|Comics Interview #107 (1992)|
Art by Dave Sim & Gerhard
(from the interview introduction, Comics Interview #107, 1992)
Too often in the comic-book medium, artists and writers go from one project to another, leaving the reader with a feeling of disconnected continuity. Not so with Dave Sim, who has made a life-long commitment to complete 300 issues detailing the life of his creation Cerebus The Aardvark.
Conceived in 1977, Cerebus is a clever animal surrounded by both humans and monsters in a world of swords and sorcery. The strip, which the Village Voice has called "the most ambitious project in the history of comics," parodies politics, religion, films, literature and even comic books with an acid-edged wit that leaves the reader laughing every time.
Sim, who was born in 1956, is a completely self-taught artist whose first comic-book experience was a local one-shot book called Oktoberfest Comics, which commemorated the 1976 Oktoberfest Festival in Kitchener, Ontario. He went on to draw the weekly comic strip The Beavers for Kitchener's daily newspaper, and worked as senior editor for Orb magazine in Toronto. In 1977 he drew two full comic books for independent publishers, Phantacea and Revolt: 3000.
Sim recently completed the first 150+ Cerebus issues. He has also been a well-known proponent of creator's rights and self publishing...