Sunday, 16 May 2021

Cerebus Around the World and Web #80 by Oliver Simonsen

Oliver Simonsen:


There are now two kickstarters in the Cerebusverse at the same time! A historical first? Both campaigns are already huge successes.
Also tomorrow is Dave Sim's Bday! See my card in last Sunday's column:)

New kickstarter kid on the block is run by Benjamin Hobbs who does the incredible covers for "Cerebus in hell?" http://kck.st/3y4bszZ

"Cerebus in hell?" spotlighted
https://twitter.com/FirstComicsNews/status/1391394165037096965
http://radiantcomics.com/comics-i-bought-this-week-may-1-2021/

"Strange Death of Alex Raymond" kickstarter has about a week to go
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/strangedeath/the-strange-death-of-alex-raymond-a-graphic-novel/

"Strange Death of Alex Raymond" fan
https://twitter.com/FoloWatkins/status/1391708362702733312

Al Nickerson recommends "Strange Death of Alex Raymond"
https://twitter.com/Al_Nickerson/status/1392629051387301888

"Strange Death of Alex Raymond" supported
https://twitter.com/heinz2403/status/1391423481020129285

Brian Coppola continues to share his "Strange Death of Alex Raymond" original art (click links for additional info about the pieces)
https://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1726140&

https://twitter.com/meowwcat/status/1392979706350379014
https://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1727241&

https://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?Piece=1726835

https://twitter.com/meowwcat/status/1393579123189063688
https://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1727612

David Hitchcock draws Cerebus and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles homage to Conan movie poster (commision for Joshua Even)
https://twitter.com/dhitchcie/status/1391721217594478595
https://www.instagram.com/p/COsPZXSBaqC/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/COqlC7mAfg_/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3971987142868631/

Freddie Williams II draws Cerebus and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for Joshua Even

Drew Moss draws Cerebus and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
https://www.instagram.com/p/CO5UYuQgiyt/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Chris Faccone draws Cerebus and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for Joshua Even
https://www.instagram.com/p/COs7iRogXvH/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/COs3CD4jmHX/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3974932552574090/

Mirage-era TMNT artist Jim Lawson commissioned by Joshua Even for his take on the ‘barbarian’ TMNT and Cerebus team up.
https://www.instagram.com/p/COvURBTgWc0/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3977700808963931/

Wojciech Morawski draws a Cerebus, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Secret Sacred Wars Roach team-up for Joshua Even
https://www.instagram.com/p/COxmMDthv4L/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/COxnxTyAchF/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (in Spanish)
https://twitter.com/SicoSepia/status/1392915770909286414

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hashtagged Cerebus (see covers in slideshow) below my first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle issue from when i was in High School - i was almost there from the start:) https://www.instagram.com/p/COyHfD8H7VW/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus inspired Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
https://www.cbr.com/tmnt-best-versions-ranked/

Comic Artist inspired by Cerebus and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
https://twitter.com/AWaywardDog/status/1392813916988788742

Cerebus and Spawn
https://www.instagram.com/p/CO2UGR1h7v2/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

In an interview with Barry Windsor Smith the Guardian gives a shoutout to Dave Sim, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. From the article: "The email interview was courteous but, my goodness, it was curt; his replies were half the length of my questions. He seems happy, for the most part, to keep his counsel. He ignored – among others – questions about his memories of Stan Lee and what Kirby meant to him; Dave Sim’s affectionate spoofing of his Conan work in Cerebus the Aardvark; why in the early 1980s he double-barrelled his name from Barry Smith to Barry Windsor-Smith, and how he feels about seeing the Marvel and DC universes, once countercultural, taking their place in the mainstream."
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/12/barry-windsor-smith-is-back-monsters-has-been-a-slow-and-difficult-experience?

Cerebus and Frankenstein drawn by David Hitchcock
https://twitter.com/dhitchcie/status/1393170352495341569
https://www.instagram.com/p/CO2iYqGBES9/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Gerhard draws Dracula's Castle (see video in link)
http://gerhardart.com/author/gerhardart/

Cerebus appears in Monday night's episode of the TV show Antique Roadshow - see Cerebus statue top left corner
https://twitter.com/Arthur_Adams/status/1391918935428280321
https://twitter.com/Arthur_Adams/status/1391918539259404288


In stores now Cosmic Slop #2 features cameo of Cerebus (aka rapper Quasimoto:))
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3971201892947156/
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quasimoto

Cerebus high demand
https://twitter.com/HenryVogel9/status/1391709706423521282

There's only one Cerebus
https://twitter.com/danisaacs/status/1393057223446827008

Cerebus Syndrome part of the vernacular
https://animesuperhero.com/forums/threads/your-thoughts-on-cerebus-syndrome.5790623/

Yay for Cerebus
https://twitter.com/PaulKToth/status/1392301786560663556

Cerebus ballpoint sketch progress by Jason S. Tudor
https://www.instagram.com/p/CO2I-3VBi5T/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus recommended
https://twitter.com/tudorstuart/status/1391484529999745028

Cerebus loved
https://twitter.com/MakeMyComicRare/status/1392889427630989312

Cerebus learning
https://twitter.com/BlackLionAuthor/status/1392103977815138306

Fort Garrison draws Cerebus
https://www.instagram.com/p/COvV74FBwl_/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Where there's WolveRoach there's Cerebus?
https://twitter.com/iowacard/status/1392575220951756805

Review of Cerebus #33 and the expanding Cerebusverse: "...as long as Dave is writing funny sketches with his various characters, I don't really care about the plot." "...here in this issue, for the first time we have Dave Sim taking a character out on his own, showing his own agency and living his own story." https://twitter.com/GrunionGuy/status/1391792969968091142

Review of issue 34: High Society is where he really solidifies his style. He then begins to perfect it after partnering with Gerhard who takes away Dave's distraction of having to choose between drawing immersive backgrounds or inking all the panels black.
https://twitter.com/GrunionGuy/status/1392345037636132866

Lord Julius' real name
https://twitter.com/jlr_1969/status/1393046518458851329

Italian site looks at Cerebus Volume 8
https://twitter.com/la_quasi/status/1392002182308929537

Cerebus Portuguese translation?
https://twitter.com/TheMauricioGO/status/1391878333441495041

Dave Sim drawing advice paraphrased
https://twitter.com/SimonMcGill3/status/1392745922858127363

Jeff Burton got these two gems from @studiocomix this week! Original Dave Sim artwork that Dave did after being given an issue of Auroraman and him digging it! The second piece is the originals of the colours for the print done by Alfonso Espinos of StudioComix Press!
https://www.facebook.com/jeffrmt/posts/10159535898338573
https://www.facebook.com/StudiocomixPress/posts/3853937948035046

Cerebus and glamourpuss
https://twitter.com/Scottcoby1/status/1391429580091797508

Cerebus, Love and Rockets and Zot!
https://twitter.com/raoulfgonzo/status/1391937056163733509

A noncomics guy only read Cerebus and Sandman
https://twitter.com/WiscoViking/status/1391716812526657538

Cerebus, Groo and She-Hulk
https://twitter.com/thegeorg/status/1392189894458585092

Cerebus and Groot
https://twitter.com/Cr0ss0verB0t/status/1391298112237441025

Cerebus and Bone (latter first first published in 1991)
https://twitter.com/amaenad/status/1392041276795719682

Cerebus Archive #1 shared
https://www.instagram.com/p/CO27GHaB0gJ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus comic art shared
https://www.instagram.com/p/COx7brsBI1o/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/COx6z9dBvpT/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/COx6uIeh1FL/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus Original art shared (click link for full page)
https://twitter.com/EshineStudios/status/1393371913985175559

Dave Sim Weekly Update youtube series shared
https://twitter.com/Al_Nickerson/status/1393345598451896320

Interview with Steve Peters where he discusses among other things his current ongoing comic where he commissioned Dave Sim to write a story for him to draw about Cerberus, the alien 31st-century version of Cerebus
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3983725648361447/

Michael T. Gilbert shares much belated Bday surprise (for full story click link) (Thank you Larry Wooten!)
https://www.facebook.com/michael.t.gilbert/posts/10160197746824367
"With Creepy gone, it seemed that my dream of getting a story published in Creepy was over.
Until last week.
When I returned from my four-day birthday vacation, I found a surprise birthday package waiting in my mailbox. A friend from Spain, Manuel Ruiz, had sent me a 1982 Spanish edition of Creepy. Imagine my shock when I opened the issue and found a four-page story I’d written and drawn in 1982! The story, “Flush!,” had been published in Cerebus #42 (Sept. 1982), as one of their “Unique Stories” backups. But I was at a loss to figure out how it had wound up in Creepy…or why this was the first I’d heard of it."
I can finally say that I had that early dream of mine fulfilled.
Now that’s what I call a VERY, VERY belated birthday surprise!"


Saturday, 15 May 2021

"Sex Crazed Criminal Degenerate Tittybar Owner"

Hi, Everybody!

Kickstarters!:
Carson and Sean's Excellent Campaign ends in a week. They added this thing:

The Preliminary Strange Death is a 120-page oversized book, presenting for the first time in print the preliminary artwork of Dave Sim. This volume is stuffed with preliminary artwork for both STRANGE DEATH and the STRANGE DEATH-related sequences for glamourpuss, presented as close to at-size as possible. This is a limited-availability, supplemental book, the same dimensions as STRANGE DEATH — 8.25" x 12", so it will fit comfortably on the shelf next to the finished book. As Sim's artwork increased in compositional complexity, Sim's tracing paper work became increasingly vital to his process, enabling him to reposition figures and even parts of figures to adjust his compositions and body language without having to redraw each time. These images give critical insight into the artist's interlocking drawing and design processes.
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Hobbs's Big. Black. Book. is fully funded, and the first three stretch goals have been met, so he added two more:
$12,000 unlocks the Dante Trading card, which will be added to every book.


$15,000 unlocks the Jingles trading card, which will be added to every book.


(Art not final)
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And then there's the Spawn #10 Kickstarter...:
Click for bigger, so's ya can read the fine print:



So if something on that list tickles your fancy, the address is:
Aardvark Vanaheim, Inc
P.O. Box 1674
Station C
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada N2G 4R2
Remember to be polite (if you need an example),
Darling Fascist Bullyboy*, 
Give me some Spawn #10 stuff, you bastard**. 
May the seed of your loin be fruitful in the belly of your woman***, 
Neil****.
*or "Dave", your choice.
**"people like that respect strength."
***really can't close stronger...
****or, your name. Probably a wiser choice that...
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And now, a sequence from Cerebus that I've been thinking about often, of late:












Next Time: Oliver and links to the Kickstarters. (I mean, it IS news...)

Friday, 14 May 2021

WTF, a comic book jam (Dave's Weekly Update #390)/Frank Miller's Ronin (Dave's Weekly Update #391) (it's cool, it's like one of the double issues...)

Hi, Everybody!

Dave's Weekly Update...FROM LAST WEEK...(oooohh do you feel like a time traveler?)


Well Dave, you'll definitely see everybody next week, because it's this week. (Tiiiiiiiimmmmmmmeeee Travel...)



I found out what happened. Dave Fisher, who posts these on Dave's behalf, is taking care of his ill father, and scheduled these, but didn't get a chance to double check they went up. So, if you're into prayer, say one for Dave's dad. And Dave. And if you're more hippy-dippy, send Fisher and his dad some "positive vibes" or whatever. (Hippy.)

ANYWAY, the Nazi shithead is back...so, comments are "locked" and under my moderation until "Himmler Jr." fucks right the hell off back to whatever little spider-hole he went to last time. Which means if you post a comment, it might not show up until I can get to it. (Sorry, not sorry.)

Cerebus in Hell?
And Ben Hobb's Kickstarter is fully funded, and all initial rewards are all met (yeah, I was surprised too...) he's added a couple of new goals:
Hello Everyone! Thank you so much for your tremendous support!

The first three Stretch goals have been unlocked! That means that every book comes with 2 trading cards: Cerebus and Batvark! (The two volume sets come with two of each.) And every volume will include a bookplate! I'll post mock-ups of the book plates in the coming days.

I've added two new stretch goals!

$12,000 unlocks the Dante Trading card, which will be added to every book.


$15,000 unlocks the Jingles trading card, which will be added to every book.


(Art not final)

Additionally, I've added Trading Cards! as both a new tier and an Add-on (In case two sets just isn't cutting it for you.)

Thanks again for all your support!

Benjamin Hobbs
So, there ya go...

The Strange Death of Alex Raymond:
SDOAR on  Kickstarter
SDOAR The Strange Death of Alex Raymond (ORDER NOW!) 
SDOAR on Amazon! 
Follow Living the Line on the FaceItBooks. (All the cool kids are doing it...)
Latest Kickstarter Update (sorta, this is from yesterday):
Hello everyone!

Ever since the campaign's start, Dave and Carson and I have been discussing different possible add-ons to the campaign, the type of project extras that only Kickstarter really makes feasible. And boy howdy, do we have a doozy for you today.

We just added the following item as an add-on—


From the add-on description:

The Preliminary Strange Death is a 120-page oversized book, presenting for the first time in print the preliminary artwork of Dave Sim. This volume is stuffed with preliminary artwork for both STRANGE DEATH and the STRANGE DEATH-related sequences for glamourpuss, presented as close to at-size as possible. This is a limited-availability, supplemental book, the same dimensions as STRANGE DEATH — 8.25" x 12", so it will fit comfortably on the shelf next to the finished book. As Sim's artwork increased in compositional complexity, Sim's tracing paper work became increasingly vital to his process, enabling him to reposition figures and even parts of figures to adjust his compositions and body language without having to redraw each time. These images give critical insight into the artist's interlocking drawing and design processes.

You might notice that the description doesn't indicate if this will be a black and white or color book. That's because once someone has pledged for an item, the description for that item can't be edited, and in this case, the final format of the book depends on you!

If we sell more than 100 of these, The Preliminary Strange Death will be presented in full-color. If orders are less than that, the book will be black and white. But either way, you'll have a gorgeous tome of preliminary drawings to go along with your finished book.

Later today I'll also be adding this as its own tier, for anyone who wants to pick up this book, but has already ordered Strange Death from their local store.

Lastly, I wanted to mention for those of you still wanting to get a Signed/Numbered/Limited edition of Strange Death — although that tier is sold out at the moment, over the past 48 hours we've had several people switch tiers to the unsigned book, temporarily opening up a S/N/L book. So if you're on the hunt, keep your eyes peeled, and you just might snag one!

I hope you all are having a fantastic Thursday!

All the best,

Sean Robinson

Living the Line Books
I'm getting one. (Is gonna be LIT!)

Heritage has some interesting "Dave Sim" bits (Page from issue 5, and two (count 'em) TWO! Beavers strips!)

Up to 35% off site-wide:
May 20 – 21
May 27 – 31
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: Wouldn't you like to be a Kickstarter too?