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:
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PART FOUR 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. 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.
Personally, I find Eric Hoffman's book unreadable, although I sincerely appreciate that his heart was in the right place and am sincerely humbled by the fact that he devoted a disproportionately large amount of his valuable time to it relative to any personal benefit he could possibly have derived or derive from it.
That having been said, I didn't get past half of his introduction or flipping through to random pages -- because it read to me as "We, the good and right-thinking feminists of the CEREBUS fan community, are here to indict Dave Sim for thinking the wrong way and to make sure everyone knows that we think the right way -- the way feminists think. And to explain why -- even though we know Dave Sim and his book are wicked and evil -- there are still parts of it that we like. And to try to understand how Dave Sim became wicked and evil and recommend ways for him to become good and nice, like us!"
With all due respect, we've got Eric's book filling that need. It definitely fills an ideological niche in the overall CEREBUS context. If you or anyone else wants to find MORE and OTHER literary heavyweights and comics critics to craft another book occupying the ideological strata that (obviously) interests you a great deal -- here's why feminism is right, here's why Dave Sim is wrong, here's why I still like CEREBUS in spite of that -- I can't see anyone stopping you. I'm certainly not stopping you.
[I do think that you're ignoring the nature of the feminism which prides itself on keeping as far away -- ideologically, contextually and physically -- from Dave Sim and CEREBUS as possible. For 99% of them, even acknowledging my or CEREBUS' existence -- except as something beneath their notice and/or contempt -- is "beyond the pale". Once they've "gotten the memo" -- and everyone (besides me, I mean) has, I think, "gotten the memo" long ago -- their participation in, with or about anything that includes CEREBUS is just out of the question.]
You're welcome to contact Sean and Sandeep and they'll provide you with high-resolution images to illustrate why Dave Sim is wrong about everything. All you have to do is tell them WHICH images you think best prove yours or anyone else's feminist theses. I've never challenged anyone for reproducing my work for any reason. I know I don't get much credit for that, but I think it's a good example of my being a strong and enduring advocate of freedom of expression. And I'm sure TimW will be happy to promote ANY anti-Dave Sim or semi-anti-Dave Sim book here on A Moment of Cerebus by running excerpts and soliciting outside opinions.
I would qualify that with two "buts":
But #1: All literary heavyweights and comics critics are members in good standing of the Feminist Theocracy. If they weren't they would have been marginalized to a point of non-existence and/or expunged from society in general and the "right-thinking" comic-book field by now. That is, I think you're just talking about another part of the -- I won't say "Echo Chamber", I'll say "CEREBUS Context". Hardcore CEREBUS fans are the only people who will buy a book with essays about CEREBUS. I'm pretty sure feminists won't. It's a core point with them: Don't buy or support anything having to do with CEREBUS. Buy and support only those things that "toe the feminist party-line".
The only THEORETICAL way to create popularity about CEREBUS is to be enthusiastic about it and actively go to comics discussions sites and be vocal about holding the opinion that CEREBUS is a work of Literature -- up with the best of the best comic books -- and something every comics fan should own and read. Period. Not damning with faint praise like "While I realize that Dave Sim and CEREBUS are only suitable as objects for my contempt, there are still a few things, despite myself, that I like about them…" In practical terms, however, I don't think 200 can be heard "over" The Rest of Humankind "vocalizing" the Feminist Theocracy.
Which leads me to:
But #2: I think you're going to run into the same problem Eric did. If you say anything favourable about Dave Sim or CEREBUS -- to the Feminist Theocracy -- that just means you've indicted yourself as a co-conspirator, one of Dave Sim's "useful idiots", and made yourself a deserving object of their malice. "Why are you defending this terrible, evil person and his terrible, evil comic book?" These are not subtle, nuanced people. It's "0" or "1" with them. You are either a good person -- a person who is like them, a feminist -- or an evil person -- a person who isn't like them, not a feminist.
I don't THINK we can keep CEREBUS ARCHIVE or CEREBUS going much further, based on the available evidence.
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