(Photograph: Harry Borden)
(from a letter to Dave Gibbons dated March 2004 - Reprinted in Dave Sim's Collected Letters 2004)
Thanks for your letter and "Cerebus Archive testimonial" of 5 March. Coincidentally, they arrived the same day that issue 300 of Cerebus was hitting the stores.
I can't think of a better way to have celebrated the (at least) physical conclusion of the series than with such fulsome praise from the brilliant artist of Watchmen. In my own eyes, you have flattered me out of all proportion - both because of your own well-deserved prominence in the field (I remember a retailer telling me a while ago of Paul Levitz gob-smacked astonishment at a DC retailer meeting - and this years ago! - when it became obvious that yet another printing of Watchmen was required to meet the unrelenting demand almost two decades after the initial success story: 'Who are you guys selling these things to?') and because of my own modest and marginal standing in this field.
It was very generous of you and meant more to me than I can ever express.
Thank you again