Sunday, 17 June 2018

TL:DR: The Genesis Question part eight

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1 April 18

Hi Matt!

You must be running out of my Biblical commentaries along about now. So…

23 March 14

Hi Troy and Mia!

Well.  "The best laid plans of mice and men…" 

I'm going to try to get back to Appendix A, but my Torah reading this morning necessitates, first, backtracking a couple of letters to the discussion about the "heavens and the earth", conceptually -- and my own opinion that the YHWH's view of same has always been inaccurate and has only been modified in recent years as scientific evidence has become irrefutable that Total Reality doesn't consist merely of the earth, earth's atmosphere, two celestial lights (the sun and the moon) and a bunch of sparkly stars for decoration. 

The best Scriptural evidence of the on-going discussion is (what seems to me) God's interjection in The Book of Isaiah, addressing the YHWH (who otherwise dominates all 66 chapters of Isaiah in ranting about how the Hebrew people deserve what they are getting in the events leading up to the destruction of Solomon's Temple)Isaiah 14:12-21:

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning?  Art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations?  For thou hast said in thy heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the North.  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. 

That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it? if you are looking for evidence of a being -- to me, YHWH -- which perceives the construct inaccurately and seeks to supplant God this encapsulates it in a nutshell.  Particularly "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God".  

As an aside:  it definitely threw me for a loop when I first read the Bible eighteen years ago that there was no Scriptural reference to the War in Heaven where Lucifer and his angels were cast out.  This passage from Isaiah, thousands of years into the history of this epoch, is the earliest and most extensive reference to Lucifer.

Which reference -- being, at best, "in passing" -- suggests the "war" is non-canonical and, I would infer, a misconstrued legend used to express the concept of the Big Bang (as is the canonical, scriptural Exodus of the Hebrew people out of Egypt):  that is, I'm not sure that "Lucifer" was "cast out" so much as "let go" at his own behest and at the behest of his rebel angels.  They wanted to get away from God and God obliged them to the extent that was possible.

[Enacted on earth in our epoch this led to the Joseph enactment:  Joseph (at the YHWH's behest) seducing Jacob and his brothers into Egypt and pagan domination and then the Moshe and Aaron enactment:  the Exodus back into monotheism with Aaron (at the YHWH's behest) corrupting monotheism with Egyptian constructs:  the tabernacle, personal adornment, sacrifices, etc.]

The "Lucifer concept", a concept which, I think, itself bears examination in light of our far more accurate  perception of Reality here in 2014:  Lucifer, the "light bearer" is a Latin name which was originally used by pagan Romans to describe the planet Venus, the "morning star".  Blasphemously seeing the "morning star" as a goddess.

 In Isaiah 14:12, it's used to translate helel "shining one" which -- according to my New Bible Dictionary --

"is applied tauntingly as a title for the king of Babylon, who in his glory and pomp had set himself among the gods. This name is appropriate, as the civilization of Babylon began in the grey dawn of history, and had strong astrological connections."

Well, yes. I would agree, in a metaphorical, enactment sense.  But in terms of the narrative it doesn't make narrative sense for the king of Babylon to be deprecated in this way at this point in the narrative in the lead-up to his absolute victory over Israel and Judah. 

By the time of Jesus and by the time of John having Revelations dictated to him late in the first century AD? Yes, because Babylon, irrefutably and irretrievably, had fallen by then.  But early in the Isaiah narrative?  It doesn't make narrative sense.

Except, in my view, as a way of asserting the actual construct:  that the king of Babylon is, essentially, an enactment of the YHWH and the YHWH's unreasoning hatred of Israel, that "back-sliding heifer".  A reflection of the YHWH seeing, inaccurately, in his/her/its self false omnipotence -- which the Book of Isaiah is filled with and which, as I say, this passage in the midst of chapter 14 only serves to, briefly, contradict.  The idea being, as I see it, for God to mark the YHWH's ultimate fate as being similar to the fate of the king of Babylon:  as powerful as you see yourself being now, as much as you see yourself having Absolute Overview of the situation -- like Nebuchadneser -- you are just as limited in your overview as he is:

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.  They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, consider thee, this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms?  That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof, that opened not the house of his prisoners?

Except for the "man" part, this is a very good description, I think, of the fate that is gradually overtaking the YHWH, given that -- at the time of Isaiah -- the YHWH seemed to have the ability to bring devastating conquest at will. 

And did so, in our epoch, by means of the Babylonians, the Greeks and the Romans.  But that isn't monotheism, that's pantheism.  The Babylonians, the Greeks and the Romans didn't worship the YHWH or God -- certainly not by those names.  God is prevailing all along, while granting the YHWH license to enact his/her/its multiplicity of delusions (I am YHWH, I am Jupiter, I am Palas Athena, I am Belial, I am Ashtaroth -- the last two are also names for the planet Venus, the "morning star") but, ultimately, by this means, the YHWH effectively just cancels his/her/its self out:

All the kings of the nations, all of them lie in glory, every one in his own house.  But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit as a carcass trodden under feet.  Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because...

And here, to me, is the point where the YHWH is indicted, specifically, of the charge of malfeasance -- and of betraying the faith that Israel has placed in the YHWH (to Israel's detriment and to God to Israel's benefit) -- by engineering the successive destructions of the Temple:

….thou hast destroyed thy land, slain thy people: the seed of evil doers shall never be renowned.  Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers, that they do not rise nor possess the land and fill the face of the world with cities. 

I realize that no one shares my perspective on this, but I think mine is the only way of resolving what would otherwise be a monstrous Scriptural inference.  As the New Bible Dictionary puts it at the end of its "Lucifer" citation:

The similarity of the description here with that of such passages as Luke 10:18 and Revelations 9:1 (cf. 12:9) has led to the application of the title to Satan.  The true claimant to this title is shown to be the Lord Jesus Christ in his ascended glory.

The mind boggles.  You have a single title with three claimants and your seriously think those three claimants are Lucifer, Satan and the Lord Jesus Christ? 

It does make sense, but only if you see God and YHWH as separate beings and the Lord Jesus Christ as God's means of "supplanting the supplanter". 

That is to say, in a larger sense, we now know for a fact that Venus isn't a star -- "morning star" or otherwise.  Venus is a planet, like the earth so if, as I theorize and as the evidence, I think supports, the YHWH is actually the earth, then that casts Lucifer and the "morning star" in an entirely different light: as analogues of the earth and therefore as analogues of the YHWH.  And this sure knowledge only comes to us after the Lord Jesus Christ has, indeed, supplanted the YHWH as "alternative God" and become the "morning star" -- the YHWH's analogue but serving God (either as Christians have it, as God's Son, or as the Muslims have it as God's prophet and messenger) instead of seeking to supplant God.  The "morning star" now symbolizes the right relational construct between God and YHWH in a way that belief in a deistic YHWH could never do.

Next Time: Back to Appendix A.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

A Moment of Gerhard!

Hi, Everybody!

Late post I know, but I've been busy.

Today: ALL GERHARD!

He checked in at momentofcerebus@gmail.com to say:
Hey Matt,

For your consideration:




Hope you're doing well. Your presence was sorely missed at SPACE.

Best,
Ger


And El Jefe` Seiler send in links to:
These:
Prints 

AND, Ger is the stretch goal for Greg Hyland's new book:
As of this posting, Greg Hyland’s Monster Atlas
is only $182.00 away from its stretch goal
of having my monsters included in the book!
So click HERE and pledge now!
I did! Be like me...

Next Time: Dave and the Genesis Question, part the next. Seven? Eight? Something... 

Friday, 15 June 2018

The 77-cent Experiment (Dave's Weekly Update #239)

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Um, okay...
Heeeeeere's Dave:


Everybody got that?

You SHOULD be able to donate directly to cerebustech@gmail.com through Paypal. Should. Just because I haven't been able to, doesn't mean NOBODY can...

Okay,

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Next Time: Stuff. Some Cerebus related Stuff. Definitely.

High Society's Naked Cerebus?

Sean Michael Robinson:

Howdy folks! Remember me?

This is quick message to see if there are a few Photoshop-or-GIMP-familiar Cerebus/High Society enthusiasts out there who would like to earn a bit of "immortality"/help me out with a little project.

Sometime in the next few months there will be a new printing of High Society, using the previously-restored files, but with a good 20 pages newly-sourced from original artwork that's come to light since the previous printing, and printing on the lovely paper (Rolland Enviro Silk) and exacting printing process (Sheet-fed offset) we've come to know and love from the latest restored Cerebus volumes.

In addition, I'm hoping to replace the tone on a few pages of the book that have always been reproduced poorly, in particular, two issues that seem to have been reproduced from photocopies of the original artwork, even in the first printings of the issues.

So! Would you like to help out? You would literally be drawing out Cerebus' tone on these pages, leaving a naked line-art-only Cerebus in its place, for me to re-tone after the fact.





The fine work of George Peter Gatsis, who did this for two pages of the previous High Society printing. Thanks, George!

If this is the type of thing that sounds fun to you, then please do give it a go. If this seems like a nightmarish hellscape from which you may never escape, then please forget you ever saw this post :)

Thankfully, this isn't literally a thankless task. We'd thank you with a special dedication in the back of the book, in perpetuity, along with everyone who has submitted original art scans for the book.

Interested in helping out? Hit me up at cerebusarthunt at gmail dot com and I'll send you some files and instructions!



Lastly! Are you a digital comics enthusiast? Want to support Aardvark/Vanaheim's newest foray into digital comics? Then head on over to Comixology and pick up the otherwise-sold-out Cerebus in Hell? #1 at the screaming deal of 99 copper portraits of Lincoln. The digital issue was painstakingly put together by digital comics enthusiast Jay Penney. More (Cerebus V1, V2, more CIH? issues) on the way assuming the demand is there :)

Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

What About Trying That?

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.

We last looked at Dave Sim's thirteen Cerebus notebook last October in Terror in a Turgid Tool. The notebook covers Cerebus 112 / 113 plus a few other miscellaneous things. One of those things is a couple pages that show a draft of an editorial cartoon:

Notebook #13, page 10

Notebook #13, page 11
Both look like mock-ups of a cover for WAP!, aka Words and Pictures, a newsletter for comics professionals. But it isn't. It was used as an editorial cartoon, The Corporate Pyramid, in WAP! #6. IT was also reprinted in an issue of The Comics Journal.


A Man and His Codpiece, Color Holds and Kerning Concerns


Benjamin Hobbs:

First order of business: if you haven't heard, it's time to place your orders for NICK CALM, AGENT OF C.O.D.P.I.E.C.E. #1!  The Diamond order code is listed below!  Exciting! 


Second order of business: the cover of CANADIAN VARK.  The cover Lee Thacker submitted looks like this:
The final version will have a different Cerebus on it.  It will look something like this:
The only problem?  The cover is a parody of AMERICAN FLAGG #1, and the coloring is difficult to match due to inconsistencies found in images of the cover on the internet. I can't tell if the dark areas on the jacket and boots were all black on the original printing or if there was a color hold, rendering the areas in question dark blue and dark red, respectively. If anyone out there has a 1st print of AMERICAN FLAGG #1  and wants to take a look at it,  and then leave a comment indicating what the correct color is, that would be very helpful. Thanks!



Last week in the comments section, Kit wrote:

"Dave's use of computer lettering is brutal enough, but uuggggh at the kerning on Benjamin's balloon."

Thanks for writing in Kit!  All of us working on CIH? are striving to make the best possible comic, so feedback is always appreciated. Would you mind going into more detail on how the kerning could be improved on the LEAGUE cover? There's still plenty of time to adjust the cover, if it needs adjusting, but there's only so much information I can extrapolate from the word "uuggggh". Thanks in advance!

Next Week: An Aardvark trapped in the Infernal Realms has to impress six out seven judges with his tap dance routine in order to be the winner of The Infernal Realms Got Talent!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Not Reading Cerebus, I'll tell you that much...

Hi, Everybody!

So Kevin didn't get his column done. Which means he's in trouble with the super-hero community.

And I gotta fill a slot.

Let's go!

First:
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Second:
Look at this:
Cleverly stolen from Oliver Simonsen over at the Cerebus Facebook Group 
Third:
Yesterday was my birthday. I bought myself Cerebus stuff, but it hasn't arrived yet. 

Fourth:
Nuh-uh. I "momented" about "Cerebus". I'm done. Come back tomorrow and see if Ben Hobbes can "moment" about "Cerebus...

Next Time: Benjamin Hobbes—physician, scientist...searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then an accidental overdose of gamma radiation alters his body chemistry. And now, when Benjamin Hobbes grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs. The creature is driven by rage and pursued by an investigative reporter. The creature is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. Benjamin Hobbes is believed to be dead. And he must let the world think that he is dead, until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him...