Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Hermann #1 and CIH? Checklist



Benjamin Hobbs:

The CIH? 2020 schedule is once again in flux!

The newest addition to the 2020 line up is HERMANN #1, due out in December of 2020!


There have been several requests for an updated checklist.  Here it is!


The December solicit is being sent to Diamond tomorrow, so this checklist is locked in place.

Next Week: No idea. I'm hurriedly writing HERMANN #1 to meet that December release date...

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

"LET ME HELP YOU" CEREBUS SHOULD HAVE SAID.

Hi, Everybody!

Aw jeez... I've been getting the emails up my wahzoo.

But all that shit can wait, because
CEREBUS!!!!!

This. Then:











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Dave's calling for Please Hold For Dave Sim on Thursday, so get your questions in here or to momentofcerebus@gmail.com

Cerebus in Hell?:
The Daily CiH? strips have ended. (In lieu of flowers, the CiH? Team asks for large sacks of cash to be delivered anonymously to them in this, their time of mourning...)
For Order:Vault of Cerebus! And The "Censored for Grandma" variant: Batvark XXXXX 
Signed copies of Vark Wars: Walt's Empire Strikes Back (Signed by Dave, Signed by Dave and me, Signed by me after I scribble out Dave's name, Signed by my kids, Signed by my mailman, Signed by random strangers I meet on the way to the Post Office, Signed by "Jorge Luiz", Signed by You (if you get it in the mail and have a pen handy...), Signed by random Customs Agents (if you're a foreigner), Signed by Benjamin Hobbs (if you mail it and twenty bucks to him), Signed by David Birdsong (if you mail it to HIM along with twenty-FIVE bucks), Signed by Sean Robinson (if you mail it to him along with however much he's charging, I haven't asked...), Signed by Mark Hamill! (if you kidnap him. (Don't kidnap him...)), Signed however you want...)
In stores now: Attractive Cousins
And maybe by the end of the month: The Amicable Spider-Vark (there's been an issue. Hopefully by the end of the month...)
 Remastered Cerebus #1:
If you missed the Waverly Press Kickstarter for the Remastered Cerebus #1, limited overflow of the rewards are available at cerebusoverload.com
 There's pictures of the covers on yesterday's post.

Cerebus masks and whatnots with all the money going to Dave.

There's also "Cerebus in Hell? 4 Sell". With all the profits going to Aardvark-Vanaheim. Update there:
First Dave Sim says:
Then David Birdsong says: 
Dave is right. The most A-V is going to make on a T-Shirt is $5 (if that shirt that is not on sale or has a coupon code applied to it). $8 for a hoodie isn't bad, but how many hoodies are being sold? The wall art yields the best profits, but it is one of the higher priced items that TeePublic sells. There has been larger and better quality art for sale online before and that has not brought in big profits.

I'm not here to argue for or against offering merchandise to fans of Cerebus In Hell? I didn't go to work with Dave to become the A-V merchandise guy, but for some reason my bull-headedness kicked in and I was going to solve the merchandise riddle and had to keep going until I hit my head one time too many against a brick wall.

Print on demand businesses can be found all over the web these days so perhaps it is up to the fans to create their own merchandise. If you want Cerebus on a coffee mug then a quick search will bring you to the place that can make one for you.

If the fans of Cerebus in Hell? would like any of the items now listed on TeePublic I'm not going to rip the rug out from under them without warning. I'll leave the page up until the end of August and then I will be retiring from A-V's merchandise wing and getting back full-time to what I came on board to do: Make comics.

Sorry to announce a permanent online store and then set an ending for it in the same week, but if 2020 has taught us one thing it's time to get lean. If it isn't working, dump it. Made a mistake? Apologize, get over it, get back to work.

I really appreciate the dedicated group of fans that support Cerebus in Hell? month after month. Sales on the comic are actually growing at this time so I'm happy to help Dave make the upcoming issues as good as we possibly can.

Best,
David Birdsong
So, the permanent store is going bye-bye. But MY store is up forever (I'm too lazy to figure out how to get rid of it) Any POPULAR CiH? designs might get added to my store. (I gotta get Birdsong on board with that.) But all the money will still go up to Dave.

Kickstarter for Dave and Carson Grubaugh's You Don't Know Jack:

We are absolutely demolishing our initial goal and well on our way to the stretch goal of $20,000, as well as closing in on the 200 backers landmark! Thank you all so much for bringing us this far!

I think a lot of today's action came from Jack's Instagram post

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Signed and Numbered Hermitage Awesomes!

I got a set of labels in the mail from Dave Sim, signed and numbered 1-40. I will also sign these and affix them to physical editions of Hermitage Awesomes catalogs.

To make this as easy as possible just pledge $20 extra to whatever tier you are currently in and let us know in the end of campaign survey what it is for. This is limited to 40, so we will let you know when we are out.

If you have a number that is "yours" from other Dave Sim related campaigns let us know in the survey and I will make sure you get that number. If it is above "40" I will hand alter the tag to your number and add a "because Carson says so" note. So, yes, Mr. Seiler, you can be "301/40, because Carson says so."

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Also, since all these tiers are getting convoluted and people may want things that are not put together in a current tier, or may want multiple copies of a product - I mean, who DOESN'T want to send copies of these works to grandma for Christmas? - here is a list of prices per-item. Just add these amounts to whatever tier you have selected and let us know what you were buying in the end of campaign survey. 

All shipping is calculated for three books at a time, so if you go above three books and live in the US add $3 for every three books after the first three. International backers should double their shipping fees for every three books after the first three.

YDKJ Comic (signed by Carson, unnumbered): $15 per book

Physical copy of Hermitage Awesomes (signed by Carson, unnumbered): $20 per book

Six Macro Cons comic (signed by Carson, unnumbered): $20 per book

Strange Death of Alex Raymond Fundraiser Edition (signed by Carson, unnumbered): $105

Personalized message of your choosing accompanying a signature : $5 per book

Google-Image Grab-Bag Sketch: $70

AND:

Thank you all so much for jumping right on the Signed and Numbered Hermitage Awesomes option and pushing us ever closer to that $20,000 Stretch Goal, in which everyone who pledges $15 or more gets a free digital download of all of Dave' mock-ups, scripts, revisions, and the Sim Cut of YDKJ!

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Today I wanted to provide some material you all can share on the social-medias. Our hope is to challenge those in the industry who pick political sides to put their sides aside, prove their commitment to diversity and inclusivity, by coming together in support for YDKJ, THE MOST INCLUSIVE COMIC OF 2020!!! Whether it be as backers, or merely by using their platforms to promote the work to fans.

Feel free to share the following images to anyone you think may enjoy or be able to help promote the book.

If you want to declare yourself as Team Dave, Team Jack or Team Carson, or really any other team you identify with, Team Social Justice, Team BLM, Team ComicsGate, Team Anti-ComicsGate, whatever, in the final Backer Survey please do so. We will tabulate the results and announce which team has proven to be the most supportive of Tolerance and Inclusivity*.

*This metric is carefully calculated based on a rigorous mathematical analysis of $$$ spent while willingly partaking in the DIY Capitalist activity of supporting the YDKJ Kickstarter Campaign.

Alright, I'm going to eat dinner now.

Next Time: @#$%ING Hobbs has a post that's only a tenth as long as this...

Monday, 3 August 2020

Updates on everything, plus Cats love Dave?

Hi, Everybody!

Rigamarole:
Cerebus in Hell?:
The Daily CiH? strips have ended. (And there was much rejoicing.)
For Order:Vault of Cerebus! And The "Censored for Grandma" variant: Batvark XXXXX
Signed copies of Vark Wars: Walt's Empire Strikes Back (Signed by Dave, Signed by Dave and me, Signed by me after I scribble out Dave's name, Signed by my kids, Signed by my mailman, Signed by random strangers I meet on the way to the Post Office, Signed by "Jorge Luiz", Signed by You (if you get it in the mail and have a pen handy...), Signed by random Customs Agents (if you're a foreigner), Signed by Benjamin Hobbs (if you mail it and twenty bucks to him), Signed by David Birdsong (if you mail it to HIM along with twenty-FIVE bucks), Signed by Sean Robinson (if you mail it to him along with however much he's charging, I haven't asked...), Signed however you want...)
In stores now: Attractive Cousins
And maybe by the end of the month: The Amicable Spider-Vark (there's been an issue. Hopefully by the end of the month...)
And there's a Kickstarter for Dave and Carson Grubaugh's You Don't Know Jack. 
Latest Update:
Hello everyone!

With twelve days left of the campaign, we are squeaking ever-closer to $14,000, and to our larger stretch goal of $20,000, which will net all $15 and up backers digital files for You Don't Know Jack!, as well as PDF versions of "The Dave Sim Cut" of the book, as well as Dave's layouts for the entire book, in all of their fax-to-email glory, including a dozen or so strips that didn't make the final cut for the book!
Next week we're contemplating one or two more campaign add-ons we've been discussing, but in the meanwhile, here are two more Google Grab-Bag Madness sketches from the Hand of Carson!
You don't get pictures or videos, those are for CLOSERS...I mean BACKERS.

If you missed the Waverly Press Kickstarter for the Remastered Cerebus #1, limited overflow of the rewards are available at cerebusoverload.com
The discount code expired, but there may be more in the future. When I know, you'll know... And HEY! there's an update there too:
Hi everyone,

We're entering the final stage of production. The untrimmed cover press sheets arrived from the printer and they are stunning! The metallic inks look even better than anticipated, though the photos do not do them justice.

The "sketchbooks" have been printed and bound and the printer sent us finished photos.

Dave still has to sign the platinum editions and that's the last hurdle. We expect the books to be bound and en route to the office in about 2 weeks.

We still look to be on track to getting orders dispatched towards the end of the month.

Also, visit us at: cerebusoverload.com where you can pick up some great Cerebus rarities and get on the mailing list for upcoming collaborations with Dave Sim.

Enjoy the photos below!

 
Cerebus masks and whatnots with all the money going to Dave.
Those are from the hand of me. 

There's also "Cerebus in Hell? 4 Sell". With all the profits going to Aardvark-Vanaheim. The Designs:

I'm to inform you guys that: "new items will be added often so check back" (I'll let you know when I know. I got you.)
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Okay, I WAS gonna start posting from the pile of faxes Dave sent, but Dave sent a fax first thing this morning:

Just so everybody's up to speed, Jeff posted:
Since Matt and I can't seem to communicate well, but (I think) like each other, I'm gonna post up here about the phone conversation that Dave and I had last ... um ... some day. Recently.

I had called him on the day on which I took home my new cat from the shelter.

I thought that Dave would like to know that I have named my cat Yusuf.

We talked about Yusuf and Joseph and his 11 (12?) brothers and such for a while. And, then, Dave said, "Cats *love* me."

I was, to say the least, very much taken aback. I think that that may be the only thing, in nearly 20 years, that Dave has said to me to which I had no effing idea how to respond
And:
And, then, he explained.

Every night, after fasting all day, Dave eats a can of tuna and a can of pineapple and, I think, something else. Dave told me, over the phone, as I'm starting to build up to laughing my ass off (which he and I both normally do when we speak on the phone or in person), and he explained.

"When I open the can of tuna each night, I drain the tuna water into a jar. When the jar gets full," Dave told me, "I take it out back to the garden and pour the tuna water onto the plants. And,then, the cats come running in."

I laughed out loud for a long time. A *long* time. I asked him, "Do they line up?" He said that he wasn't sure, but they definitely congregate.

After we laughed and laughed and laughed, we ended the call. I had to walk down the street to the store, but kept thinking about cats in Dave's back yard, and laughing.

And then, I called Dave back and left a message: "You should get Rolly to sell tickets to those cats."
I faxed that up to Dave, and he responded:

Ahem...

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

THAT'S hilarious.

The whole thing, Jeff getting it wrong, Dave's story. Everything. But mostly because it reminded me of this:

And (since Dave brought it up), we're doing Please Hold this week, so if you have questions for Dave comment here, email them to momentofcerebus@gmail.com, or THINK them at me REAL hard and hope I develop telepathy...(I would just stick to the first two...)

Next Time: I mean Dave said the ONE fax could last a week, and I don't have a week...

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Cerebus Around the World and Web #39 by Oliver Simonsen

Hi, Everybody!

Cerebus masks and whatnots with all the money going to Dave (These are something I set up.)
And there's also "Cerebus in Hell? 4 Sell" which has two designs, with more to come. With all the profits going to Aardvark-Vanaheim. The Designs:


If you missed the Waverly Press Kickstarter for the Remastered Cerebus #1, limited overflow of the rewards are available at cerebusoverload.com. There's a discount code of 20% off for AMOC readers good through tonight. The code is JULY20.

Cerebus in Hell?:
The Daily CiH? strips have ended. (Oh SURE, you're sad NOW...)
For Order:Vault of Cerebus! And The "Censored for Grandma" variant: Batvark XXXXXSigned copies of Vark Wars: Walt's Empire Strikes Back (Signed by Dave, Signed by Dave and me, Signed by me after I scribble out Dave's name, Signed by my kids, Signed by my mailman, Signed by random strangers I meet on the way to the Post Office, Signed by "Jorge Luiz", Signed by You (if you get it in the mail and have a pen handy...), Signed by random Customs Agents (if you're a foreigner), Signed by Benjamin Hobbs (if you mail it and twenty bucks to him), Signed by David Birdsong (if you mail it to HIM along with twenty-FIVE bucks), Signed by Sean Robinson (if you mail it to him along with however much he's charging, I haven't asked...), Signed however you want...)
In stores now: Attractive Cousins
And maybe by the end of the month: The Amicable Spider-Vark (there's been an issue. Hopefully by the end of the month...)
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Oliver Simonsen:


Cerebus film in Catalan
https://twitter.com/yupyop/status/1288004659748245504
https://twitter.com/OBuenafuente/status/1287736280244195330

Ceebus film in Spanish
https://twitter.com/yupyop/status/1287709734489870343

"Cerebus inspired series" not greenlit yet
https://bleedingcool.com/tv/willow-series-in-very-active-development-says-director-ron-howard/

Legendary Comic Writer Gail Simone says so many Cerebus pages qualify as all time favorites adding Dave Sim was a master of page layout
https://twitter.com/GailSimone/status/1288939345181736961

Legendary Billy Tucci offering Shi/Cyblade #1 anniversary featuring Cerebus
https://twitter.com/BillyTucci/status/1288829831262744577

Bleeding Cool highlights the upcoming Cerebus hardcover "High Society - Regency Edition"
https://twitter.com/bleedingcool/status/1288248801426366475
https://twitter.com/bleedingcool/status/1288066984115150849
https://twitter.com/AyPress_com/status/1288348128194826240
https://twitter.com/CavanaughRj/status/1288159400763564032
https://twitter.com/comicsfreak/status/1288094953504149506
(attempted cropped screen capture from Matt's video https://youtu.be/kvOAXheLpqU)

Space Usagi this and Space Usagi that. The universe has listened - here's "A Moment of Space Vark":)


And "A Strange Death Moment" (or maybe it's Dave's reaction to Space Vark:))

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDMgV6mhjfX/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Carson: "Got these signature sheets in the mail today so I can sign next to Dave Sim on all copies of The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Fundraiser Edition that are being printed and shipped soon. Crazy honor being a part of this"
https://www.instagram.com/p/CDMgV6mhjfX/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

And of course some "You Don't Know Jack Kickstarter Moments"

Here's part of a Jack promo featuring the voice of Steph Cook

And here is Jack as she "quantum leaps" into a diverse group of people drawn by Zeke Sabee (you might remember him from the amazing Cerebus High Society figurine he did)

Carson drawing for Margaret Liss (see incredible drawing video in link - no pencils!)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CDOyOppBiFW/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Support the "You Don't Know Jack" kickstarter here http://kck.st/3j2Q3zx

Here's another drawing - this for Ryan Quint

Take a look at Carson Grubaugh's comic Six Macro Cons where he draws in the style of Chris Burnham, Jerry Ordway, Drew Friedman, David Mazzucchelli, Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Brian-Bolland and more (or should i say Moore:))

And a look at the work of Devon (Das) Avant - the photographer who helped take reference photographs of Jack


Gerhard's Cerebus drawing completed (see drawing process video in the link)
http://gerhardart.com/andres-gerebuses/
[Click for bigger. -Matt]

And looks like Gerhard is now added to TMNTedia
https://turtlepedia.fandom.com/wiki/Gerhard

Cerebus #300 signed by Gerhard (and gives a medal too:))
https://twitter.com/FanBoyAtLarge/status/1287598595840053253

Cerebus and indie comics
https://www.instagram.com/p/CDE7F9zhEmi/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/CDJ1H43Ai_V/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus helped pave the way
https://twitter.com/vertigo_dc/status/128708835353219481

Cerebus most important
https://twitter.com/reneritchie/status/1288654480758775808
https://twitter.com/BradMJohnson/status/1288638299595313152
https://twitter.com/GregWoronchak/status/1288844997954080768
https://twitter.com/cartoonistjohnb/status/1288694143187931136
https://twitter.com/_akadavid_/status/1288853071750201352

Cerebus original art shared
https://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=1652471&GSub=176228

Jack and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/QuinnDoesStuff/status/1288216674110496770

Manga and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/deathchrist2000/status/1287889998386257922
https://twitter.com/deathchrist2000/status/1287862513489661955

Alan Moore and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/robot_frog/status/1288246182679126019

Cerebus omniverse
https://twitter.com/SpeedslideArts/status/1288100269243465729

Bran Mac Muffin avatar
https://twitter.com/BranMacMuffin/status/1288199133396905985

Review of Cerebus #9: Rating: A. This issue got the ball rolling on the idea of what this comic book could be about. Or maybe the ball was already kind of rolling but this issue gave it a little more direction and speed.
https://tessatechaitea.tumblr.com/post/624575984913547264/cerebus-9

Cerebus #10 review: put two jokes into my head to stick there for the rest of my life and for that deserves an Ahttps://tessatechaitea.blogspot.com/2020/07/cerebus-10.html

A look at Cerebus bi-weekly
https://www.progressiveruin.com/2020/07/27/i-explain-the-cerebus-bi-weekly-image-eventually/

Watching youtube review of Cerebus
https://twitter.com/144embarkinwrds/status/1288238149240606720

Cerebus Syndrome part of vernacular
https://twitter.com/arthur_affect/status/1288085921582071809
https://twitter.com/arthur_affect/status/1288081827173822464

Cerebus hooded
https://twitter.com/Litter_rally/status/1287943528178491394

Cerebus favorite character and comic of all time
https://twitter.com/tirersurlacorde/status/1289479973594488832

Cerebus collection
https://twitter.com/themightylayman/status/1287839535401844736

Read Cerebus (in Spanish)
https://twitter.com/EduMcGuinness/status/1287681139465949184

300 and Cerebus (in Spanish)
https://twitter.com/kingmob84/status/1288145383726743552

Cerebus 200 entices Jeet Heer to join podcast?
https://twitter.com/CentristMadness/status/1289349527640485888

Cerebus pandemic reading
https://twitter.com/chrisfdakin/status/1288944666780590085

Cerebus as Covid-19 logo?
https://twitter.com/emmeyekayeee/status/1287190017786273792

Cerebus mask
https://twitter.com/rogerpriebe/status/1287076595203809281

Cerebus and Three Stooges
https://twitter.com/CutletofCthulhu/status/1287021469436907522

Cerebus issue #102
https://twitter.com/BenitoCabaggio/status/1287146751493906433

Marvel Cerebus homage cover
https://www.instagram.com/p/CDPX8-PBJmm/?igshid=fc62x4c1t2qt

Cerebus next
https://twitter.com/kylepinion/status/1288842215427584001

Cerebus before social media promotion
https://twitter.com/PurpleBrainCMX/status/1288618479487258624

Cerebus stand out scenes - how to unfollow on twitter
https://twitter.com/obaidomer/status/1289216411693326337

Cerebus is favorite
https://twitter.com/iottoknow/status/1288947430235557890

Cerebus best panel-to-panel continuity that the medium has created
https://twitter.com/BlackLionAuthor/status/1289215674611412995

The coolest Cerebus
https://twitter.com/_JDSheridan/status/1289320748771811329

Nice Cerebus scene
https://twitter.com/easthollow/status/1288994676385689602

Dave Sim quoted
https://twitter.com/MacWells48/status/1288512397255344129

Gail Simone asks artists that makes you happy and the answer is Dave Sim
https://twitter.com/iottoknow/status/1288246009336864769
https://twitter.com/Ravenel/status/1288241510941679616
https://twitter.com/PurpleBrainCMX/status/1288444300087435265

Cerebus on rollarskates
https://twitter.com/LeonardBlathe/status/1288856228853157893

Cerebus Facebook Group

Margaret Liss adds a new banner for the group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3172644132802940/

Lee Thacker worried he's going to miss out
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3181171581950195/
On a sidenote: Lee announced on his profile that he finished the artwork for this today (due out in November all being well). 40 pages of bonus material spread out over this 160 page 'graphic novel' autobiography! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10222162927157913&set=a.1242817306314&type=3

Jamers Windor-smith had a stroke and shares this while in rehab: a "glamourpuss" fanart he did that was published in Previews magazine
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3180683095332377/

Lee Bentley: Characters We'd Like To See More Of Dept.: Vichy Dupris
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3177223975678289/

And Lee asks: Hey, whatever happened to Mike Bannon?
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3176127132454640/

And he asks what is this guy's name?
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3172865252780828/

Dan Eckhart asks who is Gently Bent
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3172644132802940/

Eolake Stobblehouse: It might work to sell digital files of pages for the customer to print out. Like, say, 6 megapixel files.
Sean Robinson: here you go! https://gumroad.com/cerebusonline
Sean further explains:
This was set up by Sandeep several years ago. I don't believe it really had very wide use, but the people who did purchase and download and even print their own posters etc seemed VERY happy with it.

Eolake also asks: I don't know if anybody else has even *tried* to do the kind of lettering Dave Sim did in Cerebus. Has anybody?
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3175999969134023/


Eolake ponders photorealism
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3164367870297233/

Raymond Mountford is reading "Swords of Cerebus" first printing 1981
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3173255469408473/

Christopher Woerner shares a viral video Palnu version he made
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3164534186947268/

Baltazar Cardenas: Review of Power Comics #1 featuring Dave "Sims" first aardvark comic, written by T. Casey "The 70s Alan Moore" Brennan
https://offthebeatenpanel.blogspot.com/2011/09/power-comics-1-power-comics-company.html

John Slevin's Cerebus ceramic figure sold for $150
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3164971920236828/

And here's a new one up for sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3181633381904015/

Gilly Singh just finished all 300 issues of Cerebus!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3183589601708393/

Margaret Liss gives him THE medal
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3183714011695952/
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Thanks Oliver!

Next Time: Dave's fax pile!