Thursday, 24 June 2021

Lord Julius Banter from Cerebus #160

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.

We last saw Dave Sim’s twentieth notebook in February of 2019 in Looked Like A Hyena.  The notebook covers Cerebus issues #153 through 164 and had 59 pages scanned. Looking through the pages I saw some Lord Julius dialogue, and that usually makes me chuckle.

The notebook page shows Lord Julius talking wit the Eye of the Pyramid assassin from Cerebus #160:

Notebook 20, page 30

The sketch of the top of the page matches up with panel of page 200 of Flight, aka page 14 of Cerebus #160. The dialogue has circles with numbers in them. Those numbers match up with panel numbers of page 200. It looks like Dave originally had the dialogue for panel 4 as:

We are the hammer of vengeance we will crush your

And the ‘we will crush your’ was removed. Dave also updated moved the original dialogue for panel 5 to panel 4. The dialogue with the changes made on the notebook page matches up with the final dialogue on the finished page. 

The next page of the notebook continues the conversation between Lord Julius and the assassin, which continues on page 201 of Flight.  On this notebook page the dialogue doesn’t have the circled numbers above it, but it does read like a standard comic book page. Lord Julius dialogue in panel two originally said:

Well actually it’s a little closer to the floor than it used to be I’ll give you that.

And Dave marked it up and changed it to:

Really? And I was thinking it’s a little closer to the floor than it used to be.

The dialogue once again matches up with the finish page. Even the ‘slash’ at the end.

Notebook 20, page 31

Did you notice the handwriting at the top of the notebook page? It is in pencil and very light. It says:

Isn’t right now a good time to call me? I’m probably missing you right now.

Well, that definitely isn’t Dave’s handwriting, and I don’t think he would write that to himself. . .so who is it?

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Swords of Cerebus In Hell? Dust Jackets!

Benjamin Hobbs:

This week I'm putting together the dust jackets for Swords of Cerebus In Hell? Hardcovers Volumes 5 and 6.

For Volume 5, it was easy to choose the character for the cover:

But for Volume 6 I'm torn between Canadian Vark:

And Fiendix:

I'm leaning toward Fiendix.  Do you have a preference between Fiendix and Canadian Vark? If so, leave it in the comments!

Next Week: It's the last Wednesday of the month! Strangers in Cerebus #1 and Swords of Cerebus In Hell? Volume 3 Softcover are on sale at your LCS!

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

What's in the box (part the next)!?!

Hi, Everybody!

I got MAIL! And that means the latest installment of "What's In The Box?"

And Sean and Carson are doing a thing next Friday...WITH EDDIE CAMPBELL!!!
Up to 35% off site-wide:
June 23 – 27
Tell your fans! Remind them that everything will be up to 35% off -- that means $13 tees, $20 phone cases, $30 hoodies, and way more!

Next Time: Hobbs and the video of HIS mail!

Monday, 21 June 2021

Even more Progress on TMNT #8 Cover 2

Hi, Everybody!

#50. FIFTY! Fif-ty. (Which, with time off for Ramadan, means we've been doing this for a year.)

Hey! Remember that second Turtles #8 cover Dave was doing?

Well guess what?

Click for bigger Margaret, click for bigger...
Friend to the Blog Steve Peters sure would appreciate your support with his latest.
Reason for the Blog Dave Sim sure appreciates all the support he's gotten for HIS latest.
And Sean and Carson are doing a thing next Friday...WITH EDDIE CAMPBELL!!!
Up to 35% off site-wide:
June 23 – 27
Tell your fans! Remind them that everything will be up to 35% off -- that means $13 tees, $20 phone cases, $30 hoodies, and way more!

Next Time: Unless I get more on this from Dave, something completely different...

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Cerebus Around the World and Web #85 by Oliver Simonsen

Oliver Simonsen:

Kickstarter campaign for Cerebus Archive Number 9 is going great - especially love that video (ever since a kid had a fondness for that song:))

American Library Association and Diamond Book Distributors will be hosting a live virtual discussion between Eddie Campbell (From Hell, Bacchus), Carson Grubaugh (The Strange Death of Alex Raymond) and Sean Michael Robinson (Living the Line publisher) on graphic novel creation. They'll also be taking your questions towards the end of the session.
Friday June 25th 2021, at 2pm – 3 pm (Pacific Time) (5pm- 6pm Eastern Time)

"Cerebus in hell?" mint copy wanted

John Layman, creator of mega hit Image comic "Chew" shares new "Cerebus High Society: The Regency Edition"

New "Cerebus High Society: The Regency Edition" shared by Margaret Liss whose name and essay is featured in the back of it

Jesse Lee Herndon has done an unboxing video of the new "Cerebus High Society: The Regency Edition"New "Cerebus High Society: The Regency Edition" shared by Jeffrey Tundis

New "Cerebus High Society: The Regency Edition" shared by "spikenector"

New "Cerebus High Society: The Regency Edition" shared by Tony Palermo who adds: "Stunning reproduction."

Philip R. Frey shares new "Cerebus High Society: The Regency Edition"

Phillip Buckner shares new "Cerebus High Society: The Regency Edition" . Jacqui Mercado in the comments: "It's a beaut! I'm completely blown away by how beautiful it is"

Phillip posted at the ComicArts site the sketch card given to purchasers of the "High Society' Regency Edition "Candidate" and "Prime Minister" bundles.

Film and Comic critic Kyle Pinion shares new "Cerebus High Society: The Regency Edition" adding: A super nice hardcover collection of one of my favorite comic storylines.

Andrew Lariviere: The extras were a great surprise.

Gerhards draws Samurai Gerebus!

Below commissions for Joshua Even

By Juan Paolo Cagampan

By Mike Hoffman

By Francisco Bertomeu Baidal

By Ben Fellows

By Marcos Medina

By Justin Sirois
Adorable process video in link

Progress by Michael Montenat

Progress by by Brookes

And a better scan of Daniel Watts drawing (featured also last Sunday)

Cerebus and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover comic
Looking to start reading Cerebus

"TomCast PopCast" is starting reading Cerebus with the Remastered first phonebook

Bought the original first Cerebus phonebook in Spain

Has started reading Cerebus and is on issue 4

Elrod's "overripe grapefruit" in Russian

Issue 2 in Russian released

Cerebus issue 8 page shared

Reading Cerebus #34

John Layman's favorite issue is #36 (hard to argue with that)

John Layman also shares images of his huge Cerebus original art collection (click link for much more)

Italian site looks at Cerebus Volume 9

Favorite Cerebus pages shared by Price Blythe, owner/founder of Oregon based Blythemation, a media company, and (click link for full pages)

His sons are reading Cerebus for the first time

Cerebus love

Cerebus on "5 comics to know me" list

Cerebus videogame wishes

Cerebus drawn by Brookes

Cerebus drawn by Frater Walpurgis

Cerebus and Manga

Cerebus Syndrome part of Anime vernacular in Russian

Cerebus postcard in Russian

Cerebus collection shared

Cerebus recommended

Cerebus Remastered Editions are awesome

Dave Sim's view on pirating Cerebus?
for the answer to that

Jim MacQuarrie shares his Ben Affleck/Matt Damon Cerebus movie comic

Speaking of Damon and Affleck I see animator Sergey Bel has started a new youtube channel and is adding his amazing Cerebus animation to it

Also speaking of Damon and Affleck here's some random film images

Cerebus the star of the bookcase

Author wrote Senior Thesis on Cerebus

Cerebus and Hemingway

Cerebus is Canadian culture

Verdict: Berserk with Disney characters has MAJOR Cerebus vibes

Cerebus the cartoon dude

Cerebus and Red Sophia

It's a Dave Sim hand

Belated Dave Sim Bday wish

Cerebus to make a long story short - click link for tiktok video
There's only days left of Bianca Alu-Marr and Steve Peters Kickstarter. One of the rewards is "Parallel Comicverses #1" that includes a 15-page Comicverse/Cerebus story written by Dave Sim!


Thanks Oliver!