Monday, 12 October 2020

OCTOBER SURPRISE! (Dave's Monday Report #18, and other stuff...)

Hi, Everybody!

It's Monday, so fax from Dave:
And Michael R. (of Easton PA) sent me:
Hi Matt!
Just saw this on the internet. Maybe promote this by having AMOC fans vote for Dave Sim/Gerhard's run on Cerebus.
So, GO GET 'EM!!!!
Check out the new Cerebus masks and whatnots. OCTOBER SURPRISE! I added Donald J. Cerebus, Joe Cerebus, the Debate, and from the Virgin Variant to Batvark: PENIS, Batvark:

You know you need it...

F. Paul Wilson and Divers Hands' Other Sandboxes which has a cover by Gerhard is now available.

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, Pretty much available Signed only...). If you've emailed me about it and haven't heard back, it's because I'm a lazy prick and haven't gotten around to taking care of that. I'ma do that this weekend...

As you all know, Wilf Jenkins was the Aardvark/Vanaheim lawyer for years, and during that time he was on the comp list. Wilf saved all his copies. Dave and Wilf have signed them, and there's a certificate of authenticity. The books will be available from Looking For Heroes, for $10 (CAD) plus $4 dollars shipping to Canada and $5 dollars shipping to the USA. All the money goes to the Food Bank of the Waterloo Region.

Order HERMANN #1! (The NEW CiH?)

And on the last Wednesday of the month (the 28th), pick up the Vault of Cerebus.

Buy Batvark: PENIS (in stores NOW! (Possibly along with the "Censored For Grandma" Variant, Batvark: XXXXX.).) If you're in the market for a "Virgin" Batvark: Penis (limited to ONLY 253 copies!), there's one on the eBays, but it sold for $555!!!!! (So now it's a fight to see who gets to post another one. I tried to call "dibs", but it didn't work... But if you're the second highest bidder and still want a copy, I'm sure Hobbs would let one go for $550 shipping.)

For Auction, currently at $50 to Eric Bahringer:

Ya get this too.

Okay, for those of you keeping score, The mis"printed" (mis-stapled really) Amicable Spider-Vark is Batvark: PENIS #-1, The Virgin Batvark: PENIS (no logos of text on the cover) is #0, Batvark: PENIS #1 is #1, The "Censored-For-Grandma" Variant Batvark: XXXXX is #2, and the upcoming second printing of the "Censored-For-Grandma" VariantBatvark: XXXXX is #3. So five versions in all. Here's your chance to get #0 Larry...

Don't forget BECAUSE:

FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME SPAWN No. 10 will be available to the public in a special REMASTERED & EXPANDED edition available exclusively on Kickstarter and This new edition features three brand- new covers by Dave Sim, in addition to an updated version of Todd McFarlane’s original 1993 cover, making this the most significant CEREBUS project illustrated by Sim in16 years!


Alongside the remastered & expanded SPAWN No. 10 is a 24-page supplement that features all of the new drawings created specifically for this edition, isolated from the remastered edition, in addition to other related rarities from the Cerebus Archive.


Additionally, every copy of SPAWN No. 10 comes with one of nine new limited edition “CERESPAWN” trading cards featuring new art by Sim. 


Each cover will be offered in multiple variants ranging from premium signed editions to a widely accessible $10 version. SPAWN No. 10 will be printed on premium, heavyweight, acid-free paper ensuring the best possible reproduction and archival longevity. 




NOTE: A Signed & Numbered Preview ASHCAN Edition will be available on TUESDAY OCTOBER, 13TH, only at


The ASHCAN preview will only be available for 24 hours and limited to the number of copies sold during the pre-sale window.


SPAWN No. 10 Remastered & Expanded will not be widely distributed, but there will be one-time-only discounted quantity bundles available for comic shops and dealers during the KICKSTARTER campaign.


Don’t miss what is sure to be an instant collector’s item!



History of Spawn 10


1992: After departing his enormously successful record-breaking run on SPIDER-MAN for Marvel Comics, Todd McFarlane launched his creation SPAWN, which has since earned its place as the most successful 

independent comic-book of all time. 


Shortly after the initial launch, McFarlane invited 4 of the most respected writers in comics -Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, and Dave Sim- to collaborate with him on a string of single issues. At the time, Dave Sim was riding high on his own wave of success and popularity with his groundbreaking, award-winning series CEREBUS. Sim accepted McFarlane’s offer (as did Moore, Gaiman and Miller) and the two of them embarked on their collaboration, which appeared in issue No.10 of SPAWNin 1993. 


McFarlane illustrated Sim’s story, bringing together their popular characters in a tale about Creator’s Rights, called “Crossing Over”. (To quote from the opening of the 1940’s Fleisher SUPERMAN cartoons), “The never-ending battle for truth and justice” which has been waged in the comic-book field since the 1960’s. The issue made such an impact that their collaboration went on to win the 1993 WIZARD WORLD AWARD for “Best Single Story” and remains one of the most memorable collaborations in the history of comics.


2020: Dave Sim and Aardvark-Vanaheim have partnered with The Waverly Press to present Sim’s new modified version of this classic tale published nearly three decades ago, expanded with new content and rarities from this comics milestone. It’s still as fresh and relevant today as when it first appeared.


While the original edition of SPAWN No. 10 was published in full color, this special edition - at Dave Sim’s insistence - presents the story in black and white. In the original edition, McFarlane drew what Dave Sim has called “the definitive Cerebus” (“...more people saw Todd’s Cerebus that one month than had seen my Cerebus in the decade prior to SPAWN No. 10”). Working gingerly and painstakingly around his career-ending (2015) wrist ailment, Sim fulfilled what he calls a “last ambition” to render the Kitchener Sequence as he originally pictured it, and to produce three new covers. He also redrew the Cerebus figures throughout the issue.


“Twenty-three of them which would have taken me a few hours in 1993 took me three weeks in 2020.”


Todd Mcfarlane’s masterful inking style radically changed the aesthetics of comic-books forever. Transforming the 1980’s homogeneous “bullpen” style of the “Big 2” to the hyper-dynamic style that dominates the modern era. McFarlane’s loose, detailed, energetic art alongside Sim’s cartoon realism brush and line work highlights the power of each artist in the pages of this new edition of SPAWN No. 10!


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Next Time: Spawn #10. What else would I post about tomorrow?


Anonymous said...

Hi, I've pre-orderd an election version of High Society (the one with the bookplaye) on March. The volume hasn't arrived yet, do we have a date for that?

Anonymous said...

Dave's lackeys have to shill the latest round of cash grab nostalgia. Check back in six months.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anon#1. The books have been at Diamond since July and been shipping from Diamond since then. The Order codes are:


but all the plate editions are down to a handful left, so I would order fast. Is your LCS saying they can't get them?

Anonymous said...

Thanks Eddie for your response! No, my LCS says that the volume has been ordered but that it never shipped, Diamond never sent us anything :/

Sean R said...

Hello anonymous,

Ask them to contact their Diamond rep. Supplies are low!