Sean Michael Robinson:
Too. Much. Cerebus.
So, would I call it a good, adult idea to, I dunno, prep almost a hundred and twenty pages of a visually complex graphic novel sourced from literally dozens of disparate sources, all while developing and perfecting your methodology for doing so, all in, jeez, less than a week?
No. I would say that's not a very good idea, certainly not a very adult one.
Well, that's what we did.
Finally back to two working computers, Dr. Mara and I pounded through the rest of the pages last night. We were joined by Mara's husband Bebo and my wife Rachel, who manned our "catch it before it's too late" station well into the night.
This. This is what too much Cerebus looks like.
Bebo's proofreading station, with scattered printings and correction notes.
Missing--elaborate color-coded marker system.
My workstation-- a $2000 computer with a $12 monitor. Notice my loupe, my tablet, and the raft of paper that threatens to overturn the file copies I have out for reference. Hey, Sean, is that some newsprint schmutz on that panel, or some exploding rock? Dunno, better check in the TOTALLY RAD STACK OF DAVE SIM FILE COPIES! O man.
Mara's work station, complete with her loupe, the missing markers, and half a dozen jump drives. Oh, and a snazzy Exclusive Diamond Distribution Lectern.
Staying up all night, at 34? Makes you a little bit like this guy. No, no, the purple one.
There'll be more to follow when I've, you know, slept and bathed. But here's a last parting image that demonstrates what my major takeaway has been from this experience so far. Want a quality image? Don't spend your time trying to polish what you have. Spend your time looking for a better source.
More on this next week. But in the meanwhile, every Cerebus fan reading this right now, I would love (love love love) it if you would take out your copy of Cerebus #13, pictured above, and examine the printing. If anyone out there has a copy with relatively black blacks, that still has fine detail in the lines, please let me know in the comments. I would love to get a test scan from you, and possibly a scan of the entire book, for possible inclusion into future Cerebus editions.
Until next time!
|The second image here was sourced directly from Heritage's auction website.|
This was the brilliant idea of George Peter Gatsis, who accumulated dozens of images from their website.