THE VILLAGE VOICE:
(from the article Readers Of The Last Aadrvark, The Village Voice, 23 March 2004)
Cerebus's dizzying whirl of high concepts, low humor, narrative gusto, and exquisite draftsmanship attracted critical praise and a devoted following almost from the start... But over the course of this story arc (Mothers & Daughters) - both in the book itself and in the book's editorial pages - Sim made it clear that he believes we live in a feminist totalitarian state. Readers left in droves. The last 2,000 pages have been driven by their creator's deeply personal preoccupations (Latter Days, the penultimate story line, devoted 144 pages to commentaries on the first 38 chapters of Genesis) and his religious faith (a homemade blend of fundamentalist Christianity, Islam, and Judaism).
...In an era when selling out is considered synonymous with success, Sim's resistance is bracing. But independence comes at a cost, and the price of Sim's is that his 26-year project, his life's work, is ending largely in silence. Tired of his grandstanding, most people long ago tuned him out. But for the scale of its ambition, the intricacy of its characters, the beauty of its artwork, and its commitment to mapping the at times objectionable mind of its creator without ever blinking or looking away, Cerebus remains a staggering declaration of independence.
(from an interview at The A.V. Club, 31 March 2004)
The plain fact of the matter is that I have always been pretty much ignored. My work, with rare, generally vague, single exceptions - a few paragraphs in Rolling Stone in the late '80s, a page in the Village Voice in the '80s, a page and a half in the Atlantic in the '80s, that kind of thing - has never been reviewed, either in the comic-book press or in the mainstream press. And what grudging, intermittent critical response I have gotten has always been qualified. Just in the last few years, I have somehow become generally acknowledged as a "brilliant creator" without ever once having my work itself discussed, as in: "Dave Sim is a brilliant creator, but..." followed by an extensive list of personal invective. Because my work discusses feminism and disapproves of feminism, it is important from the leftist standpoint to destroy Dave Sim as an individual and to ignore his work.