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Mike Carey

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in Liverpool, The United Kingdom


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February 2013

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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

The Writer's Blog Tour

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 maki... Read more of this blog post »
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" Duly noted, Anna! :) "
" Yeah, I totally agree. Things either touch you or they don't, and that's the only measure of value that's worth anything.

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" 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 v
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" Thanks, Kasia. I'm really glad you enjoyed the Castor books - or that one, anyway. :)

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What a wonderful thing this book is! Roberts himself describes it as arising from "a desire to collide together some of the conventions of 'Golden Age' science fiction and 'Golden Age' detective fiction." He does that beautifully, but he does so much ...more
" Hi Mushika.

Re the global point - yeah, I think what you're saying is true about London and also true about the UK as a whole. Being both geographicall
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This was a very, very riveting and addictive read - to the point where I stampeded through 300 pages in a single Sunday. It's been a while since I got so uncontrollably buried in a book that I forgot to eat lu
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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.”
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“We make our own monsters, then fear them for what they show us about ourselves.”
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“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.

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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.



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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:



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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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