Friday, 27 November 2020

Steeltown poetry (The Hammer) (Dave's Weekly Update #367)

Hi, Everybody!

Previously-recorded-at-an-earlier-date from 
the Off-White House in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, It's:
Aardvark-Vanaheim Founder and President:
Dave Sim, with his Weekly Update:


Cerebus in Hell?: order the new one: The Amazing Batvark Final Order Cut-off is December 27th. And, on Wednesday, the 25th, pick up Spider-Whore.

And if you haven't gotten your surveys in for the Spawn #10 Kickstarter, you really should, so I can get my stuff. Which will get printed once the second chance IndieGoGo ends on today (supposedly...).


The AMOC Cerebus Merch store: Check out the new Cerebus masks and whatnots. PENIS and XXXXX added. And there's a sale:
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales will be running:
Nov 27 and Nov 29 – 30
Carson Grubaugh is auctioning off this:
Click for Bigger.
It's:
This was the painted cover I did for SDOAR V1, based on mock-ups by Dave. Four months of work that we both agreed was just too cluttered to serve as the actual cover. The work is a 20" x 16" oil painting on board. It already has a frame.

Highest bidder in the comments after one week gets the work. Buyer will pay shipping, and if desired, insurance. If no insurance is purchased any awful thing the USPS does to the work on the way is the buyers loss."
Current HIGH bid is to Cerebus in Hell?'s own David Birdsong for $200. By Executive Fiat, the Auction ends on Cyber Monday (November 30th).

Next Time: Matt's Black Friday Report...

Thursday, 26 November 2020

The Countess Calls the Boys to Dinner

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.

Dave Sim’s ninth notebook used in the production of Cerebus covered Cerebus #80 to 86. There were 118 pages out of 200 scanned and a total of 17 blank pages that were not scanned. As I was looking at the pages, page #43 jumped out at me. It has three pages sketched out for Cerebus #84:

Notebook #9, page 43

The text right under the issue number box is the dialogue for the Roach on page three in the second panel. Lets see how those pages compared to the final page:

Left: Cerebus #84 page 1 (aka page 655 of Church & State II) 

Right: The notebook

Looks pretty dang close to me, with the exception of a Gerhard background as oppose to the Dave Sim one.

Left: Cerebus #84 page 2 (aka page 656 of Church & State II) 

Right: The notebook

Umm. The background on that top panel is different. The clowns are walking past a building instead of an alley, but the layout, including word balloons, stays the same.

Left: Cerebus #84 page 3 (aka page 657 of Church & State II) 

Right: The notebook

Once again, pretty dang close to the finished page.


Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Spider-Whore ON SALE TODAY!

 

Benjamin Hobbs:

It's the last Wednesday of the month, and you know what THAT means... A BRAND NEW CIH? #1 is on sale NOW at you LCS.  This month's installment is SPIDER-WHORE #1, the hilarious conclusion to THE AMICABLE SPIDER-VARK #1! 

Now available to order from Diamond: THE AMAZING BATVARK #1!


 
Next Week: More SPAWN #10 cover progressions!

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

The Ol' AMOC Mailbag brings WHAT THE @#%&!!!!!!!!!!

Hi, Everybody!

Welp... the ol' AMOC Mailbag has brought a box.



Okay, the box tells ya...

BUT(!) it wasn't twenty-five copies of Hermann.

It was twenty-five copies of Hermann, AND twenty-five copies of the "virgin" cover of the HRM Edition.

And NOT just twenty-five copies of the HRM Edition, but copies ONE through TWENTY-FIVE!!!

This is the only time you'll ever see copies one through three of any Cerebus in Hell? outside the Off-White House.

I...I, uh, I got them by mistake.

They're going to Ben Hobbs tomorrow.

But the regular copies are going to be for sale as soon as Dave and my brother* let me know which copies they want.

(I got #s 1900, 1902, 1906-1925, 1928-1930.)

*as regular viewers of Please Hold For Dave Sim know, Dave made a joke with an amalgamation of the CiH? team's names. One of them is 'Bashful' Benjamin Dow. Benjamin Dow is my brother.
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Speaking of Cerebus in Hell?: order the new one: The Amazing Batvark Final Order Cut-off is December 27th. And, on Wednesday, the 25th, pick up Spider-Whore.

And if you haven't gotten your surveys in for the Spawn #10 Kickstarter, you really should, so I can get my stuff. Which will get printed once the second chance IndieGoGo ends on Friday.


The AMOC Cerebus Merch store: Check out the new Cerebus masks and whatnots. PENIS and XXXXX added. And there's a sale:
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales will be running:
Nov 26 – 27
Nov 29 – 30
Carson Grubaugh is auctioning off this:
Click for Bigger.
It's:
This was the painted cover I did for SDOAR V1, based on mock-ups by Dave. Four months of work that we both agreed was just too cluttered to serve as the actual cover. The work is a 20" x 16" oil painting on board. It already has a frame.

Highest bidder in the comments after one week gets the work. Buyer will pay shipping, and if desired, insurance. If no insurance is purchased any awful thing the USPS does to the work on the way is the buyers loss."
Current HIGH bid is to Cerebus in Hell?'s own David Birdsong for $200. By Executive Fiat, the Auction ends on Cyber Monday (November 30th).

Next Time: Hobbs posts about why the HRM Edition is delayed. And then links to this post.

Monday, 23 November 2020

Cerebus as Spawn

Hi, Everybody!

______________________________

So, back when Hell-Oh! Spawnee first showed up, I faxed her up to Dave with an explanation, and he said:
LOL!
And mentioned using her in a future Cerebus in Hell?. I promptly forgot about that.

Now, at this point, I should explain that I've gotten on the "fax train" for Cerebus in Hell? strips. Dave mocks them up and faxes the team, and me. Sometimes I read them, sometimes I'm very busy and just archive them away. So, when I got one a few days ago with Hell-Oh! Spawnee, I was very surprised.

The problem, is that the version of Hell-Oh! Spawnee I've been using is a VERY basic quickee, that was never intended for publication.
Copyright 2020 Matt Dow and Mouse Skull Entertainment

So, I had to do Mark II:
Copyright 2020 Matt Dow and Mouse Skull Entertainment, still.



This is still rough, and the pink won't show up in a black and white book, but the bow looks more like how I think it should. (It might need to be larger...) 

More as I and the Team work on it... (But EVENTUALLY she'll make the AMOC Cerebus Merch store.)

SPEAKING of Cerebus in Hell?: order the new one: The Amazing Batvark Final Order Cut-off is December 27th. And, on Wednesday, the 25th, pick up Spider-Whore.

SPEAKING of Spawnee stuff: Spawn #10 Kickstarter, has ended, but much like the Remastered Cerebus #1, AND You Don't Know Jack, there's a second chance IndieGoGo. (It ends on the 27th.) Also, Original Cerebus Pages/ Remastered Spawn #10 Preliminary Art/ Other goodies. And Kevin Eastman's original preliminary cover to Turtles #8.

ANNNDDD SPEAKING of the AMOC Cerebus Merch store: Check out the new Cerebus masks and whatnots. PENIS and XXXXX added. And there's a sale:
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales will be running:
Nov 26 – 27
Nov 29 – 30
Carson Grubaugh is auctioning off this:
Click for Bigger.
It's:
This was the painted cover I did for SDOAR V1, based on mock-ups by Dave. Four months of work that we both agreed was just too cluttered to serve as the actual cover. The work is a 20" x 16" oil painting on board. It already has a frame.

Highest bidder in the comments after one week gets the work. Buyer will pay shipping, and if desired, insurance. If no insurance is purchased any awful thing the USPS does to the work on the way is the buyers loss."
Current HIGH bid is to Cerebus in Hell?'s own David Birdsong for $200. By Executive Fiat, the Auction ends on Cyber Monday (November 30th).

Okay: Dave? Check! Rigamarole? Check! Cerebus? Che...crap.

Speaking of Spawn:
How about Cerebus as Spawn?





(We really need to do a Spawn cover parody Cerebus in Hell?...)

(Oh wait...)

Next Time: I post more Cerebus thingys...

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Cerebus Around the World and Web #55 by Oliver Simonsen

Hi, Everybody!

As we do every Sunday:
Oliver Simonsen:

Cerebus kickstarter mail arrived for webcomic "Poison Ivy Gulch" creator Max West
https://twitter.com/poisonivygulch/status/1328887525566541826
https://twitter.com/maxwestart/status/1328887018961690625

"Cartoonist Kayfabe" interviews lead to Cerebus purchase
https://twitter.com/CastlesofImagin/status/1329583137530195968
Check out "Cartoonist Kayfabe" with hosts Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg here
https://www.youtube.com/c/CartoonistKayfabe/featured

Short youtube video showcasing Cerebus 

[It's David Birdsong's copy. He sent me the YouTube link with the following. -Matt]
Look Ma, I'm famous!
Award winning comic creator Tim Sale posts several Cerebus pages with commentary - here's a few snippets:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/134617493385873/permalink/1702240866623520/

Sim was the single biggest influence on my understanding storytelling.
One of two pages that I owned. I still have the other one, but this was lost/stolen in a move. My father adopted the line, "Locally, that is" as one of our bonding phrases.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/134617493385873/permalink/1702250383289235/

I'd never seen anything like this layout before. How to make a conversation page work through writing, timing, silent expression, and simplicity.
Trying to think of other comics artists who indulged in slowing down the tempo of what film does to this extent before Sim. It was one of the biggest revelations for me, when I saw what could be done if the creator owned the character and story.
I am drawn to in Sim's approach is that he understood how well it reads if you drop out any backgrounds. How well you read and enjoy the important stuff - what's happening between the characters.
You have to balance that elsewhere in the issue, but for talking heads - set the scene with an establishing shot with some detail (for lack of a better term) elements, then dig into 'just the characters'.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/134617493385873/permalink/1702240906623516/

One of my favorite of all Sim's pages. The timing, the cartooning (panel seven!) the layout, the horizontal pages he did for a number of issues all linked with the black gutters just wowed and wows, me.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/134617493385873/permalink/1702240903290183/
[Click for bigger. -Matt]

I made and wore to shreds a t-shirt of this panel.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/134617493385873/permalink/1702240886623518/

Cerebus is amazing says writer/artist/creator of Saving the World comic Tonic Mole
https://twitter.com/TheTonicmole/status/1328881366709268480
https://twitter.com/TheTonicmole/status/1328786146797760513

Comic creator Rob Price takes as huge compliment to be compared to Cerebus
https://twitter.com/robgprice/status/1328119728477442050

More Spanish Cerebus translations requested
https://twitter.com/EduMcGuinness/status/1328776922881548290

No wonder Cerebus has a huge following
https://twitter.com/robgprice/status/1328369984054190080

Cerebus recommended
https://twitter.com/SylentWulf81/status/1328120309321383936

Like a young Cerebus
https://twitter.com/Deathrayzeta/status/1329993803231477760

Cerebus featured among favorite Sword & Sorcery comics from Marvel’s Epic Illustrated.
http://darkworldsquarterly.gwthomas.org/favorite-sword-sorcery-from-epic-illustrated/

Elric and Elrod
https://twitter.com/IstillMissShiva/status/1328668886527569923

Sees Cerebus ad?
https://twitter.com/elfsternberg/status/1328105943196831744

Judge Dredd drawn by Dave Sim
https://twitter.com/justinhamilton_/status/1328677465535909889

Jules Feiffer black comedy basis for Cerebus character
https://twitter.com/jlr_1969/status/1328083684092649472

Cerebus and the President
https://twitter.com/NotAChef1/status/1328061466986110979

Mystery solved
https://twitter.com/Cr0ss0verB0t/status/1327938189663801344

Cerebus acquisition
https://twitter.com/TheTonicmole/status/1329904486467457026

Reading Cerebus issue #25
https://twitter.com/JusticeTrek/status/1330003820190044162

Cerebus on CBR's list of "Top Comic Book Runs". From the article: "...one of the most intelligent ongoing comic book series out there, with a great deal of wit and wisdom." https://www.cbr.com/top-comic-book-runs-100-97/

Disney Creator Rights and Dave Sim
https://twitter.com/Remow2112/status/1329299965403828229

Rock Hudson and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/jlr_1969/status/1329213215658524672

Conan and Cerebus
https://twitter.com/Deathrayzeta/status/1329992184502730752

Remembering Dave Sim's in store signing at "Now and Then Books
https://twitter.com/industristudios/status/1329411572318556162
https://twitter.com/Tim_Pilcher/status/1329392625582006272

Still no instagram posts

Cerebus Facebook Group

David Hartman: Comparison
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3490143447719672/
[Click for bigger. -Matt]

David Branstetter: For some reason my son can’t say Cerebus.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3497940843606599/

Jean Paul: Hello. I have been trying to track down this drawing for years. Does anyone on the list know its whereabouts? (I asked the question already some time ago but I ask again in case some of the last few months' newcomers might know about it).
Thanks ahead!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3490318101035540/

Margaret Liss in the comments: The only place I see it is on Comic Art Fan were I think OP is asking if anyone has seen it: https://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryPiece.asp?Piece=1497931
Being that it appears to be a commission / con drawing from 1984, unless the current owner steps forth, I don't think Dave or Ger will know its location. Perhaps post it on AMoC doing a 'hey, who has this?' and if you do that, I'm looking for the original art of Cerebus #162 page 2. I have page 3, but it isn't my holy grail.
Jean Paul responds: I (predictably) am the one who has been looking for it on ComicArtFans for years. The story behind this drawing is quite bizarre: about fifteen years ago, it was listed on eBay and I won the auction. The rest of the transaction turned into an eBay-ish nightmare: I paid for the piece... and the seller never sent it. I asked politely, waited, asked again. The seller strung me along, repeatedly saying s/he was about to ship it. Finally I filed a complaint through Papyal and managed to get his Paypal account blocked. However (I forget the details why), I never managed to get my money back, the seller never sent me anything and eventually vanished into the eBay ether--and for that matter s/he may not even have been its rightful owner in the first place. Unless the drawing has actually disappeared, I am surprised that no heavy-duty Cerebus fan (and there seem to be quite a few on this list) has ever seen it or heard of it.
Sean Robinson: If the whole thing was a scam then is it possible the seller just found a scan elsewhere and pretended to have the original?

William Hoffknecht:
Recent trade got me an extremely clean copy of #6. Inching closer to my complete run.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3490017704398913/

John Glismann: I love a successful treasure hunt, especially when it doesn’t actually cost me too much treasure. Dave mentions this first major review of Cerebus in the introduction to the Palnu Trilogy in Swords Volume 4. I finally tracked it down recently for less than the price of a pizza. This internet fad can sometimes be a good thing. https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3495493990517951/


Interview by Dave Sim with Skywald editor Al Hewetson in 1973! (thanks Larry Wooten!)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/319180844901673/permalink/1841641019322307


Theodore Trout shares video clip of baby aardvark (click link to see video)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3507622239305126/

Margaret Liss in the comments: You sure that just isn't some kid in a bunny suit?

Margaret Liss:
From Comics International issue 32 from June 1993. I love buying a bunch of cheap comics magazines for one particular issue and then finding random Cerebus / Dave Sim stuff in one of the other issues.

Margaret Liss: A few things found during the reorganization of my collection.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebus/permalink/3493021844098499/
[Click for bigger -Matt]

[Click for bigger -Matt]

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Thanks Oliver!

Carson Grubaugh is auctioning off this:
Click for Bigger.
It's:
This was the painted cover I did for SDOAR V1, based on mock-ups by Dave. Four months of work that we both agreed was just too cluttered to serve as the actual cover. The work is a 20" x 16" oil painting on board. It already has a frame.

Highest bidder in the comments after one week gets the work. Buyer will pay shipping, and if desired, insurance. If no insurance is purchased any awful thing the USPS does to the work on the way is the buyers loss."
Current HIGH bid is to Cerebus in Hell?'s own David Birdsong for $200. By Executive Fiat, the Auction ends on Cyber Monday (November 30th).

Speaking of Cerebus in Hell?!!! Order the new one: The Amazing Batvark Final Order Cut-off is December 27th. And, on Wednesday, the 25th, pick up Spider-Whore.

Spawn #10 Kickstarter, has ended, but much like the Remastered Cerebus #1, AND You Don't Know Jack, there's a second chance IndieGoGo. (It ends on the 27th.)


Check out the new Cerebus masks and whatnots. PENIS and XXXXX added. And there's a sale:
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales will be running:
Nov 26 – 27
Nov 29 – 30
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.
Ya done been told fans!

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. (I have no idea what's going on with these...)

Next Time: More CEREBUS!?!?!

Saturday, 21 November 2020

"Cerebus needs a half-hour to think about it..."

Hi, Everybody!

Carson Grubaugh is auctioning off this:
Click for Bigger.
It's:
This was the painted cover I did for SDOAR V1, based on mock-ups by Dave. Four months of work that we both agreed was just too cluttered to serve as the actual cover. The work is a 20" x 16" oil painting on board. It already has a frame.

Highest bidder in the comments after one week gets the work. Buyer will pay shipping, and if desired, insurance. If no insurance is purchased any awful thing the USPS does to the work on the way is the buyers loss."
Current HIGH bid is to Cerebus in Hell?'s own David Birdsong for $200. By Executive Fiat, the Auction ends on Cyber Monday (November 30th).

Speaking of Cerebus in Hell?!!! Order the new one: The Amazing Batvark Final Order Cut-off is December 27th. And, on Wednesday, the 25th, pick up Spider-Whore.

Spawn #10 Kickstarter, has ended, but much like the Remastered Cerebus #1, AND You Don't Know Jack, there's a second chance IndieGoGo. (It ends on the 27th.)


Check out the new Cerebus masks and whatnots. PENIS and XXXXX added. And there's a sale:
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales will be running:
Nov 26 – 27
Nov 29 – 30
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.
Ya done been told fans!

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.
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Anyway, this

Then:





Next Time: Oliver and a whole heaping mess o' links...