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Messages - Mike Carroll

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but the fact after 127 other tie, over 5 months this very final one of Round 2 still managed to draw more votes than any other tie.
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Well, this sentence confused the heck out of me until I realised that when you say "tie" you mean "contest" and not that the contests resulted in equal votes for each participant! (Not a criticism, just an observation: I don't know much about sports, so perhaps it's common to use "tie" in that context.)

That aside, you've done great work here, Colin -- looking forward to Round Three!

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I love Shakara, and it'd win against most thrills, but not in this case. The Stainless Steel Rat gets my vote!

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Announcements / Re: 45th anniversary online convention!
« on: 26 March, 2022, 07:22:41 PM »
Probably goes without saying, but the Wagner interview is really great and essential listening.

Yeah, this is pure gold!

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Announcements / Re: 45th anniversary online convention!
« on: 26 March, 2022, 04:21:11 PM »
I loved Stella Creasy reeling off her comics history. Take that, knee-jerk haters!
Agreed -- I don't think I've ever heard of her before, but she comes across really well. It was a great panel -- very entertaining!

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Announcements / Re: 45th anniversary online convention!
« on: 26 March, 2022, 01:42:22 PM »
Cracking opening panel!
Haven't seen it yet... I was too musy watching Kelly, Arthur, Chris and myself on the YouTube channel!

== Mike

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Announcements / Re: Twenty Years of Mightiness!
« on: 09 January, 2022, 11:23:09 PM »

Here's a fun game, pick a number for a page rate, multiply that up by the number of pages and that's how much money Matt has spent for Renegade :)

-pj

Renegade?

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Announcements / Re: Twenty Years of Mightiness!
« on: 09 January, 2022, 05:21:27 PM »
It's a remarkable achievement to have stayed so long at the helm, steering this legendary vessel to tremendous success despite its often very motley crew... and still be such a nice guy! He's not known as The Mighty One for nothing!


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was that too rude...

Message received. I withdraw my suggestion.

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Good stuff so far, but in the interests of self-interest, I'd like to humbly remind you lovely people of the existence of "Wulf Sternhammer: Valhalla" from the 2019 2000AD SciFi Special. Script by me, art by Patrick Goddard, letters by Simon Bowland.





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General / Re: 2000AD Forum Sketch Comp #4: SPECIAL BOLT-01 EDITION
« on: 01 June, 2021, 11:33:03 AM »
Cracking good pic, Mini-Bolt -- and I love the idea of an older Whistler with cybernetic augmentation!

And Flip-R's pic (which is also excellent) reminded me that  I created the Whistler logo, all the way back in May 2004: Dave asked for something reminiscent of the classic Strontium Dog logo...



-- Mike

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General / Re: 2000AD Forum Sketch Comp #4: SPECIAL BOLT-01 EDITION
« on: 30 May, 2021, 11:37:55 AM »
I echo Rich's comment! Dave meant so much to so many of us... For the past few weeks I've been trying to write something about him for my blog but it's defeating me. Seeing the posts here, though, has been very uplifting!

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General / Re: 2000AD Forum Sketch Comp #4: SPECIAL BOLT-01 EDITION
« on: 16 May, 2021, 04:51:54 PM »
Love it!

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General / Re: 2000AD Forum Sketch Comp #4: SPECIAL BOLT-01 EDITION
« on: 12 May, 2021, 07:22:40 PM »
I want to write something for Dave, but at the moment I'm not in the right headspace -- but it takes a lot less effort do logos, and maybe this is appropriate given that I created quite a few for Dave's publications over the years!

-- Mike


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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

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Prog / Re: Prog 2222 - Reach For The S.T.A.R.S!
« on: 12 March, 2021, 03:56:02 PM »
It'll end with Slaine kicking down a door, then appearing on the next page at the start of Proteus Vex doing the same thing from a different angle.
OK, that was supposed to be a secret!

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