Tuesday 15 January 2019

TL:DW, Please Hold For Dave Sim 1/3/2019: the Transcript

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He transcribed Please Hold For Dave Sim 1/3/2019.

And here it is:

Jesse says:
Hi Matt,
Here's everything. I was way too literal to start, including all "uhhs " and "umms" like this was a frickin court transcript or something, but I eventually eased off as it went on. I bolded the names of the speakers, and did underlines initially but gave up when I realized you were probably gonna reformat it all yourself.
Anyway, if you need anything else transcribed, let me know.
Take care,
Jesse Lee Herndon

Please Hold For Dave Sim, 1/3/2019 recorded by Matt Dow. Transcribed by Jesse Lee Herndon, transcript reviewed and corrected by Dave Sim and Matt Dow.

Jesse also transcribed the first two Please Holds, but this one was ready for today, so this picture ISN'T the third one, and therefore isn't as funny. I apologize for nothing!

Matt: Should be good!
Dave: Okay, you're kinda fuzzy on this end, but uhh... as long as it's good on your end, that's all that matters.
Matt: Yeah! I can hear, I can hear fine. Hopefully... you're right by the camera, so hopefully that should work right. Ahem.
Dave: Okay, so umm, Hot Wacks.
Matt: Right.
Dave: I was uhh, looking at the uhh, at the second issue, and uh, I had to-- I had to laugh, because it, uhh... record-- the record hotline section, "Nobody believes this bullshit Department: The following insult was printed in Rock N Roll News, Creem Magazine." Which was the huge rock and roll magazine at the time, March 1980. "Nobody can keep a secret department. Bruce Springsteen scraps his plans for a live album after discovering that most of the tapes intended for the LP were lifted from right under his schnoz and bootlegged. But that's not all! Plus, Bruce was also dismayed slash outraged at having his studio tapes stolen, bootlegged, and blatantly sold at his show. Talk about an inside job." And uhh... (laughs) Kurt comments, uhh, at that point, uhh, "Talk about a snow job! You're such a ‘street kid’, Bruce. How you ever managed to convince people of that and be such an ass at the same time is beyond us. You don't want your tapes getting out, why the fuck do you broadcast them over FM radio?”
Matt: (laughs)
Dave: "JEEEEEESUS", and it's like six E's. Which was definitely Kurt, when Kurt wanted to let you know that he was disgusted, it was "JEEEEEESUS!” Nobody had to steal them, they just taped them off the air. Just to prove the point below are all your live bootlegs we've listed in Hot Wacks and Hot Wacks Quarterly, along with the source." And then, there's like 15 of them. Uhh.. and then he goes, "Obviously, none of the above are stolen tapes. Even if they were, it would be a stupid argument not to put out a live album just because a few fans had in their possession a bootleg. A Bruce live would still sell over a million copies. Does this mean there won't be a studio album by Bruce, either? Ha ha ha. Say goodnight, Bruce." Umm. It-it was... it was very weird because, uhh, I don't think people even understood what it was that Kurt was talking about. He-he- he was, uhh, a collector of all kinds of records. Picture discs, colored vinyl, foreign imports, umm, and all of the other records. Uhh. But with Kurt’s particular fondness for bootlegs. And umm, he did a uhh, discography. The-the-the earliest bootleg, evidently, was a 1969 uhh Bob Dylan concert. So… it was, it was really more like the Overstreet Price Guide without the prices. It was just, “Here’s all this, the bootlegs that exist”, because if uhh somebody said to him “Uhh, you didn’t have this one on the list”, it’s like, “Well, I didn’t know about that one. What one is that?” But umm. Because it was bootleg records, then it um, the belief definitely circulated that umm what he was doing was selling bootleg records. And it’s like… I think he was. Like he-he-he would, he would buy bootleg records uhh and document them, and sell them to record stores or uhh, have them on consignment at record stores. Uh, he definitely had a bunch of them at uhh, Now & Then Books, downstairs where I was working uhh. Which is where I got to know about all of this. Umm. But then it was, he wasn’t putting out, the uh, the discography often enough to include all the new bootlegs coming out. So then he started putting out Hot Wacks Quarterly, which was the magazine. And the magazine seemed to have gotten to a lot more people than the discography ever did. And they went, “My God! This is uhh a 150 million dollar empire built on illegal recordings.” Uhh. And, as far as I know, and he talked about this a lot, there were usually only about 100 or 200 copies of a bootleg at the most, because they weren’t using very good pressing equipment. So, you could only use whatever copy you were pressing X number of times, and then it just became unlistenable. So uhh, he decides… anyway, he decided “okay, I’ll put out this magazine” and uhh asked me if I’d do a logo for it and do a comic strip in it, and I said, “Sure”. Uhh, as far as I remember, I didn’t get paid for it, but I traded him for uhh Rolling Stones’ concert video, of which he had, (laughs) I think… 200, 300 hours, 400 hours of Rolling Stones concert footage? Uhh, so… I remember getting Knebworth, which I think was 1970, which was an illegal recording of the concert with… the whole concert, but most of the time it was from just one fixed position. Wherever the guy’s shooting it from. And umm, the picture quality was like really dark. But then uhh he also traded me at some point, a Rolling Stones 1981 Simulcast, that had been done, I think uhh, one of the last stops on the 81 tour in Virginia. With George Thorogood as the warmup act. And uhh the quality on that was great! Because, obviously, it was authorized and broadcast with backstage footage of, ya know, the guys horsing around with each other and stuff like that. But uhh, by the time I had those two (laughs) I was really starting to wonder about this whole videotape thing. It’s like, “Wow, I own Citizen Kane! I can’t believe it!” Ya know. “I have Citizen Kane on videotape.” And I found out that I wanted to watch Citizen Kane about as often as it came on television.
Matt: (laughs)
Dave: Same thing with the Rolling Stones. Like, I love the Rolling Stones, but uhh if you, if, let’s say that I had Kurt’s collection. I had 300 hours. What are you gonna do, spend every waking minute of your life watching Rolling Stones concert footage?
Matt: Right.
Dave: So, here I am, taking a breath to uhh… I figured we wanted to cover as much of this as possible before we got to any questions that you might have about it. You said that Jeff Tundis mentioned Hot Wacks material?
Matt: Years ago. I think from the Yahoo group. There was, there was a post, it was all eight covers with your work, and what work was in each issue. With scans of like, the letters to the editor, artwork, uhh, the Hard-Boiled Dick stuff. Which I discovered is actually on AMOC back when Tim was in charge there was a post, which had. All four pages, or eight pages, whatever it was.
Dave: There ya go. That’s another one of those, when you have way too much Dave Sim stuff in one place, you're probably not gonna know all the stuff that you got.
Matt: Well, and that’s… I.. I’ll go… and there’s a behind the scenes thing that nobody can see but me or Tim or anybody who’s a contributor. And there’s a list of all the posts and you can type, there’s a search box, and I typed in “Hot Wacks”, and up popped, pops Hard-Boiled Dick, and I’m like, “Oh! Okay we do have it!” We just don’t have a link on the main page to whatever post that was.
Dave: Right, right. Umm. It is odd for me now to have umm… Dave Sim artwork be a draw for Hot Wacks, this is why you would want to own these and this is credited uhh on the eBay auction or whatever it is. Uhh. What happened eventually was, oh again, I wasn’t especially interested in owning too much more Rolling Stones material. He did give me another tape that was all of uhh… their videos to that point. Well, not all of their videos, but pretty much all of the ones they had done. That were on umm the various music video stations that existed. Uhh, but very clean copies, and um when the video was over, it’d freeze on the last image, so it could be uhh.. you could add text and stuff like that to it. So that was, that was kind of cool. That was probably an inside job at Rolling Stones records. I don’t know how much illegal stuff Kurt Glemser did, it always seemed gauche to ask, ya know, “Do you press umm bootleg records yourself?” Umm. One of the problems was, okay, whose problem is this? And that, as far as I could see, came down to a question between umm the artist and uhh the publishing company, and the music company itself, the record label. Who’s going to sue this guy for illegally recording your concert? It’s like, well, that depends on whether the artist actually owns their songs. I mean, uhh, and if they didn’t own their songs, or if they only partly owned their songs, well uhh, does the guy who actually owns the songs want to sue the guy? And it’s like uhh, he’s only pressed like 200 copies, no I’m not gonna spend the money on the lawyer for that.
Matt: Right.
Dave: So, it’s a weird time period because it was just before CDs were about to come out. Early 1980s, and uhh, vinyl was still king. They were experimenting with picture discs and colored vinyl and stuff like that. And like I said, Kurt had a lot of connections all over the world of, “Yeah, I’ll buy your EP of Beatles 1966 on an unauthorized Japanese picture disc, or whatever. Here’s a check. Send me 50 of them, send me 100 of them”, and then would be able to sell them for a good buck around southern Ontario.”
End part one


Matt: Okay.
Dave: So, uhh, I didn’t kn… it was Steve who asked about it, asked about Hot Wacks, and I didn’t know, like, from the way he phrased it he sounded like he thought this was a project of mine.
Matt: No! No, it was… it was… he was on eBay and typed in “Dave Sim Cerebus” and up pops all these copies of Hot Wacks and then he checks Margaret’s list of everything Dave’s done, and she’s got two issues listed. And, apparently, he’s checked the list time and time again and he’s never noticed that Hot Wacks was listed, and he’s like, “Well, what’s going on with this?” And it came out, uhh… it came up when “The Face on the Bar Room Floor”, somebody asked about that of, “Can you post that?”, and I’m like “I don’t have a copy of that but if someone sends it in, yeah, I’ll post it!” So I did. And, it was one of those were like, “Hot Wacks? That sounds vaguely familiar.” So I did a search of my email and all of a sudden this message from Tundis popped of, here’s all the covers, here’s what’s in each issue, ya know. And uhh he prefaced it by saying that he thought Hot Wacks might be the softcore T & A book Deni said that you worked on right as Cerebus started. There was, there was…
Dave: The umm… try that again? What is it, Deni theoretically called it?
Matt: Deni in… it was the Blake Bell interview with “I Have to Live With This Guy”.
Dave: Oh, right, right.
Matt: She said that you had a done a softcore T & A book.
Dave: Uhhhhh…. nooo, I don’t think…
Matt: Well, that was… looking at the covers of Hot Wacks, and looking at the…. cause Tundis also has the ads for the t-shirt with the girls wearing the shirt.
Dave: Right.
Matt: And looking at the ads, looking at the covers, I can see where somebody would look at it and go “this is a softcore t & a book”. Even though it’s not. That’s what it looked like.
Dave: Right, and, the first issue was sort of the most like that, because of the Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics just had this really, really sleazy look about her. So that I think that’s what probably attracted… the RCMP ended up busting Kurt and seizing all of his property and just really didn’t know what they were looking at. They thought Hot Wacks was a catalogue this was, ya know, selling these bootlegs. They couldn’t tell the difference between a bootleg, and a counterfeit, and a pirate copy. Which makes it very difficult to prosecute somebody for that. And ended up after… they seized all of his subscription list and everything else, and ended up having to give them all back and not charge him with anything. But it did cause a kerfuffle. I don’t… do you know how many issues of Hot Wacks there were?
Matt: (sighs) I… I looked on eBay, I think it went up into like the 20s.
Dave: Really?
Matt: It’s… it’s one of those, cause it’s quarterly, so it’s issue 3, but it’s actually the January whatever issue. And it’s, so, they were listed kinda weird. And I was only looking for the first eight just to see what the price range is, because they’re going for 25, 30 bucks a piece. At least, that’s what people are asking for on eBay.
Dave: Right. It’s probably US too.
Matt: But I swear there were some issues, I thought… I thought there was one that was number like 20 something. Because I also think there’s like a book that compiles a bunch of issues, and it’s, the cover is all the covers of the various issues together, and there’s got to be at least… I want to say, it’s five per row, and there’s five or six rows?
Dave: Right.
Matt: So I would assume, that yeah, it probably got up into the 20s. Maybe 30s.
Dave: No I have to say, I don’t know what Deni would be thinking of in terms of a softcore T & A book. I did softcore pornography commission stuff in 1970s before I met Deni, I did the Elf story, would probably qualify as softcore porn.
Matt: (Stammers) I mean, I know it’s the Blake Bell interview, where it’s, ya know, it’s been how many years, ya know… recollections fade and/or get replaced by something else.
Dave: Yeah. Okay! Uhh… Have we covered Hot Wacks?
Matt: I think so, I mean… what Steve was asking for was, “did you have the original art? And what’s the story behind it?” And ya know, you did it to get Rolling Stones, so we know that, and I posted everything that Tundis had the other day, cause I’m like, “Hey, I found it, I’ll put it out, make a post for it, and now Hot Wacks is covered.”
Dave: Yeah, the only two that I’ve got with Hard-Boiled Dick in them, the first one’s actually pretty good, I thought. I was trying to do a good job on it. The second one, not so much, it’s like, “how quickly can I get this done and still have it as semiprofessional enough to fool Kurt with it?”
Matt: (laughs)
Dave: The umm… what was the… there was something else that you just said about what he was asking about-- oh, do I have the artwork?
Matt: Yeah! And the…
Dave: No, that was one of those… if I was just doing it because someone else needed it for their commercial purposes. It was really work made for hire. You don’t do a logo for somebody and then say, “And I’d like to have the original artwork back. I want 50 cents every time you use the logo.” It’s like, uhh, no, he’ll just go and get somebody else to do the logo.
Matt: Right.
Dave: But looking at the logo, it’s like I… didn’t put much more thought into the logo than I did into anything else. It’s more professional than what he had before he got me to do the logo, but that’s about the best that could be said for it.
Matt: What uhh, I believe the way Tundis phrased it was, “stereotypical Studiographics logo”.
Dave: Yeah, yeah. Which really went with the content. Like he was really just taking photos and slapping them on the page. He definitely didn’t have a proofreader for the text. And he was nobody’s idea of a rock and roll journalist. Really about the only thing that would get you flipping through it is the pictures of the girls. The descriptions of the albums and the whatnot are very, very dry. Bootleg albums would tend to have more interesting, more rarer photos of the band. Just, wherever you could find a shot of the Rolling Stones that everybody hasn’t already seen a million times, that’s the one that you want to put on the front of your bootleg album.
Matt: ‘kay. I know that they were doing a DVD of Led Zeppelin, it was all their concert footage that the band still has, or that Jimmy Page still has. And he went to the storage place, and he’s like, “I’m here to get my footage.” And the guy that runs the place is a fan of Led Zeppelin, and he’s like, “Yeahhh, this is gonna take a while.” Because it turns out that instead of having a box of Led Zeppelin, there’s a box over here, and a box over there, and way in the back, and stuff that Jimmy didn’t even have records that existed was in there. And also, like when Jimmy was in his full on heroin mode, people would come to his house for a party and leave with masters to the albums.
Dave: Right! Right. There ya go, there’s the rock and roll lifestyle.
Matt: Yeah, no, I don’t think that’s the lifestyle for me, Dave. I’m okay with what I’ve got. (laughs)
End part 2


Dave: Okay, ummm…. on the uhh, the umm, Ethan Van Sciver, thing. Did you post what I had faxed you?
Matt: Yep. Well, I haven’t posted it yet, but I’m putting it on AMOC tomorrow along with the Weekly Update.
Dave: Okay.
Matt: And the fact that the first two trades are now on Comixology.
Dave: The…
Matt: The… Cerebus and High Society I guess are now available on Comixology and I think there’s a special where they’re 10 bucks.
Dave: Okay.
Matt: I got an email about that and Ben Hobbs said, “Are you gonna say something about this, or do you want me to?” And I’m like, “I’ll just put it on after the weekly update. And run that full on.”
Dave: Right. I got a… another one of my great Comixology royalty checks for I think $151 or something like that? And it’s uhh.. they were saying they’re phasing out written checks, so send them my banking information so that they can deposit it directly into the account. And it’s like, well, I’m not going to do that, because the next step in that chess game would be “by allowing us to deposit this money into your account, you’re acknowledging that we own this stuff”.
Matt: Well, and… if they wanna pay you digitally, you have a Paypal account, they could just pay you through the Paypal account.
Dave: Yeah.
Matt: Which would be the next step of, “well, the only way we’re gonna pay you is if it’s digital”, well, okay, here’s my Paypal.
Dave: Yeah.
Matt: I mean, I understand, they don’t want to send… I mean, everybody’s getting rid of checks. I’m actually amazed when I walk to a place and say, ya know, we still accept checks but ya know it’s only for the amount plus 10 bucks. Ya know, most places, I didn’t even know people still had checkbooks at this point.
Dave: They do.
Matt: Cause almost everybody it’s, “well, here’s my debit card. Here’s my debit card.”
Dave: Yeah, I uhh I’m not sure how secure that is. And if that turns out not to be secure, you don’t get to take that one back.
Matt: Well, they’re getting better. I know because, I was working retail at Walmart when America started going to the chip and pin system, where the debit card has the microchip in it. And I had just gotten my new credit card that had it, and there was a letter, or a pamphlet explaining why they’re going to this. And of course, I’m working retail and everybody told me, “yeah, this is all bullcrap”, and I’m like, “well no, the reason they do it is, with the microchip, every transaction is a single transaction that generates a one-time code. So if somebody swipes the code and tries to use it, the bank says, “No it was a one-time code, this isn’t that one time.” So it’s more se-- Europe has apparently has had it for like 10 years.
Dave: Right.
Matt: And it’s one of those, I just know about it because I was working retail and every single day it was one of the five things I heard. And I’m just like, “No one wants to steal your pension check, lady. Or they do, but they don’t want to get it that way.”
Dave: Right. Uhh, well, ya know, different people have different levels of confidence in computers.
Matt: Well, I mean, I’m confident but I’m not that confident.
Dave: (laughs) Yeah, there is a sense of we’re only one headline away from whatever it’s gonna be.
Matt: Yeah.
Dave: Okay, the uhh… when you said in your fax about the Judith thing that’s one of the problems that I’ve got with the internet. It’s like, Judith is a person. She’s going to be celebrating her 49th birthday on Monday [actually Tuesday -Matt] wherever she is, and whatever it is she’s doing. This is one of the reasons that the limited contact I have with the internet is all sort of one-way stuff. This is as close as I come to two-way.
Matt: And-and-and… Somebody…, Lee Thacker, sent me a link to a Youtube video from a guy who calls himself ThatUmbrellaGuy. The video is titled “The Truth About Dave Sim”. It’s about 11 minutes long. And in it they have a screen capture of the comment from… that you made on A Moment of Cerebus, with her name redacted so that you can’t see what her name is, and in this video this guy goes on about, “Ya know, this is what happened”, and he’s apparently got a letter that you sent someone named Edwin Boyette?
Dave: Uhh, yeah, that was the guy in Hawaii. I sent that to you.
Matt: Okay. I’ll have to double check to make sure I got that.
Dave: Okay, this was how it started, was I got this fax from somebody in Hawaii, basically just saying, Social Justice Warriors are beating Ethan Van Sciver over the head with Judith Bradford. And uhh… it’s like, his question was something along the lines of, has she commented about this as an adult? And it’s like, it’s very possible that she has. I’m not on the internet, and I’m intentionally not on the internet because I’m not interested in those kind of of dumpster fire, he said/she said stuff.
Matt: Or, the best way to put it, as you said in the annotations for “Latter Days”, about Woody Allen, “The nanny wrote a book:”
Dave: …The what?
Matt: When you were looking up Woody Allen for Latter Days, ya know, the whole situation with him, it was, at one point there was the book by the nanny and that’s when you went, “okay, this is more than I need to know.”
Dave: Right, right. It’s one of those I try to understand all viewpoints on all sides, and I do understand that for Social Justice Warriors it’s essentially the fact that they want to make sure that Adolph Hitler doesn’t happen again. And I think unfortunately we’re getting to the point where the cutting-edge of the Social Justice Warrior, everyone who isn’t Hilary Clinton is Adolph Hitler. Except for the more extreme form of that, where everyone who isn’t Bernie Sanders is Adolph Hitler, including Hilary Clinton.
Matt: (laughs)
Dave: And it’s like… there’s very little discussion that you can have about things like that. I did get a phone call… a phone message, from Marsha Cooke, Darwyn Cooke’s widow, which was very ya know nice and light and breezy kind of thing, just phoning to check in to see how you’re doing. And it’s like (laugh) well I kind of figured that’s that’s not what this is about, I think I know what this is about, but I, ya know, I will phone and talk to you. And, like, uhh, she was basically phoning to warn me about Ethan Van Sciver, and it was… it very quickly got into those TMI kind of areas, like uhh… she said “friends of Ethan have said that Darwyn committed suicide to get away from me.” And it’s like, uhh, I’m not really enough of an intimate of yours to even ask you, “Did Darwyn commit suicide?” I mean, my impression was he died of cancer, but that’s definitely in the too-much…
End part 3

Dave: …about, umm… She was at a convention where… or someone she knew was at a convention, where Ethan Van Sciver had a raffled off a handgun of some kind and uhh, like I said, “Well, okay, I don’t know anything about that. But that certainly seems to me an odd thing to do but I’m just saying it’s odd to me.” And she goes, “Well, I thought you were opposed to violence.” And it’s like, uhh, I don’t really see that as violent. Particularly, when you’re talking about the United States., you’re talking about a Second Amendment issue. And there’s a lot of different perspectives on the Second Amendment. I have no [phone beeps. “Thanks Dad! -Matt, what Dave said was:] interest in guns, personally. I have no interests in shooting a gun. As I said to her, I haven’t shot a gun since [phone beeps. Thanks so much Dad, really… -Matt] grade 9, when it was part of gym class and mandatory. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t think that people shouldn’t own guns. But it’s like she said, “But you’re a Canadian.” (laughs) And it’s like, I don’t know how to answer that. I try to keep a much broader view of issues like this, where I try to understand what the rules are with Open Carry, and I try to understand what the rules are for having a licensed firearm in the different states, what the different rules are. I can’t… if the police have guns, and the criminals have guns, uhh (laughs) the odds seem to me pretty good of getting shot somewhere.
Matt: Yeah.
Dave: So, the fact that a bunch of other people have guns who aren’t policemen, and aren’t criminals, that seem to me more of a rounding error, than a “this is it, our civilization is collapsing.” I got the impression talking to her that it’s like, “no, you’re establishing for me that you are Adolph Hitler”.
Matt: My Uncle is a flaming liberal, I mean, he lives in Vermont, he… he’s a weird guy. He’s a hermit who works in social work.
Dave: (laughs) I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to laugh.
Matt: Oh, no, no! We laugh at him too. He laughs with us. He owns a house on the top of a mountain, the only way to get up there is on foot, there’s no path. He had forty different paths cause he was getting kinda paranoid about people following him. He realized one day he’s becoming too much of a hermit and got a job as a social worker. This way, he interacts with the public during the day, and he goes home at night. And he was visiting, and we were talking about guns, and he’s fairly anti-gun, but he did admit he owns a gun he bought in 1956. He has no idea if it still works. He’s not even sure where it is in his house, but he does know he does has… ya know, he does own a gun. And I’m going, ”Oh, I didn’t…” but then again, back in the 50s when he was a teenager, buying a gun wasn’t that big a deal. Because there weren’t that many guns, and you lived in Wisconsin where, you know, you might have to shoot a deer if it’s in the backyard and can’t get out.
Dave: Yes. Yes. I mean, there’s a lot of different aspects to the story where I… I try not to infringe on other people’s rights, and I’m not really crazy about people infringing on my rights, but I have become progressively more aware [Dave corrected this to be “wary of”, but Jesse heard aware, and I heard aware. So, I think he DID say aware. -Matt] that going out in public and actually talking to people about everything that they want to talk about. Most of the time they just get really, really offended. So, it seems the most sensible thing to just say, “Well, okay, this is the Off-White House. Inside the Off-White House I don’t get offended by things.” I can’t remember or cite an instance where I looked at that and went, “That to me is offensive.” It’ll be something that I disagree with, or something that I go, “I don’t think that’s the best approach to that.” But I usually take it as a given that whatever a person has formed an opinion about, they formed an opinion about it based on their own evidence and their own experience. And all we can do is talk about, “Oh you think that way? I think this way. You wanna keep jumping around from subject to subject until we find something we agree on, or is this really really bothering you?” And most of the time I get the impression, particularly being in a hyper liberal environment like downtown Kitchener, is unless you have all the right opinions on all the right subjects, you’re really really bothering these people by holding a different opinion. They’re not interested in finding different viewpoints and different rationales why I think this is a good idea, why I think that is a bad idea. I don’t think there’s a lot of common ground anymore. I think we’ve really reached the parting of the red sea, it’s like one red state pile of water is over this side and the blue state is over on the other side, and never the twain shall meet.
Matt: My brother just shared on Facebook the other day a post that somebody made of, “Social media has made too many of you comfortable with disrespecting people and not getting punched in the mouth for it.” And that’s… I find a lot of the civil discourse, or uncivil discourse, as we’re getting into, boils down to the concept of, “Ya know, would you say that to your Grandmother, like to her face? Would you walk up to your Grandma and say what you’re gonna post online? Well then maybe you shouldn’t be posting that online.”
Dave: Yeah, I think there’s also a quality too that it’s much easier to join a virtual mob than to join an actual mob. The number of people who would not join up with the folks waving pitchforks and torches and going to commit mayhem somewhere, have no problem doing it online. Here, “this person is Adolph Hitler, everybody pile on.” I was thinking that about Ethan, I’m wondering if the situation with him is because he is hooked in to all of these social media, there does seem to come this surfacing point in whatever it is that is being hashed over, and all of a sudden… something needs to be said. I’ll cite the example of I had never heard of Comicsgate and I have never heard of Ethan, until Benjamin Hobbs said this thing is going on over here. Ya know, all of these Social Justice Warriors are trying to destroy this guy and he just raised $500,000 for the comic book that he’s doing. And at the exact point that I heard that and went, “Well, okay, I will…” Benjamin’s saying, “Do you think this is somebody that you want to contact?” And it’s like, “Oh okay, I’ll go and type in Comicsgate down at the City Hall and see what’s comes up.” And it was the Darwyn Cooke/Marsha Cooke situation. And it’s like… do you see what I’m saying? It’s like it surfaces all of these different spots over here, where before that it had just been festering in its own little pocket. And the people who are logged into this, on pretty close to a 24/7 basis, when they surface, they do surface. It’s like this guy in Hawaii was sort of the Bill Willingham this time. It’s like, the last time, I didn’t hear from anyone until Bill Willingham phoned and said, “Are you aware of how badly you’re getting ripped to shreds on the internet?” And It’s like, (laughs) “Uhh, no, but I can tell from your tone of voice that it’s probably pretty bad, but I’m not on the internet.” At least this guy in Hawaii, I don’t know what his connection is to Ethan, but he did realize, “No, you’re trying this guy in absentia, and this is going way way over the top and nobody has even told him that he’s being talked about on the internet.” Because there’s… there’s… “Well you have to be on the internet, you have to follow what people are saying about you on Twitter, you have to react to it.” And it’s like, no, that was my first reaction to the internet was when I found out what was happening to me on the internet in 1995, and I went, “That’s just sick. I understand everybody is getting in on this, but to me that’s, ya know, personal opinion, that’s just sick and I don’t think that can lead anywhere good.”
Matt: Well that was, somebody sent me a link to the Twitter where this first started to blow up, of, there’s this person who is anti-Comicsgate, and Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool just did the Top 100 Power Players in the Comic Book Industry and this person is #68 and Ethan is #74 in the ranking type thing. And, I, against my better wishes, signed into my Twitter for the first time in like 4 or 5 years, and sent a message saying, “I’m Matt Dow from A Moment of Cerebus. The screen grab you have is from this post (with a link to the post where it’s from) and there’s more information on that post.” Basically, ya know, trying to correct, ya know, “Ethan’s working with Dave and Dave’s a pedophile.” Well no, Dave’s not a pedophile, and technically they’re not working together. They’re talking about working together. It’s not like there’s contracts signed and all of a sudden you’re out of a job. It’s a “Hey, we’re gonna work together or we’re not gonna work together.” And ya know, trying to correct things a little bit. And I started reading comments on Twitter and… Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I define insanity as reading the comments on Twitter.
Dave: (laughs) Yeah, I don’t think anybody actually reads them, but I think they know when there’s 180 of them that just popped up in the last few days or whatever. It’s like, “Oh pile on! Pile on. Join the mob. Destroy this person.”
Matt: One of the comments was “Well Cerebus sucked ever since the end of Church & State.” And I’m thinking, that’s just over a third of the book, you’re saying Dave spun his wheels for 200 issues, just to get the payday? I mean… I understand, people read the book, they got to a point where it’s like “This is no longer for me” and they walked away. That’s fine. But then to say, “Well, ya know, the book never got any better.” Well, how do you know, you didn’t read it!
Dave: (laughs)
Matt: Ya know, issue 285 could have been the greatest comic book in the history of comic books, but you wouldn’t know, you stopped at issue 111!
Dave: Right, right.
Matt: Ya know, I… I try not to judge something unless I’ve tried or looked at it. I mean, ya know, there’ve been times when somebody’s like, “Oh you should see this movie” and I’m like, “Ehh, it’s just not for me. It doesn’t appeal to me.” “Well, why won’t you watch it?” “Cause I just don’t care about the subject matter. Ya know. It’s a movie about high school football. I don’t care about high school football.”

End part 4


Dave: One of the things that Marsha Cooke said… I mean, she threw me off a couple of times, one of them was when she told me that Gail Simone has a Cerebus tattoo. And it’s like… if I had to pick somebody that I thought of as the most antagonistic figure towards me in the comic book field it’d be Gail Simone. And she has a Cerebus tattoo? I don’t know if it’s true, but… either way. Either it’s true, or it’s a uhh…. this is a very odd thing for Marsha to tell me. And Marsha was a huge Glamourpuss fan, and to say, uhh, yeah, uhh. Her criticism was that I was giving Comicsgate and Ethan credibility that they didn’t have otherwise. (laughs) And it’s like, credibility? I’m not a feminist! I have zero credibility. Anywhere! Anywhere in the comic book field. I mean, part of me wants to go, “Look, if you want to be fair about this. Let’s say that Gail Simone is a fan of my work. Let’s say that there are women professionals in the comic book field who are fans of my work.” I tried to get Ethan to say “Best deal in comics, $99 for all 6000 pages of Cerebus at CerebusDownloads.com.” It’s like, “Ethan, I think if you tell your people who admire you and want to support you, that you think… you don’t even have to say anything about Cerebus’ quality. You just have to say, ‘it’s $99 for 6000 pages,16 volumes’. And it’s $99 Canadian! I mean, right now, that’s like $65 US”. So, my thing to the occasional people who want to come get in my face about Ethan or whatever else they want to get in my face about, and want to present themselves as open-minded liberals, and people who admire my work and don’t admire all of my work but do think that, ya know, this, this, and this trade paperback are excellent… uhh, ya know, if you’ve got… if you are, as the guy in Hawaii called it, an “influencer”. Which, I think we know what we’re talking about when we talk about an “influencer” in this day and age. If you’ve got a long enough string of followers who a large percentage of them will do what you’ll tell them to do, and you’ve got that kind of credibility, and you believe that there’s any quality in any of the Cerebus trade paperbacks… Well, I’m certainly not going to get any help from Ethan. But at least I had the hope of help from Ethan. I have had no help from anyone in the comic book field, in exactly that area, in exactly the sense of, look… if you don’t mind reading comics on your digital device, you really can’t do better than 6000 pages of Cerebus. Just pick a trade paperback, dive in, and read 10 pages. If you don’t get something interesting, or a laugh, or a thought -provoking idea out of those 10 pages, pick another 10 pages. Or go back four volumes and pick 10 pages there. At some point you’re gonna go, “Okay, I have to find out what this whole thing is about.” And then I think you’ll probably end up reading 6000 pages. But I think it’s disrespectful of someone who devoted 26 years of his life to doing this. Not only is this disrespectful to me, but disrespectful of Gerhard, who did jump over to the other team, who went, “Okay, I’m sufficiently intimidated. I’m over here with the feminists, I’m not with Dave Sim anymore.” He still gets 25% of the digital downloads of the 6000 pages. Most months, that amounts to about $300 total? $200 total? If you’re talking about “why can’t we find common ground?” or “why can’t we do something positive here?”, it’s like, well.. okay. If you want to do something positive for Dave Sim, that would be great, but for 25 years, I haven’t seen that.
Matt: Well that’s… I mean, the… stereotypical of “Dave went crazy at” whatever point, and “the book’s unreadable afterwards.” It’s like… Gerhard’s not unlookable. I mean, there’s some beautiful pages in phonebooks… in, ya know the last four or five phonebooks. This is fine art with an itty bitty gray circ…. grey aardvark in it. Don’t read the words, look at the pretty pictures.
Dave: Yeah. I mean, you’re taking exactly my point, which is for $65 US, for 6000 pages, how much do you have to get out of this? Before it’s like… Okay, uhh… “full value for my money,” if you don’t think so, you let me know, and I’ll give you a refund. It it uhh… I think… I would like to think that people were more open minded than that, but I don’t think people are more open minded than that. It’s like, I’ve been celibate for 21 years, I pray, fast, read scripture aloud, eat, sleep, and work [Dave adds in his corrections, “And that’s ALL I do.” -Matt]. No matter how much money you give me, I don’t think I’m gonna turn into Adolph Hitler.
Matt: (laughs) And I don’t think that a lot of us would be following you in the streets as you’re marching with your torch saying, “C’mon, we gotta get ‘em.” I think most of us would be like, “Uhh, Dave, you’ve gone a little bit too far, you might wanna dial it back.”
Dave: (laughs) Every once in a while, I mean, the latest thing was Paul Powers coming over to visit, and uhh… wanted to pray together. Like, he was gonna take photos, and I said, “well, okay, I’ll give you the same access I gave to Waterloo Films. You can photograph me doing my ritual ablutions, and putting on my prayer clothes, and doing my prayer. If you want to pray together, ya know, here’s the prayer, it’s from inside the back cover of Cerebus #300. Here’s a printed out copy, anything you don’t want to say, read through it first, and just don’t say that.” He ended up doing all of my prayer times with me, doing all of the ritual ablutions and is now back in England still doing that. And uhh… (laughs) I said to him, like, um, in the middle of like the second day, “If you want to skip one of these, and just take pictures”, and he’s like, “No, I don’t want to skip one of these.”
Matt: (laughs)
Dave: And it’s like, uhh, well, okay! (laughs) It’s no way to make friends. I’ll tell you that much. It’s… the joke I always make now is, “Jews hate me because I won’t let go of Christianity and Islam. Christians hate me because I won’t let go of Judaism and Islam. Muslims hate me because I won’t let go of Judaism and Christianity. And everybody else hates me because I believe in God.”
Matt: (laughs) That’s… I’ve been doing the Genesis Question posts, and I have the document. I take eight days worth of commentary and I put it up every Sunday. And a couple of months ago, I’m like, ya know, I gotta rush home to do this. I should just… I have the document, it’s not like I’m waiting for them to come in. I can just do it ahead. So I did it, and each post I put one page from the 289/290 double issue at the top of the post. Okay, ya know, it’s Sunday, here’s a page from the Last Day, here’s the Genesis Question commentary. And I did it ahead up till, I think, February 2nd. And then I’m out. I have no more Last Day pages from 289/290 to use. And I’m like… And I said, on the blog, I’ve done these posts up to February 2nd, and everybody’s like, “Oh we’ll just wait til then and then we’ll read all of them together.” And I’m like, “No no no, that’s when the picture ends. I still have more commentary, I have to figure out what image to put with it.” And nobody’s got that. Nobody has put two and two together and I’ve said it like three or four times, like there’s a lot more. Like, uhh, Jeff Seiler’s waiting, he’s gonna read all of it at once, and I’m like, “There’s still half the document that I haven’t posted yet.”
Dave: (laughs)
Matt: You guys are waiting for the book, and it’s gonna be like another year! And I’m debating if I want to just do like random pictures from Rick’s Story and Latter Days, or if I want to do the rest of the Last Day, or what. Cause, it’s, ya know, one of those, I don’t want to use the same image, because I don’t want people thinking, “Oh this is the same post I already read.”
Dave: Nobody promised you a rose garden when you took this over!
Matt: As I keep telling everybody, this is the worst gig in the world. Like, yesterday on Facebook I complained to somebody that, “Yeah, tomorrow I gotta talk to Dave and I’m only bitching cause I don’t want to finish downloading the 39 images he sent me.”
Dave: (laughs)
Matt: With the hashtag, #poorlittlerichboy.
Dave: There you go.
Matt: Ya know, I mean it’s.. yeah… you gotta make..
Dave: Depending on the person in comics, that would be their living hell. If you’re not good in your lifetime, when you go to Hell, you’ll have to run a Hell’s version of A Moment of Cerebus.
Matt: (laughs) Well, I mean, ya know, it’s one of those… yeah, there are some days where I’m like, “I just don’t want to post today.” And then that’s when I go into the phon… I have the digital copies of the phonebooks, I go into a phonebook to a page I cut out a panel in my little Photoshoppy knockoff program, and I post it with “There! I momented. There’s Cerebus.” And I walk away. Cause there’s no rule saying that it has to be a substantial post that everybody cares so much about. Ehh, it can be Tuesday.
Dave: No, I don’t think you’re ever gonna hear from Tim, going, “Oh please, lemme have it back.”
Matt: (laughs) The joke that I’ve made and I’m stickin’ to it is, it was like the scene in The Money Pit when Tom Hanks and Shelley Long buy the mansion from the old lady and she climbs into her vintage convertible and peels out at 100 miles an hour.
Dave: (laughs)
Matt: The actual quote I put on the blog the first time it happened was, “I told Tim I had all these ideas. He said, ‘yeah, yeah, that’s great’. Climbed into his 1956 Corvette and peeled out at 100 miles an hour.”
Dave: That’s him. Laughing all the way! “I’m free! I’m free!”
Matt: I mean, it’s one of those… I’m pretty sure he got my email saying, “Hey, if nobody else wants to do it, I’ll do it.” His response was “Sucker! Here’s the keys, I’m gone.”
Dave: There you go. Okay, I’ve got uhh my last prayer time coming up, and then I get to eat.
Matt: Okay.
Dave: I was going to suggest while this is going on with the situation with Judith Bradford being used as a cudgel, if you go, uhh, “I think we should probably talk about this” and you want to fax over something that you think should be talked about, we will make this a Defcon 2 situation. Which means we do this as many times as we have to, and then as soon as possible we get back to just the first Thursday of the month.
Matt: Okay. I just checked my email, I don’t have the fax you sent to the guy in Hawaii. So, if you want to re-fax that to me, I can put it up, as “This is from Dave, this is the situation, this is what happened back in the 1980s.” That’s the part that annoys me is everyone makes it sound like you did this last year. Ya know, “60 year old Dave is chasing after a young girl”, well no, this is when you were 27.
Dave: Yeah, I mean, I don’t want to minimize it, but there’s a comic art metaphysics aspect to it as well. Judith’s birthday is January 8th, and she was born January 8th, 1970. Elvis Presley was born January 8th, 1935, so he turned 35 the day Judith was born. And uhh this is my Elvis Presley albatross around my neck, which is completely of my own doing. It’s like, Elvis did it with Priscilla, but uhh, ya know, Jerry Lee Lewis did it with his cousin, but there were two completely different reactions to it.
Matt: Well, and that’s… ya know, it’s one of those… I was thinking about it all day at work, of uhh, ya know, yeah it’s real skeevy but at the same time it’s not like Dave’s going, “Oh it didn’t happen”. Or it’s not like she’s coming forward and saying it happened and you’re saying, “Oh no, it didn’t.” You’re up front, “A-yup. I did something skeevy. I shouldn’t have done it. It was wrong.” At a certain point, it’s not end of story, but ya know, at the end of your life when you go in front of the throne and they say, “Hey, Dave, what about Judith?” You’re gonna be like, “Hey, no that was me, I screwed up.”
Dave: I always do try to divide it between when I started reading the Bible in 1996, and the time period before that. The fact that I’ve sort of gone much further than society does now, and my attitude is, if you’re fornicating or committing adultery, both of those I’m convinced cannot structurally lead anywhere good. The only thing that can lead anywhere good is monogamous, completely 100% monogamous marriage. And… (laughs)I’m not… and I’m not gonna make a lot of friends in my society with that one either, because there’s a lot of fornicators and adulterers who would take that personally.
Matt: And that’s… yeah, uhh… it’s one of those… this video, where they’re quoting from the facts, but ya know, the guy doing the video is like, “Well, then Dave quotes the Bible, so you know it’s from Dave Sim.” And I’m like, A) in this video you’re not showing this message from Dave. B) You’re not actually… it’s not a “this is what Dave said, word for word, ya know, everything Dave had to say.” You’re picking and choosing, trying to make the point you want to make. Which is what a lot of this online stuff, ya know… somebody finds the original quote of… Margaret posted a sketch of Judith you did. You commented on it, saying this is what was goin’ on. And then further commented on it, but someone found the first little quote, clipped it, put it online of “Dave’s skeevy.” And used it as the cudgel of, “Well, Ethan, why are you working with Dave if Dave is so skeevy?” Well, you know… and now it’s… ya know, the brouhaha. And tomorrow, you and I are stuck with “Hey, it’s the brouhaha”, meanwhile they’re moved on to the next point of their ongoing war of “this is why you suck” to Ethan or to whoever.
Dave: Well, I would hope that people could understand that because I’m not on the internet, I got the fax from the guy in Hawaii, and stopped what I was working on on The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, and put in an hour on my best summing up of the situation with Judith, and then went back to work. Got the phone message from you, got the fax from you, got a fax from Eddie Khanna, that’s the end of it. I haven’t heard from anybody else. I always think…
End part 5


Dave: …flashing, and I click on it, and it’s gonna say, “you have 48 unheard messages.”
Matt: (laughs)
Dave: And ya know, the first two are gonna be MSNBC and CNN, but that’s becoming less and less likely as we go along. It’s just way too wide an environment for that to be uhh… you can only cry wolf so many times in so many directions on so many levels in so many multiplicities and contexts, before people go, “uhh, we’ve heard you do this before. I understand you want us to get worked up, but we’re not getting worked up about it.”
Matt: That would be… that would be a nice world if everybody just said, “okay let’s wait two days and see if this is still the end of the world.”
Dave: Right. Okay, I’ve really gotta run!
Matt: Okay! I will uhh talk to you next time I need to. I will let you know by fax if we need to talk. Otherwise, I will shoot for the first Thursday in February.
Dave: Okay, say hi to Paula, and Janice, and Bullwinkle for me.
Matt: Will do! Bye.
Dave: Buh-bye.

Thanks again Jesse!

Next Time: Hobbs and such...


Steve said...

My thanks too go out to Jesse for the transcription, and to Matt and Dave for the time, information, and all that fanboy stuff.


Jeff said...

Thank you, Matt, Dave, and Jesse. I can't wait for the next transcript. Now! Now!!!

(I should consider recording my phone calls from Dave...but, I think our conversations are much drier...Matt is one of the most naturally funny persons with whom I have ever had the privilege of doin...er...spending time.)

Seth Manhammer said...

Really glad I didn't throw my hat in the ring the day Tim started looking for a new shop keep, especially now and hearing what Matt goes through.

Though, I do appreciate the time taken by all parties involved to provide us with the AMOC content on a day to day basis, especially to provide a transcript for these calls. I couldn't hear the videos that well.

Anonymous said...

As someone who has transcribed hundreds of hours of audio. Try leaving out all of the Umm's and uh's etc. it makes reading it a lot easier and doesn't make you want to rip your eyeballs out.

Gail Simone said...

Just for the record.

I really have been very clear about this stuff. I was not just a fan of Cerebus, I think I was one of the very hardcore fans. I am a little surprised Dave is acting surprised by this, I have told him directly more than once and he has also used gushing things I have said about Cerebus in this very blog.

Dave knows I disagree about a lot of his philosophy, I think it's hooey, but I have expressed that to him as well.

As for being antagonistic, again, this feels very strange to me as I certainly don't think about this stuff very much at all. I'm sorry, but it's been a couple decades of this and my interest has simply faded.

The one constant in my experiences with Dave is that he insists on re-defining reality to meet his worldview. He's told me so many times what I am thinking and with such a low accuracy rating that it's more odd than upsetting.

Dave, you created a work of towering genius that meant the world to me when I was a kid, later, you developed beliefs I disagreed with. At the SAME TIME, I began to find Cerebus less rewarding to read. None of this is a conspiracy. It just is what it is, people fall away from art, it's not some gender-conspiracy.

Finally, I don't have a Cerebus tattoo, I don't have any tattoos. But I did buy whatever Cerebus merch I could find when I was a broke college student, including a Diamondback deck and an art portfolio. It was at a time where I could barely afford to live, so they were definitely huge luxury items. I was most definitely a sincere fan.

I'm easy to find, any of this stuff can always be verified as needed with a simple question from you or one of your friends here.

I wish you happiness, but it's frustrating to keep having to repeat this stuff. I am certainly not antagonistic towards you or about you. To be as brutally frank as I can be, I feel like this is a settled issue for me over a decade ago. You're a creator whose work I loved, that I disagree with philisophically, big deal.

Thanks and best wishes,


Seth Manhammer said...

Hey cool! Gail Simone! I think you're pretty cool!

Legit, I love your DC work around the time of Infinite Crisis. Villians United, Secret Six, and the Teen Titans stuff with Rob Liefeld! Those were a lot of fun!

Gail Simone said...

Thank you, Seth, that is very kind. :)

JLH said...

Noted, Anonymous. I do get better as I go along, as you'll see in the remaining transcriptions of the earlier PHfDS entries. I didn't know how literal a record was wanted.

Mouse Skull Entertainment said...

Hi, Everybody!..in the comments section,

Steve: You're welcome? I guess.

Jeff: You're welcome too. Uh...yeah. If you wanna record them I'm sure SOMEBODY would wanna listen.

Seth: Nuh-uh buddy you get back here! Okay the password for the gmail is...hey come back! You're taking this blog, and you're taking it RIGHT NOW!!!

Anonymous: Yeah, I started to take them out, but I was listening to the audio at the same time, and just decided Jesse did all this hard work, and it didn't "read along" right without them. By "Please Hold" #88, we'll have this down.

Hi Gail! (Sorry to be so informal, but I'm not sure which Formal nomenclature you'd prefer: Ms./ Miss/ Mz./ Mrs./ Her Most Divine Grace, Protectoress of the Realm, Defender of the Faithful, and Destroyer of the Wicked/ Etc.) Couple of things: 1, As it says at the top of the Blog, I'm not Dave Sim. And neither was Tim W. (who ran the joint up until November 14th of 2017,). So, any gushing things you said that have been run on the Blog were there because of Tim (I don't THINK I've run anything you've said, but it's been a long year...). While, Dave has stopped by occasionally and commented on things, I don't think he has since I took over, I don't know if he's seen those posts. Dave's involvement with AMOC is pretty one-way. 2, I'll send this up to Dave, and see what he's got to say. Thanks for stopping by! (I assume that somebody on the Twitters let you know about this post, so if Dave has a response, I'll post something here to let you know.)

Seth again: Yeah, I've liked all of Gail's stuff I've read over the years as well.

Gail again: Again, thanks for stopping by.

Matt Dow
Interim Editor
A Moment of Cerebus

Anonymous said...

"The one constant in my experiences with Dave is that he insists on re-defining reality to meet his worldview."

LOL! That pretty much sums it up!

Gail Simone said...

Thank you for the clarification and kind words, Matt.

It is, in that case, entirely possible Dave was not aware of my positive comments posted here. Still, I did tell him when he was doing that ‘tour,’ what a fan I had been. Still, there’s no reason why he should necessarily remember my comments regarding my long-time love of Cerebus after all these years.

Eh, I say file the whole thing undermisunderstand, except I have no idea where that tattoo thing came from, I spoke with Marsha about it, she seemed unsure as well.

But there was definitely a time I would have punched an orphan to get one of those stuffed Cerebus plushies.

A MEAN orphan, anyway.

Thanks for the hospitality, and have a great night.

Gail simone said...

And yikes, my apologies for the typos, was writing in haste.

Seth Manhammer said...

Gail Simone, if you would like, you may spread the rumor around the Internet that Matt has a tattoo of your choosing.

For no other reason than *I* would find it amusing.

Eddie said...

Hi Gail

It would probably be very helpful and supportive if you could tweet a link and recommendation to your followers about the CerebusDownloads website at www.cerebusdownloads.com, where people can purchase digital copies of all the trades (or whichever ones you feel are the best ones).


Glen said...

Gail does a much better job of articulating my feelings of being a Cerebus fan in her post.
As a teenager I loved Cerebuss because it was unlike any comic being done at the time. I was bored with super hero comics & Cerebus was a breath of fresh air. The art, stories, lettering, covers, Notes to the President, and the comment section were always interesting. Every month (it was always on time, thanks, Dave) I looked forward to a new issue (and the smell). But the book became unreadable in the 2nd half & I fell off as a fan. It wasn't Dave's belief system that caused it although it is Coocoo for Cocoa Puffs. Comparing giving women the right to vote is the equivalent of allowing cats to vote is a reality I'm not familiar with.
The art remained staggeringly beautiful as the book went on & even the letters page & editorials were fascinating. I just didn't connect with it anymore. It was too dense & incomprehensible.
Aa a middle aged man I've collected the phone books, cover treasury book, supported most of the Archive Portfolios, and even the last birthday card Kickstarter.
I don't have an answer to this so I hope someone who keeps track of this stuff might. Has Dave ever acknowledged that their might be fans who disagree with him philosophically but can still be supporters of his art? I just said I was.

Or are we all part of the Marxist Feminist conspiracy?

Jeff said...

Glen ... as a fan ... supporter ...customer ... of Mr. Sim, I can unequivocally say that I have ... um, maybe not philosophically ... but definitely wholeheartedly disagreed with some, not many, of Sim's opinions over the years.

He, seemingly, delights (or, at least, gets some laughs and giggles) out of being a thorn in the side of not only his detractors, but his supporters, as well. I know this, well, from extended experience.

As to your question, Glen, I would say, "Yes!". I have (hi!, Damian!) disagreed with Dave many times, but still appreciate the achievement. But, NO, we are NOT all part of "the Marxist/Feminist Conspiracy". Some of us, Gail included, have brains.

As an aside, Glen, I don't think that "the book" ("Cerebus") became "unreadable in the second half" (as you wrote). "Guys" is, in my opinion, the funniest book in the series (arguably, funnier than "High Society", although the latter was funnier for more months). "Latter Daies" is the most poignant. And, "The Last Day", as I remarked at the time to Dave, is remarkably reminiscent of Moses' (from, you know, the Torah and the Bible and [perhaps, {dunno, haven't read it} the Koran]) last day, before he was transfigured.

Despite what several regulars here (Hi!, Damian!) think of me, I am and have been a regular critic of Sim. That my criticism has been more positive than negative, over the years, is a testament to his intrinsic value to his field.

I think that, when you actually know somone personally (as in, have spent time with them in person), then it is incumbent upon you to be honest in your assessment of that person's character and worth.

Sim, regardless of his admitted social transgressions that occurred in the late 70's, 80's, and early 90's, is an honorable person. Did he whoop it up and commit WAAAY too many sins, back in the day? "Yes," he admits. BUT, he has repented, and is very close to having spent the second half of his life repenting for his transgressions that he committed in the first half.

That, is honorable.

As he professes, "I'm close, now, to having paid my penance." (My paraphrase.) And, as he may have said (I don't recall), that is not enough.

And, lest you think that paying his penance was burdensome, Dave gladly, and (as he saw it) dutifully, did it.
So, yes, Glen, there are fans (supporters, a term Dave prefers) who disagree with him, but who still support him.

Dave and I have had many conversations during which we didn't quite see eye-to-eye, but we always left on very good terms.

Well, except for those two six-month-long breaks from correspondence. But, hey, everybody needs a break from the daily grind every week or so, right?

As to your comment that the book ("Cerebus") was "always on time"; no, it wasn't *always* so. But, mostly. And, when it failed to be on time, DaveNGer worked waaaaay overtime to get it back on schedule.

No matter how comics people want to, wish to, try to, denigrate Dave Sim, one thing remains.

Six thousand+ pages, 26 years, 300 issues; laugh-yer-ass-off funny; try not to let your girlfriend/wife see your tears; waiting every month for the only comic you're going to buy that month (because, comparably, all the rest are crap); BEST independent comic book, ever.

BEST comic book ever? Hmm. Now we get goin'.

Shall we?

Dominick Grace said...

I think almost every fan/supported of Cerebus has some degree of ideological/philosophical disagreement with Dave Sim. I'd say it's the rule, not the exception.

Tony Dunlop said...

"...(it was always on time, thanks, Dave)..."

This means you joined well into C&S; they were...several...months behind at one point.

JLH said...


Right, it's even mentioned as much in the letter pages and Notes from the President in that era (and one of the reasons they did so many issues in a row leading up to issue 100). The release schedule of each issue has been an interest of mine. I managed to dig up Diamond release dates for most of the series from Mothers & Daughters on up (March 10, 2004 was the date listed for issue 300's release, for instance). If I was ever to access the Cerebus Archives, it's probably the info I would most search for.

Tony again said...

Gotta hand it to them; it was pretty cool getting a new Cerebus every three weeks until they got caught up!

Glen said...


You are correct.

#70 was my first issue.

Jeff said...

Okay, we've done this before, but, since there are so many "newbies" out there: At what issue number did you begin buying "Cerebus", and, did you stay until the end?

I will confess, during "Jaka's Story", I dropped out. "Text?!?," I says. "Text?!?"

But, I went back to "Cerebus", bought the back issues (although, I am in need of 1, 2, 3, 14, 113) to have an almost complete run. (Last summer, I gave away my signed copy of 113--it's just a too beautiful cover, that should be shared.)

My point is, when did you start and when did you stop?

Dominick Grace said...

First new issue I bought was 17. The store had issues as far back as 13 on the shelf, so I bought those ones as well. I have one or two earlier issues but never did fill in the early part of the run, as I also got the Swords volumes. In fact, I may have picked up Swords volume 1 before Cerebus 17, I don't remember. I do recall that my interest was piqued by the good reviews I had been seeing--in CBG certainly, maybe in TCJ as well. The CBG strips may have already run or been running by the time 17 came out, as well--again, I don't remember. But I did see those also, though sadly all those old CBG issues are long gone.

For quite some time, Cerebus was my favourite comic to read, and I did indeed stick with it until the end. However, had the finish line not been in sight, I would unquestionably have spit the bit out during the Cerebexegesis.

Seth Manhammer said...

I didn't come on board until after the series had ended. I'd heard of it, but I didn't *know* about it until I was going down a TV Tropes rabbit hole and landed on "Cerebus Syndrome."

Tony one more time said...

Jeff, I think you mean 114 ("Jaka's Story" #1, right?); 112-113 was the wordless (except the last page IIRC) combined issue.
My first new issue was 37, by the way; Petuniacon. First appearance of Filgate.

Jeff said...

Tony, you are correct, sir. #114 is the one I gave away. I've recently almost bit on issues 2 and 3 online, but everyone always wants waaaaay too much for graded and slabbed #1. And, I won't buy a #1 if it's not graded and slabbed. I keep forgetting to check on #s 14 and 114 online...

Isn't anyone else gonna play the "when did you start/when did you stop" game? I started during the Wolveroach run, took a brief hiatus during Jaka's Story, and then stayed through #300 and beyond.

Barry Deutsch said...

My first issue was #65; I discussed this at some length in this post.

And I very much agree that there's good material in the second half; Guys and Going Home are particular favorites of mine.

Margaret said...

I started with Jaka's Story #1 and stopped sometime in Reads (had a letter in #175). . .Because of the pressure from now an ex. I picked back up in Guys (had another letter in #211). Went back and read what I had missed. Stayed until issue #300 and after.

Jeff said...

Okay, M., that's a freighted comment, knowing you as I (sorta) do: You've commented (humorously, at times, but generically) about "ex'es", but this one seems destined to be delved into. (So to speak.)

What, and when, did something in "Reads" cause an ex to "pressure" you?

Now, having asked that (somewhat facetiously), could it have had something to do with a back-of-the-book essay (relatively late in "Reads") that led to the overall castigation of Mr. Sim by (pretty much) the entire (at the time, and [nearly still today] comic book field [I mean, his peers]?)

Enquiring minds are asking.

Plus, knowing you in the limited degree to which I do, I find it fascinating when you talk about your comic-book relationships. You and Lenny, for example, are quite the unmatched pair--two of my top-ten favorite people! And, you two, together, tag-teaming me (verbally, only, people! [I mean, come on! Really!?!] was a very considerate gesture.) So, good on yer both, forever.

Sorry I brought it up, but it had to be said and, then, I guess, will be swept under the rug, especially since Lenny almost never reads these things. 🙄

Slumbering Agartha said...

The first issue I bought was #25, "This Woman, This Thing", at the age of 13, and immediately set out to buy all the previous issues in whatever capacity I could. I then stuck with it all the way until the end and beyond. I'm one of the rare (only?) fans who think the final third is (easily) the strongest material.

Jeff said...

(Mostly) right there whitcha, Mike. "Guys" is brilliant; "Rick's Story" is hard to read but seminal; "F&V" is interesting literary criticism; as is "Going Home", which includes, perhaps, the most poignant scene in the entire series; "Latter Daies" runs the gamut from hilarious to repugnant to poignant; and, "The Last Day" was the capstone to a promise made twenty-some years earlier.

My only caveat in agreeing whitcha, Mike, is this: "High Society" is the best of the bunch.