Sunday, 17 May 2020

Cerebus Around the World and Web #28 by Oliver Simonsen

Hi, Everybody!

The Strange Death of Alex Raymond: The short version, if you want a copy, mail a check for fifty dollars American to :
Box 1674 Stn. C
Kitchener ON N2G 4R2 CANADA
Or, go to and click the one time donation button (there are three of them $1 $5 $10, click any of them, and adjust the quantity to $75 (or $80 if you're using the $10 one,) (the price is higher because uses Canadian monies...) Then send an email to to let him know how you want your name spelled.

Hey look, 1977 Cerebus #1 for...EIGHTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!!! You can get a Remastered 2020 one for Ten Bucks! (Or, if you have the money for the former, you can get your weight in the latter. Food for thought...) (Oh, and you'll be able to READ the 2020 version...)

Dave and Ger art for sale.

And The Coronavirus Trilogy: CRISIS IN INFINITE QUARANTINE, BATVARK: CORONAVIRUS, SUPER CEREBUS VS COVID-19, and the fourth part from Saturday: The League of Extraordinary Corona. And the Daily Cerebus in Hell? strips. Which have been written and assembled for you at no cost, so if you wanna maybe buy some High Society Red State buttons, or Blue State buttons that'd be great. Supplies are limited, when they're gone they're gone. And, word 'round the campfire is that Diamond is opening and shipping around May 20th, either way, Green Dante/Green Virgil is the next Cerebus in Hell issue to ship.

Oliver Simonsen:

Today is Dave Sim's 64th Birthday!!

Legendary Colleen Doran says Dave Sim "... broke the million dollar self publishing barrier breaking the comic distribution supply chain with his GN back in the 1980's. For those who don't know."
adding: "He's one of the most innovative layout/designers in comics history, IMHO."

From humble beginnings.
Me and Max Southall of "Cerebus TV" fame still stay in touch periodically. The picture of Dave Sim near the top of the page of his current Cerebus Kickstarter campaign was taken by Max a year before Cerebus #1.

Max goes way back with Dave Sim and we corresponded a bit last week and he said I could reshare here for those who enjoy "Cerebus Archive" kinda stuff.
So before there were comic book stores ("Captain George" Henderson did already have his Memory Lane in Mirvish Village in Toronto, opposite the iconic Honest Ed's emporium, where he sold Golden Age and Silver Age back issues, but no current comics) Max came up with the idea that he, Dave Sim and Harry Kremer would buy the comics directly from the distributor "Kitchener News", before the comics hit the newstands. Weekly Max drove them as he was the only one with a car and while he and Dave bought for their own supply "...Harry had just gotten laid off from the chocolate factory closing down, and decided to make a business out of his comic collecting around that time, like the infamous Howard Rogofsky. Quite a few of us had all been friends and collectors at the time. We promised to help Harry." Harry, of course, would become the founder of Now and Then Books, the oldest comic store in North America - making good use of their comic book buying experiences when he became a distributor himself. A way of doing business that would spread to all the specialty comics stores to come. This predated Cerebus by some years.
And Max still has the same car they drove, which he also used driving when he lived here in Los Angeles, but is now with him in Oregon.
The other day we continued our talk where Max shares the story on the above picture: I was a cub reporter for the local paper (like Jimmy Olson?) The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, and I decided to promote him around the time of Dave Sim's The Beavers comic strip development which characters also appeared in Harry's Oktoberfest comic book, drawn by Dave. I touted the strip to the editor, and Dave later made a deal with them to publish the strip. That's the origin of the photo.

Legendary Steve Lafler is backing the new Cerebus kickstarter saying Dave Sim "...inspired me to become a publisher in 1981 and showed the way to a generation of cartoonists. Thank you Dave."

More Cerebus issue #1 Kickstarter mad love

Cerebus on list of "cartoon characters with weirdly positioned mouths that don't always make sense" by Animation Director and Character Designer Bob Flynn

TV scriptwriter and illustrator Jack Ruttan concurs: "had a very strange mouth that only worked at certain angles."

Cerebus ansi art

Cerebus greatest comic of all time

Cerebus set the standard

Cerebus meets Spawn anniversary

Cerebus graffiti (click slideshow)

Cerebus reread

Cerebus storytime

Cerebus recommendation

Cerebus and Conan

Erik Amaya (Editor-in-Chief @thecomicon, Comics on TV Columnist @RottenTomatoes and more) on Cerebus and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cerebus cameo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue 5. 3 issues before the crossover.

Cerebus and ALF

Cerebus and Crepax

Cerebus and Bone

Cerebus and Concrete

Cerebus the Elon Musk of indie comics?

Cerebus is the western equivalent of manga

Cerebus, Tank Girl, Fat Freddy's Cat, Stone Roses etc

Cerebus humbles

John E.Davies (Radio DJ presenting the #RockNRollKids Radio show) quotes Cerebus

"Cerebus in hell?" free coronavirus edition

Just noticed "First Comics News" used our CGI Cerebus logo in their article spotlighting the first freee coronoavirus issue of "Cerebus in hell?". Cool. It's a darn nice logo if i say so myself.
"Cerebus in hell?" will make you laugh out loud

"Cerebus in hell?" South Park style?
I did a little animation thingie where Cerebus and Lucifer sing Dave a Birthday song (muted and cut short because listening to them is...hell?). Apologies to the "CiH?" crew:)

Cerebus T-shirt

Cerebus contest

Cerebus and comic store Page 45's blast from the past

CerebusTV history lesson

( Btw new account is also named Cerebus TV, not related )

Cerebus film done Disney or Bakshi guerrilla style?

We've tested the waters with our work-in-progress guerrilla efforts (if we play our cards right we may get Britney Spears to sing a song in it!:))

Here's from a big comic artist and Cerebus fan:
what a joy to watch! I suspect its still a wip as there are a couple audio cues missing and I saw some unfinished animation, but what a joy to see. The lighting was fantastic! this is a great work, sir! Thanks for sharing!

Cerebus fan:
The video looks so real. You have done a great job on both videos (tried two versions) and animation of the video looks great. Great job!!

Another Cerebus fan:
The sound is uneven, too loud then too quiet, but I assume there will be a final sound mix? As a Cerebus fan it is fun to see some of the scenes come to life the way they do. Elrod is really great, he sounds almost exactly like I hear him in my head. The effort is outstanding. I thought it was fun and obviously done with respect to the original story. Thanks for sharing it.

And yet another Cerebus fan:
Watching The Fractured Destiny of Cerebus was an enjoyable experience. The delivery and animation of Elrod works well. There were definitely some laughs to be had there. The bit were Cerebus becomes 2D was a great moment as well!

Cerebus "motion comic"

Cerebus regardless

Cerebus High Society summary in Spanish

Cerebus #1

Dave Sim all types

Cerebus panel shared

Cerebus covers shared

New Gerhard cover for F Paul Wilson's book "Other Sandboxes"
[Click for detail-Matt]
Cerebus Facebook Group

Dion Turner: Happy Birthday to Dave!.... well not quite yet, but it has hit May 17 at my location on the globe.
Last year I sent him a picture of Peppa Pig interrupting the fight between Cirin and Cerebus - this year I thought about the horrors of ‘Cerebus the Nutritionist’.

"Sky High" draws Cerebus adding: "...sometimes I see him like an angry cat. He's mean and will most certainly hurt me, but I can't help myself from lovin' the guy!"

Chris Howard shares Brian Daniels drawing of Cerebus

James Windsor-smith rejoins facebook with his Cerebus drawing

and shares his magnet

Derek Christopher Johnson shares his magnet

Margaret Liss shares

Theodore Trout shares ball lighting sighting

Dan Eckhart: Is this Bear? Shouldn’t it be? Do you think Dave wants to retcon in some “waddayacalls”?

Robert Cox has started on Cerebus Volume 1 saying: "...seriously, how good is the writing of Cerebus, i'm absolutely loving it, very funny indeed."

Morten S. Eriksen recived this and says: "I am a bit under the weather at the moment, and then this turns up. Made my day! :)"

Margaret Liss adds more "Cerebus in hell?" strips to the groups album
View the

Sam Noir shares

Film and Comic Book critic Kyle Pinion ranks the Cerebus books
1. Jaka's Story
2. High Society
3. Church and State I
4. Church and State II
5. Going Home
6. Women
7. Minds
8. Form & Void
9. Melmoth
10. Flight
11. Cerebus
12. Guys
13. Rick's Story
14. Reads
15. The Last Day
16. Latter Days

Ron Essler shares Jaka
[This is color reference for an in-process painting -Matt]
and his paintings and progress thereof
[Oliver had screen grabs of the in-process pictures, but you can see those if you click through the links, here's the finished paintings. -Matt]

[Please Hold For Dave Sim 5/2020 by me. -Matt]

[Unorthodox Meteorological Revenge by me for Larry Wooten -Matt ]

[Did Anybody Get The Name of That Cattle Trough? by me for Margaret Liss. Seen here at her house with her cat -Matt]
[Status! by me, for Scott Warren -Matt]

[Bless You by me. It's For Sale if you're interested -Matt]

[Buggid! by me. It's For Sale as well -Matt]
[Bad Investments by me. Still in-process. And For Sale. -Matt]

Thanks Oliver!

Next Time: My Birthday Card for Dave this year, and more Aardvark Comment...


Jeff said...

Re: the Elrod reviews.

You like me! You, ah say, you really *like* me!!!

Oliver said...

You were magnificent! (And btw nothing against Britney - if anything that whole thing with Bone might play differently in today's climate. In any case looking forward to the upcoming series on Netflix.)

Tony Dunlop said...

My CAN8 made it across the heavily fortified border & arrived at my non-fortified house yesterday. Hip Hip Hooray.

Jeff said...

Thanks, Oliver!