Friday, 18 October 2019

VARK-THING DIAMOND ORDER OCT191438 (Dave's Weekly Update #309)

Hi, Everybody!

Heeeeeere's



WOW!!!

That was... Wow!

That, that was...something. Dave messed up the order code though.
[UPDATE: It's been fixed (Thanks Fisher!-Matt]

It's OCT191438 OCT191438, not CT191438. OCT191438. (Ends on the 24th.)

Next Time: Something quick, I'm single parenting this weekend...

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Blossom of My Sordid Youth

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.

The last time we saw pages from Dave Sim's ninth notebook was in February of 2018 in Give Me Strength. It covers Cerebus #80 to 86 and had 135 pages out of 200 pages, with 17 of those pages being blank so only 118 scanned pages.

On page 13 of the notebook there were some blank ink marks surrounding a thumbnail for a page and some dialogue for a page which was done in blue point pen.

Notebook #9, page 13
This is pretty much the entirety of page 9 of Cerebus  #82, page 623 of Church & State II. The dialogue is all there, only a few minor changes to the panel layout. For example, in  the  fourth panel instead of Astoria and Lord Julius, it is just Lord Julius. In the first panel Lord Julius also has his left hand to his heart instead of behind his head.

Cerebus #82, page 9


Wednesday, 16 October 2019

VARKING DEAD: A History Part 3


Benjamin Hobbs:

VARKING DEAD #1 will be on store shelves next March, but there has been a long and winding path to the comic that will appear on the shelves of your LCS next winter.

Last week we saw David's second draft of the VARKING DEAD cover.  This 3rd version has more blood splatter and "Issue 1" was changed to "Book 1":


In an attempt to better match the cover we're parodying, I monkeyed with the colors a bit.  I also changed the subtitle to better match the contents of the comic:


There is a VERY good chance that Curly Fries will be added to this cover.

Next Week: The eagerly awaited VARKING DEAD: A History Part 4!

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

"COUPLA WEEKS?"

Hi, Everybody!

Going through Latter Days yesterday looking for Rabbi, I came across this sequence:








And then became all impressed all over again at just how amazing Dave Sim is.

It's JUST lettering and solid blacks, but it's NOT just lettering and solid blacks.

Hey Mags! Next week, find this bit in the notebooks, please.

Next Time: Hobbs and Zombies. Zombies and Hobbs.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Rabh Rabbi Away!

Hi, Everybody!

Rigamarole!:
Rob Walton is doing a Ragmop Kickstarter. It's funded, and ends in a few hours.
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Vark Wars T-Shirt. Vark Wars T-shirt. Vark Wars T-shirt. These are probably going away at the end of the year.
_______________________
Vark Thing.
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Form & Void is OUT OF PRINT (and apparently going for a hundred bucks on Amazon...) BUT, Diamond has supposedly found some copies in the warehouse, so if you want it, tell your LCS you want it.
_______________________
The Cerebus in Hell? issues that are ALMOST Sold Out are:
Sim City: That Issue After
Iron Manticore
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And then the issues that are Low Stock and will soon be Almost Sold Out:
Fornicators Inc.
Canadian Vark
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And High Society is available on Comixology for thirteen bucks.
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Hey guess what? I found the first appearance of Rabbi!

You remember Rabbi right?


Click for readable biggerness
Ditto
What's the third form of "ditto"?
"Quatro"? That ain't right...
Well I found his first appearance.

"Duh, Matt you just posted it..."

Nope, Rabbi DOESN'T first appear in Latter Days.

He FIRST appears in The Cerebus Guide To Self-Publishing:

Click for big.


Ya see it right?
There ya go, Rabbi first appeared in 1997. The year I graduated High School.

Next Time: The first appearance of...something else?

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Interview: WRITERS ON COMICS SCRIPTWRITING 2 (part two)

Hi, Everybody!

Part Two:

Hey, Margaret, which notebook?


This one's Guys...

The backcover.
Rigamarole!:
Rob Walton is doing a Ragmop Kickstarter. One day left.
_______________________
Vark Wars T-ShirtVark Wars T-shirt. Vark Wars T-shirt. These are probably going away at the end of the year.
_______________________
Vark Thing.
_______________________

Form & Void is OUT OF PRINT (and apparently going for a hundred bucks on Amazon...) BUT, Diamond has supposedly found some copies in the warehouse, so if you want it, tell your LCS you want it.
_______________________
The Cerebus in Hell? issues that are ALMOST Sold Out are:
Sim City: That Issue After
Iron Manticore
_______________________
And then the issues that are Low Stock and will soon be Almost Sold Out:
Fornicators Inc.
Canadian Vark
_______________________
And High Society is available on Comixology for thirteen bucks.
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Next Time: Random Phonebook post? Sure why not...

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Interview: WRITERS ON COMICS SCRIPTWRITING 2 (part one)

Hi, Everybody!

Rigamarole!:
Rob Walton is doing a Ragmop Kickstarter. Two days left.
_______________________
Vark Wars T-Shirt. Vark Wars T-shirt. Vark Wars T-shirt. These are probably going away at the end of the year.
_______________________
Vark Thing.
_______________________

Form & Void is OUT OF PRINT (and apparently going for a hundred bucks on Amazon...) BUT, Diamond has supposedly found some copies in the warehouse, so if you want it, tell your LCS you want it.
_______________________
The Cerebus in Hell? issues that are ALMOST Sold Out are:
Sim City: That Issue After
Iron Manticore
_______________________
And then the issues that are Low Stock and will soon be Almost Sold Out:
Fornicators Inc.
Canadian Vark
_______________________
And High Society is available on Comixology for thirteen bucks.
_________________________________________

So, here's an interview with Dave from Tom Root & Andrew Kardon's Writers On Comics Scriptwriting 2. The book is copywritten 2004. I'm going to break it up over the next two days.

Part One:
The cover.
 

How OLD is that picture?

So, Margaret, which notebook is this?

Ooo, a cliffhanger!
Next Time: "The writer" WHAT?!? Don't leave us hanging man!

Friday, 11 October 2019

Dave's growing his hair again (Dave's Weekly Update #308)

Hi, Everybody!

Heeeeeere's



Rigamarole!:
Rob Walton is doing a Ragmop Kickstarter. Three days left
_______________________
Vark Wars T-Shirt. Vark Wars T-shirt. Vark Wars T-shirt. These are probably going away at the end of the year.
_______________________
Vark Thing.
_______________________

Form & Void is OUT OF PRINT (and apparently going for a hundred bucks on Amazon...) BUT, Diamond has supposedly found some copies in the warehouse, so if you want it, tell your LCS you want it.
_______________________
The Cerebus in Hell? issues that are ALMOST Sold Out are:
Sim City: That Issue After
Iron Manticore
_______________________
And then the issues that are Low Stock and will soon be Almost Sold Out:
Fornicators Inc.
Canadian Vark
_______________________
And High Society is available on Comixology for thirteen bucks.
_______________________
Friend to the Blog: Steve Peters has successfully funded his new KickStarter, ya got six hours to get in.

Next Time: Old Dave interview? Old Dave Interview...

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Steve Peters Week II: Comic Jam with Dave Sim

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.

No notebook stuff this week for this week is Steve Peters' Week!

Friend to the Blog Steve Peters is running a new KickStarter to fund his latest project: Parallel Comicverses #1, which has a new story in it, WRITTEN BY DAVE SIM! And to celebrate, A Moment of Cerebus is doing STEVE PETERS WEEK II!

In last week's column I showed you some Cerebus cover recreations that Steve Peters did using his characters I thought were pretty spot on. This week I thought I'd show you the original art I got from him way many moons ago. It is a jam piece between Steve and Dave Sim that Steve used in his Origin of Sparky comic.

According to Steve on the jam: "The Dave Sim jam was done by mail over a 2-year period between 2004 and 2006. Dave tells me that it was the first thing he began drawing after completing his epic comic, Cerebus!"

Neither signed the piece (insert sad face, guess it means I'll need to track them both down again at a comic con to have them sign it) so guess what is Dave's bit and what is Steve's bit. To me, I can pick out a Steve Peters' character pretty easily. . .but Dave is known to be a master at mimicking someone else's style.

And all these pictures can be clicked on to get a larger version so you can zoom on it.

Like this hand, that looks like a hand drawn by Steve Peters. The woman also reminds me of his style:



As you can see, that section has some thinner paper that covers the artwork - I'm guessing to protect it in  transit. Perhaps Steve did the pencils and mailed it to Dave for the inks? There is also thinner comic art board used and a thicker comic art board used. Though the thicker comic art board isn't Bainbridge, so I'm guessing both types originated with Steve.

The K with the eyes makes me think that is Dave, as it reminds me of the bits from Minds and Guys:


The section below? I'm thinking the face on the planet is Steve, perhaps the Sparky, the rest of it? I'm not too sure:



And this next section? I'm not sure who did what. What I do know, is it reminds me a lot of the scene of Cerebus going up up up in Women to reach the Eighth sphere where he talks to Po.


And yes, if you haven't gotten yourself a copy of The Origin of Sparky, you can get one as the 'Cerebus Package" reward for Steve's current kickstarter.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

VARKING DEAD: A History Part 2


Benjamin Hobbs:

VARKING DEAD #1 will be on store shelves next March (not February as reported last week), but there has been a long and winding path to the comic that will appear on the shelves of your LCS next winter.

Since Dave wasn't going to use David Birsong's VARKING DEAD cover for THE WALKING DEAD MEET CIH? strips, I suggested writing strips to go with the cover.

I began by cutting out the zombie Cerebi which appeared on the Zombie variants of THE CEREBUS ARCHIVE.


Having cut the Cerebi out from their original covers, I started writing strips, and David created a version of the cover that incorporates the zombie Cerebi:


This version, like the previous one we saw last week, re-purposes the cover image from Cerebus #219:


David de-screened the image and toned it blue:

Next Week: VARKING DEAD: A History Part 3