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Mike Carey was born in Liverpool in 1959. He worked as a teacher for fifteen years, before starting to write comics. When he started to receive regular commissions from DC Comics, he gave up the day job.

Since then, he has worked for both DC and Marvel Comics, writing storylines for some of the world's most iconic characters, including X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, LUCIFER and HELLBLAZER. His original screenplay FROST FLOWERS is currently being filmed. Mike has also adapted Neil Gaiman's acclaimed NEVERWHERE into comics.

Somehow, Mike finds time amongst all of this to live with his wife and children in North London. You can re
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Mike Carey I hope so! It's been hard to get that conversation going. At the moment, M.R.Carey sells a lot better than Mike ever did, which means my publishers ar…moreI hope so! It's been hard to get that conversation going. At the moment, M.R.Carey sells a lot better than Mike ever did, which means my publishers are more interested in stuff that will go to press under that name. I have plans for the sixth book, but they were drawn up a long time ago. I think I'd have to start from scratch and see how they hold up. I'd also have to think myself back into the right mind set, and get used to Castor's voice again. None of these are reasons not to do it, they're just hurdles I've got to jump.

On another level entirely, I'm a little worried about accidental revisionism. Sometimes when you come back to a series after a long absence, your perspective has changed in ways that become problematic. I did a blog post here on Goodreads about exactly this. If I felt that was happening, I think I'd have to abandon the effort rather than write a Castor novel that felt like a fake or a pastiche...(less)
Mike Carey See previous answer (just posted). I really want to finish the series, but I won't make any glib promises. I'll do it if I can do it justice...…moreSee previous answer (just posted). I really want to finish the series, but I won't make any glib promises. I'll do it if I can do it justice...(less)
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Last week, the amazing Claire Weaver invited me to take part in the Writers Blog Tour, having been invited herself the week before by our mutual friend John Hunter. The basic idea is that all writers involved in the tour answer the same four questions on their blogs, then invite some other writers they know to do the same thing, effectively passing the baton. So it’s the questions that are making Read more of this blog post »
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The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey
There's some graphic violence in places, so in spite of the teenaged protagonist I wouldn't automatically class it as YA. It also explores trans issues across all three books.
Mike Carey answered a question about The Book of Koli:
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He's more of a "who" than a "what" - a historical figure whose life and deeds have become legend. There are some very strong hunts as to how and why this happened in book 3.
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I see from some of the other reviews here that X Of Swords has been controversial. I have to say that it shoots right to the top for me as the best X-Men crossover story I've ever read. Was it perfect? No. Almost inevitably there were a few rote or r ...more
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This is some of the best visual storytelling I've ever seen - powerful, eloquent and captivating. It builds a unique world and fills it with wonders. On the face of it the story seems very simple, but in reality there's a sprawling epic here replete ...more
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Yahweh: You've been unhappy because you've desired things that cannot be.

Lucifer: That's what desire IS. The need for what we can't have. The need for what's readily available is called greed.”
Mike Carey, Lucifer, Vol. 11: Evensong

“We make our own monsters, then fear them for what they show us about ourselves.”
Mike Carey & Peter Gross, The Unwritten, Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity

“They used to call the devil the father of lies. But for someone whose sin is meant to be pride, you'd think that lying would leave something of a sour taste. So my theory is that when the devil wants to get something out of you, he doesn't lie at all. He tells you the exact, literal truth. And he lets you find your own way to hell.”
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Vinnie Tesla Hey Mike--

My partner was bemoaning her lack of "more books like Felix Castor" to read last night, when I remembered how active and engaged you've been here on Goodreads, so I thought I'd ask you if you had any recommendations.

More details: she can't stand Butcher's prose, she enjoys Aaronovitch (though we both wish you'd give him a plotting class or two). Most of the other stuff she reads for pleasure is Mundane neo-hardboiled like Rankin or Robert Parker.


message 4: by Mike

Mike Carey Hi Owen. Thanks for the links.

I can't go with Mark on this one, and I think that critique was pretty much on the nose. Insofar as writers use sexual violence against women as a motivating event for male protagonists or an index to male villains' evil, that's lazy and thoughtless writing and hard to defend on any level.

Rape shouldn't be off-limits in comic narratives any more than it should in other fictions, but it needs to be used with caution because of the messages that you can send inadvertently. The use of rape in narrative often seems like a throwback to an earlier age - an age in which the rape of a woman was seen as primarily a loss or damage to her husband, whose exclusive rights had been infringed, or if she was unmarried, to her parents. In story, similarly, it's often the effect of the rape on the men around the raped woman that's given most narrative weight.

This isn't limited to comics, by any means. The Clint Eastwood movie GRAN TORINO provides a pertinent recent example to show how this kind of thing still happens in mainstream films.

There's a counter-argument that says, since murder is treated very lightly and non-seriously in any number of popular fictions, why shouldn't rape (which is a less weighty crime) be treated non-seriously too. I'd always come back to that point about social messages. Murder finds very few champions in most social contexts, whereas there seem to be lots of people who are prepared to step up to the plate and defend rape. Not on principle, obviously, but finding extenuating circumstances, blaming the victim, distinguishing between "real" rape and other things that only look like rape, et cetera.

I've used rape a handful of times in my own stories (the artificial rape of Jayesh in Lucifer, an unnamed woman in Unwritten 31.5, Anna-Elizabeth Rausch in 32.5) but I like to think I've always given it the narrative weight it needed and never used it either to motivate a hero or simply to produce a sensational effect. Having said that, of course, it's really only the reader who can make those determinations.

Best,

Mike


message 3: by Owen

Owen Banner Hey Mike, being a comics writer yourself, I'd be interested in what you thought about this little interview with Millar on his philosophy of comic book writing and a critique of it by a female comic-book reader who took issue with some of the themes he discussed that she took as sexist. Here are the two links if you're interested:

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/11...#

http://observationdeck.io9.com/mark-m...


message 2: by Mike

Mike Carey That's really good to hear, Owen. I've been talking about coming back to the X-books for a one-off. I love those characters...


message 1: by Owen

Owen Banner Hey Mike, thanks for the add. I enjoyed the direction you took the X-Men on Messiah Complex. It was one of the things that got me back into comics, and later on, into writing. Great work.


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