Sunday, 30 June 2019

Dave Sim 2020 California Roadtrip

Hi Everybody!

Rigmarole:
This week's Auction is at $20 (US) from Jeff Seiler, and ends NEXT Saturday at noon!

COMIC LINK AUCTIONS!!! Where you can get: a Platinum edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS, and DAVE SIM, with a NEAL ADAMS Superman stamp. OR, a Gold edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS and DAVE SIM with NO STAMP. Or, OR, a print of the Cover to GREEN DANTE/GREEN VIRGIL #1 (Pretend you're Seiler. Impress your friends. Pester your enemies.) there are three of them, but one of them shall be mine! (Ya know, as long as none of you guys got more money than me...)

Wanna give Team Cerebus In Hell? the monies, but don't wanna deal with the hassle of going to a comicbook store and tracking down a copy of the latest Cerebus in Hell? One-Shot (The LGBTQetc. People is out now, it's funny, but it's no League of Extraordinary Cerebi...)? Well, we've got you covered They're even having a sale right now...

If you're in the market to dress like Dave Sim, you can buy a "Matt D's A Moment of Cerebus" t-shirt right here. Or, if you're one of those nostalgia buffs who likes the earlier funnier A Moment Of Cerebus posts, the Tim W. Logo is available too.

The remastered Volume 1 is available digitally for $9.99.

If you got a couple of extra bucks and want to do a fellow Cerebus fan a solid, Friend of the Blog Mike Battaglia has a go fund me here.

If you're looking for Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah, or Conversations. You got more than one way to behead a Borelean, Conversations, and Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah
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Carson Grubaugh:

Hi all,

Dave wants to do a YDKJ/SDOAR sales-pitch tour of every comic-book shop in California in the summer of 2020. As far as I know this is NOT a signing tour. The idea is to spend about a half-hour in each shop with Dave doing some kind of sales pitch for both series. I will be driving and hovering around awkwardly during the sales pitches like a kid whose dad is being embarrassing.

We would start at the northern-most shop in the state and work our way down to San-Diego, aiming to be there during Comic Con.

Dave is looking for fan input on the best possible way to approach this, places to stay, help crystallizing a day-by-day, shop-by-shop plan.

Some factors to consider:

My spring-semester will end May 1st. I typically teach one of the two summer-semester sessions, which should run May 4th - July 10th and June 8th - August 14th.

Dave will not start the trip until after Ramadan ends on May 23rd, so it seems best for me to take an early summer class, but this means the trip would have to start the July 11th and give us very little time to make it to SD by the 23rd when Comic Con is predicted to begin.

If I forego teaching a Summer class I need a way to recoup the $6,800 loss in pay.

We also need to factor out Sunday's for Dave's religious obligations, holidays and other shop closures.

We spent $50 to generate a route that connects all 185 CA comic shops in the most efficient rout possible but this does not end with us in SD, so we are going to have to use the map to identify an order of "home-base" hubs that will get us near as many stores as possible in as few stops as possible.


I have an excel file of all of the shops in the order shown above, if that would be of use to anyone.

Any suggestions on how we might pull all of this off are much appreciated.
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Send pics of your @#$%ING Flimsy postcards From Hell? to momentofcerebus@gmail.com. Most bent to @#$% postcard wins a valuable prize from Dave Sim!
Larry Wooten sent in the card he PAID to have beat to @#$%
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And: Khanna. Is. Coming.
(Wanna see a preview of the Please Hold strip?)
Eddie and the Cap'n make it happen...
Next Time: Todd?

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Show me your postcards! Win Fabulous prizes!

Hi, Everybody!

Last Week's Auction is at $150 (USD) from Kul Das (via the YouTubes)! And ends at noon today!

This week's Auction is at $20 (US) from Jeff Seiler, and ends NEXT Saturday at noon!

COMIC LINK AUCTIONS!!! Where you can get: a Platinum edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS, and DAVE SIM, with a NEAL ADAMS Superman stamp. OR, a Gold edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS and DAVE SIM with NO STAMP. Or, OR, a print of the Cover to GREEN DANTE/GREEN VIRGIL #1 (Pretend you're Seiler. Impress your friends. Pester your enemies.) there are three of them, but one of them shall be mine! (Ya know, as long as none of you guys got more money than me...)

Wanna give Team Cerebus In Hell? the monies, but don't wanna deal with the hassle of going to a comicbook store and tracking down a copy of the latest Cerebus in Hell? One-Shot (The LGBTQetc. People is out now, it's funny, but it's no League of Extraordinary Cerebi...)? Well, we've got you covered They're even having a sale right now...

If you're in the market to dress like Dave Sim, you can buy a "Matt D's A Moment of Cerebus" t-shirt right here. Or, if you're one of those nostalgia buffs who likes the earlier funnier A Moment Of Cerebus posts, the Tim W. Logo is available too.

The remastered Volume 1 is available digitally for $9.99.

If you got a couple of extra bucks and want to do a fellow Cerebus fan a solid, Friend of the Blog Mike Battaglia has a go fund me here.

If you're looking for Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah, or Conversations. You got more than one way to behead a Borelean, Conversations, and Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah
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Yesterday, I said:
Send pics of your @#$%ING Flimsy postcards From Hell? to momentofcerebus@gmail.com. Most bent to @#$% postcard wins a valuable prize from Dave Sim! (I might have the winner...)
You guys tell me:
I edited my address, “Because if I tell you, you'll tell your friends, your friends are callin' me on the horn all the time, I gotta show up at shopping centers for openings and sign autographs and shit like that and it makes my life a hell. Okay? A living hell.” 
I didn't pay for one of those "Pre-beat to @#$%" cards, it just showed up that way...

...did I win?
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Next week Thursday, I'll be getting a call from Canada.

So if you got a question you want me to ask, post it here. Oh, but I shant be talking with a Mr. David Sim, I'll be talking to the Heir to the Throne: Eddie Khanna!
Yeah, the guy on the right. NOT the one on the left! (Maybe the two in the middle will be who I talk to in August...)
That's right, in July, it'll be PLEASE HOLD FOR EDDIE KHANNA!!!

Next Time: Something quick probably...

Friday, 28 June 2019

Scuffed n' battered (Dave's Weekly Update #293)

Hi, Everybody!

COMIC LINK AUCTIONS!!! Where you can get: a Platinum edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS, and DAVE SIM, with a NEAL ADAMS Superman stamp. OR, a Gold edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS and DAVE SIM with NO STAMP. Or, OR, a print of the Cover to GREEN DANTE/GREEN VIRGIL #1 (Pretend you're Seiler. Impress your friends. Pester your enemies.) there are three of them, but one of them shall be mine! (Ya know, as long as none of you guys got more money than me...)

Wanna give Team Cerebus In Hell? the monies, but don't wanna deal with the hassle of going to a comicbook store and tracking down a copy of the latest Cerebus in Hell? One-Shot (The LGBTQetc. People is out now, it's funny, but it's no League of Extraordinary Cerebi...)? Well, we've got you covered They're even having a sale right now...

If you're in the market to dress like Dave Sim, you can buy a "Matt D's A Moment of Cerebus" t-shirt right here. Or, if you're one of those nostalgia buffs who likes the earlier funnier A Moment Of Cerebus posts, the Tim W. Logo is available too

The remastered Volume 1 is available digitally for $9.99.


If you got a couple of extra bucks and want to do a fellow Cerebus fan a solid, Friend of the Blog Mike Battaglia has a go fund me here

If you're looking for Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah, or Conversations. You got more than one way to behead a Borelean, Conversations, and Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah

Heeeeeere's Dave: 


Problems viewing this video? Watch directly on YouTube...


I don't have scans of the images (so far,) I really want this one, but I'm broker than a a bed-spring in a well frequented whore house. So bidding starts a twenty bucks (US).

Send pics of your @#$%ING Flimsy postcards From Hell? to momentofcerebus@gmail.com. Most bent to @#$% postcard wins a valuable prize from Dave Sim! (I might have the winner...)

Next Time:I know something YOU don't know...

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Sproing

MARGARET LISS:
A few years ago I scanned all of Dave Sim's notebooks. He had filled 36 notebooks during the years he created the monthly Cerebus series, covering issues #20 to 300, plus the other side items -- like the Epic stories, posters and prints, convention speeches etc. A total of 3,281 notebook pages detailing his creative process. I never really got the time to study the notebooks when I had them. Just did a quick look, scanned them in and sent them back to Dave as soon as possible. So this regular column is a chance for me to look through those scans and highlight some of the more interesting pages.

The last time we saw Dave Sim's seventh Cerebus notebook we saw Dave's notes for the Epic story, A Friendly Reminder, back in December of 2017. I was going back through the pages, and can't believe I didn't see this one yet.

Cerebus britches are too tight.

Notebook 7, page 13
Looking at more pages in this notebook, there are other mentions of Mrs Tynsdale-Clyde, but not of the meeting between her and Cerebus. Just her name. 

Gesundhoyt.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

THE LGBTQ ETC PEOPLE ...out TODAY!


Benjamin Hobbs:

It's the last Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means.... a NEW CIH? #1!

THE LGBTQ ETC PEOPLE #1 is out today! Don't forget to pick it up while you're at your LCS!



Available NOW to order from Diamond:

 Promo Strip by David Birdsong

Next Time:  The bumped Spider Vark images. 

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

YOU ARE HERE—Dave Sim's wrist, Summer solstice 2019

From the fax machine of Dave Sim:

25 June 19
Hi Sean!

Can you post this to AMOC? Your question about how I'm doing the "new art" is a sort of meeting place of the "new art" and a latest update on the wrist which I promised to keep The Customer Base updated on (since they're the ones keeping me in business):

I'm trying to avoid long-winded explanations of how I'm trying to "work around" the wrist. It isn't going to do you or anyone else any good and even primarily left-handed typing causes a certain amount of stress (i.e. typing caps where both hands are needed). I'm becoming more absolutist about that. No typing unless it's absolutely necessary.

What I'm learning to do is to break drawings down into the parts that need to actually be rendered with free wrist movement (i.e. without the wrist brace) and what can be accomplished by treating my right hand, wrist and forearm as One Big Piece of Dead Meat. The OBDPoM parts I can direct the pain to the middle of my forearm and that's good for a few hours of "drawing" as opposed to AN hour of actual drawing. "Drawing" for me is just archival pens and permanent markers. A chimp can "draw" using archival pens and permanent markers.

That's an exaggeration but I'm drawjng a distinction between

1) the GD/GV cover which was all free-wrist Stan Drake/ Neal Adams brush strokes and pen strokes literal-sized (everything on the cover was drawn on the 1Ox15 original) which I can't do often or for long.



2) the ATTRACTIVE COUSINS cover where the Super­Cerebus/Super-Cerebus Girl image is about 30% larger than the figures on GD/GV and it seemed a bad use of limited resources to "scale up" the Gustave Dore image and logo and do them by hand.

3) the AMICABLE SPIDER-VARK cover where I just redrew Spider-Vark himself from Benjamin's design roughly 30% larger than the ATTRACTIVE COUSINS proportions, i.e., HUGE. Which meant I could do almost all of the image One Big Piece of Dead Meat style, with some Japanese brush-pen standing in for actual brush.



(I have to send Rolly on a quest with my Japanese brush pen from 20 years ago to see if they still make them and if he can find replacement cartridges for this one. The modern ones are really feeble by comparison. I'm really sparing with using this one because it may be on the endangered or extinct art materials list. I only bought one as a novelty because Chester used them and I bought everything he used when we were at Curry's to see what I thought of them.) The plus is that with the one AS-V image I get 48 pages of comics, so it's worth putting the time in.



Cerebus the Feminist: because it's just Cerebus I could do closer to normal rendering size using my old tricks of using a Hunt 102 as a tiny brush by leaning on it. Genetic hand memory (which I learned existed by doing the tiny Cerebus in the GD/GV logo "Oh, hey, my hand knows how to do this, wrist brace or no wrist brace").



I could have done the Whore of Babylon but that seemed pointless since I'd have to either render her Cerebus-sized -- which Dore had already done far better than I ever could -- or Spider-Vark-sized which would have been pointlessly HUGE. If I could do it twice as good as Dore by doing it twice as big as Dore, that would be worth doing. Or if I was doing a John Romita Sr. riff on the original cover. What would a JR Sr. W.O.B. look like? As I did with GD and GV -- what would a Stan Drake/Neal Adams Dante and Virgil look like? -- that would have an internal logic and would be worth doing.

4) In between GD/GV and AS-V, technically, is SPIDER-WHORE (August 2020), the follow-up to AMICABLE SPIDER-VARK (July 2020). Benjamin faxed me a rough of the WoB in a Spider-Girl costume riffing on WHAT IF? #105 of which I knew .nothing (LONG after my comics-reading time). I got him to fax me the original but I don't really have a JR Sr. genetic memory. I picture JR Sr. and what I "get" is Jim Mooney inking Gwen Stacey and Mary Jane Watson (i.e. modified Supergirl). I could do the Whore of Babylon with MJ's hairstyle and Supergirl's facial features but I'd lose WoB in the process. 105 cover so I would know what we were riffing on. When I (God willing) get the cover image done, I have the last three pages of AMICABLE SPIDER-VARK and 24 pages of SPIDER-WHORE. In this case, riffing on a) primarily Frank Miller (which was what made me want to do it: that's what I saw in Benjamin's riff sketch) b) secondarily Steve Ditko c) thirdly Bernie Wrightson. c) was a surprise. I was just going to do Spider-Girl's costume details (what I could see from the fax, which wasn't much) and then I thought, Well, no, it's the Whore of Babylon in a spider-costume. The costume needs to be as DISGUSTING as SHE is. As DISGUSTING as a SPIDER is. If I'd have known that was going to happen, I'd have drawn her much bigger instead of doing the WHAT IF? parody logo (WHAT THE F? STARRING SPIDER-WHORE) and figure on the same sheet of art paper. The logo was a QBPoDM thing: a tracing of the S-M logo with the thick lines done with a SHARPIE FINE POINT (a little too thick but I'll live with it for the OBPoDM convenience sake) and the thin lines with a Hunt 102.

So now I need to do a part-Frank Miller, part-Wrightson OBPoDM inking job, trying to make it look like it's "free wrist" when what it actually is is: how small can I do OBP-DM rendering under the magnifier lamp while still keeping all the stress in the forearm and out of the wrist?

For obvious reasons, I'm not going to be doing TOO MANY updates like this. But this is as close to YOU ARE HERE as I can get with Dave Sim's right wrist, Summer solstice 2019.

Dave


Monday, 24 June 2019

A Momentous (heh.) Occasion

Hi, Everybody!

Before I get to the rigamarole:

Your pal and mine, Sean Michael Robinson sent me:
Hello Eddie, Matt, and Margaret![See, I told you it was a small community-Matt]

Hope you all are well!

Good news-- C + S II (remastered and signed by Dave) is currently being solicited through Diamond! (Also good news-- JS will be in stores next week June 26th, and looks GREAT! [I heard from Menachem Luchins of Escape Pod Comics, that not everybody is gonna have Jaka's Story this week. Diamond shipped SOME, but not ALL.-Matt] )

Hoping you all might be able to squeeze in an email/post/mention somewhere to get the word out! [No.-Matt]

Here's the solicit and preview cover.

All the best,
Sean

https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/JUL191359 The multi-year Cerebus Restoration project continues with CHURCH & STATE II! This edition will be signed-and-numbered by writer/cartoonist Dave Sim (limited to the amount of copies of the initial Diamond order).

C & S II, the fourth volume of the 6,000 page CEREBUS epic, is a book bubbling over with conflict, with borrowed characters and quasi-legal parodies--including a scorching red-hot take on Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns--each synthesized and absorbed into the whole. All of this in the midst of a plot dense with revelation, with changing allegiances and scale shifts that threaten to upend the titular character and even his world. In an industry now filled with "cosmic" plot-lines that last a few months before the status quo reasserts itself, C + S II is the real deal--a dangerous comic, where the various actors behave like real people, beholden only to their own self-conceptions--impulsive, unpredictable, but always real and authentic and grounded.

CHURCH & STATE II is arguably an early artistic peak for the book, as Sim and background artist Gerhard drove themselves to relentless experimentation, using each monthly installment to push the boundaries of what the monthly comics form was truly capable. This art is presented here for the first time in remastered form: painstakingly restored page-by-page from hundreds of pages of original artwork with the original photo negatives filling in the gaps, revealing astounding detail never before present outside of the original art itself. The carefully-textured, detail-rich art is now on full display for the first time, including delicate line work, slashing brush lines alongside organic texture and splatter, and some of the most sophisticated pen and ink rendering of the second half of the twentieth century.

This volume also includes eight brand-new pages of extras, including a 6,000 word essay by restorer and critic Sean Michael Robinson, that contextualizes the wild scale-shifts of Church & State among other resonant works, including but not limited to, Tolstoy's War and Peace and Shooter and Zeck's Secret Wars. (Yes, this is the only solicitation in Diamond history, possibly the only sentence in the English language as of yet, to invoke those titles simultaneously.)

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Which marks the EIGHTH Restored Cerebus Volume: Cerebus, High Society, Church & State 1, Church & State 2, Jaka's Story, Reads, Minds, and Going Home. Leaving eight volumes left to go: Melmoth, Flight, Women, Guys, Rick's Story, Form & Void, Latter Days, and The Last Day.

Which means: DAVE AND SEAN ARE HALFWAY UP THE MOUNTAIN!!!
Related image
Yeah, I know, it's an old graphic...
And the best part, is that SIX of the thick phonebooks are already restored, so of the eight to go, only Form & Void and Latter Days are thick. Melmoth, Flight, Women, Guys, Rick's Story and The Last Day are thin. So there's light at the end of the tunnel!

(I mean it's small, but it's there...)
Don't make it explode Sean...
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The rigamarole:

This week's Auction:
Click to see Spiderbaby! bigger!
Is at $150 (USD) from Kul Das (via the YouTubes)!

COMIC LINK AUCTIONS!!! Where you can get: a Platinum edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS, and DAVE SIM, with a NEAL ADAMS Superman stamp. OR, a Gold edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS and DAVE SIM with NO STAMP. Or, OR, a print of the Cover to GREEN DANTE/GREEN VIRGIL #1 (Pretend you're Seiler. Impress your friends. Pester your enemies.) there are three of them, but one of them shall be mine! (Ya know, as long as none of you guys got more money than me...)

Wanna give Dave and David And Davjamin... er, Benjamin, and Sean monies, but don't wanna deal with the hassle of going to a comicbook store and tracking down a copy of the latest Cerebus in Hell? One-Shot (The LGBTQetc. People is the next one coming,)? Well, we've got you covered.

If you're in the market to dress like Dave Sim, you can buy a "Matt D's A Moment of Cerebus" t-shirt right here. Or, if you're one of those nostalgia buffs who likes the earlier funnier A Moment Of Cerebus posts, the Tim W. Logo is available too.

The remastered Volume 1 is available digitally for $9.99

If you got a couple of extra bucks and want to do a fellow Cerebus fan a solid, Friend of the Blog Mike Battaglia has a go fund me here

If you're looking for Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah, or Conversations. You got more than one way to behead a Borelean, Conversations, and Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah

Next Time: I knew four hours ago...

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Palmer's Picks: Wizard #58: Dave Sim Q&A

Hi, Everybody!

This week's Auction:
Click to see Spiderbaby! bigger!
Is at $150 (USD) from Kul Das (via the YouTubes)!

COMIC LINK AUCTIONS!!! Where you can get: a Platinum edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS, and DAVE SIM, with a NEAL ADAMS Superman stamp. OR, a Gold edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS and DAVE SIM with NO STAMP. Or, OR, a print of the Cover to GREEN DANTE/GREEN VIRGIL #1 (Pretend you're Seiler. Impress your friends. Pester your enemies.) there are three of them, but one of them shall be mine! (Ya know, as long as none of you guys got more money than me...)

Wanna give Dave and David And Davjamin... er, Benjamin, and Sean monies, but don't wanna deal with the hassle of going to a comicbook store and tracking down a copy of the latest Cerebus in Hell? One-Shot (The LGBTQetc. People is the next one coming,)? Well, we've got you covered.

If you're in the market to dress like Dave Sim, you can buy a "Matt D's A Moment of Cerebus" t-shirt right here. Or, if you're one of those nostalgia buffs who likes the earlier funnier A Moment Of Cerebus posts, the Tim W. Logo is available too.

The remastered Volume 1 is available digitally for $9.99



If you got a couple of extra bucks and want to do a fellow Cerebus fan a solid, Friend of the Blog Mike Battaglia has a go fund me here

If you're looking for Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah, or Conversations. You got more than one way to behead a Borelean, Conversations, and Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah
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So, remember on the 15th when Friend to the Blog Tom Palmer said he was gonna post his Q&A with Dave from Wizard #58, including some stuff that was left on the cutting room floor?

Well he sent me a message:
Matt!

Thanks for posting about the Palmer's Picks SPX thing last week.
As promised, a revisit of my Q&A with Dave from Wizard #58 is up on my blog, along with a lot of material that didn't make it to print:
http://palmerspicks.com/wizard-58-dave-sim-qa/
Enjoy!
- Tom
As I read the material that was cut, it was awesome, I got to the actual interview, and realized that it was familiar, REALLY familiar.

'cause I already posted it.

(And I'll even post it again):


Have look, it's SuperCerebus!



Thanks again Tom!

Next Time: Nifty things are afoot...

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Auctions End, and Something from Gerhard.

Hi, Everybody!

So, the TWO Auctions ending today:

#1: The Steve Ditko/Neal Adams Riff Material drawn by Dave Sim:
Cerebus' left arm: All Ditko/Adams'd up
Worried Cerebus: All Ditko/Adams'd up
Cerebus Staining to NOT be consumed by the Spider-Beast: All Ditko/Adams'd up
Cerebus straining to NOT be consumed by the Spider-Beast: All Ditko/Adams'd up
The Amicable Spider-Vark Logo: Pretty much just Ditko'd, 
Bidding was "UPDATE: Bill Ritter is making Seiler scramble for change in the couch to beat Bill's bid of $103 (US)! UPDATED UPDATE: Seiler sold a pint of blood, so bidding is now $120 (USD)!" 

Well, Bill emailed momentofcerebus@gmail.com and said:


Mm. How much blood and how many couches does he have...

$153.00
 Well, I about died laughing, but I sent Jeff a message to let him know where we stand.

#2: The Please Hold Strip I drew:
Bidding is at $20.01 with Jeff Seiler winning ('bout fifty minutes left...)
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Got an E-mail from Gerhard:
Hi Matt:

In case no one else has let you know about this yet:

http://gerhardart.com/blog/

Feel free to link/post away!

Best,Ger
Well if you click over there, you get directed to Brian Coppola's website, where he's got Take On Me (or ‘Little Carson’s Adventures in Cerebus-land’) tribute story and extensive director’s cut commentary available as a download or e-book.

For free. But:
If you are inclined to make a gesture of appreciation for the available copies of the artwork done by Gerhard and Carson, please consider a charitable donation in any amount to the Pride Stables.Pride Stables offers therapeutic horseback riding to people with disabilities. Ger and his partner Shelly (“Shel”) both volunteer at Pride.Pride uses canadahelps.org for direct online contributions:www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/5181General information about Pride Stables:www.pridestables.comGeneral information about Pride contributions:www.pridestables.com/support-us/how-to-donate
 So, please do make a donation.
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Oh, yeah, this stuff:

This week's Auction:

Click to see Spiderbaby! bigger!
Is at $100 (USD) from Byron Dunbar!

COMIC LINK AUCTIONS!!! Where you can get: a Platinum edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS, and DAVE SIM, with a NEAL ADAMS Superman stamp. OR, a Gold edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS and DAVE SIM with NO STAMP. Or, OR, a print of the Cover to GREEN DANTE/GREEN VIRGIL #1 (Pretend you're Seiler. Impress your friends. Pester your enemies.) there are three of them, but one of them shall be mine! (Ya know, as long as none of you guys got more money than me...)

Wanna give Dave and David And Davjamin... er, Benjamin, and Sean monies, but don't wanna deal with the hassle of going to a comicbook store and tracking down a copy of the latest Cerebus in Hell? One-Shot (The LGBTQetc. People is the next one coming,)? Well, we've got you covered.

If you're in the market to dress like Dave Sim, you can buy a "Matt D's A Moment of Cerebus" t-shirt right here. Or, if you're one of those nostalgia buffs who likes the earlier funnier A Moment Of Cerebus posts, the Tim W. Logo is available too

The remastered Volume 1 is available digitally for $9.99


If you got a couple of extra bucks and want to do a fellow Cerebus fan a solid, Friend of the Blog Mike Battaglia has a go fund me here

If you're looking for Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah, or Conversations. You got more than one way to behead a Borelean, Conversations, and Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah

Next Time: A Blast From The Past!!!

Friday, 21 June 2019

Never Shtup In A Spider (Dave's Weekly Update #292)

Hi, Everybody!

COMIC LINK AUCTIONS!!! Where you can get: a Platinum edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS, and DAVE SIM, with a NEAL ADAMS Superman stamp. OR, a Gold edition of Birthday card #1 signed by NEAL ADAMS and DAVE SIM with NO STAMP. Or, OR, a print of the Cover to GREEN DANTE/GREEN VIRGIL #1 (Pretend you're Seiler. Impress your friends. Pester your enemies.) there are three of them, but one of them shall be mine! (Ya know, as long as none of you guys got more money than me...)

Wanna give Dave and David And Davjamin... er, Benjamin, and Sean monies, but don't wanna deal with the hassle of going to a comicbook store and tracking down a copy of the latest Cerebus in Hell? One-Shot (The LGBTQetc. People is the next one coming,)? Well, we've got you covered.

If you're in the market to dress like Dave Sim, you can buy a "Matt D's A Moment of Cerebus" t-shirt right here. Or, if you're one of those nostalgia buffs who likes the earlier funnier A Moment Of Cerebus posts, the Tim W. Logo is available too

The remastered Volume 1 is available digitally for $9.99.

If you want this:

You got until NOON TOMORROW (12PM CST), to beat Jeff Seiler's bid of $20.01 (USD).


If you got a couple of extra bucks and want to do a fellow Cerebus fan a solid, Friend of the Blog Mike Battaglia has a go fund me here

If you're looking for Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah, or Conversations. You got more than one way to behead a Borelean, Conversations, and Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah

Last Week's Art Auction:
New Dave Sim art!
Which Seiler has bid Fifty dollars USD for. This is gonna end tomorrow at noon as well (Why not? I make the rules...apparently...) UPDATE: Bill Ritter is making Seiler scramble for change in the couch to beat Bill's bid of $103 (US)! UPDATED UPDATE: Seiler sold a pint of blood, so bidding is now $120 (USD)!

 
Heeeeeere's Dave: 


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Let's look at what you can get in the NEXT GREAT A MOMENT OF CEREBUS ORIGINAL ART AUCTION (Ya killin' me Sim, ya killin' me...):
Page from the Heritage catalog

Cerebus' Ectoplasmic Self taking a powder (See upper part of panel.)
First Spider-Vark Face (I cropped the image to show off the face, but there are word balloons on this page too.)
Spiderbaby!
Click to see Spiderbaby! bigger!
Image result for Flaming Carrot Spider
Spiderbaby! (This isn't in the auction, but a Spiderbaby is a Spiderbaby...                        
And as is custom, I start the bidding off at...$50.00 (United States Dollars)!!! UPDATE (2): Byron Dunbar has bid (via the Youtubes) $100 (USD)!

If you want to bid on any of this, comment below, or send an e-mail to momentofcerebus@gmail.com saying: "I want ___________. And I bid ______________ fot it GIMME! GIMME! GIMME!" With the first blank being what you want, and the second blank being how much you're willing to pay for it.

Okay, this one is gonna end NEXT Saturday at noon. (I gotta talk to Dave about spacing these out a little...)


Next Time: Gerhard emailed me...

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

MARGARET LISS:
A few years ago I scanned all of Dave Sim's notebooks. He had filled 36 notebooks during the years he created the monthly Cerebus series, covering issues #20 to 300, plus the other side items -- like the Epic stories, posters and prints, convention speeches etc. A total of 3,281 notebook pages detailing his creative process. I never really got the time to study the notebooks when I had them. Just did a quick look, scanned them in and sent them back to Dave as soon as possible. So this regular column is a chance for me to look through those scans and highlight some of the more interesting pages.

For the last couple of weeks we've seen pages from Dave Sim's sixth Cerebus notebook, which covers issues 52 through 59. One of the main characters in those issues was the Countess, aka Michelle. So there are some sketches of her in the notebook:

Notebook #6, page 139

Notebook #6, page 140

Notebook #6, page 141
I went back through the bi-weekly reprints to see if Dave had put these notebook pages in the reprints of issues #53 though 56, the ones with the Countess, but he didn't. It was mostly Wolveroach pages.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

NEW Dave Sim ART...AGAIN!


Benjamin Hobbs:

Here's another piece of NEW Dave Sim Art from the pages of The Amicable Spider-Vark Annual #1, due out July 2020!


Next Week: More Spider-Vark goodness!

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Positives, It's all Positives Around Here



Sean Michael Robinson:

Hello all!

Cerebus uber-fan and collector Steve Swenson recently sent me some very interesting images of a few items in his collection, and I thought I'd pass them on to you all.

I'm sure you recognize the image, but any guesses as to what the actual objects are?






Above, you can see Steve's hand as he demonstrates how all three of these pieces of film interact. Yes, you guessed it, these are color positives made by Preney Print & Litho for the purposes of proofing the cover of Cerebus Issue #26.

After they shot the artwork for the cover, they would have used these printed color separations to take a look at the cover without having to make any plates. In this case, given the additional elements that needed to be added and given they had just taken over the printing of the book, I'm guessing that this was both a demonstration to their new client of the separations, and possibly also a tool to aid the stripper in adding in the additional elements (logo, issue number, etc).

Just for fun (and for Steve!), here's the elements added back together in Photoshop, using "Multiply" as the blending mode, so you can see how the image progressed. Note, this process isn't perfect, as the different transparencies were scanned at slightly different exposures...

Here's the black plate only:


And now the magenta added on top of the black:


Adding the cyan now:


And finally, the yellow on top!


Whenever  we get to the end of the Cerebus restoration project, and I finally get to put together the long-fabled Cerebus "Miscellaneous" volume, I'll be doing this process many, many times, as I use the existing Epic production negatives to recreate the pages that we don't have original art scans for. As opposed to these color positives, those are actually negatives, each neg representing a black-on-clear toned image. Should be fun (or "FUN")! :)

Thank you to Steve for sending these images, and for his many years of help and nerdy printer watercooler chat!