There aren't even any ads on the blog!)

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!)

« on: 24 July, 2016, 09:42:42 AM »

Announcements / MOVED: Ace Trucking Volume 1 - Reprint
« on: 11 August, 2015, 09:08:18 PM »

James Bacon interviews me on the Dublin2019 blog about Judge Dredd: Blood of Emeralds.

Dublin2019 is a bid to bring Worldcon to Dublin in 2019 - lots of great stuff on the site!

-- Mike

Books & Comics / Razorjack: Double-Crossing
« on: 17 June, 2015, 02:38:24 PM »
Yes, it's self-promotion time here again! Today I'm pushing the Kindle edition of Razorjack: Double-Crossing - an original novel set in the world of John Higgins' Razorjack.

It's an action-packed horror / science fiction tale with lots and lots of violence and exciting scenes! (Also contains adult themes and strong language, so this one is not for minors or those of a sensitive disposition.)

The book was originally scheduled to be published in 2011 - and indeed there was a limited edition for the launch; about fifty copies were printed - but for a variety of reasons the project never went any further. So I've decided that it's high time there was a Kindle version!

Check it out on my website, which contains all the necessary links for you to buy it from Amazon, no matter where you are!

-- Mike

Events / The European Science Fiction Convention 2014
« on: 18 August, 2014, 01:44:50 PM »
I'll be appearing at this year's European Science Fiction Convention this coming weekend (22-24 August 2014) in Dublin!

Other guests of honour include Jim Fitzpatrick, Seanan McGuire, Andrzej Sapkowski and Ylva Spångberg. Plus, of course, there'll be lots and lots of other guests (Eurocons tend to only name the Guests of Honour, for historical reasons that escape me).

Do come along - it'll be a blast!

-- Mike

Events / San Diego Comic-Con 2014
« on: 20 July, 2014, 02:00:17 PM »
All righty, folks...

A reminder for anyone attending this year's San Diego Comic-Con: the 2000AD Zarjaz Hour is taking place on Thursday at 14:00, in room 29A. Moderated by Mike Molcher, the panelists include Jock, Chris Burnham, Henry Flint and yours truly!

And don't forget to check out the 2000AD booth for lots of signings, and to pick up your Comic-Con exclusives!

-- Mike

Events / Big Bang signing: Day of Chaos - Fallout, 25th June!
« on: 20 June, 2014, 01:15:09 PM »
PJ Holden and I will be signing Judge Dredd: Day of Chaos - Fallout at The Big Bang, Dundrum, on Wednesday 25th June, 6pm... Be there!

-- Mike

Events / Lawgiver - a Celebration of Dredd, Birmingham 5th May 2014
« on: 07 February, 2014, 09:34:54 PM »

-- Mike

Hi all,

On May 1st my new novel Hunter will be published in the USA! It's the seventh novel in the New Heroes / Quantum Prophecy series, but it's been designed to to work as a stand-alone tale too. To help promote it, I've created a wee video trailer, which you can find on YouTube! Please be kind...  :-\

Love 'n' cuggles,

Off Topic / Irish Comic News Awards 2013
« on: 18 October, 2013, 01:03:35 PM »
Hey chums,

The shortlists for this year's Irish Comic News Awards have been announced, and voting is now open!

I'm nominated in the Best Irish Writer Published Outside Ireland category, as is our very own Richmond Clements. Now, I realise that's a dilemma: Me or His Lordship, which to choose? We're both equally talented, especially me, and we're both fab 'n' groovy dudes. I'm taller, but Rich has more hair. Hmm... Well, I guess the only fair way is to go in alphabetical order by surname.

Other 2000AD folks up for nomination include PJ Holden, Len O'Grady, John McCrea and Brendan McCarthy (the latter two competing in the Hall of Fame category).

Also: 2000AD and Numbercruncher are up for Best Irish Creator Comic Published Outside Ireland.

-- Mike

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