Friday 24 May 2024

Rat Pack Lone Ranger (Dave's weekly update #540)

Hi, Everybody!

Like it says on the Logo:

It's Friday, so that means:
Dave's Weekly Update:
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A Moment of Cerebus runs Saturday through Friday.
The Week in AMOC:
  • Saturday: I didn't post. But if you click the link, you'll see the first post I ever did on a Saturday. 
  • Sunday: I didn't post. But if you click the link you'll see my first Sunday post which predates the Saturday one by six days...  
  • MondayThe Monday Report and Matt reappears after scaring EVERYBODY by not posting for TWO DAYS. IN A ROW!!!
  • Tuesday: Jen's post about The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Go Fund Me.  Speaking of which, $93 until the next page is unlocked. And she's gave away an Albatross to one lucky GoFunder, congratulation's... "#3"? What the fuck Jen?  If you just wanna buy an Albatross #1, here's a handy look at it, and how you can get one. 
  • Wednesday: Hobbs posts his greytones for AKIMBO. And NOT more work on his Narutobus cover. Speaking of Narutobus, Heritage has Narutobus page 15:

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  • Thursday: Margaret continued looking at the first Notebook AKA Albatross 1. See here if you wanna copy. 
  • Friday: that's this post. You're reading the Friday post right now. This is like that bit in Spaceballs. (Should I link to LAST WEEK'S Update in these things?)
Okay, so that was the past week in AMOC. You're welcome.

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

Your store will be up to 35% off
May 24-27.*
*Sale dates are not final and therefore subject to change.
___________________________
NEW Spawn 10 Lenticular covers from the The Waverly Press. You can click the link and get your own for $100 each.
___________________________
The Help Out Bill Messner-Loebs Go Fund Me, or buy Rodney Schroeter's book with proceeds going to Bill. 
___________________________
The Last Day Without nothing.
   "      "     "        "  Dave's signature.
   "      "     "        "  an Old Cerebus Remarque
   "      "     "     Auction catalog for the Panoramic Remarques
___________________________
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".
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Next Time: I gotta play catch-up...

Thursday 23 May 2024

Notebook One: Cerebus #23 Part Three

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.

Maybe instead of rewriting this opener every week, I’ll be a bit more efficient with my use of time and have this standard opening: 

Have you got your copy of Albatross One? That is Dave Sim’s name for his first notebook used in the creation of Cerebus. If you want a copy of the notebook – and trust me, as someone who has held the actual Albatross One, it is a pretty close duplicate and looks great – you can check out this post right here. Well not this post. The one at this link. Go check it out, this post will still be here.

And if you don’t want to buy one, you can wait as I release a couple of pages a week and check them out using the Notebook One tag. But trust me, the notebook is much much nicer then my silly little posts.

Okay, now that is done, on with this week’s Notebook One post.

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In last week’s Notebook One post we saw pages 83 and 84 that features Cerebus #23 material and Dave’s schedule for October 1980 to March 1981. Lets pick up where we left off, page 85:

Notebook #1, page 85

And page 85 picks up where page 84 left off: Cerebus #23 material with Cerebus talking to the school headmistress talking about the Sepran soldiers sent to her school. 

Dave made a note in the left margin of the page and circled it. The note says: Call Karen re: “feminine ‘my God’” and an arrow from the circle to the text mon dieu. On page 11 of Cerebus #23 after Cerebus’ talk to the head mistress, the head mistress responses with ‘ma dieu’. After Cerebus’ talk with the headmistress, down the bottom of the page we see more of the plot of Cerebus #23: the school takes in a Sepran soldier and he sees Cerebus dressed up as a little girl. 

And behind the text on the other side, can you see why I wanted to show these pictures together? There is an image showing through on the next page:

Notebook #1, page 86

And there is the image, a sketch of the Sepran soldier. The one we see in Cerebus #23 looks pretty similar, but doesn’t have the bundle of arrows on his back and his helmet is much taller. The bottom right corner of the page contains a list of plot items for Cerebus #23 starting with ‘Cerebus settling in’ and ending with ‘smack’. 

We’ll see next week if page 87 picks up with more plot points of Cerebus #23 or something else.


Wednesday 22 May 2024

Akimbo Grey Tones Part ONE!

Benjamin Hobbs:

Since last week, no actual progress has been made on coloring the Narutobus covers.  The Kosplay KS variant still looks like this: 

This week we'll be looking at the long promised AKIMBO Grey Tones!

In Part One of this exciting new series, we'll look at the three pages that took the most time to create. 

First, page one.  This page had the most time put into it. It set the stage for the rest of the book and was a high water mark that was only hit a couple of other times.  I'm especially pleased with the lens flare and the white drop-shadow from the text:

Next we have page 6. The bike took forever to tone, since each piece has it's own gradient of shine. Choosing a spot to let the buildings fade out was tricky. As was separating the top panel from the bottom panel:

Lastly, we have page 9.  The circles really hold this page together:

Next Week: More tones? Color progression on that cover? Tune in to find out!

Tuesday 21 May 2024

SDoAR 2.21: And the Winner of Albatross One Is...

But first... a few updates!

  • One more page unlocked! 
  • Philip R. Frey has completed his work on the Remastered Giant-Size Ashcan #0, meaning that Jen needs to drag her sorry ass out of bed and review Restored and Remastered #0 and #1 ASAP (she's already two days behind) so we can get the PDFs done and into Alfonso's hands for the next proofs. Then to Dave. Rinse. Repeat.

Just the GoFundMe Facts, Ma'am

  • $12,307.00 raised to date from 209 donations
  • 65 new pages released as mocked up by Dave Sim from 11 June to 29 November 2021
  • 86 total pages available on Dropbox, including Dave's 2019 mocked-up pages
  • $93.00 away from unlocking page 87
  • If you have not donated > $5+ donation grants access to all 86 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 at nearing the end of month #5 of Year 2.

And the Winner of the Albatross Notebook Is... Number 3!!!

How exciting! 

Number 3 (I AM NOT A NUMBER) has been notified via GoFundMe and as soon as they confirm or pass on the notebook, I will update accordingly -- here and on Facebook.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. Boo! You suck, Jen! Boo!


The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Preview, Part Twenty

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Ciao!

xx

Jen


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

Monday 20 May 2024

I was BUSY!

Hi, Everybody!

Yeah, I didn't post this weekend.

I'm moving. The wife and I are selling Stately Dow Manor, and shutting down the AMOCave, and "Moving on up" to Dow Tower and starting an AMOCave in the subbasement. (Seriously, the commute was killing me...) 

ANYWAY, the wife turned off the Internet at the Manor, and I was staying there herding cats until we could pack them up. And packing every damn thing I own. Including all sorts of neat Cerebus stuff. (Which I REALLY should have taken a picture of...)

How do I do this stuff again?

Right, right, Faxes.

Aardvark:





I SWEAR moving this weekend wasn't like this at all...

Rigamarole:
Heritage has Narutobus page 14:
Click for bigger
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The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Go Fund Me
__________________________
The AMOC TeePublic Shoppe: up to 35% off:

Your store will be up to 35% off
May 20-27.*
*Sale dates are not final and therefore subject to change.
___________________________
NEW Spawn 10 Lenticular covers from the The Waverly Press. You can click the link and get your own for $100 each.
___________________________
The Help Out Bill Messner-Loebs Go Fund Me, or buy Rodney Schroeter's book with proceeds going to Bill. 
___________________________
The Last Day Without nothing.
   "      "     "        "  Dave's signature.
   "      "     "        "  an Old Cerebus Remarque
   "      "     "     Auction catalog for the Panoramic Remarques
___________________________
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".
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Next Time: Jen's staying put. RIGHT DiGiacomo!?!

Friday 17 May 2024

The Lone Ranger Creed (Dave's weekly update #539)

Hi, Everybody!

Like it says on the Logo:

It's Friday, so that means:
Dave's Weekly Update:
_________________________
A Moment of Cerebus runs Saturday through Friday.
The Week in AMOC:
  • Saturday: Please Hold For Dave Sim Transcripts for August AND September 2020. 
  • Sunday: Dave shared an update on his thinking for CAN11.  
  • MondayThe Monday Report and Matt messed up and no there are too many Albatrosses, BUT that means damn near immediate shipping if you want one.
  • Tuesday: Jen's post about The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Go Fund Me.  Speaking of which, $145 until the next page is unlocked. And she's giving away an Albatross to one lucky GoFunder. You have until May 21st to enter. Details in HER post. And if you just wanna buy an Albatross #1, here's a handy look at it, and how you can get one. 
  • Wednesday: Hobbs posts his colors for one of the Narutobus covers (for the Kickstarter.) Speaking of Narutobus, Heritage has Narutobus page 14:
Click for bigger
  • Thursday: Margaret continued looking at the first Notebook AKA Albatross 1. See here if you wanna copy. 
  • Friday: that's this post. You're reading the Friday post right now. This is like that bit in Spaceballs. (Should I link to LAST WEEK'S Update in these things?)
Okay, so that was the past week in AMOC. You're welcome.

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

Your store will be up to 35% off
May 20-27.*
*Sale dates are not final and therefore subject to change.
___________________________
NEW Spawn 10 Lenticular covers from the The Waverly Press. You can click the link and get your own for $100 each.
___________________________
The Help Out Bill Messner-Loebs Go Fund Me, or buy Rodney Schroeter's book with proceeds going to Bill. 
___________________________
The Last Day Without nothing.
   "      "     "        "  Dave's signature.
   "      "     "        "  an Old Cerebus Remarque
   "      "     "     Auction catalog for the Panoramic Remarques
___________________________
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".
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Next Time: I'm doing stuff. AV Family Photos?

Thursday 16 May 2024

Notebook One: Cerebus #23 Part Two & A Schedule

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.

Maybe instead of rewriting this opener every week, I’ll be a bit more efficient with my use of time and have this standard opening: 

Have you got your copy of Albatross One? That is Dave Sim’s name for his first notebook used in the creation of Cerebus. If you want a copy of the notebook – and trust me, as someone who has held the actual Albatross One, it is a pretty close duplicate and looks great – you can check out this post right here. Well not this post. The one at this link. Go check it out, this post will still be here.

And if you don’t want to buy one, you can wait as I release a couple of pages a week and check them out using the Notebook One tag. But trust me, the notebook is much much nicer then my silly little posts.

Okay, now that is done, on with this week’s Notebook One post.

~*~*~*~*~*~*

In last week’s Notebook One post we saw pages 80 through 82 which puts us into Cerebus #23 material. Looking back at the 82 pages we’ve seen so far this is the page count for each issue:

  • Cerebus #20: 22 notebook pages
  • Cerebus #21: 31 notebook pages
  • Cerebus #22: 20 notebook pages
  • Miscellaneous: 1 page on the ‘inside front cover design’

So lets continue on with page 83 of notebook one, and what I’m thinking will be more Cerebus #23 material. We left off with sketches of Madam duFort and another of Cerebus in bed, and “Katerine” killing a Sepran soldier. And page 83 continues with some discussion between a woman in the school and one of the Sepran soldiers.

Notebook #1, page 83

Then down the bottom of the page is Dave’s schedule starting in October of 1980. I based this on Cerebus #23 having a cover date of December 1980. The schedule if you can’t read it, and I’m starting at the far right, I put the years in parentheses so I can keep track:

  • October 23 – 27 (1980) writing
  • October 28 29 30 diamondback
  • November 1 – 12 #23 drawn
  • November 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 Swords finished
  • November 25 – 29 write #24
  • December 1 – 12 draw #24
  • December 13 – 20 write and rough Canuck story
  • December 21 – 23, 26 – 29 write #25
  • February 4 – 16 (1981) draw #26
  • February 17 – 23 Portfolio
  • February 24 – 28 write #27
  • March 1 – 12 draw #27
  • March 13 – 23 Portfolio
  • March 24 – 31 write #28

I don’t know why Jan 1981 isn’t on Dave’s list, as that should be the first half of Jan for drawing #25 and the second half for writing #26. So the notebook pages we are seeing now are for Cerebus #23 so that must put this notebook’s date as before October of 1980. I’ve seen schedules like this in his other notebooks, and some of those go to more detail like a day for a cover or a couple of days for letters, but I can’t recollect such a long-range schedule.

The next page of the notebook has more of the women of the school defending it from the Sepran soldiers and talking about that with Cerebus. And around the edges I’m thinking is when Dave came back to the p age and wrote down more specific dialogue that he wanted to use:

Notebook #1, page 84

And that is the last page for this week. I was going to add in page 85, but it gives away something on page 86, so I rather put those two pages together. If you’ve been reading for a while (since June 2014), then you’ve seen page 86 already. But still, I didn’t want to separate the pages again.

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Kosplay Narutobus Color Flats

Benjamin Hobbs:

Last week I showed off the Kickstarter exclusive Narutobus covers with their logos.  The Kosplay variant looks like this:

This week I'm coloring it.  Here are the color flats:

Next Week: Gradations of color on the cover!

Tuesday 14 May 2024

SDoAR 2.20: 2 More Pages Unlocked! Final Week to Win Albatross One!

REMINDER: Rules to win an Albatross One Notebook and Help Out SDoAR

One entry per person to anyone who donates $10 or more to our GoFundMe campaign from April 30, 2024 until Monday, May 20, 2024

That leaves 6 days to join the 14 (!) amazingly awesome, cool and extant contestants.

I will then randomly assign numbers to each entry and have Dave pull a Karnak, and I'll announce the winner on May 21, 2024.

Just the GoFundMe Facts, Ma'am

  • $12,055.00 raised to date from 205 donations
  • 64 new pages released as mocked up by Dave Sim from 11 June to 25 November 2021
  • 85 total pages available on Dropbox, including Dave's 2019 mocked-up pages
  • $145.00 away from unlocking page 86
  • If you have not donated > $5+ donation grants access to all 83 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 at the middle of month #5 of Year 2.

The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Preview, Part Nineteen

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Ciao!

xx

Jen


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

Monday 13 May 2024

Matt messed up, but YOU can benefit!

Hi, Everybody!

Mondays!
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Welp...I done messed up.


Annnnnnnndd I fucked up. Dave told ME to order the notebooks from Studio Comix Press, but I'm not comfortable spending other people's money, so I passed the buck to Eddie. And Eddie ordered the six copies I sold. Meanwhile, I faxed Dave and emailed Rolly to let them know where to mail the facsimiles, and Rolly ordered eight copies so AV would have a few on hand if more orders rolled in.

Which leads to the problem I caused, Aardvark-Vanaheim has extra Albatross #1 Facsimiles on hand and ready to ship. Where YOU can benefit, is that if you:
Send a check or international money order for One Hundred AMERICAN dollars to 
Aardvark-Vanaheim
Box 1674, Station "C"
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4R2

OR: Go to CerebusDownloads.com and donate:
$140 CAD for the book,
a 25% upcharge because Gerhard gets 25% of all the money CerebusDownloads.com brings in. Which, in this case is $35 CAD.
Then add in shipping:
$30 CAD for shipping to the United States. 
$35 CAD for SURFACE shipping (which can take anywhere from 2 to 3 MONTHS to get there...) to anywhere outside the US and Canada.
$70 CAD for AIR MAIL shipping to anywhere outside the US and Canada It's faster, but pricy...

So, $205 CAD for an Albatross #1 Facsimile to the US.
$210 CAD for an Albatross #1 Facsimile to SURFACE MAIL outside the US and Canada.
$245 CAD for an Albatross #1 Facsimile to AIR MAIL outside the US and Canada.
Payable through CerebusDownloads.com

Or OR: Send an email to momentofcerebus@gmail.com titled "Albatross #1". I'll respond with where to pay me $100 USD for the book and 
(In CAN Dollars):
CAN = $ 25
USA = $ 30
Inter = $ 35 (Surface)
Inter = $ 55 (Air)

(In US Dollars):
CAN = $ 15
USA = $ 20
Inter = $ 25 (Surface)
Inter = $ 45 (Air)
for shipping, your copy will be in the mail as soon as it's packaged. 

It's the best deal I'm offering!

Come on, don't let me turn this into a The Last Day fiasco...

Rigamarole:
The AMOC TeePublic Shoppe: up to 35% off:

Your store will be up to 35% off
May 20-27.*
*Sale dates are not final and therefore subject to change.
___________________________
NEW Spawn 10 Lenticular covers from the The Waverly Press. You can click the link and get your own for $100 each.
___________________________
The Help Out Bill Messner-Loebs Go Fund Me, or buy Rodney Schroeter's book with proceeds going to Bill. 
___________________________
The Last Day Without nothing.
   "      "     "        "  Dave's signature.
   "      "     "        "  an Old Cerebus Remarque
   "      "     "     Auction catalog for the Panoramic Remarques
___________________________
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".
___________________________
The Strange Death of Alex Raymond 
Go Fund Me.  Jen's giving away an Albatross to one lucky GoFunder. You have until May 20th to enter. Details in HER post. And if you just wanna buy an Albatross #1, here's a handy look at it, and how you can get one. 
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Heritage has Narutobus page 13:
Click for bigger
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Next Time: Jen's only got ONE Albatross, I'm giving EIGHT people a shot...

Sunday 12 May 2024

CAN 11 Update: Dave's thinking of sketching. (NEW Dave Art!)

Hi, Everybody!

Dave Sim:
Click for bigger

Ditto.

Click to see the SDOAR pages in the background...

"NOW, how much would YOU pay?"

Rigamarole:
The AMOC TeePublic Shoppe: up to 35% off:

Your store will be up to 35% off
May 12 and May 20-27.*
*Sale dates are not final and therefore subject to change.
___________________________
NEW Spawn 10 Lenticular covers from the The Waverly Press. You can click the link and get your own for $100 each.
___________________________
The Help Out Bill Messner-Loebs Go Fund Me, or buy Rodney Schroeter's book with proceeds going to Bill. 
___________________________
The Last Day Without nothing.
   "      "     "        "  Dave's signature.
   "      "     "        "  an Old Cerebus Remarque
   "      "     "     Auction catalog for the Panoramic Remarques
___________________________
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".
___________________________
The Strange Death of Alex Raymond 
Go Fund Me.  Jen's giving away an Albatross to one lucky GoFunder. You have until May 20th to enter. Details in HER post. And if you just wanna buy an Albatross #1, here's a handy look at it, and how you can get one. 
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Heritage has Narutobus page 13:
Click for bigger
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Next Time: The Monday Report, and anything else Cerebus related I wanna talk about...