Monday, 20 January 2020

A REAL Cerebus #1 FOR SALE!

Hi, Everybody!

The Varking Dead

And Friend to the Blog, Greg Hyland is running the next volume of The Monster Atlas on Kickstarter.

And, a BIG: THANK YOU! to anybody who donated to the GoFundMe for Blair Kitchen's family. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Cerebus Archive Number Eight: Women
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Hey look at that, F. Paul Wilson is selling his Cerebus #1.

As he says in the auction description:
Cerebus the Aardvark 1 -SIGNED. Shipped with USPS Priority - This is a true #1 (authenticated by Dave Sim himself when he signed it).  A few tiny spine creases, upper right corner crease.  (see photos)  A nice bright copy.  Probably in the 7.0-7.5 range.  I'm starting the bidding at $100 with no reserve beyond that.


 

I wish I had the money to bid.

I LOVE the film adaptation of The Keep. So getting F. Paul's personal copy of #1 would be awesome. Alas, I'm broke.

Broke like Cerebus...
Next Time: I got some neat stuff in the (e)mail...

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Cerebus Around the World and Web #11 by Oliver Simonsen

Hi, Everybody!

The Varking Dead

And Friend to the Blog, Greg Hyland is running the next volume of The Monster Atlas on Kickstarter.

And, a BIG: THANK YOU! to anybody who donated to the GoFundMe for Blair Kitchen's family. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Cerebus Archive Number Eight: Women______________________________________




Can't help thinking that this might be the most appropriate banner ever:). Sadly no Captain Zap movie, but a Cerebus movie California tour will be underway within the next few moments. And if you are a California comic store and want a private screening let me know.

Screenwriter and Emmy winner sees Cerebus reference
https://twitter.com/sundownmotel/status/1218055899710812161

Cerebus and MASH
https://twitter.com/NYVeganDevil/status/1217178039798378500

Cerebus and Groucho
https://twitter.com/VGerUnlocked/status/1216992189923897345

Cerebus, Monty Python, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kubrick etc
https://twitter.com/HickeyWriter/status/1216880092430905346

Cerebus and Watchmen
https://twitter.com/snoggymack/status/1217849274454761472

New Cerebus series for streaming?
https://wegotthiscovered.com/tv/willow-sequel-series-production/

Kevin Smith and Cerebus
https://mobile.twitter.com/macsnapon/status/1218603322694946821

Troy Nixey (Director of "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, written/produced by Guillermo del Toro. Troy has also written and illustrated for comic books such as Neil Gaiman's Only the End of the World Again, Harley Quinn, and The Matrix Comics) draws Cerebus
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7Pm76MBgIX/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7UbjMlBp7N/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus cartoon story style
https://twitter.com/nomchompskey/status/1216597098059034625

Cartoons and "Cerebus Syndrome"
https://twitter.com/Makuta_Teradax/status/1217272542743924736

"Cerebus Syndrome" in Spanish
https://mobile.twitter.com/Ragnarokloki3/status/1218311081942224898

Cerebus cartoon art style
https://twitter.com/elahi_stewart/status/1217661449918722054

Cerebus motion comic
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7RYBmehc9O/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus indie cartoon vs Mega Corps cartoon
https://twitter.com/deadabovethelip/status/1216397807780655104

Cerebus Comic Art vs Film Art
https://twitter.com/BeigeShiba/status/1217871773389033472

"nomchompskey": Wow, I didn't even know I wanted this, but now I want this
https://twitter.com/nomchompskey/status/1218208712164139008
https://twitter.com/CerebusFilm/status/1133416014232743936



Cerebus hasn't had his morning coffee yet, or rather "buggid o' scodge"

Dave Sim's cover for Locke and Key, now coming to NetFlix
https://twitter.com/joemccjoe/status/1217951138672250882








Gerhard is finishing up the last chapter of "The Smile of the Absent Cat" written by Grant Morrison. It's about the first "cat cartoonist" Louis Wain who dies penniless and insane. Amazon says it will be available January 21 2021
https://www.amazon.com/Smile-Absent-Cat-Grant-Morrison/dp/0998919004

DC comics Editor gives props to Cerebus lettering
https://twitter.com/andykhouri/status/1218086958674542592

Cerebus masterpiece
https://twitter.com/jlr_1969/status/1217878257497866240

Cerebus has rhythm
https://twitter.com/AndrewBober/status/1215917774373081088






Cerebus and rich Priests
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7aHzuwBnnL/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus and messiah
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7XmXeBhbIB/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus hanging on
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7U1gebhmLz/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus and peace
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7R1XWlBHr9/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus speechless
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7U8kcqBGte/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link


and because i had a blast at Galaxy's Edge last Monday here's one more:)

"Cerebus in hell?" writer Benjamin Hobbs a spotlighted as featured guest at Comic Con
https://twitter.com/GemCityComicCon/status/1217484389673652224



Legends John Layman and Dave Sim talk sports?
https://twitter.com/themightylayman/status/1217931868026179584

Veteran Indie Comic Creator Brian Payne quotes Veteran Super Star Indie Comic Creator Dave Sim on getting old
https://twitter.com/zinccomics/status/1216927291575390208
Check out Brian's comic
https://zinccomics.com/
Dave Sim from beyond the grave?
https://twitter.com/ThirtySixCups/status/1216440772335194112

Cerebus and time
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7W6zFqHJWN/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link


Petuniacon 1984
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/2714588571941834/


Stephen Kusatz: "Just fished reading for the first time. What an epic voyage!"
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/2717741388293219/



And that's it for now, Captain Zap signing off (on a dark Cerebus Syndromy note). OK, will roll back on the Cap Zap stuff:)
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Thanks Oliver!

Next Time: I've still got a secret...

Saturday, 18 January 2020

"He is? Whar?"

Hi, Everybody!

The Varking Dead

And Friend to the Blog, Greg Hyland is running the next volume of The Monster Atlas on Kickstarter.

And, a BIG: THANK YOU! to anybody who donated to the GoFundMe for Blair Kitchen's family. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Cerebus Archive Number Eight: Women
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This, then:






Next Time: Oliver stops by...

Friday, 17 January 2020

A fistful of Overstreet (Dave's Weekly Update #322)

Hi, Everybody!

Heeeeeere's




The Varking Dead

And Friend to the Blog, Greg Hyland is running the next volume of The Monster Atlas on Kickstarter. He says:
Just want to let you know that the Kickstarter for Monster Atlas Volume 2 Part 2 just has 14 days left. We are funded, but we're looking to hit a Stretch Goal of 100 backers. We're 24 backers away from hitting 100. We've actually picked up a lot of new people pledging for this volume of the Monster Atlas, so I know there's a few of you that got Part 1 haven't gotten Part 2 yet. So, if you want to get it, and help us hitting our Stretch Goal, now is the time.
The new Stretch Goal is that we will include three new John Kovalic Monster Atlas Cards to all people that order a pysical copy of the book (sorry PDF people!). I hope we get to do this because it will make a nice addition to the two sets of John Kovalic Cards we did for the first two books.
So, if you can help us out, then that will be greatly appreciated! Otherwise, thanks, again, on your support on the Monster Atlas!
-Greg

And, a BIG: THANK YOU! to anybody who donated to the GoFundMe for Blair Kitchen's family. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Cerebus Archive Number Eight: Women

Next Time: I got a secret?

Thursday, 16 January 2020

A Hell of a Gardener

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.

In February of 2018 we saw pages 26 and 28 from Dave Sim's ninth notebook. That notebook covers Cerebus #80 through 86 and those pages covered the bit from Cerebus #83 wherein the Countess teaches Cerebus how to use a dustpan.

So what does page 27 show us? It has small sketches of 2 pages leading up to that joke and the first page where that dialogue begins.

Notebook 9, page 27
And here are the finished pages:

Click the image to make it bigger

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

CIH? Office Stuff


Benjamin Hobbs:

There's a few miscellaneous items laying around the CIH? office (Well, ONE of the CIH? offices) that I'd like to show this week.

The first is the inside of the Christmas card "Manly" Matt Dow sent me:

The dialogue is a reference to the HILARIOUS promo videos Matt has been working on for VARK WARS 2.
It may have slipped my mind to actually THANK Matt for sending this thoughtful card, so I'll do so now.  THANKS FOR SENDING A CARD MATT!

Next up, Laura McFarland and I JUST sent STRANGERS IN CEREBUS to Dave.  Before doing so, we made notes for what we needed to change:
S.i.C.= STRANGERS IN CEREBUS
Lastly, while working on STRANGERS, Laura made the following drawing:

Sadly, this drawing WON'T be in S.i.C.

This marks the first time Laura has drawn Cerebus.  Note the fancy "marker test" lines at the bottom of the page.  If anyone has additional qualifiers to add to "Aardvark Vanaheim's ONLY female contributor!" put them in the comments, and we'll be sure to update the drawing.

Next Week: Is it the last week of the month yet? Those columns are always quick to put together.  Oh? It's not.  Rats. 

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

A Moment (heh.) of Clarity

Hi, Everybody!

Cerebus Archive Number Eight: Women

The Varking Dead

And Friend to the Blog, Greg Hyland is running the next volume of The Monster Atlas on Kickstarter.

There's a GoFundMe for Blair Kitchen's family, thanks to anybody who's donated.
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Last Friday, I teased "Next Time: I've had a moment (heh.) of clarity..."

And then didn't follow up, like a little bitch.

Anyway, I've had a Moment (heh.) of Clarity:

So, one of the big knocks on Cerebus is that at some point Dave goes nuts and the book becomes unreadable.

(Where in the 6000+ pages that is, nobody can agree on. I've seen people say that everything after High Society is crap...)
I mean, it's a hell of a place to check out...


I've always said, that I just can't understand that mindset.

But now I've had a moment (heh.) of Clarity.

And it's all thanks to Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker (sorta.)

See, I've seen the Rise of Skywalker twice now, and I don't like it.

I mean, it's a Star Wars movie, and there aren't really any bad Star Wars movies (let me stop you right there. In the Grand Scheme of Things, every Star Wars movie is better than 90% of the rest of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy movies out there.), but I just...don't...like...it...

And trying to codify WHY I don't like it, I was mentally writing a long rant that turned into a rant about why I REALLY don't like Avengers: Endgame and I HATE Spider-Man: Far From Home.

I've heard of Church & State as the jumping off point...
(Short version: Endgame goes on, at length, about how the world post Snap is a desolate Hellhole (remember all them boats around the Statue of Liberty? Or all the unpicked up trash that Ant-Man walks past?) and Stark won't help the team unless they keep this shithole planet like it is, instead of fixing it like the Avengers do in the comics. Basically, cementing Tony Stark's place as the biggest villain in the Marvel Movie Universe... And Spider-Man:Far From Home is just a giant goddamn clusterfuck: So, in the oh, I don't know, minute or so after Tony does HIS snap, but before he dies, he manages to get Nick Fury the glasses that control the Ultimate Weapon of Doom to give to a FUCKING HIGH SCHOOL KID WHO'S BEEN "DEAD" FOR FIVE YEARS!!!! (Mind you, Fury was fucking dead for the same amount of time.) And once Peter gets the magic glasses, the built in A.I. lets him hack into EVERYTHING, except the Stark Database that shows ex-employees like Mysterio. 

(God. Damn. Just typing that makes my head hurt...)

(I could go on. And on. And on...)

(Also, spoilers, I guess. (Although if you haven't seen either movie, just take my word for it, save your time for my fulfilling activities, like getting a root canal.))

Basically, at this point, I'm DONE with the Marvel Movie garbage. "But Matt, aren't you excited for the Black Widow movie, you did name your kid Natasha after the character?" Yeah, I did. But, no, I'm not. "But what about the Disney+ stuff?" Well, the Mandolorean is fucking excellent, but the Marvel stuff can go piss up a rope. I'm out!

Which, is when I had my epiphany regarding Cerebus.

I get it now. At some point in the series, Dave wrote or drew something that made you say,"Fuck it, I'm out!" And it was so horrible in your opinion, that it makes you question the earlier stuff you actually liked (Like how the hell does all of Tony Stark's armors get from Malibu to Florida in a manner of minutes, in Iron Man 3? It ain't like they can go suborbital and get there...)
"I'd stop after Jaka's Story." -some random person on the internet
Which can totally happen. I understand that now.

I'm not even gonna try and argue it anymore.

All I object to is people saying that where they dropped out is the absolute end point. If somebody asks about Cerebus, tell 'em you liked it up until a point. But then don't offer that point as the end of the quality, just say I liked up until a point, and I can't speak with authority about it after that.

If you want the series to end with a happy ending for Cerebus and Jaka, stop at Rick's Story. Dave says so.
Okay, I look forward to reading all the comments calling me every kind of crazy/stupid because I don't like Endgame and Far From Home...

Next Time: Hobbs and...the best post of 2020 (For REALS this time!)

Monday, 13 January 2020

Insert Aardvark here

Hi, Everybody!

Cerebus Archive Number Eight: Women

The Varking Dead

And Friend to the Blog, Greg Hyland is running the next volume of The Monster Atlas on Kickstarter.

There's a GoFundMe for Blair Kitchen's family, thanks to anybody who's donated.
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So back in 2006, there was a showing of the Ye Bookees of Cerebus Art Show in Salt Lake City.

I went with my lovely wife.

We drove twenty-five hours (one way,) (with a two hour nap somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.)

Because we were @#$%ing crazy and did that, Dave let us tag along all weekend. (That was pretty neat.) 

Pretty sure this is the Capital of Wyoming...

Captain America's car (I think he's letting Sharon Carter drive...)
 
The Salt Lake City Library

Inside the Library...

Me, the wife, and the two most enthusiastic guys in Utah...
Anyway, when we got to the Library for the show, Gerhard was doing sketches. I hung back a little to watch, as he did this FANTASTIC background around a Cerebus-sized hole. (I figured he was gonna have Dave fill it,) the people at the table chatted with Ger for a bit and left, I presumed with their neat sketch.

Later on, Ger opened his sketchbook and ripped out a page and handed me this:

That's the neat background he was drawing. Apparently, the couple he was chatting with were just chatting.

(Of course, HOW DOES ONE INSERT THE AARDVARK NOW?!?!?)

Next Time: I write a really long post for once?

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Cerebus Around the World and Web #10 by Oliver Simonsen

Hi, Everybody!

Cerebus Archive Number Eight: Women

The Varking Dead

And Friend to the Blog, Greg Hyland is running the next volume of The Monster Atlas on Kickstarter.

There's a GoFundMe for Blair Kitchen's family, thanks to anybody who's donated.
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Oliver Simonsen:

Cerebus the R rated movie
https://twitter.com/Sgt_Skillcraft/status/1215699581557563392

Cerebus the great movie musical
https://twitter.com/mattkaufenberg/status/1215683541423489037
https://twitter.com/AndrewBober/status/1215917774373081088
https://twitter.com/PhonyNo/status/1215783460800995328

Cerebus in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" movie
https://twitter.com/acablart/status/1215400027981602816

Cerebus the Beverly Hills Cop?
https://twitter.com/Cr0ss0verB0t/status/1213964491756638213

Cerebus "nominated" as "Oddest Superheroes in Comics" by Ken Wood
https://411mania.com/movies/411s-2019-comic-book-award-categories/

Troy Nixey (Director of "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, written/produced by Guillermo del Toro. Troy has also written and illustrated for comic books such as Neil Gaiman's Only the End of the World Again, Harley Quinn, and The Matrix Comics) draws Cerebus
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7Eq-20BEDy/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Richard Page, winner of prestigious Clutter Designer Toy Awards, draws Cerebus https://www.instagram.com/p/B68eaUvHGw_/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link


Allen Dunlap upcoming comic artist draws Cerebus
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7F2-mqBiw7/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://twitter.com/allendunlap15/status/1215183609893654528

(Just like to add that Spawn and Cerebus hold two different records)

Cerebus and Spawn
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7JN8ZVgSvQ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus and Spawn again
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7D7JA0gqev/?igshid=gjv17a5snbs0
https://monkeysfightingrobots.co/id-buy-that-for-a-dollar-spawn-10/

House of Secrets Vark Thing variant covers?
https://www.progressiveruin.com/2019/09/13/__trashed/

Cerebus sculpture for sale in Norway
https://www.finn.no/bap/forsale/ad.html?finnkode=167304072

Cerebus article in latest issue "Back Issue" magazine, # 118, about the X-Men/Cerebus crossover that almost came to be. Now there's a movie.
Thanks to William Hoffknecht
https://twitter.com/GoldenBoyPhoto1/status/1215759106759221248
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/2704644439602914/

"Cerebus Syndrome" part of the vernacular
https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=XdCG8VFL0eE

Cerebus discussion
https://boards.fireden.net/co/last/50/112375165/

Cerebus tattoo
https://twitter.com/iottoknow/status/1215793802763546625

His nickname is Cerebus
https://twitter.com/40_Years/status/1215760203230208000

First pint hashtagged Cerebus
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7Dxpcfgta3/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus refinement
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7GplcupL0F/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link


Who washes the washer?
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7C_Td2hWp2/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Who destroys the destroyer?
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7C3PsMBGHE/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7AgCtcBqFj/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Who "oh thats" the "oh that"?
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7AZYgkBSf5/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Who stumps the stumped?
https://www.instagram.com/p/B7ARpLYhDNg/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Who scrams the scrammer?
https://www.instagram.com/p/B66SmY8h1tu/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus the busy one
https://www.instagram.com/p/B67j1fmhC14/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

"You Don't Know Jack" TV series? Partial animation by Dave Sim
https://youtu.be/XJqFBCHUNkM

Necross guest stars on classic TV show
https://twitter.com/NormanRafferty/status/1215305893111304192

Thrunk motion comic
https://www.instagram.com/p/B6_YgeDBf8w/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Where you go for all your merchant vest needs

Backing Cerebus
https://twitter.com/GMcFerren/status/1215691444100521984
https://twitter.com/krowdster/status/1215555009535823872
https://twitter.com/LeeThacker2/status/1215395728383709184
https://twitter.com/meowwcat/status/1215950538627584001
https://twitter.com/MomentOfCerebus/status/1215936113816342528

Cerebus top 3
https://twitter.com/Pro_Dover/status/1215465104088551424

A Cerebus reference
https://twitter.com/reassemblyline/status/1215350356101779456

Against B&W comics except Cerebus
https://twitter.com/wrialhuden/status/1215394142316089352

"Cerebus in hell?" promotional song
https://twitter.com/EscapePodComics/status/1214162798558744576

"Cerebus in hell?" promotional strips
https://twitter.com/BigBWest/status/1215001071669694465
https://twitter.com/BigBWest/status/1213562365767307266
https://twitter.com/BigBWest/status/1216054314491432961

Hmm Cerebus film strip promo?

Cerebus a near perfect work
https://twitter.com/PELightning/status/1214586774569340929

Future Cerebus writer?
https://twitter.com/shampoofrog/status/1214449759987150849

Cerebus example of good comics
https://twitter.com/larrykingundead/status/1214417102863511552

Dave Sim in Latin
https://twitter.com/samthielman/status/1215459920071421952

Cerebus lesson
https://twitter.com/jlr_1969/status/1215154705619279872
Cerebus and Norman Mailer
https://twitter.com/jlr_1969/status/1214424459831988226

Dave Sim the writer
https://twitter.com/JennyNichole4/status/1214962688608100358

Dion Turner asks:
A couple of months back there was a rumor that Diamond had found a lost box of ‘Form & Void’ trades. Did anyone put an order in? I did through my LCS but it still hasn’t shown up (It takes more time to get here generally).
Just wondering if we have confirmation that the previously misplaced books do actually exist.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/2702588529808505/

Ron Essler answers: I asked the Big Khanna, and he confirms that they are in (limited) stock. So it should be on the way. Lemme know if you're having troubles getting one.

A "IDW Cerebus High Society Audio/Visual Experience" gift from wife
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/2696664577067567/

Greg Clausen shares his Cerebus corner
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/2692656087468416/

RIP Blair Kitchen fundraiser
https://www.gofundme.com/f/w8hvgd-blair-kitchen?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

A friend posted on his facebook:
I was absolutely blown away at the number of people at the visitation and funeral for Blair Kitchen. He had such a profound impact on so many people. More than I could have ever imagined.