Thursday 31 December 2020

Dave Sim Notebook Round-Up

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.

So it is the end of 2020. Thank fraking Terim. Tarim. Whatever. Time for rounding up all of the past notebook entries for AMoC, there have 315 notebook entries over the many years. Some notebooks only have had one entry - because that was the entire notebook - to Notebook #9 which has had 18 entries. So if you're looking for something to read over the weekend, here you go:

For those of you who made it to the bottom of this super long post, how about the few pictures I took of some of Dave's notebooks when I had them for scanning?

The purple notebook is #24, white notebook is #23, and the tan notebook is #25

Notebook #29, pages 6 and 7

Yes, check out the entries for notebook #29, basically the first batch of pages in that notebook are pretty much completed pages without Gerhard's backgrounds. That stopped me in my tracks when I got to scanning it. I just had to take a picture of it. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. 

Wednesday 30 December 2020

HERMANN #1 in stores NOW!

Benjamin Hobbs:

HERMANN #1 is the best possible way to end 2020! So rush to your LCS today and yell out "MAKE MINE HERMANN!" They'll know what you're talking about.

While you're at your LCS, FLAMING CEREBUS COMICS #1 is available to order from Diamond. After apologizing for yelling out "MAKE MINE HERMANN!" and deafening a few of the other customers,  let the nice people at you LCS know you'd like a copy or two. 

Diamond order code JAN211025

Next Week: It's 2021! How the heck did that happen? Does anyone need an official CIH? 2021 checklist? Or does the cover of CIH? 2021 #1 more than meet everyone's checklist needs?  Is it too soon to start previewing 2022?

Tuesday 29 December 2020

Crap. I gotta do this $#!* again?!?

Hi, Everybody!

While I was gone, the ol' AMOC Mailbag got a heapin' helpin' of goodies both digital and physical. (I'll let you folks figure out which is which...)

Firstly: Remember them nifty embroidered AMOC shirts?

yeah, them...
Well Fred from Queensboro sent me:
"Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness."
- William E. Gladstone, British leader (1809-1898)

Dear Matthew,

Shop our Sitewide Sale today at Queensboro and choose from hundreds of discounted styles, starting at just $6.95 each. Stock up on polos, hats, sweatshirts, bags & so much more. Spend $100 or more and we'll ship your order for FREE!

Order before the end of the year to use your budget surplus and cut your 2020 taxes. Thanks and have a great day!

Fred Meyers, President and Founder

1400 Marstellar Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

*Terms and Conditions apply; See Website for details.
Them terms and conditions are:
**Terms & Conditions: This offer cannot be combined with other offers or applied to previous orders. This promotion is limited to one use per customer or business. The Sitewide Sale applies to embroidery only. A $100 minimum order is required for free shipping. Promotional items such as pens, mugs, and other imprinted items do not qualify for free shipping. Free shipping is only available on orders shipping within the contiguous US (excludes AK, HI and PR). The $79.95 Carhartt embroidered sweatshirt offer applies to style 7446 only. A $65 minimum is required to checkout. This offer expires at 11:59 pm Eastern on Tuesday, December 29th, 2020.
So, if anybody wants any AMOC embroidered merch, email me at:, with what you want from Queensboro, and if we (collectively) can get a $65 order together, before midnight, I'll place it. (And if we can get $100 order, nobody has to pay shipping.) 

And if we miss either of those numbers, I'll make a list, and the next time Fred emails me, we'll try again...

Then "Dark Spot" sent me:
For what it's worth

And notes:
1. generally speaking, the distance between your middle finger tips is
your height

Please add: For your amusement
(been so long, I forget these 'qualifiers')
Cheers, Matt

And I got my Milk & Cheese shirt from Evan Dorkin's TeePublic shop:

You can get one too:
And AMOC still has a shop:
If you ever wondered how much Dave is making off of this, here's a link to the sales report:
(Remember, Dave gets all the profits, I just run the joint...)

I also got my copies of the misprinted Cerebus in Hell? 2021 #1:

And Hobbs sent me signed copies of the HRM Edition of Hermann #1:

I'm not sure what I'm doing with these yet, I'll make a decision on Saturday.

Next Time: Hobbs, unless HE'S on vacation...

Monday 28 December 2020

Cerebus Around the World and Web #60 by Oliver Simonsen/Monday Report #29/Matt's Back (FINALLY!)

Hi, Everybody!

Okay, since I was gone yesterday:
Oliver Simonsen:
[Click for bigger on some of these...-Matt]

My right arm is still hurting but on the bright side i think I've finally got a handle on this explosive kickass Cerebus movie thing:)

Cerebus and upcoming She-Hulk streaming show

Cerebus co-directed by Spike Jones and Terry Gilliam

Carson Grubaugh: Getting very close to finishing "Strange Death of Alex Raymond"

"Cerebus in hell?" a favorite

First Comics spotlights upcoming "Cerebus in hell?" issue

Cerebus on new CBR list: "10 Best Black & White Comic Books" saying: "Considered one of the greatest comic books in history..."

Cerebus recommended for 2021

Joe Endres draws one of his all time favorite comic series

Legendary Gail Simone asks: "what single comics title have you/did you follow the longest?" And the answer is Cerebus

Patrick Dean interview in Comics Journal - Cerebus among first indie comics he's exposed to

Cerebus cameo in webcomic "Hero of three faces" by Paul Gadzikowski

Cerebus and parody

Cerebus and Necross

Over the Cerebus moon for "Smokes the Fox". Gerhard colors variant cover with Cerebus moon -click link for details

Cerebus and coolness

Cerebus ands Rock

Cerebus and Rap (in Spanish)

Cerebus signed and inked

Cerebus Syndrome part of the vernacular

Started reading comics for the first time this year - starting with Cerebus, the Mount Rushmore of comics

Podcaster Eva Webb thinks Cerebus is surprisingly good

Wife is recommended Cerebus

John Slevin has handmade ceramic Cirin for sale (with Dave approval and royalties going his way)

Cerebus and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

"jakobeink" daws Cerebus

Season Greeting from Shelly Byers and Gerhard

Cerebus Facebook Group

Steve Peters draws Cerebus

Lenny Cooper Cerebus Xmas greeting

In the comments Jeffery Tundis - and also James Windsor Smith posts

Larry Wooten shares

Paul Poirier: "Merry Christmas you bunchas Cerebutses"
John Devitofranceschi: "Lord Julius" having a bit of fun with the Warners back in 1944..."

Lee Bentley: I just noticed how deftly Dave handles the problem of introducing the Cirinist backstory without spoiling the big reveal: "Old what's-her-name"...

A couple more great Lee shares

Philip R. Frey: Today's arrival.

Don VanHorn: roughs, notes and finished art for the Beavers Quack story by Dave Sim

Lenny Cooper asks coinkydink?

Ron heading out

Ron becomes pope

Excellent Cerebus shares by James Smith

James Windsor-smith shares Business Magazine cover
Margaret Liss shares color version in comments

James Windsor-smith shares letter from issue #150

James Smith draws Cerebus

Thanks Oliver!

And catching up, Monday:
And coming soonish:
Anybody want a copy of Vark Wars & Vark Wars: Walt's Empire Strikes Back that have ridden Star Tours?

Next Time: Vacation Photos?

Sunday 27 December 2020

Comic Calender #1

So this might be Dave's first venture into the world of publishing his first fanzine. In October / November of 1971 a fifteen year old Dave Sim published: Comic Calender #1. he did the cover:

Cover art by Dave Sim

I know, I know, it isn't the best picture. I don't have a copy of it. I've never seen one for sale. I can't even remember where I got the pictures of them from. 

Inside front cover

The fanzine is ten pages, which includes the cover and back cover. Only a few other pieces of art are in it, and there are a couple articles: some news which includes "DC Buys Tarzan", "Heroes of the Golden Age Part One" - which is on Shazam!, "Marvel Mystery Comics Part One", and "The Back Pages Characters part one". It looks like the back outside cover has a notice about that space being reserved for full page ads at a rate of $2.00 per page. There is no notice as to who wrote all the articles and drew the other pieces of art, so I'm guessing it was all Dave. Sounds like a good question for next month's talk with Dave.