Saturday, 25 February 2012

Too Much Coffee Man

Too Much Coffee Man #22 (2005)
Art by Dave Sim

(from Cerebus TV Season 3 Episode 15, 11 February 2012)
Well, I can't think of anything more appropriate for episode 99 of the television show that is largely caffine powered. I have one large coffee every 10 days on Cerebus TV Day and it gets me through the sometimes 18 to 20 hour stretch. What could be more appropriate than Too Much Coffee Man and Shannon Wheeler’s new omnibus Too Much Coffee Man collection from Dark Horse Books... I'll always appreciate Shannon giving me honest paying work in the aftermath of Cerebus coming to an end. I'm pretty sure it wasn't what the Portland, Oregon resident was thinking of for the cover of his War issue – Too Much Coffee Man as a member of US Forces.

Was Too Much Coffee Man's appearance in Guys (pages 234-235) - an unauthorised appearance! - my audition for Shannon picking me to do a Too Much Coffee Man cover? I don't know. See, I was doing all these indie-comics characters - my versions of them - in Guys and I thought "How the heck do you work a guy with a giant coffee cup on his head into Guys?" I decided to make him a salesman for Too Much Coffee Liqueur – Pure Coffee & Pure Alcohol! Too Much For Me Please! - see what I thought was "A guy named Too Much Coffee Man, you figure he's got to be talking a little faster than he does in Shannon's strips." So it's just him and Cerebus sitting up way late, Too Much Coffee Man drumming his fingers, shaking his foot up and down real quick.
Cerebus #211 (October 1996)
Art by Dave Sim & Gerhard

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