CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER 6
A Portfolio of 10 Signed & Numbered Prints with Exclusive Commentary by Dave Sim
Raising Funds For The Restoration & Preservation Of The World's Longest Graphic Novel
HI! DAVE SIM HERE! ANNOUNCING THAT KICKSTARTER CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER 6 (CAN6) HAS LAUNCHED! CLICK HERE TO LINK TO IT! AND PLEASE JOIN ME HERE EVERY DAY AS I DISCUSS, WITH CEREBUS FANS, THE "CEREBUS-ENDING CRISIS" WE'VE BEEN IN SINCE JULY OF THIS YEAR:
CAN WE KEEP GOING? THE TMI ANSWER!
PART THREE OF FOURTEEN
In answer to our Kickstarter Survey Question "Do you have any suggestions for future Cerebus Kickstarter campaigns?" Greg G of Los Angeles, California wrote:
Second suggestion is to break these campaigns out of the Cerebus fan echo chamber. Something like a CEREBUS ARCHIVE-endorsed anthology of criticism, not unlike the Eric Hoffman book [CEREBUS THE BARBARIAN MESSIAH edited by Eric Hoffman, McFarland and Co., Jefferson, North Carolina, 2012. ISBN 978-0-7864-6889-8] And it should be real criticism, and Dave should have the opportunity to respond to it. Bring in heavyweight literary and comics critics and maybe the premiums could include signed copies by some/all of them, or a video of some of them reviewing their thoughts with Dave, or something like that. Serves dual purpose of widening reach of Cerebus dialogue and raising the bar on Cerebus as literature.
2) I don't think it's possible to break CEREBUS out of the (your term) "CEREBUS Fan Echo Chamber". Everyone -- except 200 people -- are not likely to respond in any way but unfavourably to my suggesting that I and my work are deserving of anything other than the malice and contempt and universal dismissal that they've elicited for the last two-decades-plus. The evidence suggests that that's "baked in" to the collective societal choices we've made (or, as I see it, the collective societal misapprehensions to which everyone besides me has chosen to subscribe).
BTW, I respectfully submit that I don't agree with the premise of a "CEREBUS Fan Echo Chamber". It seems to me that the term itself is prejudicial in compelling the inference that the few remaining CEREBUS fans should be self-conscious about BEING CEREBUS fans and to convince them that there's something inherently wrong with them being CEREBUS fans. No one wants to be part of an Echo Chamber or to think themselves part of an Echo Chamber. So, I hope no one reading this takes your characterization to heart and decides to "jump ship" because of the way you've chosen to portray them.
We can't really afford to lose too many more supporters.
I see the remaining 200 fans as GENUINELY OPEN-MINDED people who are interested in what I have to say even though they completely disagree with pretty much everything that I say. That is, that they always have and always will disagree with everything that I say, but they're still CEREBUS fans and Dave Sim fans because of the quality of my work. 200 people is what we've got and I think it's only sensible to presuppose that that's ALL we're ever GOING to have. The likelihood is that the audience can only contract from there. A Feminist Theocracy is always going to be less open-minded than any other societal construct short of totalitarian communism.
We've (I think, self-evidently) arrived at a point where everyone -- besides me -- views Reality as being interchangeable with feminism. Everyone besides me has decided there's only One Right Way To Think About Feminism. I've made clear my views about feminism with The Impossible Things To Believe Before Breakfast. I reiterated them just last year with Erik (Hello, Erik!). I'm the only one, evidently, who thinks that way. I don't really see where a dialogue on feminism between Dave Sim and…well, anyone…would of any practical use -- or genuine interest at this late date.
Bottom line: to paraphrase the homosexual credo of the last century: "I'm here. I'm not a feminist. Get used to it."
THANKS FOR JOINING US! MY DISCUSSION OF THE "CEREBUS- ENDING CRISIS" CONTINUES TOMORROW ON A MOMENT OF CEREBUS:
CAN WE KEEP GOING? THE TMI ANSWER!
PART FOUR OF FOURTEEN