Sunday, 26 September 2021

Cerebus Around the World and Web #99 by Oliver Simonsen

Oliver Simonsen:
My mother-in-law passed away so a half week this time.

Backed the current incredible Cerebus Kickstarter
https://twitter.com/Micolso/status/1440311648258977798

Marc Laming says The Strange Death of Alex Raymond is a mammoth work - the work of a master storyteller at the top of his game
https://twitter.com/monkey__marc/status/1440492804988276736

Pete calls Dave Sim a genius and says "Strange Death of Alex Raymond" is the greatest
metaphysical experience in comics history
https://twitter.com/PeterGBell25/status/1440536185596612614

Kurt Busiek about to embark on "the Strange Death of Alex Raymond"
https://twitter.com/KurtBusiek/status/1440524098547773449

Dave Sim a favorite comic artist
https://twitter.com/frankleemydear/status/1439754595853504516

"Cerebus in hell?" is "top Tuesday variant"
https://www.instagram.com/p/CUFsJI2LZXd/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus called pinnacle of independent comics (in French)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CUCNzrBsGV6/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus the Musical
https://twitter.com/KeithAlanMorgan/status/1439547452990771205

Cerebus Mural restoration in progress
https://www.instagram.com/p/CUAss3vluqU/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
https://www.instagram.com/p/CUArbpej7zA/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
(video in link below)
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CUAUCMmN1Fw/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus purchases shared
https://youtu.be/i5H1XOmU4DQ

Cerebus the Pope lies (click link for more)
https://twitter.com/avram/status/1440559862585311241

Brian Bolland draws Cerebus - click link for more (in Spanish)
https://twitter.com/BaptistaCohei/status/1440055662734569472

Cerebus panel shared
https://twitter.com/jlr_1969/status/1439370076159758336

Cerebus comics highlighted (click link for more)
https://twitter.com/EHTcomics/status/1439658919677284356

Cerebus #18 in Russian

Cerebus, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Asterix
https://twitter.com/Spiderkib/status/1439476488928055301

Matisse the Unknown Turtle print shared. Signed by both Kevin Eastman and Dave Sim.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CT7UiJuqzjS/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Cerebus and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle commissions for Joshua Even below:

by Leonardo “LaGonza” Gonzalez
https://www.instagram.com/p/CUHCZY3MGKv/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

by Rodney Buchemi (click link for slideshow)
https://www.instagram.com/p/CT7TDEUr1UV/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Cerebus and Howard the Duck
https://twitter.com/AndrewRilstone/status/1439965485894971397

Cerebus and Ducks of Runequest
https://twitter.com/TinStarGames1/status/1440651235707658247

Cerebus and Groo
https://twitter.com/simonwatts17/status/1440166171915927552

Cerebus and X-Men
https://twitter.com/Sayar_Gyi_/status/1439791405690327054

Cerebus and Batman
https://twitter.com/MarkHSherwin/status/1439645482817622017

Savage Dragon has surpassed Cerebus as longest comic with same creative team
https://twitter.com/nerd_basement/status/1438133737720631305
https://twitter.com/MomentOfCerebus/status/1439703436937895941

The spokesperson speaks
https://twitter.com/AndrewRilstone/status/1440224022814289925
https://twitter.com/AndrewRilstone/status/1440049914747121671
https://twitter.com/AndrewRilstone/status/1439852915645206529
https://twitter.com/AndrewRilstone/status/1439498706831740930

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Thanks Oliver!
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(Updates tomorrow. Seriously...)
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Cerebus in Hell?:
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Get that sweet, sweet Gerhard art, Greg Hyland's Monster Atlas Volume 2 part 3. (Greg hit the four grand, so Gerhard is in the book. (Ends in 17 days.))
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Heritage, is gonna be auctioning off the original art to the Cerebus #2 covers (5 of them,) and the NEW Cerebus #1 (just 1 of them.) And has one of the first ten Regency Editions.
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And your friend and mine, Sean Michael Robinson has made an album
https://seanmichaelrobinson.bandcamp.com/releases
https://music.apple.com/us/album/mismenagerie/1586540064...
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Up to 35% off site-wide:
September 26 – 27
Tell your fans! Remind them that everything will be up to 35% off -- that means $13 tees, $20 phone cases, $30 hoodies, and way more!

Next Time: Monday and a whole LOT of faxes...

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Rest In Peace: Jeffery Allan Seiler

Hi, Everybody!

I got a fax yesterday from Dave:

So I tried to call Jeff, and got the same message Dave got, so I tried a second number Jeff had given me, and, as I faxed Dave:
Dave,
I talked to Steve Moran, XXX-XXX-XXXX, Jeff’s building manager/caretaker.

Jeff died last weekend.

The last time I talked to Jeff was September 15th. He had called the day before to give me more information about who I would need to contact/ who would contact me in the event that he did what he did last weekend.

I got ahold of Susan Sandahl, XXX-XXX-XXXX, the lawyer who was working on Jeff’s will (she told me his was dragging his feet,) and she confirmed that Jeff had died, and promised to send my contact info to Jeff’s sister. But she couldn’t tell me more.

Here’s what I posted to the Cerebus Facebook group (along wth your fax and the image of Jeff you did for Cerebus Readers in Crisis #1, that Jeff used as his profile picture on Twitter):
Jeff Seiler, Longtime Cerebus fan, publisher of Effing Magnifier Publications, Creator of Cerebus Readers In Crisis, frequent letter writer to Dave, the guy who was there when Gerhard took "The Smile of the Absent Cat" job for Heavy Metal, Voice of Elrod in Oliver Simonsen's Cerebus movie, etc. etc...

has..."shuffled loose this mortal coil"...

Jeff is now an "ex-Yahoo"...

Jeff has joined John Lougher in the great Cerebus Yahoo Chat Group in the sky...

"He's, I say, he's dead. Deceased that is. No longer with us. He's found out where Cerebus went at the end of issue #300." as Elrod would put it.

I don't know EXACTLY what happened. All I know is that he contacted me recently to say that he was putting me in his Will, and that he had developed complications to Liver Disease, and that the prognosis was that he'd be dead by the end of 2022. Dave faxed me today (attached), and I called Jeff and got the same message Dave did. Then I called his building manager Steve and he let me know that Jeff died last weekend.

FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This one's for you Shecky...
Anything I hear, I will pass along as soon as I’m able…
Matt Dow
I also called Dave and left a message.

Dave responded: 

Over on the FaceItBook, Jeff Tundis dug up a photo of Seiler in the Carmen Miranda outfit:

I've been posting more pictures over there, if you're interested.

But, of course one of the BEST pictures of Jeff is the one Dave drew:

I'll miss you my friend...

Next Time: Oliver and HIS Death in the family...

Friday, 24 September 2021

What's the deal with Batman #386? (Dave's Weekly Update #409)

Hi, Everybody!

Dave's Weekly Update:


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(Updates tomorrow. It's been a day...)
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Cerebus in Hell?:
So this means The League Of Extraordinary Corona and Swords Of Cerebus In Hell? Volume 8 will be getting the final order cut-off soon.
_____________________
Get that sweet, sweet Gerhard art, Greg Hyland's Monster Atlas Volume 2 part 3. (Greg hit the four grand, so Gerhard is in the book. (Ends in 26 days.))
_____________________
Heritage, is gonna be auctioning off the original art to the Cerebus #2 covers (5 of them,) and the NEW Cerebus #1 (just 1 of them.) 
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And your friend and mine, Sean Michael Robinson has made an album
https://seanmichaelrobinson.bandcamp.com/releases
https://music.apple.com/us/album/mismenagerie/1586540064...
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Up to 35% off site-wide:
September 24 – 27
Tell your fans! Remind them that everything will be up to 35% off -- that means $13 tees, $20 phone cases, $30 hoodies, and way more!

Next Time: A Death in The Family...

Thursday, 23 September 2021

When Your Creator Tells It Like It Is

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.

It has been over a year since we last saw a couple pages from Dave Sim’s 30th notebook in Hurtling Through Dark Realms. The notebook had 73 pages scanned and 25 pages missing and was labeled by Dave with just ‘Minds Rehearsal’. At 5” x 3” notebook #3 contains mostly writing, just walls of text, of what Dave has to say to Cerebus.

On page 44 and 45 Dave says to Cerebus that what Cerebus really wants to know is ‘does she still love you.’ And Dave’s answer is: No. She doesn’t. 

Dave then goes why Jaka doesn’t love Cerebus:

To her, you happened a long time ago. In retrospect when she thinks of you at all it is as the one who didn’t come back to her. It is unfortunate in affairs of the heart that timing really is everything. Jaka must be the center of someone’s world in order to love them and you have made it plain in a hundred different ways that whatever does exist at the center of your world it is not her.

Notebook #30, pages 44 & 45

At the bottom of page 45 and on page 46, Dave tells Cerebus what Dave is going to do next:

I will return you to your world soon, to whatever it is that you most want to be. There are three distinct possibilities. Depending on which one you choose, your remaining life will follow three different courses.  There is not much time left to you. If I had to note you progress to date, my assessment would be that is has been meager, but not insignificant. It was my choice as to whether to restore you ear and I have chosen not to. Your life has been a series of self amputations, exhibiting an inability and an unwillingness to see.

Notebook #30, pages 46 & 47

Whew, harsh. You can see that the next page goes to cover number boxes and doesn’t finish Dave’s thought of what Cerebus has an unwillingness to see.


Wednesday, 22 September 2021

New SWORDS Hardcovers!

Benjamin Hobbs:

The Volume 5 and 6 SOCIH? Hardcovers have both arrived!


I'm working on having the pre-launch page up on Kickstarter next week, and hopefully the campaign for V5 and V6 will begin in early October!

Next week: I looked at a calendar this time, and it will ACTUALLY be the last Wednesday of the month. There will be new CIH? and SOCIH? at you LCS!

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Thanks, Hobbs!
Hi, Everybody!

"Wait, Matt?"

Yeah.

"On a Wednesday!"

Yup.

"Oh shit! Did Dave die?!?"

What?!? No!

Damn you're morbid...

"But...but...you NEVER post on Wednesdays!!!"

Yeah, the orphan slaves need two days off or they get goofy. Plus ma whippin' arm needs rest or I can't hit 'em hard enough to get good posts...

Anyway, Sean, yeah, THAT Sean shared to The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Kickstarter that he found out how Bezos screwed up:
Hello Saintly Backers,

I just wanted to write a quick (very quick!) follow-up to Carson's update yesterday.

So after much digging, much hair-pulling, and a good baker's dozen of emails and phone calls, I have the skinny on the Amazon Misprint Shipment Situation (Hereby known as AMSS).

The details, in order of relevance--

a. this was not a NEW error. To the contrary, these misprint books were sent to Amazon (and apparently other book channel vendors) on the same day that the comic store/direct market misprints went out. However, this was not communicated to me at the time.

b. this was not Diamond's error, but rather the error of Amazon. Diamond alerted Amazon to the defective books on Aug 3rd, and followed up multiple times to try to get a confirmation, even following up daily at one point.

c. Amazon CONFIRMED this destruction (I have seen the email.)

d. Only 199 books (of 861) managed to actually be delivered.

e. this situation could have been much, much worse. Apparently someone at Amazon got the "DO NOT DELIVER" message, a little late, mind you. (Maybe all of the fire-alarm pulling I was doing yesterday did something?) We got confirmation from at least TWO people that their book was actually pulled when it was "out for delivery", including from one person, when it was "a few blocks from my house".

I like to imagine Daddy Bezos hopping on the ol' Amazon CB radio and calling the driver personally, tires screetching, and him immediately dumping it into the nearest ditch.

I have been assured by Diamond that there will be some kind of return option for people who received this misprint in error, and that we will be paid for any and all books sent out early by Amazon that can not be recalled.

Okay, one last update. As I was writing this message the printer confirmed to me that they have just finished (!) printing the interior (!!!) of the book (!!!!!). Completely unexpected, as they weren't even supposed to have the paper for another five weeks.

If this affects our delivery date, you all will be the very first to know.

All the best,
Sean
p.s. if, as someone mentioned today, this situation is indeed more than a little "Kafka-esque", then what Kafka book or story are we actually in? (Personally I hope it's not the Penal Colony :) )
Everybody got that? 

(Ma poor whippin' arm...I'ma gonna have ta put TWO ice packs on it tonight...)

Next Time: I ruin Margaret's post with this, unless there's a NEWER update...

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

From Russia with Dave (Being the months worth of faxes I was apparently supposed to be posting as I got them...)

Hi, Everybody!

Ya know Cerebus is being translated into Russian, right?

Well Mikhail (the guy behind the project) has been Faxing Dave, and Dave's been faxing back.

Thru me apparently... (you'll see...)
Setting the Wayback Machine back to May 19th 2021:

Okay, Dave wasn't including me in these, so there is a gap here.

Bug Hobbs...

I kid, I kid. 

Bug Dave.

Anyway I got brought back in in July:




This got cut off. I hope enough context got through...
















I have that article around here someplace...

See? Ya see what the glockenfuggishler Sim does to me?

Months!

Months! I've been ignoring these faxes. "They don't apply to me." "Nobody's really interested, right?"

Oh no! I'm supposed to be running these things in Real Time(!), not sitting on them like I do the faxed pages of Cerebus in Hell? roughs...

Then Dave stopped sending me the other half of the conversation...
So, Yeah. Russian Cerebus Phonebook. Possibly coming soon. As soon as I know...

...glockenfuggishler Sim...
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Greeting backers!

Thank you for a stellar first week of our Cerebus No. 2 campaign!

A few updates...

1. Dave Sim has made several one of a kind, hand drawn trading cards which we are posting one at a time, every couple of days. As you may be aware, Dave doesn't make very much new art these days, so these are a real treat for those who would like to add an original piece of Cerebus art to their collections. These are available as an add-on option.

2. The first stretch reward will unlock at 25k. When we reach this goal, every backer at every level will receive a new Cerebus trading card, unique to Kickstarter. We will post the actual card art soon.

3. We are offering a new add-on which is a set of 5 advance proofs of Cerebus No. 2 (see below), each book has one of Dave's new covers printed in black and white, unlike the final production books which will have full color covers. Additionaly, each proof book will be hand signed and numbered by Dave Sim. Only 20 sets of all 5 versions are being made available for backers. Note: Since these are advance proofs, the interior content will differ slightly from the final printed books!
The set of 5 advance proof books, each hand signed and numbered by Dave Sim!

Thank you again for your support and keep an eye on the page over the next two weeks for some surprises and additional stretch rewards!
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Happy Birthday to Cerebus Fan Girl Margaret Liss! She's a year older than she was last year.
(A Gentleman never asks, a Lady never tells...)
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Well THIS is gonna piss people off...
Strange Death of Alex Raymond Update:
Unfathomable
Dear Backers,

I just got the worst possible news. Absolutely unfathomable news.

My mother and father both received misprinted copies of SDOAR that they had pre-ordered from Amazon. There also appear to be instances of fans receiving their Amazon pre-orders, despite the fact that Amazon's "Delivered Today" message in my mother's account lists the book as not being released until December 14th.
I have no idea how this happened. I have yet to hear from Sean but do know he is aware of the situation and I am sure is now having a mental meltdown and searching the phone books for good lawyers.

It wrecks me that you all are not the first ones to have received copies. That was always the plan.

I figured this supremely disappointing news should be shared asap to stop the impression that proper copies have been printed and you are just being denied yours. No proper printing exits yet, but apparently the market is now flooded with thousands of the misprints.
Carson
So if a box from Bezos  shows up...
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Cerebus in Hell?:
So this means The League Of Extraordinary Corona and Swords Of Cerebus In Hell? Volume 8 will be getting the final order cut-off soon.
______________________________
Get that sweet, sweet Gerhard art, Greg Hyland's Monster Atlas Volume 2 part 3. (Greg hit the four grand, so Gerhard is in the book. (Ends in 26 days.))
______________________________
Heritage, is gonna be auctioning off the original art to the Cerebus #2 covers (5 of them,) and the NEW Cerebus #1 (just 1 of them.) 
______________________________
And your friend and mine, Sean Michael Robinson has made an album
https://seanmichaelrobinson.bandcamp.com/releases
https://music.apple.com/us/album/mismenagerie/1586540064...
______________________________
Up to 35% off site-wide:
September 22 – 27
Tell your fans! Remind them that everything will be up to 35% off -- that means $13 tees, $20 phone cases, $30 hoodies, and way more!

Next Time: Hobbs looks through all HIS faxes...