Monday, 24 February 2020

BY REQUEST: A Moment of Ourborous.

Hi, Everybody!

Green Dante/Green Virgil! Final order cut-off is this week, so get your orders in.

Vark Wars: Walt's Empire Strikes Back! Buy four, I got kids to feed.

And there is more High Society than you can shake a stick at._______________

Got an email from "VGDC Maroro" asking Margaret for some notebook requests, including:
1. I remember hearing about a model sheet or reference sheet Dave drew for Cerebus himself.
Well, that leads to: A Moment Of Ourboros:

Thanks, Hobbs!

Back on my birthday in 2013, our esteeemed Editor Emeritus, Tim W. posted:
I, of course, have saved this image, I may have even printed it out.
So, here it is again, "VGDC Maroro".

Hmmm...Recycling...

Next Time: a Please Hold transcript?

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Cerebus Around the World and Web #16 by Oliver Simonsen

Hi, Everybody!

Green Dante/Green Virgil! Final order cut-off is this week, so get your orders in.

Vark Wars: Walt's Empire Strikes Back! Buy three, I got kids to feed. 

And there is more High Society than you can shake a stick at.
________________________

Oliver Simonsen:


Bleeding Cool spotlights "Varks Wars" sequel
https://twitter.com/bleedingcool/status/1230885217537265664

"Infield Fly Girl" wants a Cerebus film
https://twitter.com/infieldflygrl/status/1229337859435327490

Walking Dead and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/GrunionGuy/status/1229829020914634752

"Lord of the Rings" and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/deadabovethelip/status/1229791991543681024

Bloom County and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/evildrganymede/status/1229993536679841792

"I, Lucifer" and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/TealProductions/status/1229201335637200897

Sandman and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/josephflaherty/status/1230212362151628801

Justice League and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/wardhillterry/status/1229459423300640771

Spawn and Cerebus
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8uVbD6BAUm/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Spawn and Cerebus in Brazil (thank you google translate)
https://twitter.com/marcelonaranjo/status/1230321932677021697

Cobra Commander and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/Cr0ss0verB0t/status/1229727639843332096

Magazine "Comics Scene" and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/grabbag4jc/status/1230351040903409664

Webcomic Homestruck and Cerebus (thank you Spanish Google translate)
https://twitter.com/suditeh/status/1230112539079561216

Hentai comic PronQuest and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/EbenezerSplooge/status/1228837517832572929 [This one might not end SFW-Matt]
[As I'm sure you can guess-Matt]
Scott Mccloud and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/dogwelder/status/1231021763422613504
https://twitter.com/TAGartwork/status/1231237788097536000
https://twitter.com/brianjayjones/status/1231005645702197248

LSD and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/TrilllizardVEVO/status/1229961971937660928

Gary Groth and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/patchworkearth/status/1230996006554173440

Walter Simonson and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/JohnAWilcox/status/1230669353407975424

Disney and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/comicsMeraki/status/1230901320963514368

Cerebus before bed
https://twitter.com/TimMcEwen67/status/1231174584801492993

Cerebus top fav
https://twitter.com/TimMcEwen67/status/1231017661565243395

Cerebus is a masterpiece
https://twitter.com/Kercal/status/1230877490744303616

Cerebus is genuis
https://twitter.com/RiverRansom/status/1230574583780192256

Dave Sim sketch is fav
https://twitter.com/manuelsalmeida/status/1229910888481726471

Cerebus recommended (thank you French google translate)
https://twitter.com/librairesecache/status/1229054557705076739

Dave Sim and Gerhard go the extra mile for fans
https://twitter.com/murphyslawyer/status/1230208721634177024

Cerebus quoted
https://twitter.com/haroldfeld/status/1230161345963864066

Cerebus Syndrome part of the vernacular
https://twitter.com/smashking777/status/1230823646941319168

Canadian Vark
https://twitter.com/deadabovethelip/status/1229905727541506048

Cerebus Volume One gets 5/5 review
https://twitter.com/JPBehrens/status/1229586316280696832

Cerebus issue 209 gets love
https://twitter.com/Geossi13/status/1229717840221044736

Cerebus panels shared
https://twitter.com/HiDefHotcakes/status/1229428437909008384

More Cerebus panels shared
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8vIAl_hvNL/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8sew_WhULl/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8qOKW7B5Ko/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8mcmgNh5UJ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B83BaEkBoTx/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B80ekT8hT6H/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B80Odu3BOPJ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8xxiRcBTRB/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus "motion comic"
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8orzsghnJr/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus gifs
https://twitter.com/waspsarenotbees/status/1230608283653808128

Later issues of Cerebus
https://twitter.com/the_snickman/status/1228908220795801601

Cerebus collection shared
https://twitter.com/andrewducker/status/1230504462881579009

Best arc of Cerebus?
https://twitter.com/Geossi13/status/1230482098269622274

"howlermouse" says: Currently reading Volume 12 of Cerebus the series is so much better when read in order and in it's totality.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8nSV0yBuxV/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus transition from light comedic to dark drama (thank you Russian google translate)
https://twitter.com/weird_werewolf/status/1229361867816144897

Reminiscent of Cerebus
https://twitter.com/spiderbob007/status/1231248304484294658

M. Raven Metzner (Producer/Writer of TV shows Iron Fist, Heroes Reborn, Sleepy Hollow etc) reads Cerebus
https://twitter.com/MRavenMetzner/status/1229091488404926464

Marvel threatened Aardvark-Vanaheim Over Cerebus Wolverine Parody
https://twitter.com/AceComics/status/1228831355498188801


Cerebus Facebook Group
Comics and toy maker Sam Noir shares interviews with Dave Sim and Gerhard
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/2775819605818730/
[Click for bigger-Matt]
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/2786173424783348/
[Click for bigger-Matt]
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/2786172628116761/
[Click for bigger-Matt]
______________________________

Thanks, Oliver!

Next Time: More awesome Vark Wars 2 promotion....and Cerebus stuff too.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

*MAR201422-Vark Wars 2* Hey, look at that FOUR new printings of HIGH SOCIETY! (sorta.) *MAR201422-Vark Wars 2*

Hi, Everybody!

Green Dante/Green Virgil! Final order cut-off is this week, so get your orders in. Or don't. What am I, your mother?

Vark Wars: Walt's Empire Strikes Back! Buy two, I got kids to feed. Or don't. What am I, your father?
Click for big. (again)
_______________________________________________________________

Let's see, thanks to Superman's Frenemy, David Birdsong, I got my Cerebus campaign buttons:
It's good to be the king...
What else is happening?

According to the A Moment of Cerebus Twitter, the Strange Death of Alex Raymond is coming from IDW in 2021.

And this happened:
So, re-reading High Society for when I post it here six pages at a time, I noticed a little detail that stuck out to me.

Namely, these panels:
"Yeah Matt, so?" you say.

Well, it kinda stuck out at me that there's nothing on the crowns Fleagle is snatching.

But there is in other parts of High Society:
Unless Cerebus is counting the blank sides...
Well, yer ol' Interim Editor has a large collection ("IT IS NOT A HORDE WOMAN! I AM NOT A HOARDER"-Me, to my wife) of esoteric crap.

Including, reproductions of Confederate currency:

 

See, no backs.
Which has this on the envelope:
This becomes important a little further down...

So, having Dave's fax number, I sent up a fax. Saying (in part):
Page 40. Note the lack of a printed back (I actually have an explanation for that….)
I got a reply:

Well, anyone who has ever seen the AWESOMELY REMASTERED EDITIONS from Your Pal and Mine, Sean Michael Robinson.

Speaking of which, over at the Previews, they have four versions of High Society available:
Regular.
It's the TWELFTH printing during the ELEVENTH presidential election, THAT won't get confusing...

HEY WAIT A MINUTE! "clip out the button design and wear it proudly"? You're killing Birdsong Dave, KILLING him...

"Blue State"

"Red State"

And "Vote Cerebus"
Don't clip out the button design. Wait for Birdsong to sell the next round of them. (And I bet you a hundred crowns he'll have more than the one design...)
So, if you want the TWELFTH printing of High Society, that has twelve more pages remastered from original art since the last printing, and all the other neat new features listed up there, ALL FOUR versions have that. Then there are three versions with plates signed by Dave. (Red. Blue. And Vote Cerebus.)

Come November, (I'm assuming around election day.) I'll be posting which version sold the most and declare it the winner. (What happens then I have no idea, nobody tells me nothing...)

So, contact your retailer, and let them know which (slightly) sexier version of High Society you want. (And while this may seem like a ridiculous publicity stunt, (it is.) Diamond is OUT OF STOCK on High Society, so they need to reorder irregardless of the stunt. So, "Yay!" that High Society is still a seller.)

Oh, and here's my explanation for the crowns on page 40:

So, ya know, I got THAT going for me...

Next Time: Oliver in Hell? (I say yes, Tweeter is my version of Hell...)

Friday, 21 February 2020

Lee Thacker: "Tales From The Wedding Present" (Dave's Weekly Update #327)

Hi, Everybody!

Heeeeeere's

Great new logo, right? Thanks Sean!



You can get your own copies here.

So Lee, how about it? Does The Wedding Present have anything to do with this:
Canadian minds wanna know...

And. It. Is. ON:

VARK WARS: WALT'S EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

I wrote that...
Of course Diamond cut off some of the solicitation. Here's the whole bit:
VARK WARS: WALT'S EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Writers: Dave Sim, Matt Dow, Benjamin Hobbs, David Birdsong, Sean Robinson, Eddie Khanna, and a partridge in a pear tree
Artists: Gustave Dore, Dave Sim, David Birdsong, Benjamin Hobbs, and Sean Robinson
Cover Artists: Gustave Dore, Dave Sim, David Birdsong, Benjamin Hobbs, and Sean Robinson

THE VARK WARS SAGA CONTINUES!
Last time, our merry band decided to parody a beloved film franchise currently owned by a monolithic media corporation, what was the worst that could happen? And now, WALT'S EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!

Witness DANTE'S ennui when BATVARK steals his chick! See the denizens of the Infernal Realms get "Disney-fied"! Stand agast as CEREBUS learns the ways of the Farts from the Ancient Master: No-Duh! Scramble in Terror as you learn what THE UNBEDDABLE VARK is doing with all those severed hands! Gasp in shock as you discover which beloved CEREBUS IN HELL? character has fallen to the Dark Side and become DARTH [REDACTED]!

VARK WARS: WALT'S EMPIRE STRIKES BACK! YOU'LL LAUGH, YOU'LL CRY, YOU'LL KISS 4 BUCKS GOODBYE!

REMEMBER: THE FARTS WILL BE WITH YOU.... ALWAYS.
I don't have the promo strip, YET!
I do now:
Click to see it BIG!


I also don't have the video, YET! (But my bits are @#$%ING EPIC!)

Next Time: I'll be pimping Vark Wars: Walt's Empire Strikes Back. Oh....and talking about Cerebus. But, mostly pimping Vark Wars: Walt's Empire Strikes Back....

Thursday, 20 February 2020

The Thing on Cerebus' Head

MARGARET LISS:
A few years ago I scanned all of Dave Sim's notebooks. He had filled 36 notebooks during the years he created the monthly Cerebus series, covering issues #20 to 300, plus the other side items -- like the Epic stories, posters and prints, convention speeches etc. A total of 3,281 notebook pages detailing his creative process. I never really got the time to study the notebooks when I had them. Just did a quick look, scanned them in and sent them back to Dave as soon as possible. So this regular column is a chance for me to look through those scans and highlight some of the more interesting pages.

Last October we saw a page from Dave Sim's eleventh notebook in See You in Court. The notebook covers issues #96 through 102 and had 114 pages scanned.

On page 91 of the notebook at the top of the page are three pages of thumbnails and some dialogue:

Notebook 11, page 91
The thumbnails are for issue #100 pages 7 though 9 or Church & State II pages 983 through 985:

Click to make much larger
The dialogue on the notebook is pretty close to the final page. The one difference is with the final panel of page 8 with Cerebus' dialogue.

Down the bottom of the page are quick summaries for issues #101 and 102. The summary for issue 101 just looks like a list of guest stars. Not too many of them actually show up. And there is someone not on that list that actually shows up. "Farmer chap" is that supposed to be the wuffa wuffa guy? And Katrina was set to show up as well? This is a bit different than issue 102.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Bottlenecks


Benjamin Hobbs:

I faxed Dave, with a burning question. He replied with an interesting response.  Enjoy!
Next Week: I'm sure something will come up.

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

"I was afraid you were going to say that."

Hi, Everybody!

This.

Then:






Next Time: Hobbs The Great! Hobbs The Powerful! Hobbs The Guy Who Posts On Wednesdays So I Don't Have To...

Monday, 17 February 2020

*rustle* *rustle* *rustle* Hey look old craaa...I mean, NICE-PICTURES-OF-DAVE! From fifteen years ago...

Hi, Everybody!

Green Dante/Green Virgil! (FOC has GOT to be coming soon...)

Anyway, what do I got to "moment" about today...

Well, this has been sitting in the "kitty" for a year or two:
Click to read all the great jokes...
 It's the September 1997 Wizard calendar. (See, Wizard used to come with these posters, and the reverse side would have one of these calendars. I don't even remember what poster this was, but I hung on to it long enough to be more interested in this:

That's right, I'm not a hoarder, I'm a Cerebus collector.
Cool?

No?

Okay, these three pictures were in a folder crap on my computer, they were labeled "paula porn".

I...have no idea why...

They're photos from (I'm gonna go on a limb and say 2005,) at the Small Press Alternative Comics Expo in Columbus, Ohio. (I guess 2005, because that was the first year I got a table. And the wife and I look pretty young...)


Okay, from left to right: Cerebus Fan Girl: Margaret Liss, Letter Hack and Yahoo: Larry Hart behind Margaret, Dave Sim Fan Boy: Jeff Seiler in front of Margaret, standing in the back: Dave Sim, Matt Dow's then girlfriend/current wife: Paula, and the fuzzy fat @#$& with the girls on his shirt: Interim Editor: Matt Dow

Again, starting on the left: Seiler, Margaret, the guy in the read shirt with his back to us is Super
             e        oo e
Duper L nny C  p r, then me, Dave Sim, then my wo-man... (I dunno the guys at the bar... "Norm" maybe?)

                                                                                                                                           e
Larry, Dave, Margaret, some dude who I think worked at the hotel, Paula, Me, Seiler, L nny's elbow.

Since I don't see noted filthy hippy: Jeff Tundis, I assume he's the one who took these pictures...

"Moment" enough?

No?

Well then I guess you're just gonna have to come back tomorrow now, ain't ya?!?

Next Time: I mean, Oliver had me post like fifty links yesterday, you ran through ALL of them already?!?!?

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Cerebus Around the World and Web #15 by Oliver Simonsen

Hi, Everybody!

Green Dante/Green Virgil!
_________________________________
Oliver Simonsen:

Richard’s Comics & Collectables:
"Another great item from our friends at Diamond Distribution to be given away at the Store’s 15th Anniversary Event this coming Saturday Feb 15, starting at 7:30pm.
Cerebus vol. 1. Fun stories from Dave Sim, perfect for your library."
https://twitter.com/richardscomics/status/1228094893433774081
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8hmwPdDiCL/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus panels shared
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8mTS72BgV3/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8iZS_bBTDI/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8iJBLBBzT1/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8fyJiHhOdP/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8fm1V8BZsH/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8dE6E7hfIf/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8axsHMBOdr/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8ahP9KhR0e/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link




Valentine's Day just passed and that is usually a day when guys give ladies flowers and that we see this posted around, but not this year on the latter. The end of a tradition...
https://comicsalliance.com/cerebus-valentines/

Cerebus recommended
https://twitter.com/apathei/status/1228530265615585280

Sonic the Hedgehog and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/p_keely/status/1228470317636558849

Cerebus pre-Gerhard
https://twitter.com/Geossi13/status/1228268404211093504
https://twitter.com/Geossi13/status/1228257475578810369

Gerhard on cover of Sequential Magazine
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8mRBvGgSRC/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Gerhard shares his art for Chapter 6 page 2 of ‘The Smile of the Absent Cat’. Story by Grant Morrison. To be collected as a 48-page volume sometime in the not-too-distant future.
http://gerhardart.com/more-cat-colour/?fbclid=IwAR3n5CQ1jmzDwiLkFbkOY1KANhDV2VbJ6hBgbSm6sNc2FCLdCllCWKJK_lk
[Click for biggerness-Matt]
Cerebus goes experimental early on
https://twitter.com/Geossi13/status/1227959152426864641

Dean Reeves shares
https://twitter.com/d_g_reeves/status/1227628580894494720
[Click for Biggerness-Matt]


[Click for Biggerness-Matt]
Cerebus among best original art ever
https://twitter.com/HickeyWriter/status/1227557409310334976

Jaka page to page video
https://twitter.com/lukekorolowicza/status/1227814963030511616

Luke Korolowicz draws Cerebus sleeping
https://twitter.com/lukekorolowicza/status/1227653659749683201

Cyril Jacquin paints Cerebus
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8i0OXTi-Ds/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

French retrospective of genius masterpiece Cerebus by videogame Producer Thierry Gagnon
https://twitter.com/thierrygagnon/status/1227805487451774978

Cerebus videogame
https://twitter.com/JoshuaBermont/status/1227783531193126912

Cerebus top 5
https://twitter.com/JF_Bungo/status/1227651511469137922
https://twitter.com/dscottr79/status/1227630271194902528
https://twitter.com/GenomInc/status/1227615888226033666
https://twitter.com/LordSheo1975/status/1227604854836727810
https://twitter.com/Tybird99/status/1227566199288057859
https://twitter.com/JulianLuttrell/status/1227533493296664576
https://twitter.com/lacksfocus/status/1227502015305023488
https://twitter.com/ThePeterKelly/status/1227443206729715712
https://twitter.com/lymang/status/1227433882749894656
https://twitter.com/CrashSheridan/status/1227428866408402944
https://twitter.com/EscapePodComics/status/1227224790295076864

Cerebus greatness (thank Spanish google translate)
https://twitter.com/OctavioB_/status/1227121691932971008

Cerebus dream
https://twitter.com/lovelydylan/status/1227643355288522752

Dilbert and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/Raycortex/status/1228479229748269058

The webcomic Sinfest and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/julie_neuhouser/status/1228531224001437696

Cerebus adaptation
https://twitter.com/getbackibite78/status/1227665866990477312

Tangent the movie?
https://twitter.com/CatAndAHalf/status/1228757610427539458

Cerebus and Oscar Wilde
https://twitter.com/Geossi13/status/1228756836179943425

Award winning bestselling feminist Author Mary Gaitskill explains the cover of her latest book: "It's Cerebus the Aardvark from the wonderful comic of the same name" adding "I definitely feel like the aardvark sometimes"
https://twitter.com/BobEaglestone/status/1228638177222635523 [Covered this the 18th of June, 2018. -Matt]

Cerebus quote
https://twitter.com/SlaerofUgly/status/1227466173861810176

Meeting Gerhard and getting a background on his Cerebus sketch among most prized possessions
https://twitter.com/iottoknow/status/1227061716569280513
https://twitter.com/iottoknow/status/1227062109340651521

Comic Store Escape Pod Comics shares Dave Sim original art
https://twitter.com/EscapePodComics/status/1227936341448646661

Sean Long shares his Cerebus convention sketch
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8cZ_qmjuKq/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

(the above is a new posting. I know, i shared it before when it was posted in the facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/2735760139824677/ )

"j. o. smith" draws Cerebus from his dad's collection
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8YLrzKgieI/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

"Cerebus Syndrome" part of vernacular
https://twitter.com/ikirker/status/1226266254882811905
https://twitter.com/Mewaddlee/status/1226731455520198656

"Cerebus Syndrome" part of Spanish vernacular, too
https://twitter.com/AdSmokinStyle/status/1227055883189878784

Cerebus aging in Spanish
https://twitter.com/WatcherBlog/status/1226997006213828609

Cerebus surprise
https://twitter.com/frozenscuzhag/status/1226995626258444291

Cerebus explained
https://twitter.com/TheSodaLiker/status/1226931982992597000

Cerebus thoughts
https://twitter.com/SirDemiface/status/1226549689581015044

The Cockroach and Wolverine go to a bar...
https://twitter.com/MRavenMetzner/status/1227099168587448320

X-men book "House of X" and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/pauldebenedetto/status/1227069054692839424

"Mr. McToyver" makes a Cerebus action figure
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8exzpYBp78/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link




List of Conan parodies some predating Cerebus and were maybe an inspiration?
https://darkworldsquarterly.gwthomas.org/conan-comics-parodies/

Cerebus haul
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsEsEUoY3Nw

reddit discussion on Cerebus episode on Comic Tropeshttps://www.reddit.com/r/comicbooks/comments/f2cvm0/comic_tropes_the_controversies_of_cerebus_dave_sim/

Cerebus Facebook Group
Baltazar Cardenas draws another "Petite Cerebus" comic, this time introducing "Lil´Julius"
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/2769152023152155/
Larry Wooten reveals his latest
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/2763170907083600/

John Christian shares his

Sam Noir shares: Cerebus drawn by the legendary Bruce Timm (co-creator of Harley Quinn and co-creator and Producer of "Batman - the animated series" among many other things)
[This predates Mr. Timm's work on the Masters of the Universe mini-comics. (not that that means anything, I just know that...) -Matt]
(I also shared this back in the day when i did a similar column
https://whatcomix.blogspot.com/2016/09/what-moon.html )

Comic and Film critic Kyle Pinion asks:
Just asking the folks who I know are more in the know than I: what's the first volume of SDOAR comprised of, exactly? Is it basically everything that was in Glamourpuss (minus the fashion parodies) plus the extra pages Carson is working on?
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/2771153266285364/

Sean Robinson replies:
You will recognize a few pages of artwork, less than five? But no text. Everything is new.

______________________________________
Thanks Oliver!

Next Time: More of this sort of thing...