Sean Michael Robinson:
Alright, there are only ten days left to pledge to the best Cerebus Archive Kickstarter campaign yet.
This time around we have a lot of really slick bonus prints, so I thought I'd take a minute to spotlight them.
First up, we have "Jacob Moore," a great drawing done in the style of a Victorian copperplate etching, depicting a certain familiar comics figure as Jacob Marley and Cerebus as Ebeneezer Scrooge. This barely-seen commission was drawn for Tim W., founder and principal blogger of this here website!
Thanks for the scan, Tim!
Next is the cover of Swords of Cerebus 3, a rare color piece featuring Julius and Cerebus. Also of interest? It was painted on duotone board, a special drawing paper that came with chemicals that could be brushed on to release different types of tone. As you can see, the effect has changed somewhat over time-- there's some remnant of it above Cerebus's head, and some of it creeping in on the edge of the paper as well. This is a nice example of Dave's early mixed media color style, well-suited to the spot-black-heavy of his rendering at this period. I don't have a copy of Swords 3 handy so I can't see for myself, but I'd be curious to know how these colors have changed over time. Some of the color scans I've seen of High Society era covers have seen some color shift-- I'd assume the same is true here as well.
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Next up is one of my personal favorites, the splash page from Selling Insurance, one of the color short stories that appeared in Epic Magazine. The scan for this one was kindly sent by Cerebus art hunter/illustrator extraordinaire Dean Reeves, who specifically asked us to use it for the campaign this time around. Thanks so much for the scan Dean!
This one has a real bande dessinée feel to it, with the rich painted color and bouncy, animation-like characters with thick, expressive contour lines.
Next up is "On the Stairs," an unusual, really nice cast portrait by Dave and Gerhard, done as a commission back in 2007. The rich color (Dr. Martin's dyes?) and slight reinvention of the character style (check out that rubbery Elrod and refined, perfectly coiffed Jaka) really reminds me of the great covers of Following Cerebus done around the same time.
And lastly, we have two different recreations/homages to the iconic Cerebus No.1 cover, one that presents itself as a sequel to the series, another actually imagining the cover as a physical act and extrapolating the before and after. I believe the first was done as an A/V Christmas card, and the second as a commission? (I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong). It was also used as an animated intro on the short-lived Cerebus Art website, set up to sell original art and solicit commissions.
As for the last few bonus prints for this round? Let's just say we've saved some exciting items for the end. I'll have a short post up about one of the items in particular, as it has some significant, shall we say, historical interest?
(any guesses what I might be talking about here??)
In the meanwhile, please pledge now, and pledge often!