Friday, 20 September 2019

Deep in the heart (Dave's Weekly Update #305)

Hi, Everybody!

Heeeeeere's

I gotta get one that says "2020"...


Happy Birthday Mags, I got you....Wild Things! (Expect delivery in six to eight weeks...)
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Last week's Auction, is...over. Congratulations to Bill Ritter who's won with a bid $175 (US)! Take a victory lap Bill, then call Dave at (519) 576-0610 and leave a message letting him know you won, and how you wanna arrange payment....
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You want a prototype The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, you gotta pledge (or up your pledge) here. Eddie clarifies:
So if you joined after sep 6, for $50, we’re assuming you want in on the contest so you get 50 chances. If you were already a contributing Patron before, and you had contributed $150 in total since you joined, and you upped your pledge by $10 after Sep 6, you get 15+ 10= 25 chances.
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Friend to the Blog, and recipient of his own special themed week here on AMOC (last year, and again at the end of the month. That's right, like Shark Week, Steve Peters Week is COMING BACK!), Steve Peters is running a new KickStarter to fund his latest project: Parallel Comicverses #1, will be a softcover black and white, digest-size book, with 70 pages of comics and over 30 pages of glimpses at the creative process. And a new story WRITTEN BY DAVE SIM! With a Cerebus knock-off character: Cerberus
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AND: New Cerebus Merch:
I'm getting me one....gonna wear it to The Rise of Skywalker....
David Birdsong says:
US: Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee T-Shirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Sweatshirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee V-Neck T-Shirt

UK: Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee T-Shirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Sweatshirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Germany:Vark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück T-Shirt
Vark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück Sweatshirt
Vark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück Langarmshirt

And still available - "Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct"
US: Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct Tee
UK: Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct Tee

I'll send a copy of Vark Wars signed by both Dave and myself to the first person that sends Dave a Vark Wars shirt. There's really just four versions and the V-Neck for the Ladies is sold only on Amazon US.
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Next Time: Todd?

Prelude to an Update.

Hi, Everybody!

Church and State Vol 2 Prototype Auction is at $175(US) to Bill Ritter (if you wanna make him cry, send your bids to momentofcerebus@gmail.com with your full name and stuff.)

I'm posting this NOW, to give you time before I post the Weekly Update (which I'll post LATE, so everybody gets a chance to dig through the couch and find some more loose change...)

Okay, 

Next Time: Dave and the updates that are weekly...
Well, W. and me...

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Talking Back To Your Television

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.

Notebook #16 was just seen last month, in Drinking at Dinner Time. Covering Cerebus #122 through 125 it had 67 pages scanned.

On page 11 of the notebook, it looks like Dave did an outline for Cerebus #123? Though this outline has mini-pages with nothing really in them, just pages numbers above them and a name of the character.

Notebook #16, page 11
However, looking at page 10 of Cerebus #123, the characters don't match up. Jaka and the door do show up on page 9 of the issue, but after that it doesn't match.

Perhaps Matt can ask Dave in his next telephone chat what Dave was laying out here then. . .

Oh, and Wayne Gretzky, the great one, was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the LA Kings in 1988 after the Oilers won the Stanley Cup. Issue #123 is dated June 1989. Still on Dave's mind many months later. Though to me don't know if Dave was more concerned with Gretzky's NHL future (he never won another cup, though he did set a ton of records that will probably never be broken) or with the similarity with Dave never selling out to one of the big two.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

A VERY exciting post!


Benjamin Hobbs:

As some of you will remember, Giant-Size Jingles was released to stores earlier this year with a notice on the cover that Overstreet Price Guide should take note of the 3 giant-size firsts that appear in the issue.

Over the weekend, I was perusing The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide (49th Edition) and I noticed this listing:


THEY TOOK NOTE!

Next week: IRON MANTICORE #1.... ON SALE! Also:
Vark Wars, SEP191310. Meme by Birdsong

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Something from High Society (like I promised.)

Hi, Everybody!

So, like I promised, something from High Society:

Remember back when I ruined Jaka's Story for myself?

Specifically, I said:
Also, how is it that in the entire book, NOBODY from the top of the mountain goes down, and NOBODY from the bottom goes up? Are there two roads and Pud lives on the one less traveled? There's a whole enclave at the top of the mountain. It's where Cirin is living. You can't tell me NOBODY except an old veteran and a worm salesman in a dress travel past Pud's place... Oh, and the three women who end up killing Pud...
Well, I got my answer:

There's a couple of roads...

(Also, it occurred to me when I was watching a "Great Performances" performance of She Loves Me on PBS, that both Jaka's Story and Melmoth would make for really neat stage plays.)

((Basically, a set of Pud's Tavern and the other buildings on the side of the mountain, and then a big screen with the young Jaka stuff filmed and projected on to it.))

(((I haven't thought through the Melmoth idea thoroughly yet...)))

((((If anybody wants in, I'm selling percentages...))))
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Okay, Rigmarole:
Church and State Vol 2 Prototype Auction is at $150 (US) to Jeff (presumably Seiler... You guys should really send your bids to momentofcerebus@gmail.com with your full name and stuff.)
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You want a prototype The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, you gotta pledge (or up your pledge) here.
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Friend to the Blog, and recipient of his own special themed week here on AMOC (last year, and again at the end of the month. That's right, like Shark Week, Steve Peters Week is COMING BACK!), Steve Peters is running a new KickStarter to fund his latest project: Parallel Comicverses #1, will be a softcover black and white, digest-size book, with 70 pages of comics and over 30 pages of glimpses at the creative process. And a new story WRITTEN BY DAVE SIM! With a Cerebus knock-off character: Cerberus
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AND: New Cerebus Merch:


I'm getting me one... gonna wear it to the movies in December

David Birdsong says:

US: Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee T-ShirtVark Wars Yellow Logo Tee SweatshirtVark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Long Sleeve T-ShirtVark Wars Yellow Logo Tee V-Neck T-ShirtUK: Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee T-ShirtVark Wars Yellow Logo Tee SweatshirtVark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Long Sleeve T-ShirtGermany:Vark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück T-ShirtVark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück SweatshirtVark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück LangarmshirtAnd still available - "Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct"
US: Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct TeeUK: Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct TeeI'll send a copy of Vark Wars signed by both Dave and myself to the first person that sends Dave a Vark Wars shirt. There's really just four versions and the V-Neck for the Ladies is sold only on Amazon US.
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Colin Upton! COLIN UPTON!!! COLIN UPTON!!!!!
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Next Time: Hobbs and A. Very. EXCITING. Post!

Monday, 16 September 2019

Who wants some Guinness?

Hi, Everybody!

Hey look what's out:
Yes, I bought one.
And look at page 206:

Let's look a little closer:
There is is!
I find the wording a bit clunky, but there it is.

Okay, Rigmarole:
Church and State Vol 2 Prototype Auction is at $125 (US) to Eric Bahringer.
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You want a prototype The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, you gotta pledge (or up your pledge) here.
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Friend to the Blog, and recipient of his own special themed week here on AMOC (last year), Steve Peters is running a new KickStarter to fund his latest project: Parallel Comicverses #1, will be a softcover black and white, digest-size book, with 70 pages of comics and over 30 pages of glimpses at the creative process. And a new story WRITTEN BY DAVE SIM! With a Cerebus knock-off character: Cerberus
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AND: New Cerebus Merch:

I'm getting me one... gonna wear it to the movies in December
David Birdsong says:

US: Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee T-Shirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Sweatshirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee V-Neck T-Shirt
UK: Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee T-Shirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Sweatshirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Germany:Vark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück T-Shirt
Vark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück Sweatshirt
Vark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück Langarmshirt
And still available - "Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct"
US: Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct Tee
UK: Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct Tee
I'll send a copy of Vark Wars signed by both Dave and myself to the first person that sends Dave a Vark Wars shirt. There's really just four versions and the V-Neck for the Ladies is sold only on Amazon US.
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Colin Upton! COLIN UPTON!!! COLIN UPTON!!!!!
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Next Time: High Society. I'm gonna post something from High Society...

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Hey, Wait A Minute: The Last Day/Latter Days

Hi, Everybody!

Rigmarole:

Church and State Vol 2 Prototype Auction is at $125 (US) to Eric Bahringer.
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You want a prototype The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, you gotta pledge (or up your pledge) here. Eddie clarifies:
So if you joined after sep 6, for $50, we’re assuming you want in on the contest so you get 50 chances. If you were already a contributing Patron before, and you had contributed $150 in total since you joined, and you upped your pledge by $10 after Sep 6, you get 15+ 10= 25 chances.
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Friend to the Blog, and recipient of his own special themed week here on AMOC (last year), Steve Peters is running a new KickStarter to fund his latest project: Parallel Comicverses #1, will be a softcover black and white, digest-size book, with 70 pages of comics and over 30 pages of glimpses at the creative process. And a new story WRITTEN BY DAVE SIM! With a Cerebus knock-off character:
A sample of Steve's recreations of Cerebus pages featuring the 3-headed "Cerberus". Steve will recreate the scene of your choice from one of 5 Cerebus books using Cerberus and Comicverse aliens in place of the Cerebus characters, and this art will appear in the comic. ( I'm getting the Melmoth one.) (And, I think, this one?)
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AND: New Cerebus Merch:
I'm getting me one... gonna wear it to the movies in December
David Birdsong says:
US: Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee T-ShirtVark Wars Yellow Logo Tee SweatshirtVark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Long Sleeve T-ShirtVark Wars Yellow Logo Tee V-Neck T-Shirt
UK: Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee T-ShirtVark Wars Yellow Logo Tee SweatshirtVark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Germany:Vark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück T-ShirtVark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück SweatshirtVark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück Langarmshirt
And still available - "Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct"
US: Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct TeeUK: Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct Tee
I'll send a copy of Vark Wars signed by both Dave and myself to the first person that sends Dave a Vark Wars shirt. There's really just four versions and the V-Neck for the Ladies is sold only on Amazon US.
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Whew.
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So, looking through The Last Day, looking for something else, I came across this bit:


Which is a nice little bit that sets up that Cerebus and She-Shep have an antagonistic relationship.

But it also sets up that New Joanne is a lying piece of $#!*!!!

Because:



Not gonna lie, when I first read this back in 2003, I literally fell out of my chair when I saw her. I thought she was Jaka too...
When she asked in Latter Days, that's NOT how it went down.

I never went back and checked before. She-Shep's mom is a lying C(no swearing!)NT!
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Next Time: I gotta a longer thing in the works, so THAT, or a short piece while I work on the longer bit...

Friday, 13 September 2019

Prototype remastered Church & State II auction (Dave's Weekly Update #304)

Hi, Everybody!

Heeeeeere's



Bidding is at $60 (I dunno, they didn't say...US? Maybe...) to "pq ribber" over on the Youtubes.
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You want a prototype The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, you gotta pledge (or up your pledge) here. Eddie clarifies:
So if you joined after sep 6, for $50, we’re assuming you want in on the contest so you get 50 chances. If you were already a contributing Patron before, and you had contributed $150 in total since you joined, and you upped your pledge by $10 after Sep 6, you get 15+ 10= 25 chances.
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Vark Wars, SEP191310. Meme by Birdsong
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Hey speaking of Cerebus and Star Wars and all that good stuff:

Friend to the Blog, and recipient of his own special themed week here on AMOC, Steve Peters is running a new KickStarter to fund his latest project:
The Comicverse is a sci-fi romantic comedy set in a comic book shop on a space station, written by Bianca Alu-Marr and drawn by me, Steve Peters. In 2013, we started a comic called Comicverse: Behind The Counter, a spinoff that Bianca wrote for other artists to illustrate. At the time, I'd already started Parallel Comicverses, though I didn't have a name for it yet. I did know it would feature an alien character based on me named Esteban (a comic book artist that had a small role in the Comicverse series), and that it would be written by me and by other guest writers. Of course Bianca ended up writing part of it too, just as I drew parts of Behind The Counter. The final product, Parallel Comicverses #1, will be a softcover black and white, digest-size book, with 70 pages of comics and over 30 pages of glimpses at the creative process.
Wait for it...
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS: Parallel Comicverses #1 focuses on three things I am passionate about: Star Wars, the music of a band called Yes, and comic books, most specifically a comic called Cerebus. However, since the comic's stories are told through the eyes of a 31st century alien, these three things are familiar yet...different.
Wait for it...
For the Cerebus portion of the comic, I've created a 3-headed aardvark called Cerberus. I decided the best course would be to turn to Cerebus' creator himself, Dave Sim. Dave has been kind enough to participate in several of my jam comics in the past, but he's had problems with his hand and had to stop drawing, so I asked him to write a story for me instead. The end result, "Cerberus Conquers The Universe!", has a lot of in-jokes that I'm sure Cerebus readers will find amusing. It's been a blast drawing Cerebus characters in their mutated alien forms, and I'm not finished yet. I will be recreating scenes from Cerebus in their Cerberus form and offering them as rewards in this Kickstarter*.
That's RIGHT! Dave's WRITTEN a new (quasi-)Cerebus story, and the ONLY way to get it, is right here at Steve's Kickstarter, and it'll only set you back twelve bucks**...

A page from the prologue chapter of Parallel Comicverse featuring Cerberus, the 3-headed aardvark. (Written by Friend of the Blog, Steve Peters.)
*I'm getting the Melmoth reward, 
**If you got more disposable income, Steve's got some pretty nifty rewards, like Cerberus recreations of Cerebus art. Go read the Kickstarter, it's all there on the sidebars. 
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AND: New Cerebus Merch:
I'm getting me one...
David Birdsong says:
US: Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee T-Shirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Sweatshirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee V-Neck T-Shirt

UK: Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee T-Shirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Sweatshirt
Vark Wars Yellow Logo Tee Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Germany:Vark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück T-Shirt
Vark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück Sweatshirt
Vark Wars gelbes Logo-T-Stück Langarmshirt

And still available - "Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct"
US: Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct Tee
UK: Approval Is An Authoritarian Construct Tee

I'll send a copy of Vark Wars signed by both Dave and myself to the first person that sends Dave a Vark Wars shirt. There's really just four versions and the V-Neck for the Ladies is sold only on Amazon US.
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Next Time: Um...A bit from one of the phonebooks? Those seem popular...

Thursday, 12 September 2019

The Locked Door Opened

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.

We last looked at Dave Sim's fifteenth notebook, which covers Cerebus #118 through 122, in September of 2018 in Oscar's Cigarettes.

On page 27 and then on page 29 there are almost full page sketches of a young Jaka opening the Locked Door.

Notebook 15, page 27

Notebook 15, page 29
In his sketches Jaka is motionless, just standing there. On the finished page, Jaka shows movement into the room beyond the locked door.

Cerebus #119, page 19 (or page 121 of Jaka's Story)
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Vark Wars, SEP191310. Meme by Birdsong

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Weird Back Cover Errors


Benjamin Hobbs:

I've noticed a couple of running-errors on the back covers of recent CIH? books.

The first running error is The Amazing Cerebus #1 being listed as Aardvark Comics #1. It is identified correctly on the back covers of The Amazing Cerebus #1 and World's Finite Cerebus #1. From Love and Aardvarks #1 until LGBTQ etc People #1 it was listed as Aardvark Comics #1.  This was corrected as of Fornicators Inc. #1(And will hopefully STAY corrected.)

Are YOUR mistakes running? You better go catch them.


The next mistake is the naming of The Death of Cerebus In Hell? At some point a "v" was added before "In". Any time an errant "V" shows up on the Inside Front Cover, Inside Back Cover, or Back Cover, it's because I was attempting to toggle to the Move tool in InDesign, while I had an active Text box open. (The "V" key is the key board short cut for Move.) This particular "v" appeared when I had to shrink down the font on the back cover of Fornicators Inc #1 to accommodate the ever expanding library of CIH? books.  It SHOULD be gone on the Back cover of COLOUR YOUR OWN CIH? #1. (Out in October!)

Next Week: The most exciting post you'll see on AMOC this year.
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Vark Wars, SEP191310. Meme by Birdsong

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

"You haven't seen any TERMITES around, have you?""

Hi, Everybody!




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You want a prototype The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, you gotta pledge (or up your pledge) here. Eddie clarifies:
So if you joined after sep 6, for $50, we’re assuming you want in on the contest so you get 50 chances. If you were already a contributing Patron before, and you had contributed $150 in total since you joined, and you upped your pledge by $10 after Sep 6, you get 15+ 10= 25 chances.
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Vark Wars, SEP191310. Meme by Birdsong
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Colin Upton!: https://www.patreon.com/colinuptoncomics COLIN UPTON!!!: https://colinupton.tumblr.com/ For the love of Pete: COLIN UPTON!!!!!: https://www.facebook.com/Colin-Upton-Comics-257449422123/
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The Cerebus in Hell? merch is changing before or on September 13th. Just an FYI...
Larry Wooten got this one...


Next Time: Baby's got back...cover errors. It's a thing. You'll see...

Monday, 9 September 2019

"I really HATE it when he DOES that."

Hi, Everybody!






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You want a prototype The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, you gotta pledge (or up your pledge) here. Eddie clarifies:
So if you joined after sep 6, for $50, we’re assuming you want in on the contest so you get 50 chances. If you were already a contributing Patron before, and you had contributed $150 in total since you joined, and you upped your pledge by $10 after Sep 6, you get 15+ 10= 25 chances.
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Vark Wars, SEP191310. Meme by Birdsong
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Colin Upton!: https://www.patreon.com/colinuptoncomics COLIN UPTON!!!: https://colinupton.tumblr.com/ For the love of Pete: COLIN UPTON!!!!!: https://www.facebook.com/Colin-Upton-Comics-257449422123/
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The Cerebus in Hell? merch is changing before or on September 13th. Just an FYI...

Next Time: I dunno, something...

Sunday, 8 September 2019

I admit, this one is mostly just for me...

Hi, Everybody!

So, as you all know, I can't draw.

And, I REALLY can't draw Cerebus.

Truth:
If you wanna burn your retinas by clicking to see it bigger, I'm not gonna stop ya...

Gah! Look away! LOOK AWAY!!!

Gah! Don't judge me!

We'll come back to this one...

It's better, but still crap...

Okay, I like this one, I swiped this one decently...
Well, I found a website that teaches you how to draw Cerebus.

And the image they use to teach you?



Todd's Cerebus from Spawn #10...

This is what I was TRYING to swipe for Oliver's Free Stuff drawing...

(Well I laughed...)
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You want a prototype The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, you gotta pledge (or up your pledge) here. Eddie clarifies:
Eh? It does. Maybe I wasn’t clear. So if you joined after sep 6, for $50, we’re assuming you want in on the contest so you get 50 chances. If you were already a contributing Patron before, and you had contributed $150 in total since you joined, and you upped your pledge by $10 after Sep 6, you get 15+ 10= 25 chances.
Possibly he'll re-clarify if the rules change...
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Vark Wars, SEP191310. Meme by Birdsong

The Cerebus in Hell? merch is changing before or on September 13th. Just an FYI...

Next Time: Looking in my record bookee...