CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER 6
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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 SIX OF FOURTEEN
That all having been said:
There is no tangible, material reward for the 26 years that I put in on CEREBUS. Mostly because I'm definitely not a tangible, material-reward kind of guy:
I've been spending a lot of time sleeping lately which is something that happens this time every year: just before the clocks are turned back. It results from my choosing to adhere to Muslim prayer times (three of them, anyway: pre-dawn, sunset and night prayer) AND try to have a regular year-round routine/rut. Basically sleep for a few hours, wake up, perform my ritual ablutions, pray, eat breakfast and then go back to bed for a few hours. Short answer: This time of year, it doesn't work. I'm trying to go back to sleep at 7:30 in the morning, which means I sleep until 9:30 and wake up exhausted, still needing two hours sleep: which takes me pretty much up to my noon prayer time. Which I stumble through and then want another couple of hours sleep which takes me up to my 3 pm prayer time. For a period of three weeks or so, my internal sleep rhythms are seriously "off" as a result and I switch over, internally, to sleeping pretty close to 24/7. As soon as the clocks go back by an hour the condition is alleviated. Even by the Winter Solstice, the "time nutcracker" isn't as bad as it is here in the last week in October and first week in November.
[I read somewhere that this was the idea behind George W. Bush getting Congress to enact legislation to move Daylight Savings Time ahead by a couple of weeks sometime after 9/11: someone told him that it would really "EFF UP" the Muslims in North America with their prayer times. Not sure if that's true but, if it was: GOOD CALL, Mr. President!!] :)
[I remember looking at my mother lying in her hospital bed in 2003 and thinking, "That looks so nice. Just... LIE THERE... all day." And I remember telling a neighbour of mine about that when I was visiting her mother (a fellow monotheist: RARE in this neighbourhood) in the hospital and then adding, "And then when I was in hospital for my emergency bowel surgery..." and she interrupted and said, "It wasn't as nice as it looked." And I had to laugh and say, "No, it WAS. It was EXACTLY as nice as I thought it would be." Infinitely preferable to getting up and doing anything. I mean, I'm not a feminist and I'm not a materialist. I don't drink or do drugs or have sex or smoke or party or socialize or watch TV or movies or read books for entertainment or listen to music. I can't draw any more. It took a good ten years for me to DISCONNECT from everything I had stuck myself to in our society. We have a very STICKY flypaper-kind-of-society. I mean, from what I can see, Netflix alone...]
[...So, it stands to reason that my concept of a rewarding life is lying in bed 24/7 listening to my recording of the Qur'an in the original Arabic, recited by Sheikh Al-Minshawi. Sometimes sleeping, sometimes just lying there with my eyes closed. Reciting my prayer in my head. I'd be very happy to do that for the rest of my life, just setting the alarm for my prayer times and eating twice a day.]
[Punchline: knowing that, it's very difficult, particularly at this time of year, for me to justify doing anything else. WHY am I forcing myself to get up and do CEREBUS and CEREBUS IN HELL? and STRANGE DEATH OF ALEX RAYMOND stuff? Why not just disconnect completely, do "bare bones" maintenance, use up the last of my RRSPs and the entire line of credit on my life insurance, then cash in the life insurance itself, then sell the artwork through Heritage Auctions, then sell the Off-White House and then just become homeless at 95 or whatever age I would be by then.]
[Or trust that, by being as close to zero-maintenance as modern man can make himself, I can just be tucked into a corner somewhere in some retirement home with my English (J.M. Rodwell's translation) Qur'an, my 1611 King James Bible, my Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Christian Gospels and my above-mentioned Arabic recording of the Qur'an and some ear buds so the sound doesn't bother anyone.]
[Wake me up when it looks like I'm dying so I don't, you know, sleep through it!]
Tomorrow: Okay, so why NOT do that?
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!