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The Spotlight on Mike Carey panel began with the writer receiving (to his obvious surprise and delight) an Inkpot Award. Then it was time for Shelly Bond to walk the audience through the career of Mike Carey as he shared his feelings, thoughts and memories. The two have known each other for quite awhile and it shows. Bond has this connection with her writers that becomes evident whenever she shares stage time with them. She grins wildly with pride as the people she respects receive the respect they deserve.
Carey began writing reviewing comics such as Stray Toasters and Sandman as well as penning articles about Doom Patrol for UK mag, Fantasy Advertiser. It was Martin Skidmore as editor who would give Carey his first break in the comics field. He then worked for a short lived British anthology called Toxic!, a would-be rival to 2000 AD, Carey wrote a strip called Aquarius which he described as “an embarassing ripoff of Watchmen, which [he’d] only just read. It’s kind of fortunate that nobody read it.” And before he wrote about Lucifer he wrote about the rock and roll Prince of Darkness, a comic biography of Ozzy Osbourne for Malibu. He wrote for Caliber, where he worked for “almost literally nothing” yet learned valuable lessons and gained experience he considers invaluable.