Thursday 11 April 2024

Notebook One: Cerebus #22 Part Two

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.

Over the last couple of months – ever since it came up that someone wanted to see Notebook #1 – I’ve been going chronologically though the notebook. You can see past pages using the Notebook One tag. Last week we saw three pages of Dave Sim’s first notebook which was a never finished three page Howard the Duck story. Those were pages 61, 63, and 65. Why no 62 or 64? Because there was nothing on them. Other than the straight ruled lines of the notebook, those pages are blank.

The next page of the notebook is page 66. But that is another blank page that wasn’t scanned. So on to page 67, but we already saw pages 67 and 68 in March of 2019 in Punchline for President. Which as you might have guessed, took the notebook back from Howard the Duck and to Cerebus, and more specifically Cerebus #22 material.

So what does page 69 cover? Cerebus #22 material:

Notebook 1, page 69

After a sketch of what appears to be the tribunal discussed on the same notebook page, we see Dave broke up the issues with pages 9 through 14 being about the tribunal being conned, and page 15 is when they catch wise as Dave writes. How doe they get conned? By Elrod taking over a body of the tribunal secretary.

Though that didn’t happen in Cerebus #22. The planning happened, and we see them rehearsing it, but it didn’t happen. But Dave did use that same lighting on the sketch on page 16 of Cerebus #22:

Cerebus #22, page 16

The next page of the notebook is #70:

Notebook 1, page 70

Some bits and pieces at the top, about the only thing used was Cerebus taking the body of Bunky to the tribunal. Below the sketch of Captain Cockroach are Dave’s plans for the last six pages of Cerebus #22. And not much of this happens either. In fact, Cerebus pounds them real good, but that is about it. And even with that, Cerebus still runs away to leave Weisshaupt along in Beduin.


Wednesday 10 April 2024

Cerebus in Public Domain Romance?

Benjamin Hobbs:

This is a panel from the in-progress, and still not titled, Cerebus In Public Domain Romance:

Next Week: Another panel!

Tuesday 9 April 2024

SDoAR 2.15: Not Dead, New Page, Promise of Good Things Ahead!

Anonymous said...

"Some of us are getting worried, Jen."

Jen responds...

<sigh> One really can't say I do things half-assed. It's more of a full-assed kind of situation. 

I got sick *twice* 

Yup. 

Back-to-back illnesses after being fairly healthy since last August. Zombie sleep sort of illnesses. 

So I am back in the saddle, playing catch up. But, there is good news! 

Michael Ragiel, Anonymous, Michael Grabowski, Keith Hackett, Joshua Mitton, Michael Grabowski (again), Michael Ragiel (again), and Philip Berkheimer (who has unlocked four of the past five pages) teamed up over the past month to unlock our 60th new page, our 81st page overall, and, according to Rolly-math, page 336 overall.

AND... I am working to block off enough time in the next two weeks to...

  • Finish my reviews of Giant-Size Ashcans no. 0 and no. 1, so we can move onto our next set of proofs.
  • Update the GoFundMe page to represent where we are instead of where we were.
  • Send out an update to the GoFundMe patrons
  • Offer up some special goodies to patrons as apology for falling so far behind on the ashcans. 
Can you say Albatross One? Sure, you can!

Just the GoFundMe Facts, Ma'am

  • $11,200.00 raised to date from 1191 donations
  • 60 new pages released as mocked up by Dave Sim from 11 June to 19 November 2021
  • 81 total pages available on Dropbox, including Dave's 2019 mocked-up pages
  • $200.00 away from unlocking page 82
  • If you have not donated > $5+ donation grants access to all 8a pages and all pages moving forward
  • If you have donated, thank you, but if you want to donate monthly, GoFundMe does not offer that option, so please do so as we are nearing the middle of month #4 of Year 2.
SDOAR 2023 GoFundMe -->> https://www.gofundme.com/f/sdoar-2023

The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Preview, Part Fourteen

Thisthisthisthisthisthisthisthisthisthisthisthis, this, deep breath Oxford comma and ellipsis
Wakey, wakey!

x

Jen


SDOAR 2023 GoFundMe -->>
 https://www.gofundme.com/f/sdoar-2023 <<-- SDOAR 2023 GoFundMe

Monday 8 April 2024

"You're not making any sense..."

Hi, Everybody!

No Monday Report, until next week.

Anyway, This.

Then (click for bigger):





_______________
Rigamarole:

Your store will be up to 35% off
April 10-14 and 24-28.*
*Sale dates are not final and therefore subject to change.
___________________________
Heritage has stuff.
__________________________
The Last Day Without nothing.
   "      "     "        "  Dave's signature.
   "      "     "        "  an Old Cerebus Remarque
   "      "     "     Auction catalog for the Panoramic Remarques
___________________________
The Help Out Bill Messner-Loebs Go Fund Me, or buy Rodney Schroeter's book with proceeds going to Bill. Speaking of Bill, Dave sent a lil' sumthing-sumthing (click for bigger):
"How DID Bill lose his right arm?" I'ma guess: when the bus driver tells you to keep your arms INSIDE the school bus, you'd better G*D*MN LISTEN!!!
___________________________
Oliver' Simonsen's Cerebus movie: The Absurd, Surreal, Metaphysical, and Fractured Destiny of Cerebus the Aardvark it's currently available on "Plex", "Xumo", "Vimeo On Demand", "Tubi". If you're in Brazil..."Mometu", "Nuclear Home Video".
___________________________
Next Time: Jen. SDOAR. Update. Weekly. Words. Pictures. Yup.

Sunday 7 April 2024

Winner, winner, Chicken dinner!

Hi, Everybody!

Dave has FINALLY finished the last day of the CAN10 Kickstarter Overtime, and determined who is getting what of these:

Congrats to Jason and Al on getting their respective covers:

Speaking of Kickstarters and Covers and unending headaches that should REALLY have been thought out BEFORE people started throwing money around, the next one is gonna be Narutobus, and Birdsong made a blank template, so expect this to "lather, rinse, repeat":
This is the full size file, so you can get it printed out and make/pitch your own cover, like Christon and Lee did last time...
_______________
Rigamarole:

Your store will be up to 35% off
April 10-14 and 24-28.*
*Sale dates are not final and therefore subject to change.
___________________________
Heritage has stuff.
__________________________
The Last Day Without nothing.
   "      "     "        "  Dave's signature.
   "      "     "        "  an Old Cerebus Remarque
   "      "     "     Auction catalog for the Panoramic Remarques
___________________________
The Help Out Bill Messner-Loebs Go Fund Me, or buy Rodney Schroeter's book with proceeds going to Bill. Speaking of Bill, Dave sent a lil' sumthing-sumthing (click for bigger):
"How DID Bill lose his right arm?" I'ma guess: when the bus driver tells you to keep your arms INSIDE the school bus, you'd better G*D*MN LISTEN!!!
___________________________
Oliver' Simonsen's Cerebus movie: The Absurd, Surreal, Metaphysical, and Fractured Destiny of Cerebus the Aardvark it's currently available on "Plex", "Xumo", "Vimeo On Demand", "Tubi". If you're in Brazil..."Mometu", "Nuclear Home Video".
___________________________
Next Time: Did I hear somebody ask for High Society pages?

Please Hold For Dave Sim 4/2024

Hi, Everybody!

Please Hold For Dave Sim 4/2024!

Audio:


Video:

Part One:
We pick up from last month's cliffhanger.
Dave clarifies the Albatross #1 deal.
I remember Jeff Seiler.
Dodger's question goes sideways.

Part Five:
Michael R. of Easton, PA has questions about The Remastered The Last Day.

Part Six:
Dave and I talk about Idyl.

Part Seven:
Dave's gonna bring back the $900* tour of the Off-White House.

Part Eight:
Christon asks Dave "What do you consider the most pivotal/crucial moment in the saga of Cerebus? And also, what would be your favorite part?".

Part Nine:
Margaret has a question about this week's Notebook post. And Dave shares his thoughts about Ed Piskor's suicide.

Next Time: Dave sent through some stuff...

Friday 5 April 2024

The Book of Hosea Ch. 2 (Dave's weekly update #533)

Hi, Everybody!

Like it says on the Logo:

It's Friday, so that means:
Dave's Weekly Update:

Which continues from last week
_________________________
A Moment of Cerebus runs Saturday through Friday.

The Week in AMOC:
  • Saturday: Young Dave, Young Gerhard, and their drug habits. 
  • Sunday: We looked back on a touching personal moment.
  • Monday: My dad says he used to own a mongoose gag...
  • Tuesday: Jen's post about The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Go Fund Me.  Speaking of which, $90 until the next page is unlocked. 
  • Wednesday: Hobbs gets mail! Nifty mail! Neat mail! (Just click the damn link!)
  • Thursday: Margaret continued looking at the first Notebook AKA Albatross 1. See Here if you wanna copy. (Details are being clarified. See tomorrow's Please Hold For Dave Sim post.)
  • Friday: that's this post. You're reading the Friday post right now. This is like that bit in Spaceballs. (Still.)
Okay, so that was the past week in AMOC. You're welcome.
_______________
Friend to the Blog, James Windsor Banderas-Smith's new Papa Balloon & Cactus Kickstarter 55 hours and he's hit the goal, so I'ma get my NEW Dave Sim Idyl homage cover!

And Sean and Living The Line have another new book on Kickstarter: Moonray: Ascension

Okay, back to Bizness as unusual:
Rigamarole:
__________________________
The AMOC TeePublic Shoppe: up to 35% off:

Your store will be up to 35% off
April 10-14 and 24-28.*
*Sale dates are not final and therefore subject to change.
___________________________
Heritage has stuff.
__________________________
The Last Day Without nothing.
   "      "     "        "  Dave's signature.
   "      "     "        "  an Old Cerebus Remarque
   "      "     "     Auction catalog for the Panoramic Remarques
___________________________
The Help Out Bill Messner-Loebs Go Fund Me, or buy Rodney Schroeter's book with proceeds going to Bill. Speaking of Bill, Dave sent a lil' sumthing-sumthing (click for bigger):
"How DID Bill lose his right arm?" I'ma guess: when the bus driver tells you to keep your arms INSIDE the school bus, you'd better G*D*MN LISTEN!!!
___________________________
Oliver' Simonsen's Cerebus movie: The Absurd, Surreal, Metaphysical, and Fractured Destiny of Cerebus the Aardvark it's currently available on "Plex", "Xumo", "Vimeo On Demand", "Tubi". If you're in Brazil..."Mometu", "Nuclear Home Video".
___________________________
Next Time: Please Hold For Dave Sim 4/2024!

Thursday 4 April 2024

Notebook One: Howard The Duck

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.

Last week we saw a page from Dave Sim’s first notebook used in the creation of Cerebus which had a full page sketch of Howard the Duck on it. In this post we’ll see what comes in the subsequent pages for over the last couple of weeks? Months? We’ve been looking at every page in Notebook #1 and last week we ended with page 59. If you want to see all of the past posts for Notebook One, you can use the Notebook One tag to see them all.

Well, we’re skipping page 60. Why you ask? Because I didn’t scan it in. It was a blank page – nothing was on it, and probably nothing was visible of the other page on it. So we’ll go right to page 61:

Notebook #1, page 61

Looks like the splash page for a Howard the Duck story with some dialogue. The dialogue reads:

You want me ta let ya off at “emergency”

How about letting us off at “imminent catastrophe”

What?

Nothing. Emergency will be fine.

We again skip a page as there is no scan of page 62 due to there being nothing on it.

Notebook #1, page 63

And it is another page layout for a Howard the Duck story. The dialogue:

Eight-ninety! . . .I hope the baby’s cute. 

Paging system: aging Dr. Bong. Paging Dr. Bong. . . Dr. Pong.

C’Mon toots.

That sounds like Paging Dr? . . .it can’t be.

Bong here.

Waugh!

Howard? What is it?

Oh no.

Kidney thief! Dr Bong. Dr. Bong.

What seems to be the problem?

This kidney thief is walking around loose. If someone will get me a wrench, I’ll tighten him.

I hate ta ask someone in your condition ta indulge in a little spontaneous wind-sprint, but I’m afraid it’s necessary toots.

Howard wait.

Again we skip a blank page that wasn’t scanned in, page 64, and go right to page 65:

Notebook #1, page 65

Another page layout for Dave’s Howard the Duck story. The dialogue:

I’m pregnant and I’m not running around after a paranoid duck while the pains are coming closer.

Bev lissen!

Don’t you interrupt me, Howard – pains are coming closer together and I haven’t even got my room yet.

Bev

This hospital is just fine Howard. . .

BEV – WILL SHUT UP AND LOOK!!?

That’s not very nice Howard.

Look at what?

Do me a favour Bev. . .when it’s time to go to the hospital, get someone else to take you. . .

A three-page story of a dream Howard was having and then woke up from. Did Dave mean for this to be the story he wrote for Howard the Duck #8 rather than the frontispiece he did? 

Next week: More of Howard the Duck? Or are we returning to Cerebus #22? Or perhaps Cerebus #21. All I know is it will be pages from Dave’s first notebook.

And you, yes YOU!, can get your own facsimile edition of Albatross 1, details here.

Wednesday 3 April 2024

AKIMBO and CAN 10 are arriving!

Benjamin Hobbs:

Canadian and US backers of the Akimbo and CAN 10 Kickstarter are letting me know that their packages have begun arriving!  My contributor copies arrived over the weekend. Dave also sent me the DIA signed edition:

He sent a copy of CAN 10:

 And he sent a copy of the first notebook:


And you, yes YOU!, can get your own facsimile edition of Albatross 1, details HERE.

Next Week: New art from the Cerebus Public Domain Romance Comic!

Tuesday 2 April 2024

SDoAR 2.14: Jen Calls In Sick... Again

Rinse and Repeat.

Just the GoFundMe Facts, Ma'am

  • $11,110.00 raised to date from 188 donations
  • 59 new pages released as mocked up by Dave Sim from 11 June to 17 November 2021
  • 80 total pages available on Dropbox, including Dave's 2019 mocked-up pages
  • $90.00 away from unlocking page 81
  • If you have not donated > $5+ donation grants access to all 80 pages and all pages moving forward
  • If you have donated, thank you, but if you want to donate monthly, GoFundMe does not offer that option, so please do so as we at the beginning of month #4 of Year 2.
SDOAR 2023 GoFundMe -->> https://www.gofundme.com/f/sdoar-2023

The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Preview, Part Thirteen

Thisthisthisthisthisthisthisthisthisthisthis, this Oxford comma and finally the ellipsis
Night, night!

x

Jen


SDOAR 2023 GoFundMe -->>
 https://www.gofundme.com/f/sdoar-2023 <<-- SDOAR 2023 GoFundMe

Monday 1 April 2024

"Aye... THAT would work."

Hi, Everybody!





(It's the only prank in the series I could think of...)

Happy April Fool's (if that's your thing...)

________________________________________
This Thursday Dave and I will be doing Please Hold For Dave Sim. If you got a question, you probably are gonna wanna wait until next month, because there's quite a bit of them already, but if it can't wait, momentofcerebus@gmail.com, and I'll throw it on the pile. But ya gotta get 'em in by Wednesday afternoon at the latest, 'cause I gotta fax 'em to Dave.

_______________
Rigamarole:
Friend to the Blog, James Windsor Banderas-Smith's new Papa Balloon & Cactus Kickstarter 5 days to go and he's FULLY funded, so if you want the NEW Dave Sim Idyl homage cover, you're GURANTEED to get it (as long as he hasn't sold out of them).

And Sean and Living The Line have another new book on Kickstarter: Moonray: Ascension
__________________________
The AMOC TeePublic Shoppe: up to 35% off:

Your store will be up to 35% off
April 10-14 and 24-28.*
*Sale dates are not final and therefore subject to change.
___________________________
Heritage has stuff.
__________________________
The Last Day Without nothing.
   "      "     "        "  Dave's signature.
   "      "     "        "  an Old Cerebus Remarque
   "      "     "     Auction catalog for the Panoramic Remarques
___________________________
The Help Out Bill Messner-Loebs Go Fund Me, or buy Rodney Schroeter's book with proceeds going to Bill.
___________________________
Oliver' Simonsen's Cerebus movie: The Absurd, Surreal, Metaphysical, and Fractured Destiny of Cerebus the Aardvark it's currently available on "Plex", "Xumo", "Vimeo On Demand", "Tubi". If you're in Brazil..."Mometu", "Nuclear Home Video".
___________________________
Next Time: Jen's gotta gag for ya...

Sunday 31 March 2024

Treasures From the AMOChive: That time Dave sent my kid flowers for her birth

Hi, Everybody!

Happy Easter to those who celebrate!

Anyway, it's my kid's birthday, so flashback to the time Dave sent her flowers for her birth:

She's gotten bigger...

I believe the card said, "To Janis Pearl, Best Wishes! Dave Sim"

Dave also sent her this at one point:


And here we are with her younger sister a few years back:

Happy Birthday kid!

Next Time: Stuff. Aardvark stuff.