Saturday, 24 August 2019

Guess who's coming to dinner?

Hi, Everybody!

Roll 'em:

This week's Auction is at $50 (USD) to Dion Turner.

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"Manly" Matt Dow is still giving away free @#$%!

And Then:


SEP191310 Order three, tell your friends!
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So over on the Facebooks, I'm friends with Kickliy Yilkcik, and he collects old toys. He was looking for some Masters of The Universe. Well I have a bunch of Masters of The Universe, so I traded him a box of 'em for some original art.

Of Cerebus.

He asked me what issue or arc I wanted, and I decided on Melmoth.

I'm getting this:
Click to see it bigger and get all jelly...
I sent a copy of the image to Dave, and Dave faxed me back:


Next Time: I don't care, I'm getting Neat Stuff!

Friday, 23 August 2019

Bard o' Steeltown, and mo' auction-action (Dave's Weekly Update #301)

Coming Attractions:



Order It

Do not try to click for bigness, only do!
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GAH! Dang it Birdsong!!! Stop DOING that!!!!!
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Hi, Everybody!

Heeeeeere's




Whatcha getting:
Click for Big. Panel 4's Spider-Iguana copyright 2019 by me. And NOT part of the original. Dave said he wasn't gonna spoil it, so no freeze framing the video...

Click for big. This is All Sim.

More Sim.
And all this can be YOURS, if you outbid MY bid of Twenty-Five bucks (USD), you prick...
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As usual:
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"Manly" Matt Dow is still giving away free @#$%!
Next Time: The Church & State Volume II Bookplate? 

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Cerebus' First Job


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 November of 2018 we saw a page from Dave Sim's fourth Cerebus notebook in Three Days at the Regency. The notebook covered Cerebus #41 through 44, it had 99 out of 108 pages scanned. However, it also covered some other Cerebus items also. Such as this page for "Cerebus' First Job"

Notebook #4, page 80
Well. . .it may have been Cerebus' first job, but the story was named "A Friendly Reminder" and it was first printed in Epic Illustrated #28 in February 1985. Cerebus #41 through 44 have cover dates of August 1982 to November 1982.

Fast forward to Dave's seventh notebook, which covered issues 59 through 70, and there were two pages that showed page layouts and dialogue for A Friendly Reminder. We covered those in December of 2017 in A Friendly Reminder.

Cerebus #59 was covered dated February 1984 and #70 was dated January 1985.


Wednesday, 21 August 2019

CIH? Caption Poll RESULTS!


Benjamin Hobbs:

This image is in dire need of a caption

Last week, we looked at the cover of CEREBUS, THE LAST AARDVARK IN HELL? #1, a cover that is currently in development.  Several options were presented for Cerebus dialogue, and votes were cast in the comments.  The results were overwhelming in favor of Eddie's suggestion, with a whooping TWO votes.

The winning dialogue is:

"We finally really did it! You maniacs! You made Cerebus into Charlton Heston! Damn you! God damn you all to hell!"

Will David Birdsong use this caption? Will Dave Sim write something better? Find out in 2020! (or 2021, depending on how things shake out.)

Next Week: TALES OF SOPHISTICATION is ON SALE!


Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Dave interview: Edmonton Journal Friday, July 8, 1983

Hi, Everybody!

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"Manly" Matt Dow is still giving away free @#$%!
Like this little number I mailed to David Birdsong's stepdaughter...
The Ol' AMOC Mailbag wants me to let you know that the Cerebus in Hell? Cafepress T-shits are on sale for the next twenty-four hours... (Some of those may not be Cerebus in Hell? "Official", but they're all on sale...

The Ol' AMOC Mailbag also has some thoughts on Dave Sim/Cerebus items that Heritage Auctions has... Like this one:
Modern Age (1980-Present):Alternative/Underground, Teenage Mutant Ninja Cerebi #1 Signed, Limited, Numbered Edition#27/30 with COA (Aardvark-Vanahem, 2018) Condition: NM-....
Come on, where else are you gonna get Gary Boyarski's autograph?
And "The Big Kahuna" Eddie Khanna said:
"Totally tubular duderino! Hang ten fer sure!"
Also:
Hey Matt, found an old CEREBUS / Dave Sim newspaper interview (don't think it's been shown on AMOC before)
-Eddie

Click to see it bigger than life!
If you want to avoid the sluggish downloadings, here you go:
The Dave interview

Richard Thompson is the bomb diggity, yo! (Also, I think I own that receiver...)

Click to get the Sunday Matinee show times for Sex Fever (Oh, sure, you're clicking to see the showtimes for The Survivors, we believe you... totally.)
Thanks Eddie! I mean, "Akaw find Bro-han, Far out and groovy dude, catch ya later Ed-dog!"

Next Time: Last Week's Cerebus in Hell? Poll is now closed. Shoulda voted earlier Hippies!!!

Monday, 19 August 2019

Remember Cerebus' dream? The Ol' AMOC Mailbag remembers...

Hi, Everybody!

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"Manly" Matt Dow is still giving away free @#$%!

The Ol' AMOC Mailbag wants me to let you know that the Cerebus in Hell? Cafepress T-shits are on sale for the next two days... (Some of those may not be Cerebus in Hell? "Official", but they're all on sale...

The Ol' AMOC Mailbag also has some thoughts on Dave Sim/Cerebus items that Heritage Auctions has... Like this one:
Memorabilia:Comic-Related, Dave Sim Jaka's Story: Remastered Edition Prototype #1 TradePaperback Collection (Aardvark-...
A copy of Jaka's Story with Dave's hand written corrections.
Bryan Dunbar sent the Ol' AMOC Mailbag the following:
This song makes me think a lot about the scenes in Minds where Dave finally confronts Cerebus about he is completely toxic for everyone he’s involved with, including himself, and shows him how in EVERY possible scenario, he ruins Jaka’s life, no matter what changes he makes to circumstance or even to Jaka herself.

If Dave takes commissions, I may have to get one of Barbarian Cerebus on a throne of human skulls.
And now we play "Spot the Ditko Riff":




NOT from the Sexy New Remastered Printing...
Next Time: Eddie checks in...

Friday, 16 August 2019

Colin Upton cult status (Dave's Weekly Update #300) (#300? What's the record?)

Hi, Everybody!

Heeeeeere's

So, is Dave getting one of these, for THIS #300?



That's: https://www.patreon.com/colinuptoncomics

And: https://colinupton.tumblr.com/

Or: https://www.facebook.com/Colin-Upton-Comics-257449422123/

www.colinupton.com doesn't seem to work. (Sorry.)
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And this week's auction is at $101 (US) to Jeff Seiler. (I'm ending this one at 3PM Eastern Standard Time tomorrow.) (That's 2PM where you live Shecky...)

"Manly" Matt Dow is still giving away free @#$%!

Next Time: The Weekly Update #300 afterparty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Drinking at Dinner Time

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.

We last saw Dave Sim's notebook #16 in June of 2017 in One Fondue Set Please. With 67 pages scanned this notebook covers Cerebus #122 through 125.

On page 50 of the notebook is a sketch of Jaka, a timeline of issues #135 through 139, which turns out to be Melmoth #1, and a quick summary of what happens to each character. Though as we know it wasn't Pud who ended up going to jail for 2 years.

Notebook #16, page 50
At the bottom of the page, the dialogue and the page layout is for Cerebus #124, page 12 (aka page 224 of Jaka's Story).

Cerebus #124, page 12
For the dialogue Jaka's drinking was removed and it was just left as her dancing. The page layout also changed. I'm wondering if the outside frame of the panel's in the sketch being pushed in a bit was intentional. As the finished page has the panel frame pushed out a bit.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

THE LAST AARDVARK IN HELL?: In-progress cover


Benjamin Hobbs:

Last week, I showed off the in-progress cover for CEREBUS: THE LAST AARDVARK IN HELL? #1.  Since then, David Birdsong sent me this image, pointing out that I had colored the sky incorrectly:




He's begun the actual coloring of the cover:


I suggested adding some Kirby Krackle to the shadows of the Cerebus Statue:



 Via email, David suggested that Cerebus' dialogue could parody one of these famous Planet Of The Apes lines:

-It's a mad house!  A MAD HOUSE!

-You did it.  You cut up his brain, you bloody baboon!

-A planet where apes (aardvarks) evolved from men?

The most quoted line ever:

-Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!

And the full blown final awesomeness:

-Oh my God... I'm back.  I'm home.  All the time, it was... We finally really did it.  YOU MANIACS!  YOU BLEW IT UP!  AH, DAMN YOU!  GOD DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!!

I suggested Cerebus' dialogue could be: "Cerebus is a MANIAC! HE BLEW IT UP! DAMN HIM! DAMN HIM TO HELL?!" 

Via email, Eddie Khanna suggested :"You finally did it! You maniacs! You voted EVERYONE off the island! Damn you! God Damn you to hell!" (with a tag line saying "First interactive cover!!")

He added: "You finally did it! You maniacs! You [fill in the blank with whatever you think is going to cause the apocalypse here]!! You maniacs!! Damn you! God Damn you to hell!"  

Via AMOC, Eddie suggested "We finally really did it! You maniacs! You made Cerebus into Charlton Heston! Damn you! God damn you all to hell!" 

Dion, via AMOC, suggested "Wait right there! Cerebus is sure his helmet is around here somewhere.” 

Jeff added onto that: "Where did I leave my sword?"

As for the blurb above the title, David Birdsong suggested: "An Infernal Realm where aardvarks evolved from men?!?"

Which Cerebus dialogue is the best?  Do you have any ideas for the above-the-title blurb that will put Matt and David's ideas to shame?  Let us know in the comments!

Next Week: Find out which Cerebus caption is best!

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

"A leader of few words... Admirable..."

Hi, Everybody!


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Your ol' Interim Editor "Manly" Matt Dow is still giving away free @#$%!
Like this one I sent my friend Kevin, remember Kevin?


And this week's auction is at $101 (US) to Jeff Seiler.
Next Time: Hobbs and another one of those great Cerebus in Hell? polls you guys love!

Monday, 12 August 2019

"Each one an Education 'tween two covers-- an EDUCATION, sir..."

Hi, Everybody!

Your ol' Interim Editor "Manly" Matt Dow is still giving away free @#$%!

And this week's auction is at $101 (US) to Jeff Seiler.
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Next Time: A Moment of Cerebus. Gur-Own-Teed!

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Eddie Khanna: CHARIOT OF THE QUEEN, CHARIOT OF THE AARDVARKS

Hi, Everybody!

Your ol' Interim Editor "Manly" Matt Dow is still giving away free @#$%!

And this week's auction is at $101 (US) to Jeff Seiler.
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Heir to the Throne Eddie Khanna sent in:
Hi Matt, I did another post for AMOC about my visit to Kitchener, for your consideration. Let me know if you need anything fixed or tweaked.

-Eddie
Thanks Eddie! (But I edit stuff all by myself. You forgot an "L"...) -"Manly"
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EDDIE KHANNA:


During my visit, Dave took me on the “CEREBUS WALKING TOUR”; locations around Kitchener relevant to Dave Sim and CEREBUS…

(it had started off as a “weird day.” While ordering an iced coffee in the morning on my way to meet Dave, the barista had repeated my order (completely serious) as “a coffee, no ice.” The weather was also different; much more cloudy than it had been up to that point during my stay, and there was something in the air. I mentioned it to Dave when I met him)

…and the last stop was the Buena Vista Villa, significant for being where Dave first lived after moving out of his parents’ house, and where he created Cerebus , and also where he found his landlord dead the morning after a Christmas party (detailed in CEREBUS ARCHIVE #9 and #14). This is the transcript of the tour as we were coming to the end of the tour and wrapping up:



Dave: So this is the Buena Vista Villa, and this is new. I've never seen that inset sign before. This is where I was first living when I moved out. This is actually where I created Cerebus.

Eddie: You talked about it in one of the CEREBUS ARCHIVE issues.



Dave: Yep. Dave Dwyer owned the whole works, who was a local photographer, a local gay photographer, and the house went back further than this. It's all been redone and modernized. This used to be Dave Dwyer’s office on the side. That is where I discovered him dead after one of his parties. If you look at these four windows just about where…here I’ll let you get a better angle on it…



Eddie: Oh there’s somebody in there. I don't know if he's going to want us to…ahhh let's just do it …whatever…

(at this point Dave and I were standing outside of an office window, and you could see someone working at their desk inside. I figured I would just go ahead and take pictures, and stop if they came out to ask me to stop)

Dave: Just about where that drainpipe is, is how far over the house used to go.  It was actually, in terms of the original Buena Vista Villa, it was the pantry at the back that I lived, in which was actually large enough to be a one room apartment. And this used to be the Cameo Modelling school



Eddie: Sorry, the what?

Dave: The “Cameo Modelling School”

Eddie: (laughs)

Dave: And this was a carriage house and that was where Dave Dwyer lived, and you can see where the two walls are fused, that used to go past there, and like I say, the pantry was over on this side and this was just like a laneway going between the two of them. 


So that's pretty much the walking tour.

Eddie: It's interesting how [many of the locations on the tour] are on a line; like a lot of it is just here…here…here.

Dave: Yeah it was definitely a Chess game centering on the Queen, I think. It's Queen Street, and I moved in on Queen Street and then over to Weber Street, and then back to Queen Street. All of that took place after Now & Then Books started [on Queen Street].

A few seconds later, walking back through the parking lot of the Buena Vista Villa, a parked car caught Dave’s eye .


Dave: Look at the license plate. AV 3. It's the paint that's left. It's BAVM 319



Eddie: ..What does that mean…

Dave: (without missing a beat) Three is the number of the Empress, which would be the Queen.

Eddie: (…starts laughing)

Dave: There is some sort of weird texture today. The air isn't quite as heavy as it was, but it feels very very difficult to think today. Might just be the caffeine.

Eddie: Which is fine. We’re adaptable.

Dave: Yes, oh yeah. We're completely philosophical about all this stuff.

Eddie: (laughing)


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Of course, I thought afterwards, “AV 3” in a CEREBUS context would also mean 3 Aardvarks. Looking into it a bit further, I found that FIAT can mean “a command or act of will that creates something without or as if without further effort,” and is from the Latin meaning “Let it be Done”. Also found in the Latin translation of “Let there be Light” from Genesis as “fiat lux”.
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"Manly" Matt again,

Thanks again, Eddie!

(Of course you guys are missing the OBVIOUS clue that BAVM 319 is a reference to Uncanny X-Men #319, where Nightcrawler teleports after being attacked by the Reavers, and instead of his regular "BAMF" sound effect, they lettered it as "BAVM". That Fiat is OBVIOUSLY owned by Kitchener's #1 Nightcrawler fan...)

Next Time: F    You! That's TOTALLY TRUE about Nightcrawler! Why would I lie?!?