Saturday, 3 September 2016


When it comes to the design of the on-site bank vault, the first priority will be that it be "insurance directed".  Insurance is always based on risk, so what I have to do is get the vault designed based on the risk as perceived by the insurance company (whatever company that ends up being). What are the insurance company's specs?

One of the elements -- it's all still at the multiple-theoretical stage -- that I've come up with is tandem combination locks, both of which have to be accessed simultaneously in order to open the vault, and basically having a "you call it" access approach to the one combination lock reserved to the insurance company.  "This is about YOUR level of comfort. The higher your insurance comfort level, the lower the risk and the lower the premiums, so YOU TELL ME: who do you want to appoint as the 'other person' who has to be there to open the vault?"

While I'm alive, I would be the "first person", presumably. But the fact that I won't be able to get into the vault on my own but only in company with someone appointed by the insurance company, I'm pretty sure will count in keeping the insurance costs down.  After I'm dead, the 'first person', arguably, could also be appointed by the insurance company.

I'm trying to "dovetail" this with the security guard element.  Anyone can have unlimited access to the Off-White House after I'm dead.  They just have to hire a bonded security guard, locally. He or she will be there with them to ensure that they put everything back where they found it and that they don't break or steal anything.  We have to go on the (I think, safe) assumption that visitors will be very, very, very few and very, very, very far between.  One every ten or twenty years wouldn't be unexpected.  The point isn't the number of visitors, the point is artist AA BB or AABB...or The Researcher.

Again, I relate it to Alex Raymond.  If Raymond had preserved his home/studio in perpetuity, I could go there, hire a Stamford security guard to follow me around and basically just look through everything over a period of several days  and I'm assuming I would learn a lot.  I'd probably make several trips, the first one just to figure out what I wanted to look at more closely and I'd be willing to bet I'd end up helping the local economy more than I intended because of avenues that would open up that I'd feel compelled to explore thoroughly.

I might be the only visitor in fifty years.  To me, THAT isn't the point, either.  The point is First Custodianship.  The debt is to the people that you Inspire who come after you, however long "after you" they come.

A very different way of looking at things, but then apart from my self-perceived custodial obligations to the Off-White House and its contents and to the people for whom they're important, my only PERSONAL possessions are my Bible, Kingdom Interlinear translation of the Gospels and my English-language Koran.  CEREBUS brought me to this point, but CEREBUS is, in that sense, just the jettisoned first stage rocket.

 Of interest, now, only to others.       


Anonymous said...

So in yesterday's post when you said "$25K Bonus Items for everyone! On me!" Is that Bonus Items for everyone who pledged for the portfolio? Or everyone who has pledged at any level?

Curious minds want to know!

Benjamin Hobbs

Carson Grubaugh said...


Have you looked into museums that have "Open Storage" setups? I know The Met has a massive open storage unit, and the Cranbrook Museum of Art was renovating when I was there. They were building a massive open storage facility that had special units for viewing artists-prints that would probably work for the small size of original comic art as well.

Dave Sim said...

Hi Benjamin! We'll see how many people that entails when we've crossed the finish line. Personally, I can't see why not: along the lines of the Rich Cerebus Fans "getting 'er done" for the Not Rich Cerebus Fans. What could be a better example of that than someone who pledged $1 getting a free $20 digital download?

Dave Sim said...

Hi Carson! No, I haven't. But thanks for the suggestion. One of the elements of this is: "WHEN does it happen?" If it's ten years from now, it makes sense to wait and see what "state of the art" for Open Storage a little closer to 2026.

Today, right here, I'm just sketching in the broad strokes "so far".