Friday, 19 July 2019

Separating politics from creativity, etc. (Dave's Weekly Update #296)

Hi, Everybody!

Heeeeeere's Dave:



I...I got nothing... Wow. Just. Wow...

Darrel Epp's After Hours, and Sinners Dance. (All I can find for Imaginary Maps is Amazon. Looks like it's out of print.)

Joe Ollman's The Abominable Mr. Seabrook
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The Larry Shell auction (now with fixed link!) I found out what the deal is:
Longtime collector and comics professional, Larry Shell, is having a difficult time right now. Due to his being slightly disabled from two spinal surgeries over the past seven years, he is unable to work and earn a living anymore. This has caused his home of close to 45 years to fall into disrepair and the township he lives in has given him 30 days to make at least some of the repairs or face consequences which could ultimately lead to the house being condemned. It is livable and just needs a lot of exterior work.
To this end, Larry has contacted many of his comic book and strip cartoonist friends to donate a piece of Original Art for an auction to help pay for the repairs, starting with his roof, which has a large hole in it and is leaking into two rooms, one of which is his bedroom! This needs to be dealt with asap!
Among the artists and collectors who have generously donated an original to help Larry are: Neal Adams, Daniel Clowes, Rick Parker, Dave Sim, Michael W. Kaluta, Mark Schultz, Timothy Truman, Butch Guice, Mort Walker Studio, Joseph Michael Linsner, Art Spiegleman, Mark Newgarden, Thomas Yeates, Denis Kitchen, Rick Veitch, Tom Morgan, Mitch O'Connell, Ron Randall, Howard Chaykin, Rich Tommaso and many others!

The auctions are now live on the Heritage Auctions site and end on Sunday July 21st.
You can access the pieces here.

I'm giving away free @#$%! (And NOT "pulling a Hemingway" and rushing to get done "so I can go down to La Floridita and drink my body weight in margaritas" (methphorically speaking) (Sorry Larry).

Send pics of your @#$%ING Flimsy postcards From Hell? to momentofcerebus@gmail.com. Most bent to @#$% postcard wins a valuable prize from Dave Sim!

Speaking of Postcards from Hell?, the next Kickstarter is up and running.

Also, the EXPERTLY REMASTERED CHURCH AND STATE VOL II is available to order NOW (Diamond Order Code JUL191359) Submit your ideas for the bookplate contest.

And you should order an IRON MANTICORE #1 Diamond Order Code JUL191358
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Next Time: What's. In. The. Box (SURPRISE JEFF!)

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Rerun? Touch Not The Priestess

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.

So I was wondering when I had written the first Dave Sim's Notebook column, so I looked and it was over five years ago. In June of 2014 in Hunters & Gatherers we looked at Dave's first notebook. I was going to rerun the column, but guess what I had already done. . .yeah, I reran it already. It looks like it was one of the few reruns. . .perhaps the only one. . .that I've done.

So I looked at the other earlier columns, and found this one from July of 2014. I can't believe I'm doing this for 5 years. 

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This week we're looking at issue #83, and in specific, pages 8 to 10 or if you're following along in the phonebook, CHURCH & STATE II page 642 to 644. Dave first sketched out some layouts for page 8 and 9 on page 28 of the notebook and added the punch line from page 9 (though it isn't per verbatim yet):

Notebook 6, page 28

We then skip a head to page 32 of notebook 6 for the dialogue for the pages. The notebook pages between page 28 and page 32 have some dialogue for the earlier pages in the issue, a blank notebook page, and a "Got Live If You Want It Tour '86" poster sketch. Perhaps just unused slogan for the UK Tour that happened in 1986?

Starting at the top of page 32 the dialogue for page 8 goes across for two lines of the Countess' dialogue, and the it goes down to the line at which time Dave starts numbering the bits of Michelle's soliloquy by which panel they appear in. He also crossed off some bits that didn't make the cut.

Notebook 6, page 32

It looks like Dave revised the dialogue at least three times that I can see. The first 'revision' was the addition of the words 'frankly' and 'I mean' in front of two pieces of the Countess' dialogue. Those pieces appear on the finished page just like they do in the notebook.

Then we can see some blue pencil crossing off dialogue and adding new dialogue. For example, the bit labeled '2' was "Of course I never ASKED. I didn't even know who he was until the end of my first year....". Dave crossed off 'Of course' and replaced it with "at the same time." The marked up text is the line that is in the finished art, page 644 of CHURCH & STATE.

There are a couple lines that weren't used "He never explained why I was an exception to the rule" and "The next day he told me that one day a woman would stand against him that her will (?) would ultimately prevail."

Was this unused dialogue from Weisshaupt about the United Feldwar States' defeat to the Cirinist forces? The revolution which happens while Cerebus is on the moon, from which he returns to a Cirinist held Iest. Or was he talking about Michelle, how she was the exception to his male only University? Yet he keeps her in an apartment with a job of which he controls the wages. Even then, she still helped him in the end, giving Cerebus his message.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

The SUPER SECRET origins of ATTRACTIVE COUSINS


Benjamin Hobbs:

The Postcard From Hell No. 3 Kickstarter is going on now. A big THANK YOU to everyone who has already backed it! If you haven't backed it, now is the perfect time to do so!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1349357665/cerebus-postcard-from-hell-no-3/updates


Monday, in the Updates section of the Kickstarter, David Birdsong posted an extensive look at the Secret Origins of ATTRACTIVE COUSINS #1 (due out May 2020!)

What he DIDN'T show you, because he didn't know it existed, was the VERY FIRST draft of the cover, which appeared in my sketchbook, sometime in August of 2018:


The text reads:

Title: ATTRACTION COMICS
Super-Cerebus- Super-Cerebus is having a tingling feeling "down there" he's never had before!
Super-Cerebus Girl-It's SO exciting to finally meet my COUSIN!
Bottom Cover Blurb: LOVE in the Grand AV fashion!

At the bottom of the page the word "cousins" appears, possibly indicating that I had sorted out the title by then.  I have no idea why there's a line through the "O" of COUSINS.

The first design for Super-Cerebus Girl, in which she was an aardvark too, was quickly abandoned because the sight gag was too similar to the gag on GIANT SIZE JINGLES #1.

On the next page of my sketchbook is the first two passes at a human Super-Cerebus Girl.  By the second drawing she's in her now-classic Anti-Sexism costume.


Here's the original scan of the proposed cover for ATTRACTIVE COUSINS.

Finally, here's the cover without the images, but with some alternate cover text. There's some rough alternate dialog for Super-Cerebus and Super-Cerebus Girl. Also, I was trying to out-do the GIANT SIZE JINGLES cover with FIVE BIG FIRSTS for Overstreet to take note of... although there are only four BIG FIRSTS listed. That gag was dropped before the rough was sent to Dave.

Next Week: Hopefully you won't be having regrets for having missed the POSTCARD FROM HELL NO. 3.  The Kickstarter campaign ends soon... so hurry over to back it NOW!

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Remastered Church and State II is coming...

Hi, Everybody!

Three things:
3: Sean did my post for today! (Everybody: "Thanks Sean!"):


Sean Michael Robinson:

This is just a quick message to let you know that... C & S II is coming!

Yes, the fully-restored Church and State II is at long-last available to order from Diamond Comics, in a special signed-and-numbered edition.

As usual, there are a few things you can help us with! Most pressing at the moment — do you have an idea for what image we should include on the signed bookplate at the front of the book?

Not only are we fielding suggestions, same as last time, we're making this a contest. The winning suggestion (suggested by you, and selected by Dave) will receive... something! Some Cerebus-related restoration goodie that I have hanging around my work space. A "dummy" Church and State I hardback? An unbound C + S I signature? A printed and unbound cover from C + S I or READS or GOING HOME? All of the above? We'll see!

So! Here's the last winner, none other than AMOC's own Benjamin Hobbs!

The book plate will be 3.5" x 5", so your best bet is to suggest something that will reproduce well at that small size!

Please either post your suggestions in the comments or email them to momentofcerebus@gmail.com! We will select a winner by the end of the week. Good luck!

As for the book itself... would you like a little preview?




I also wanted to highlight this comment from yesterday from AMOC regular Tony Dunlop. Thanks for the kind words, Tony, I'm really glad you're enjoying the new Jaka's Story printing! 




 Tony Dunlop said...
Off topic - but my remastered "Jaka's Story" arrived Friday, and I had time to look it over yesterday.

Holy Mackerel. Superlatives escape me. I've been longing for years for the definitive, hardcover editions to come out, but this is as close as I'm going to see as long as Dave Sim is alive, and it was worth the wait.

I made it about halfway through the first issue (I can't help thinking of it that way, as that's the only way I'd ever read Cerebus before the remasters began) in an hour or so, as my eye kept drinking in the rich detail. The woodwork. The stone walls. The facial expressions. The sound effects. All of it as crisp and clear as if I were looking at the originals, straight out of Dave and Ger's workshop.

The restoration, the paper, the binding - man, this is a treasure. Take a bow, Sean & whoever else was involved.




Any questions about the books or the restoration in general? Hit me up in the comments!
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Thanks again Sean!

Next Time: Hobbs and Patty Duke. (Well, not really. But the joke's there if you squint...)

Monday, 15 July 2019

Free Stuff! Just for you! (Minimal Restrictions Apply...)

Hi, Everybody!

I was gonna do more Cerebus in Hell reviews, but it's hot (here at Stately Dow Manor,) and I don't wanna sit at the computer and read comics just to write a pithy review.

I know that my "focus" has been a little less "Celebrating Cerebus" and more "Hey, who's got money!" lately.

(Like when I post links to Auctions, like the Larry Shell Auctions Dave has stuff in, that are going on this week.) (Or the latest Postcard From Hell? Kickstarter, which ends Saturday.)

But you guys and gals(?) do come through, like when I posted the link to Mike Battaglia's GoFundMe, and you guys gave him money. (Thank you.)

So, as an apology/Thank You, I've decided to thank each one of you for sticking around and putting up with my crap.

I'm gonna give everybody that is interested a free piece of art.

"DAVE SIM ART?!?" you anxiously ask.

No, my art:
Like this nine year old unused pinup...[Update: Me no know math good. SEVEN year old, SEVEN-Matt]
Each one will be eight and a half by five and a half inches. Hand drawn and shaded by me.
Or this nine [Update: SEVEN year old, SEVEN-Matt] year old unused pinup (Kids LOVE Tron!)
Featuring my characters, and maybe Cerebus, or maybe other characters.
or OR THIS nine [Update: SEVEN year old, SEVEN-Matt]year old unused pinup
Maybe I'll "rip-off" Dave. Maybe I'll even bust out the markers.
This is my "recreation" of the cover to Cerebus 55:
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"WOW! That sounds neat as @#$%, how do I get one?" I hope you're asking.

Well, all you got to do is comment "Thanks Matt!" on this post, and send an email to momentofcerebus@gmail.com titled: "I would like free stuff please" and include your name and address. Then I'll draw something, make a certificate of authenticity, and mail it to you in an envelope. Absolutely free. And yes, this offer is open to all you weirdos that live on the bottom of the Earth that somehow manage to not fall off (How do you people DO that?!?) Comment. Email. (Don't forget your address.)

As an added bonus, you'll even learn the "secret" location of the AMOC Cave in the return address.

And now, the Minimal Restrictions that do, unfortunately, Apply:
1: Ya gotta comment: "Thanks Matt!" on this post.
2: Ya gotta email: momentofcerebus@gmail.com with your name and address and title the email: "I would like free stuff please". (If you wanna include any additional information or comments, hey pal I live in a free country, if you wanna pretend you live there too, go nuts.)
3: Ya gotta wait til I'm ready to send it before ya get it, so don't be bugging me about where yer art is. It'll come, it'll come...
4: This offer ends at the end of August 2019. I don't wanna be getting emails in six years demanding Free Stuff.
5: One per customer Jeff...
6: If you wanna get something for somebody else, send THEIR name and address in the email (How'm I gonna know different?)
7: What you get is pretty much predicated on what I wanna draw. Meaning it's RANDOM. So, PLEASE no requests.
8: Unless you're a comics person who wants me to ruin your characters with my "drawings", then go ahead and include a picture of what they look like, so I can screw it up real good.
9: Number Nine. Number Nine. Number Nine. Number Nine. Number Nine. Number Nine. Number Nine. Number Nine. Number Nine.
10: And while you're emailing momentofcerebus@gmail.com, why not send pics of your @#$%ING Flimsy postcards From Hell? ? Most bent to @#$% postcard wins a valuable prize from Dave Sim!

Okay, thanks for reading, see you tomorrow when I post something Cerebus related (For reals this time!)

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Larry Shell Benefit Auction

Hi, Everybody!

I know today was supposed to be more of my reviews of Cerebus in Hell? (which you could support by getting a postcard from the Kickstarter...), but I got a message from Dave, so wearing my "Go-And-Get-Whatever-He-Wants-As-Long-As-it-Ain't-Loaded Wise Fellow" hat:



Hey Matt,

Could you put this on the Moment of Cerebus website.

Larry Shell Benefit Auctions Begin Monday on Heritage!

Auction Starts -- Monday July 15th
Auction Ends -- Sunday July 21st

There are 69 items up for auction. Link Below:

https://www.ha.com/c/search-results.zx?Nty=1&Ntk=SI_Titles-Desc&Ns=Item+Title%7c0&N=0+52+794+793+792+4294944272&Ntt=shell&ic4=SortBy-071515

There are 8 items that I sent to Larry that are up for auction.

- Dave Sim "The Strange Death of Alex Raymond" Preliminary Artwork Original Art-
 Original Comic Art:Miscellaneous, Dave Sim "The Strange Death of Alex Raymond" Preliminary A...



- Dave Sim "The Strange Death of Alex Raymond" Preliminary Artwork Original Art 
 Original Comic Art:Miscellaneous, Dave Sim "The Strange Death of Alex Raymond" Preliminary A...
- Dave Sim "The Strange Death of Alex Raymond" Preliminary Artwork Original Art
 Original Comic Art:Miscellaneous, Dave Sim "The Strange Death of Alex Raymond" Preliminary A...
Dave Sim Cerebus Archive Number Five Signed Limited Edition #193/300
Memorabilia:Comic-Related, Dave Sim Cerebus Archive ...
- Dave Sim Cerebus Archive Number Six Signed Limited Edition #77/250
 Memorabilia:Comic-Related, Dave Sim Cerebus Archive ...
- Dave Sim glamourpuss #15 The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Excised Story Page 23 Original Art
 Original Comic Art:Panel Pages, Dave Sim glamourpuss #15 ...
- Dave Sim Hermitage Awesomes Silicon Session Catalog Signed
 Memorabilia:Comic-Related, Dave Sim Hermitage Awesomes Silicon Session ...
- Dave Sim The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Signed Portfolio #Artist's Edition Prototype
 Memorabilia:Comic-Related, Dave Sim The Strange Death of Alex Raymond


Thanks so much and have a great day!!
From the Heritage listings: Auctioned on behalf of longtime comics professional, Larry Shell, whose artist friends have donated this and other pieces to assist him in this time of need.

There's all sorts of neat Non-Dave stuff, like Neal Adams, Art Spiegelman, Gilbert Hernandez, Rick Veitch, Shannon Wheeler, Carl Barks, Rob Walton, Howard Chaykin, and more!


Okay, I done did what I was axed to do, see you tomorrow!

Next Time: More reviews?

Saturday, 13 July 2019

THE GREAT CEREBUS (in Hell?) RE-READ! (part one)

Hi Everybody!

So, I own twenty-six issues (out of twenty-eight published) of Cerebus in Hell? (I'm missing The Undateable Cerebus, and Giant-Size Jingles (sorry Hobbs).)

And I've read them all, so here's some thoughts on the most recent issues.

The LGBTQetc. People   
IN STORES NOW
The most recent One-Shot: Ya know, the one that the Tweeters can't get enough of.

My impression when I read it the first time was: It's funny, but not "Laughing Out Loud and freaking out the wife and kids" funny like some of the other issues, but okay. It did kind of feel "padded out", and would have been better as a reprint issue with less new strips.

On second read: I chuckled a lot more, I mean, it's stupid. But it's SUPPOSED to be stupid. That's what makes it funny.

AMOC AD in the back review: It's both me and my logo, so "yay." "A peaceful oasis away from the dumpster-fire that has taken over the internet" It's like they KNEW what the reception was going to be...

Matt's score (on a scale of one to ten): 6 (ya know, for June. Pride Month...)

Cerebus Woman  
Image result for Cerebus Woman
This one is loads funnier than LGBTQetc People. Lots of chuckles, couple of belly laughs. (Page ten, panel two is missing the end quote in Cerebus Woman's word balloon. So that's a knock.) The cover alone makes me giggle.

Re-read notes: It gets funnier as it goes. I start chuckling, and then laughing and finally I about "bust a gut" and get little tears in the corners of my eyes... "(FIFTY DOLLARS LOOKING FOR A PAIR OF EARPLUGS OVER HERE) (I'LL DOUBLE THAT. C-NOTE HERE. EASY C-NOTE FOR EARPLUGS) HA!

AMOC AD review: Both me: "yay." "The Internets Premiere website to criticize and nit-pick every word Dave Sim writes!" Alright, fess up, who's been sending Dave the comments from the Genesis Question posts?

Matt's Score: Starts at an 8, and builds to an 11 (yup, like Spinal Tap, this one goes to eleven.)

Super Cerebus Annual  
Image result for Super Cerebus Annual
This one gets a "10" right out of the gate because I got it for free. Signed by Dave. Personalized to me. Plus my name is in it. SIX times. (And I only paid to have it in there once. That's value for your money folks!)

Re-read notes: The Jingles joke on the cover reminds me of an as yet unwritten Iguana and Beer joke: So I'm going to someday do "The Origin of Iguana and Beer", and the cover is going to be two panels, one on top of the other first panel: "THE ORIGIN OF BEER!" and the image is a list of all the ingredients you need to make beer (wheat+barley+water+time etc. =Beer) And the second panel "THE ORIGIN OF IGUANA" is a girl Iguana and an Iguana with a tie and mustache on top of her, and he says "Sorry honey, but the phone startled me!"

AMOC AD review: Two mes. Not sure how I feel about The Unbeddable Vark getting the quote spot though...

Matt's Score: 10. I already said that.

Sim City That Issue After  
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This one causes some turmoil for me. My Uncle is a banjo player. I once had a job helping him sell "cookie tin" banjos. So I know a WHOLE LOT more about Banjos then you would think. The idea that Dave Sim, the creator of the series I've inherited the Blog of, might be a banjophobe...well, I might have to "rethink" this Interim Editor thing... (Also, I had suggested a parody of the same cover, and got rejected, so it could just be jealousy. (But COME ON! "Sim City: That Zip-a-toned Bastard" is the superior title!))

Re-read notes: "***** this word balloon just wasn't very funny." HA! The thirteenth strip is a "re-hash" of a strip from the first three issues. (It's still funny, but I don't know if this is a "running gag" or if "Grandpa is having Senior Moments again"...

Wait, there's another book INSIDE this book? (Yup, a sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Cerebi: Teenage Money-Nabbing Cerebi!)

AMOC AD review: Two mes again "yay." Well, when Sean or David spring a "surprise" on me it does update more than once a day. Plus there's the comments...

Matt's score: 7. The two books thing is either a "bonus" or a cheap way out of the corner Sim painted himself into. (not sure which...
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This things aren't paying for themselves, so why not support "Team Aardvark*" and get a little something-something in return, by buying a Postcard from hell? The next Kickstarter is up and running.

And send pics of your @#$%ING Flimsy postcards From Hell? to momentofcerebus@gmail.com. Most bent to @#$% postcard wins a valuable prize from Dave Sim! (I might have the winner...)

Next time: Matt reviews the next four issues of Cerebus in Hell? "yay."
*I tried to get them to be "Team Vanaheim", but nobody bit...

Friday, 12 July 2019

Sprinting the Succession Plan (Dave's Weekly Update #295)

Hi, Everybody!

Heeeeeere's Dave:



No, wait. That's the song that was stuck in my head all morning at work. And I only know about ten seconds of the lyrics.

So I started to write new ones. 

About Ayn Rand's letter to Cat Fancy magazine.
Yeah, that one.
"Dear Editor of Cat Fancy,
I think that it's true:
A cat is the I-deal companion...
Ba na na na na na nump!"

Um, Heeeeeere's Eddie Baby :


Five Cents? Canadian? That's like...less than a penny American...In fact, I think with the exchange rate, Eddie will end up owing you money... No, that's not how AMOC rolls. Bidding starts at one dollar (US). Sound off in the comments if you want this in your hot little hands... (I do think the "Elrod Bunny" in MY collection looks better:
Oh yeah, THAT'S a one of a kind original...)
Um...I feel like I'm forgetting somethinOH SHIT!!! SAVE THE CEREBUS MUPPET!!!! CerebusDownloads.com SAVE THE MUPPET!!! OH SWEET BABY JEBUS! SAVE THE MUPPET!!! OH WHAT A WORLD WHAT A WORLD!!!
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Wanna give Team Cerebus In Hell? the monies, but don't wanna deal with the hassle of going to a comicbook store and tracking down a copy of the latest Cerebus in Hell? One-Shot (Fornicators Inc. is coming out at the end of the month...)? There's a link to the right, over there-----------> (somewhere...)

If you're in the market to dress like Dave Sim, you can buy a "Matt D's A Moment of Cerebus" t-shirt right here. Or, if you're one of those nostalgia buffs who likes the earlier funnier A Moment Of Cerebus posts, the Tim W. Logo is available too

The remastered Volume 1 is available digitally for $9.99.



If you got a couple of extra bucks and want to do a fellow Cerebus fan a solid, Friend of the Blog Mike Battaglia has a go fund me here

If you're looking for Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah, or Conversations. You got options, Conversations, and Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah

Send pics of your @#$%ING Flimsy postcards From Hell? to momentofcerebus@gmail.com. Most bent to @#$% postcard wins a valuable prize from Dave Sim! (I might have the winner...)

Speaking of Postcards from Hell?, the next Kickstarter is up and running.

Also, the EXPERTLY REMASTERED CHURCH AND STATE VOL II is available to order NOW (Diamond Order Code JUL191359)

And You should order an IRON MANTICORE #1 Diamond Order Code JUL191358
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Next Time: The 2019 Great Cerebus (in Hell?) Re-Read

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Green-Eyed Monster

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 twenty-fifth notebook was in November of 2018 in Deep and Meaningfuls. The notebook had 138 pages scanned and covers Cerebus #192 through 211.

To me, one of the most powerful scenes  in the series occurs in Cerebus #198 when Cerebus comes home to Jaka's . . .note. We don't get to ready the entire note, just bits of it on pages #4 and 5 of the issue (or pages 230 and 231 of Minds). In notebook #25 the entire letter is there, with some mark-ups:

Notebook #25, page 11

Notebook #25, page 12

Notebook #25, page 13



Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Your favorite LCS Kickstarter Poster

http://jafcomics.com

Michael and a copy of Iron Man #128 next to the Iron Manticore parody



Cerebus Super-Fan Michael Ragiel has checked in again with the 3rd Kickstarter LCS poster for JAF Comics in Bethlehem, PA.  The posters are free to any fan that wants to print it out and take it by your favorite comic shop.  We add the store's logo and information.  Cerebus In Hell? gets some good promotion, the shop gets a free poster.  Best of all once you get one, you get them all.  Heck, at this point any store that wants one can have all three.  If you want a free digital poster for your store just contact us over at the latest Kickstarter for The @#$%ing Flimsy Postcard From Hell No. 3!

Is this...The LAST Spider-Vark Image?!?


Benjamin Hobbs:

The Postcard from Hell No.3 Kickstarter is now LIVE! Head over there NOW to see updates from Dave Sim and the rest of the CIH? gang. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1349357665/cerebus-postcard-from-hell-no-3?ref=ksr_email_creator_launch

A BIG thanks to everyone who's already supported the campaign!

At long last.... Here's the FINAL unrevealed piece  of NEW Dave Sim art from THE AMICABLE SPIDER-VARK!



Next Week: We would REALLY appreciate it if you'd buy another postcard.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Jaka's Story Restored, an EXTREME CLOSE-UP View

Sean Michael Robinson:

Well, hello, you lot! Long time no type...

I'm here today to drop a bit of information on you regarding the long-delayed-but-finally-happening Volumes 4 and 5 of the Cerebus Restoration Project!

Yes, Jaka's Story is now fully-restored, in print, and available from your local comic store of choice! 

And it looks (ahem, no false modesty here) amazing. Which, you might have noticed, can be difficult to communicate on a computer screen but is night-and-day clear in person.

Let's give it a shot anyway. Here's a single tier from a page about halfway through, selected because I've always liked the acting of this particular sequence. The first is how the page appeared in my 4th printing of the book, the latter as it was restored from a scan of the original art board (which, this page having no tone other than the border tapes, was exceptionally light work).




 You can see that there are two general problems with the original printing. There's a tremendous amount of fill-in present in the line work, especially in the white-on-black areas of the background. Secondly, several areas are blown out from the original photography, the balloon borders and the lettering being blown out most likely for slightly watery application of ink, and the hair feathering and facial details being just too fine to be caught by the photography that day.

Here's a close-up so you can see it a little clearer.

 This is much more drastic a difference in print, and there is this level of difference on literally every panel of the book. Combine that with lovely cool-white paper and sewn binding, and you have a radically different reading experience. As super-retailer Menachem Luchins told me, seeing the work in this level of detail can be like looking at the work of different cartoonists.

So, what to do if you've already picked up your copy of Jaka's Story and you're ready for more? Well, you're in luck. Church and State II is currently being solicited from Diamond in a fully-restored, special signed-and-numbered edition! You have about three weeks to order your own copy, so please head on over to your local comic store now and beg and plead until they accept your demands. Or, if you'd rather order by mail, contact Escape Pod Comics in the US or Page45 in Europe. 

And coming next week — a Church and State II bookplate contest! WIN random production items from the Cerebus Restoration Project! (press tests? blank dummy hardback books?? unattached covers??! tune in next week!)

There just might be a few more EXTREME CLOSEUPS in your future!