Saturday, 10 December 2016

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Steve II  It would be interesting to know if there ever WAS an anecdotal Cerebus-like creature that lived in our world.  Certainly in Victorian England, I don't think calling him "the Elephant Man" was considered whimsical.  They probably thought that that's exactly what he was: someone incarnated into our world who was on the borderline between human and animal.  I'm pretty sure that's not the view of modern science in contemplating John Merrick (sp?)


Jeff Seiler said...

Hi, Dave--Since things have slowed down a bit, I'd like to axe a question.

I noticed, while proofreading MINDS, that your voice and Cerebus' voice were in the same "typeface" and were of (for the most part) the same size throughout your "conversation" with him. I hadn't really noticed that before. It certainly was a unique way of conversing with him, but it probably is why I didn't fully "get" MINDS the first couple times through, in the serialized version.

This is, of course, quite different in tone, in "typeface", and in size than is the dialogue that Cerebus has with himself in, for example, RICK'S STORY.

If you had it to do over, would you differentiate your "voice" and Cerebus' "voice" more, or was that the whole point, that your "voice" and his "voice" were meant to be nearly indistinguishable in Cerebus' head?

BTW, it is a very enjoyable aspect, for me, that I glean more out of each book I proofread than I had ever before gleaned.

Dave Sim said...

No, definitely, I wanted my voice in Cerebus' head to sound to him like his own. I think it would have been unnatural otherwise.

On an interesting tangential note, not having a television I didn't hear Barack Obama speak at length for a number of months after his inauguration. Before that it was just quick excerpts on CNN if I happened to be somewhere where CNN is playing and I'd think "Who does he SOUND like? I KNOW that voice."

I finally figured it out: he sounds like me inside my own head as opposed to me as I sound in actual fact. You know? How weird your voice sounds when you hear a recording of yourself?

Jeff Seiler said...

Oh, yeah, not just you. I hate how my recorded voice sounds. It's why I might ask Oliver to give me a do-over on Elrod's voiceover for the Cerebus animated movie.

al roney said...

@Dave - what the...???

Your inner voice sounds to you like Barack Obama's speaking voice? Man, that would unsettle the @#$% out of me.

My own sounds unique (to me), and if I had my druthers I'd prefer it sounded like Leonard Cohen...RIP.

Slight kidding aside, as a former radio-guy I never liked hearing myself on-air and preferred to have my headphones turned down waaaay down low so as to barely hear the sound of my voice.

And when listeners met me in person they'd almost always say you look nothing like you sound - they'd usually say they expected someone bigger and balder. ?

I'm neither. Hmm...

Anyway, I still eek out a few bucks doing some voice work, so I guess some folks like it - which is good enough for me.

Also, one of the "highlights" of my career was doing an on-air interview with Alan Moore (there's a guy with a voice too) around the time he was promoting Lost Girls. The interview was all for me as I'd guess, outside of a few geeks in my audience, most people listening hadn't a flippin' clue who he was...

He was also the only interview I ever did that got me so nervous that I cut it short. It was obvious that Alan would have spent as much time as I wanted to spend chatting, but in my own head I thought I sounded like an incoherent fan-boy.

Listening back to the interview I sounded perfectly fine.

I regret to this day not being able to keep it together and doing a longer segment with him. The dude is flat-out fascinating even when I haven't a clue as to what he's talkin' about. Oh, well.

The time I met you - briefly - during your 92 tour, I was equally inept. One question, an answer from you, along with my own answer to your question, followed by an insightful comment about the female gender from you (which did come to pass) during a head sketch, maybe two, while I proceeded to stare somewhat blankly in silence) and I was out of there. Facepalm...

Thing is I've met rock stars, actors etc. and I'm as calm as cucumber. It's you comic guys who get me all verklempt.

I think that's 'cuz the work you (guys) do is more personal to me...

Reading comics is mostly a solitary experience when you think about it. Less so these days as geekdom is almost the norm, but for a guy born in '65' a bit different...

'nuff said.

Jeff Seiler said...

Hey, Al, I'm right there with ya. It took years of exchanged letters and four years, at SPACE, hanging out with Dave and Ger, for me to be able to get out two or three coherent sentences, strung together, before I learned that they actually listen and care about your feedback and input.

How fresh and original!