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Latest Comic Guest Announcement - MIKE CAREY

Writer: The Unwritten; Lucifer; Hellblazer; X-Men; Ultimate Fantastic Four; X-Men: Legacy

 

Attending: Saturday & Sunday

 

DURING the first eight years of his professional career Mike Carey worked on the margins. He wrote Inferno (a five-parter) and the Dr Faustus one-shot for Caliber, contributed to Britain's short-lived Toxic! and starred Ozzy Osborne and Pantera in Rock-It Comics titles. Then in 1999 Vertigo came calling for the British writer...

 

The DC mature readers imprint assigned him to script the three issues of The Sandman Presents: Lucifer then, in 2000, to author its Sandman Presents: Petrefax four-parter. In between the writer also joined the 2000 AD team, embarking on an association with the British SF weekly that continued into 2002. At the same time he launched Lucifer as an ongoing title, scripting all 75 issues of the series, which ended in 2006 and gaining recognition for his talented storytelling.

 

In 2002, with his 2000 AD stint at an end, Carey authored The Sandman Presents: The Furies (a high-end graphic novel) and the Lucifer: Nirvana one-shot for Vertigo for which he also took on Hellblazer. He stayed on board that title for a run of 41 issues, which took him into 2006.

 

Along the way, he also produced the four issues of My Faith in Frankie for Vertigo. That was in 2004, which was when he undertook his first major superhero project. Having previously contributed to a 2003 issue of Batman: Gotham Knights and subsequently to Coup D'état: Afterword for DC's WildStorm imprint , the writer made his Marvel debut with the five issues of Ultimate Elektra.

 

The following year not only did he co-write Marvel's adaptation of the Fantastic Fourmovie but he also authored All his Engines (an original Hellblazer graphic novel), scripted a four-chapter back-up in Detective Comics and launched a new Red Sonja series, co-writing the first six issues of that Dynamite title. After that cameSpellbinders, a Marvel six-parter, the four issues of Vampirella Revelations for Harris and a nine-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere novel for Vertigo.

 

Come 2006, Carey wrote Marvel's What If: Fantastic Four one-shot as well as both parts of the Ultimate X-Men/Fantastic Four and Ultimate Fantastic Four/X-Mencrossover before, with his work on Hellblazer and Lucifer at an end, leaping on to X-Men, his most high-profile assignment to date. He stayed on the top-selling Marvel comic subsequently retitled X-Men: Legacy for 20 issues, started a 25-issue run onUltimate Fantastic Four virtually simultaneously and also added the first nine issues of DC/WildStorm's Wetworks.

 

While continuing to prove popular for his superhero work, Carey did not neglect fans of his more mature stories, returning to Vertigo in 2007 to script all 19 issues ofCrossing Midnight as well as the God save the Queen graphic novel, the Fakersix-parter and two graphic novels – Re-Gifters and Confessions of a Blabbermouth (co-written with his then 15-year old daughter, Louise) for Minx, a DC/Vertigo offshoot. That year he also produced the Ultimate Vision five-parter and the Legion of Monsters: Werewolf by Night and X-Men: Endangered Speciesone-shots for Marvel as well as two miniseries –Voodoo Child and The Stranded – for Virgin Comics.

 

After his amazing burst of productivity in 2007, in 2008 Carey eased back somewhat. Outside of his regular series, he scripted only Marvel's Wolverine: Firebreak and X-Men Origins: Beast one-shots, the four-issue Secret Invasion: X-Men and (as co-writer) the X-Men: Manifest Destiny five-parter with his contribution to Marvel's Free Comic Book Day release being issued as X-Men: Pixies and Demons.

 

Continuing to work for Marvel into 2009, Carey adapted two Orson Scott Card novelsؘ– Ender's Shadow: Battle School and Ender's Shadow: Command School – as five-parters before heading back to Vertigo for what many consider his magnum opus. Eventually running to 54 issues and spinning off a graphic novel in Tommy Taylor and the Ship that Sank Twice (2013) and launching 2014's 12-part miniseries subtitled Apocalypse, The Unwritten ran until 2013.

 

From 2009 until 2013, X-Men: Legacy and The Unwritten were Carey's primary focus. He did, however, find time for Marvel's X-Men Origins: Gambit and Second Coming: Prepare one-shots, the eight issues of Dynamite/Marvel's The Torch as well as to co-author Untouchable (a Dynamite graphic novel) before 2010 was out. The following year brought the Thor: Wolves of the North and Age of X: Alphaone-shots with Carey spearheading the latter event, which crossed over into all of Marvel's X-titles.

 

In 2013, the writer – who'd also scripted Marvel's four-issue resurrection of CrossGen's Sigil two years earlier – moved to BOOM! Studios, where he launchedSuicide Risk, which ran for 25 issues. In 2015, with that title and The Unwritten: Apocalypse at an end, Carey unveiled his second BOOM! project. A four-parter,Rowan's Ruin took him into 2016 and ended a career in comics that dated back to 1991.

 

These days Carey is concentrating on novels. His first – The Devil You Know (which inaugurated his Felix Caster series) – was published in 2006 while his latest, Fellsidehas just been released by Orbit. A lead writer on 2004's animated Shadow of the Elves TV show, he produced the screenplay for The Girl with all the Gifts, which is based on his 2014 novel of the same name. Carey's first live-action feature film, it is set to premiere in September.

 

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