The title image for this blog was created with the Badger program by Michael Carroll (edit April 2015 – that was the original Badge, the current one is a higher-res version Michael made for me later in 2013). Michael is a writer of novels and comics. He has written several novels including the New Heroes series published by Harper Collins. In comics he has written several strips for Future Quake and Zarjaz before writing a few strips for the Black Museum in Judge Dredd Megazine. Since 2011 Michael has written stories for Judge Dredd published in 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine, most recently in Prog 1816 in January 2013. Michael also co-wrote the fan film Judge Minty with Steven Sterlacchini.
Michael was also Webmaster for the wonderful novelist Harry Harrison, who sadly passed away on 15th August 2012. I’d like to dedicate this review to Harry Harrison who was my inspiration as a teenager to try to write stories, I’ve been rejected by Marvel and BBC but at least I tried, thanks Harry.
Badger is a wonderful tool created by Michael for creating images, mostly used as avatars on message boards, forums, messenger programs, etc. I commonly see these on the 2000AD Forum, Twitter and Facebook. My avatar on the 2000AD Forum is indeed one from Badger. The software used is Adobe Flash and it is very easy to use, however due to the inability to save direct from a Flash applet a screen-print and editing is required to get a finished product.
This tool enables users to create a personalised Judge Badge, hence the name Badger! There are nine versions, the default being a standard Mega City One Judge Badge.
To create a badge for use as an avatar the user simply types in the apace next to ‘Judge Name’ in the bottom left hand corner of the Flash applet, over typing the word ‘BADGER!’
Spacing, background colour and whether a chain is included in the image are all simple options chosen at any time during creation.
To change badge design the user simply clicks on the small icon of the badge they want to make, ptogress is lost as each icon opens a new page in your browser, it will open in the same tab so use ‘right click’ if you want to open a new tab and compare designs.
My avatar on the 2000AD Forum uses one of the Dark Judges templates, Mortis. All four Dark Judges are available from the Judge Death link from the default page. Choosing the particular Dark Judge is made using the applet so your progress is kept and you can scroll through the versions to see how your chosen name looks.
Michael is a skilled writer, if you haven’t read anything by him please rectify this. And enjoy playing with Badger!
Michael just tweeted