Thursday 30 April 2020

CiH? Daily Strip #14

From the Head Office in Kitchener, Ontario, it's TODAY'S Cerebus in Hell?!!!:
CiH? Daily Strip #14

Don't Swear at a Lady You Slug

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.

We saw one of the 158 pages of Dave Sim’s sixth notebook just last week in The Countess’ House. This week, more pages from the same notebook.

Page #106 is in the Cerebus Cover Art Treasury book as it has a thumbnail for the cover of Cerebus #57.

Notebook #6, page 105 close up
While it is close to the final cover, there was one more thumbnail of the cover in the notebook a few pages later. The same layout, just more detail. And the title has changed:

Notebook #6, page 109
The final cover removes the background detail of the second thumbnail, but does keep the change of title.

Cerebus #57 cover
Page 109 of the notebook also some of Grandma Giles Mrs Henrot-Gutch having at it with Cerebus. Looking through the notebook, this appears to be her first appearance.

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Time Intensive Strips

Benjamin Hobbs:

At this very moment, I'm working on a Coronavirus CIH? strip dealing with everyone's favorite new character, HERMANN! Last night I sent the rough of the strip to Dave, this morning he sent back revised text, and now I'm reconfiguring the strip to flow better.

It may be the most time intensive CIH? strip to date. (If only there were accurate records of how much time we spent on any given strip. It's DEFINITELY the most time spent on a Coronavirus strip.)

Here's a new image from the strip (drawn earlier this afternoon):

Based on Dave's ALL NEW ART from the cover of GREEN DANTE GREEN VIRGIL! (And a bag of Cheetos.)

I'll post the original strip, Dave's notes and the revised strip in an upcoming post!

Next week:  Birdsong! Buttons! Ebay! Daily CIH?! FUN!

CiH? Daily Strip #13

CiH? Daily Strip #13

Tuesday 28 April 2020

The Ballad of Johnny McPhanbot

Hi, Everybody!

Get your The Strange Death of Alex Raymond.
Hey look, Dave Sim art for sale.
Coming next month, Dave and Ger art for sale.
And here's yer free CiH? And the Daily CiH?

By (sorta) request, we begin the Ballad of Johnny McPhanbot:

We begin with the glamourshots from glamourpuss #7:

The First appearance of the Man, the Myth, The McPhanbot! (If you got one, I'd get it slabbed by CGC.)
Dave didn't respond, and this letter implies the existence of an earlier unpublished letter (I went back and checked, and glamourpuss 1-6 contain NO letters from Johnny Mcphanbot, a GRAVE injustice that all men of goodwill must NOT let stand. #PleaseHoldForDaveSim!) But he already has the Lord Julius Like-A-Look photo (which, ISN'T Johnny, according to the disclaimer...)

Johnny next showed up in the glamourshots for glamourpuss Issue #11:

Now Dave responds, but only to request that Johnny comes clean with his secret idolatry, and we get a missive from one Sean Robinson, I wonder whatever happened to THAT GUY?!? Also, the Lord Julius Like-A-Look photo has no disclaimer.

Our dear Mr. McPhanbot next rears his head (you RAISE hogs, you REAR heads (but only on alternate Tuesdays, and ONLY if it's during one of the six months with less than seven letters in its name... #ProTip),) in the glamourshots from glamourpuss #13:

Call CGC, this is the first appearance of Senator McPhanbot. Is he the same McPhanbot as our beloved Johnny? Or a clever(?) impostor?

Johnny next appears in a two-fer from the glamourshots for glamourpuss #14:

Okay, it's not really a "two-fer", but a "one and a half-fer" sounds like the kind of illegal activity one used to only see late at night on the Cinemax cable channel (and in earlier days as a scrambled mess on the pay-per-view channels that we didn't know how to unlock. Ah, memories...)

Next Time: Hobbs.

CiH? Daily Strip #12

From the Head Office in Kitchener, Ontario, it's TODAY'S Cerebus in Hell?!!!:
CiH? Daily Strip #12

Monday 27 April 2020

Heritage Auctions: Dave Sim's glamourpuss auctions END May 1st (a preview-y thing)

Hi, Everybody!

Were you aware that Dave is auctioning off glamourpuss pages (from The Strange Death of Alex Raymond section?) (I mean, you should be, it's been part of the Rigmarole for a little while now...)?

Well there's a little catalog of what's up for Auction, with commentary by Dave:

Click here to spend all your money...

Click here to max out the credit card...

Click here to blow your retirement fund...

This page is being sold with the last one. Click here for credit counseling...

Click here to raid the kid's college fund..

Click here because you hoarded toilet paper and are a billionaire in the COVID-19 economy...
And if you wanna see what replaced these pages in The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, click here to find out how to get a copy.

And the rest:
High Society Red State buttons for sale.
High Society: Red State ORDER CODE MAR201420 , Blue State ORDER CODE MAR201419, Cerebus ORDER CODE MAR201421, None ORDER CODE MAR201418
And coming next month, Dave and Ger art for sale.
And here's yer free CiH?

Next Time: Geez, it's like Grand Central Terminal around here. Lemme see what's in the pile that's pressing...

CIH? Daily Strip #11

From the Head Office in Kitchener, Ontario, it's TODAY'S Cerebus in Hell?!!!:
CIH? Daily Strip #11

Sunday 26 April 2020

Cerebus Around the World and Web #25 by Oliver Simonsen

Hi, Everybody!

The Strange Death of Alex Raymond.
High Society Red State buttons for sale.
High Society: Red State ORDER CODE MAR201420 , Blue State ORDER CODE MAR201419, Cerebus ORDER CODE MAR201421, None ORDER CODE MAR201418
Hey look, Dave Sim art for sale.
And coming next month, Dave and Ger art for sale.
And here's yer free CiH?

Before we get to Oliver's linkstorm, Dave Sim has a few words:

Okay, as we've done for the past twenty-five weeks(!!!) we turn once again to Oliver Simonsen, who has braved the wastelands and brought back as much Cerebus/Dave Sim/Gerhard content he can carry.
Oliver Simonsen:

The biggest news this week and of the last 10 years: the long awaited new Graphic Novel "Strange Death of Alex Raymond" by Dave Sim and Carson Grubaugh (and Sean Robinson!) available now! 134 pages!
All new pages and mostly drawn by Dave (this is volume 1 and done before his wrist problems started)

Read the the movie styled trailer
And send $50 (which includes postage no matter where you live) [but as this is a FUNDRAISER, you MAY want to kick in more so Dave ACTUALLY makes raises some funds on this.-Matt] to
Box 1674 Stn. C
Kitchener ON N2G 4R2 CANADA

For additional options info

4chan asks: Will we ever get a film?

Dave Sim documentary

Spawn and Cerebus voice-overs done for Spawn issue #10

6 hour youtube video about Cerebus in Spanish

Pete Doree (Creator of 'Stan & Jack' and co-creator of 'The Kids From Rec. Road') and Marc Laming (Marvel, DC/Vertigo, IDW, Dynamite, Dark Horse, Image and Boom!Studios, Fleetway Publications plus television and animation projects) agree that first 25 issues of Cerebus are the funniest comics anyone's ever done.

Justin Alexander (RPG Producer and Developer at Atlas Games. Creator of the Alexandrian. ENnie Award Winner.) has all the Cerebus phonebooks

Cerebus the coolest favorite

Cerebus well worth it

Cerebus is great (in Spanish)

Our very own "A Moment of Cerebus" Editor Matt Dow draws Cerebus
[I'm gonna have to explain this. So, I threw it open to do the #SixFanArtsChallenge, and Margaret said: "Cerebus. Cerebus. CEREBUS! Please?" which led me to the only three images that come to my mind to that phrase.-Matt]
Cerebus iconic

Cerebus on the mind (and tshirt?)

"OMG if you have not read High Society it is very very good"

Cerebus drawn by Antonio Mirizzi in Italy
Cerebus reading makes for a nice day

Cerebus vs Covid-19

Cerebus mask

Cerebus thoughts

Cerebus and Groot

Cerebus, Prince Keef and Prince Mick
Andrew Foley (Co-Manager of The Wonderharbor. Wrote/co-wrote Baldur's Gate:Siege of Dragonspear, Cowboys & Aliens, Done to Death, Parting Ways, & others.) and Comic Creator Rob Shepard on new Cerebus stories

Reading Cerebus issue #13 tonight

Cerebus issue #19 cover shared

Mad, Zap, Furry Freak Bros, Asterix, Girl Genius and Cerebus

Spawn and Cerebus
Cerebus drawn by Fabricari

Philip K Dick and Dave Sim

James Bond and Dave Sim

Oscar Wilde and Cerebus

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hashtagged Cerebus

Loren Albrecht draws Cerebus

A young Cerebus

Cerebus crossover

Bleeding Cool on crossover (see very end)

Dave Sim quotes

Dave Sim best living cartoonist

Star Reach classic with Dave Sim, Neal Adams and more

Comic Tropes Cerebus episode

Cerebus panels shared in Spanish


Margaret Liss gives the group a new header

the previous one shared was from the cover for "The Guide to Self-Publishing" rare ultimate cover*F
Lee Bentley notes: "I love the fact that some of the most iconic Cerebus imagery just...barely...ever appears in the actual comic book."

Speaking of, Paul Poirer shares his bday commissioned gift from Cary Nord. Morten S. Eriksen says: "Amazing!! One of the best post Buschema Conan artists Cerebus."

Larry Wooten finds Todd Adams' post of a tribute to Bernie in the comic Cerebus

Margaret Liss: "Dave and Gene Day did the art for this story. This is from Swords of Cerebus 3, and has been reprinted in the World Tour Book."
Michael Norwitz: "It features the first and only on-screen appearance of Sir Gerrick. This is what happened between issues 20 & 21"

Kenneth W. Lieck does a "Hercules"/"Cerebus in hell?" mashup

Stephen Bolhafner: "This is TWO YEARS before Cerebus, and does indeed contain the same misspelling"

Kenneth W Liek shares some of unfinished letter he never sent to Dave

Kenneth W Liek shares a cool Spider-Ham cartoon noting the character's redesign so it looks less like a Cerebus riff

and shares Marvel's Cerebus homage

and shares this Cerebus Marvel cameo

Jeffrey Tundis shares the planned Cerebus/X-Men crossover

Riley Byrns: "Noticed this synchronicity to Tiger King while reading High Society. (It’s mentioned many times that Carol Baskin put her husband in the sewage system or he was killed in another way.)"

Dion Turner in Australia received Cerebus goodies

Stephen Frazza shares Cerebus goodies

"Threefiftyseven" is still going and shares: "Never really thought I'd be working at this for longer than the official run of Cerebus. Started in 1991 and still going: so many others, I had a lot of encouragement from Dave - I counted 25 letters".
He also made #2 on Dave's top 10 list - published in the Cerebus issue #200
and shares his Cerebus button goodies

The buggid badge reminds Paul Poirier of animated Cerebus

threefifityseven" shares more on his buggid badge:
"My friend made us all Buggid! badges, and we wore these every time we got together, and “Buggid!” became a sort of catchphrase and warcry. For my friend’s wedding, I thought a great present would be the original page, and I was amazed Dave obliged"

Stephen Bolhafner shares Michael Zulli (of Puma Blues fame) self portrait appearance in Cerebus

Gerhard shares from "Chruch and State"

Eolake Stobblehouse on "Strange Death of Alex Raymond: "The sharpness and detail is outstanding on a good screen. I have a 4K, 30-inch Sharp monitor."

And last but not least if you were wondering what Brian West does for a living when he's not doing PR for "Cerebus in hell?", here's a video directed, edited and starring himself, which I figured I'd share as it's not only great but very apropos for the times. As Khanna noted: "Believe it or not, that's the first PSA I've seen on how to properly wear a mask. And probably the only one I would ever watch all of." Birdsong adding: "If Dave sees that he'll have you doing videos for him!"


Thanks Oliver!

Next Time: I can't remember, I made the post the other day...