Saturday, 24 July 2021

Boy, the AMOC MyFax account is really paying for itself this week... NEW DAVE SIM ART!

Hi, Everybody!

Lots to see and not much time, so here we go:
Cerebus in Hell?:
New ones are out for the ordering:

Five will get you ten that the next Weekly Update will be the promo for this.


Which means you probably CAN'T order Batvark Coronavirus and Sword of Cerebus in Hell? Volume 6 anymore... (I mean, try. Go nuts. Don't let "The Man" tell you what you can and can't order. Be a Rebel...)

But you can DEFINETLY order the Hardcover Swords of Cerebus in Hell? Volumes 3 and 4. Ben Hobbs won't stop you. (And if you think the Hardcovers are just too damn expensive, there's a second set of trading cards available as a stand-alone item.)

Speaking of Hobbs and his kickstarting ways, got a Fax from Dave:
Hey, speaking of CAN9, Dave ALSO sent:

Speaking of the Swordfish..."Daddy Varkbucks" sent this BEFORE the above, but I'm running them in the order that makes it funniest (to me):

The Gary bit, is because I sent Dave a message I got from Gary that said:
Also, be sure to remind Dave he owes me a cover. I worked my butt off to beat out my pal Jeff Burton and his Auroraman comic as the highest numbered, self-published comic in the Canadian Comic Book Alliance.

Have a good one! And thanks!
Gary Boyarski
So here's Dave with the book:

And the preliminary sketch:

And then Dave faxed:

I sent that and the sketch (wait for it Mags...) to Gary, and he said:
Hi Matt!

Just saw the email this morning! Wow! It's fantastic! I'm going to have to give Dave a call and leave him a message.

As there is less than five days left on my Kickstarter, and I already have my hands full with 50 backers (Keep in mind I'm doing this solo and its my first one) I'm thinking I'm going to save Dave's art for an exclusive cover for the next one which should be in October.

I think it would be most effective to boost support if its given more time to be seen.

So, do promote my Kickstarter again if you want, (you can mention that there will be another one this fall with a Dave Sim cover variant) but don't leak the actual artwork yet.

Gary Boyarski
Well, that's no NEW Dave Art for you...


I sent THAT to Gary and said that unless he objected STRENUOUSLY, I was running it today. And he said:
No objections at all. :)

Upon further consideration, I'm actually ok with you sharing the artwork that Dave did. I don't think leaking it early will do anything other than build anticipation. So either way, I'm good.
-Gary Boyarski
To which I replied:
You're breaking your mustache's balls, Gary...

New! Dave! Sim! Art!!!:
Copyright Dave Sim and Gary Boyarski. Coming Soon! (In colour, and better printed...)

That's a Dave Sim hand alright...

Okay, that's like a week's worth of Moments, and I didn't even get to the bit about Dave's Orange Shirt. Monday!

And, finally,  Little Orphan Aardvark has another important message for all the "Swordfish" in the L.O.A.S.S.:
"Daddy Varkbucks", himself, wrote that bit...

Next Time: Oliver and more links than you can count...

Friday, 23 July 2021

When did you stop reading Cerebus? Part 2 (Dave's Weekly Update #400)

Hi, Everybody!

Dave's Weekly Update (#400!):

"We don't need no stinkin' Birdsong!" You can buy a copy here.

Or you can read a slightly "condensed" version here. (Mr. Rilstone says at the end: "Patreon Supporters can download all 7 parts of this essay, with exciting extra features and jokes, in a pretty PDF format. Just pledge to send me $1 for each essay I write." Which I infer means that the posted version isn't the expanded version that Dave has received.)

Cerebus in Hell?:

And Hobbs 2ND Kickstarter. (All sorts of neat stuff is happening with this.)
Gary Boyarski's running a Kickstarter for his book Jack Grimm. (More on him tomorrow... again.)
Hey, look what Heritage has.
Up to 35% off site-wide:
July 21 – 25
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: Gary Boyarski, (again.) (well, kinda). I just said that.

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Stairs to the Regency


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.

Just this past April we saw page 15 from Dave Sim’s eighth Cerebus notebook in Elf Request. Gerhard was kind to let us know that that page of Dave’s notebook showed us pages #6 and 7 of Cerebus #70. Today we’ll look at page 14 of that same notebook, which as you guessed, shows us thumbnails for pages 3 through 5 of Cerebus #70.

Notebook #8, page 14

Along with the thumbnails the notebook pages has Dave’s really rough outline for the first three pages at the top:

1 2 credits

3 4 climbing just hurry

5 whew I’m exhausted.

The dialogue on the far left of the notebook page is Cerebus with his stuffed up nose. . .snout? 

Id feels like bost holy had walke wa cl’bed as far as d’cabimd k gingdubs

That doesn’t show up on pages 3, 4 or 5. Instead Cerebus repeats his line ‘Don’t get mad at an elf’ through puffs for air. That line is written down on the notebook page. Along with Elf’s line of ‘Try taking the stairs two at a time and maybe the time will go faster by’. Though on the finished page she doesn’t finish the line and it is slightly different: maybe if you tried climbing the steps two at a time. . .

The page thumbnails not only show the layout for the art and the word balloons, but it shows the word balloons differently for each character. Cerebus has regular word and thought balloons while the elf has dashed balloons.

And the three pages from Cerebus #70, aka Church & State I pages 375 – 377 show us what Ger had to work with when he did the background for these pages - just a rough 'put this here'. Sure, on the notebook pages you can see a couple rough circles and faces, but on the finished page we get a better look at all those heads on the inside of the black tower and the stairs all the way to the Regency:

Cerebus #70, pages 3 - 5

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Swords of CIH? Hardcover V3 and V4 Kickstarter Launches... and MORE!

Benjamin Hobbs:

EDIT: The Kickstarter is LIVE! You can back the project by clicking the link below!

First off, if all goes well, the Kickstarter for for SWORDS OF CEREBUS IN HELL? Volumes 3 and 4 Hardcovers, launches at NOON! I'll post an update when it's live.

There are six stretch goal cards. They are all pictured on the campaign page! They include:

This week I was working on the cover for LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY CORONA #1. 

This is the cover that released with the digital version (or close to it..I believe the digital version had the correct credit bar at the top.):

This comic was produced in a week, and I was never satisfied with the cover. We sent this sepia-toned version to Diamond:

Yesterday, I spent the day working on this massively revised version:

I'm satisfied with it now.

Finally, a reminder that Laura and I will be at Gem City Comic Con this weekend in Dayton, OH. Stop by and we'll sign some of your books!


Next Week: Unethical Spider-Vark ON SALE at you LCS!

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

It's Kickstarter Eve! Remember to hang your stocking so Cerebus can fill it!

Hi, Everybody!

What the Hell? is going on in Cerebus -land?

Well, tomorrow, Ben Hobbs SECOND Swords of Cerebus in Hell? Hardcover Kickstarter goes live right about noon. Ben has a post already written and in "the kitty" with links and pictures and it's gonna be magical...

Anyway, is response to Ben, Dave faxed me:

Well, it's important to remember, that this is DAVE'S LIST, and doesn't necessarily represent the views and plans of Hobbs, The Waverly Press, Sean at Living The Line, or anybody else. Like:
#1 ain't happening yet.
#2 is tomorrow.
#3 - #8 are presumably still "on deck" but may get recajiggered...

Anyway, Dave also sent me this as part of a Fax that the recipiant hasn't cleared me to run the rest of, but it's interesting:
Ooooh! I got pics:
Lots of neat stuff, too bad I scaled the pic, ay Margaret?

Dave's signing, and: You. Are. There.

Reverse angle, like something Orson Wells did in Citizen Kane...

So if you DIDN'T order from you LCS, and you do NOW, you might get a signed copy...

Speaking of the Cerebus in Hell?s, Batvark Coronavirus and Sword of Cerebus in Hell? Volume 6 are still available to order from your Local Comicbook Store. But since I'm helping proof them, I assume the FOC is here or will be shortly.
Hey, look what Heritage has.
Up to 35% off site-wide:
July 21 (Hey, THAT'S tomorrow!) – 25
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!

And for those of you who HATE The Waverly Press (Hey Bill.), and think Cerebus in Hell? isn't funny (Hi, I'm-not-listing-all-your-names-because-ya'll-are-Legion...) Here's your "Moment":

Next Time: Hobbs needs money. Weddings don't pay for themselves...

Monday, 19 July 2021

Listen, I DON'T get paid for this...

Hi, Everybody!


So, Dave faxed me (on Thursday. I posted it Saturday):

Well today brought the Monday Report, and this:

So, if you're sending Dave a stack of cover ideas, you might wanna...

Send 'em anyway. It's not like Dave is gonna stop Cerebus in Hell? anytime soon... (I BELIEVE, that Dave's working a year+ ahead.)

Speaking of the Cerebus in Hell?s, Batvark Coronavirus and Sword of Cerebus in Hell? Volume 6 are still available to order from your Local Comicbook Store. Unless the Final Order Cut-off has been reached in which case I'm fucked. Hold on, lemme send an email to my LCS...
Anyway, what's new in Cerebus-land?

There's another Strange Death of Alex Raymond Update from the Kickstarter:

I just had a wild weekend in NYC, where a painting of mine was on show at SOTHEBYS­čĄ»
[Dang she's tall...or he's short... -Matt]
The work, Kyle, seen behind my left shoulder, won 3rd place in the Portraiture category of the 15th Art Renewal Center Salon, a competition I have wanted to merely be a finalist in since... 2002? So placing and getting to be part of the traveling show is mindboggling. After Sothebys the work will head to MEAM in Barcelona, Spain.

While in NYC the Preliminary Strange Death books were delivered, so one of Torie's coworkers graciously stopped at our place and brought them in before rain hit. Thank you Kathy!!! This fulfillment is truly a team effort.

[Everybody say thanks Kathy. -Matt] 

Now that I have these I can start fulfilling any orders that involved only this book. Gonna feel nice to start slapping on those mailing lables!
And, of course, the dawgs were very happy to have us back.
[Okay, so it's a video, and I dunno how to insert them into the Blog if they're not on YouTube, so here's the video description for the "technically challenged":
It's Carson's Lady (I can't remember if they're married, or "Living-in-Sin" and I don't wanna go look it up.] Torie with the dogs, and the dogs are getting "sprung" from Puppy-Jail (they say it's a dog boarding place, but I know a Puppy-Jail when I see one...) and the dogs are super excited to be back "on the outside": "I thought I was gonna die in there man. I thought I was never gonna see the sky from the outside again. I can't stop laughing. Do people still laugh? Or did humor go to Prison too?" Then Carson tries to pet that dog, and she pulls a shank on him. Then she drops the shank and starts to cry and blubbers for ten minutes. Meanwhile, the other dog joined a gang on the inside, "You do what you have to do to survive in there man... It's like my celly Andy used to say, 'get busy livin' or get busy diein'. I ain't never going back. You hear me @$%&ER! I AIN'T NEVER GOIN' BACK!!!" and wants Carson and Torie to swing by "Tiko's" place on the way home. Tiko lives a twenty-five minute drive the OTHER way from their house, in a BAD neighborhood, and Carson won't accept the story that the dog "just wants to say 'hi' and deliver a personal message from the dog that runs cellblock B"... Also in the video is a younger kid, and I don't know if he's Carson and Torie's, or a volunteer at Puppy-Jail. The video does not make this clear. I've decided he's "Stinky" Peterson, Carson's neighbor and confidant (like Ebony White in Will Eisner's Spirit stories...) who's along for the ride so he can give Carson the "lowdown" on what's happening in the area while Carson was "up north". (Mostly it's like a mash-up of the Dukes of Hazzard and a Mickey Spillane novel...) Then the lady from the Puppy-Jail hands over the leashes and says some stuff I didn't quite make out. (Probably some lies about how the dogs behaved. That guard won't ever be able to live a normal life again MARSHA! What about that guard's family? Who will take care of them? WHO?!?) It's like a thirty second clip... -Matt]
Hey, look what Heritage has.
Up to 35% off site-wide:
July 21 – 25
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!

And, Cerebus:

Next Time: Hey, they can't all be winners...

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Cerebus Around the World and Web #89 by Oliver Simonsen

Oliver Simonsen:

We were not able to pull off the medallions for animation but better yet we were able to for this banner:).

On Friday July 26th Carson Grubaugh and Sean Robinson will be appearing on a Comic-Con 2021 panel entitled GRAPHIC NOVELS LOST AND FOUND, a star-studded panel hosted by comics critic and professor Rob Salkowitz.
The panel will go live Jul 23, 2021 at 3:00 pm (GMT-07:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada), at the link below. You can also set a reminder now at the link.
"Some of the greatest creators in comics produced masterpieces that took decades or more to see the light of day. Hear how Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost, Barry Windsor-Smith’s Monsters, Dave Sim’s The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, and a never-before-known work spanning from the earliest days of comics to the 1970s found their way into print despite incredible adversity. Panelists Gary Groth (Fantagraphics), New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (Marley’s Ghost), artist Carson Grubaugh (The Strange Death of Alex Raymond), and Sean Michael Robinson (Living the Line) share stories with moderator Rob Salkowitz (Forbes, University of Washington)."

Phillip Frey shares his "Strange Death of Alex Raymond" original art (click link for additional info)

Patton Oswalt wearing a Cerebus T-shirt?

Cerebus animators Matthew Koh and Bronson Pullen

Cerebus and Lynda Barry successfully use lots of text (in Spanish)

Below commissions for Joshua Even:

TurboPork's Cerebus Playmate Toy Design:)
In the comments Damien Moyal posts his Cerebus drawing

Jacket by Richard Carper

Skateboard by Tokka Work in progress by Tokka

By Reyad Yousri

By James Edward Clark

Work in progress by Steve Mardo

Work in progress by KC Wilson

Work in progress by Ryan Bredahl

And more works in progress

and while at it some wips from previously posted team-ups

Joshua Even is starting a trend.
Adam Wagner: I've been seeing alot of artists doing TMNT/Cerebus team-ups lately, so I decided to do one

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men and Cerebus (in Spanish)

Cerebus, Walking Dead, Sin City, Bone and Love & Rockets

Cerebus and Loki

Cerebus with Thor's Hammer

X-Men is a Cerebus spin off

Cerebus quoted

Cerebus and space

Italian site praises "Minds"

Reminded of Cerebus

James Smith draws Cerebus

Cerebus simpathy shared (click link for full page)

Cerebus and Neil Gaimain Sandman parody promo (see images and letter in link)

Cerebus a rockstar in the Louvre (click link for images)

Gerhard has finished coloring issue 2 of "Becoming Frankenstein"

Cerebus #7 Russian translation released

Cerebus Russian translation shared

Cerebus Potoguese translation requested

Cerebus Syndrome

Cerebus and the TV approach

Cerebus on bureaucracy

Cerebus figurines shared


Thanks Oliver!

Next Time: I'm running on an hour of sleep since 2:30 yesterday morning. So, you're lucky it's not just this...