Tuesday 31 August 2021

It's Please Hold Eve...Eve. Get yer dang Questions in...

Hi, Everybody!

David V. Sim, creator of Cerebus the Aardvark, glamourpuss, The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, Cerebus in Hell?, and the Beavers, will be calling Matthew M. Dow, creator of Racecar Comics, (co-creator of) Vark Wars (collected in Swords Of Cerebus In Hell? Volume 8,), Vark Wars: Walt's Empire Strikes BackThe League Of Extraordinary Corona, and others, for the SEPTEMBER 2021 Please Hold For Dave Sim, on Thursday. (Unless shit gets real...)

So, if you have a question for David that you want Matthew to ask, email momentofcerebus@gmail.com, or be "Jeff" and call David and leave a message: (519) 576-0610

Matt (I've fucking hated the "hew" for thirty years...) sends Dave (I presume he feels about the "id" the same as me...) the questions WEDNESDAY NIGHT by 9PM (CST), so get your question to him by then Steve Peters...

That goes for the rest of youse guys and gals too.

Jen DiGiacomo, your question is in "the kitty".

Mags, ya gotta send the questions in, or at least tag Ron in the posts on the FaceItBook, or Matt loses what the hell you're curious about.

(Why do I have to do this EVERY damn month?)


Get that sweet, sweet Gerhard art, and piano music (but mostly that sweet @$$ Gerhard art...) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrisopperman/still-waters
For the next little while, EVERYTHING on CerebusOverload.com is 30% off (with the code: 30OFF).

Offer ends when The Waverly Press launches Cerebus #2! (So, in a couple weeks.)
Hey, look what Heritage has. 
Up to 35% off site-wide:
Sometime in September... (They haven't told me yet...)
Tell your fans! Remind them that everything will be up to 35% off -- that means $13 tees, $20 phone cases, $30 hoodies, and way more!
Cerebus moment:
Okay, not a lot of that sweet, sweet Gerhard art, but ya can't deny that this is a Moment...

Next Time: That sweet, sweet Hobbs Art?

Monday 30 August 2021

EXCLUSIVE New Gerhard Art! (Made JUST for us...)

 Hi, Everybody!

Wait, wrong Mondays:
Anyway, Got more mail for my new pal Chris:
Hi there!

Thank you so much for posting about the Kickstarter!

Gerhard says hello and sent an alternate version of the cover just for your website! I wish you could have heard how hard I laughed when I saw this!
click for bigger, Mags...
Also of interest would be this awesome picture Dave Sim drew for me years ago that I keep near my piano! Most Holy isn't going to tolerate any laziness!

Looking forward to my next big re-read of Cerebus and hope that you are all doing well. Thank you so much for posting about my Kickstarter and thank you to those of you who pledged. You're going to get some very nice products in the mail!

Here's the link again: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrisopperman/still-waters

Best wishes and thanks again!
Chris Opperman
No, thank you Chris. For the "Moment".

And in answer to Dave's puzzler about Hobbs:

Comic Art Whatchmacallit, right?
Also, "Comic Cake Metaphysics"...
Cerebus in Hell?:
For the next little while, EVERYTHING on CerebusOverload.com is 30% off (with the code: 30OFF).

Offer ends when The Waverly Press launches Cerebus #2! (So, in a couple weeks.)
Hey, look what Heritage has. 
Up to 35% off site-wide:
Sometime in September... (Labor Day maybe?)
Tell your fans! Remind them that everything will be up to 35% off -- that means $13 tees, $20 phone cases, $30 hoodies, and way more!

Next Time: I dunno, more Cake pictures?

Sunday 29 August 2021

Cerebus Around the World and Web #95 by Oliver Simonsen

Oliver Simonsen:

Cartoon Brew article: "Animation creators are generally lucky to own a small percentage of their show and characters. A group of young production companies wants to change that."

Gerhard CD cover artwork featured in kickstarter - click link for more
[More on this tomorrow... -Matt]

Tom Orzechowski: "Oh, for my work to look like Jimmy Rip's guitar work. Dave Sim managed it." (Thanks Brian Payne!)

Cerebus radio shows discovered

James Gunn to direct Cerebus movie? Now there's a suicide mission!?:)
On a side note James Gunn says: tomorrow the cast & I are hosting a Suicide Squad Watch Party on Twitter at 6pm PT/9pm ET. Stream the film & tweet along

Cerebus' Thrunk Kaiju shared

Sir Lenny Henry looking for Cerebus issues

For more on Lenny Henry, Cerebus and that time Lenny Henry and Dave Sim wrote a film script!

Btw Sir Lenny Henry leads cast announcements for the prequel ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’. Season 1 had a lot of Cerebus commonalities.

Cerebus on BBC TV?

Speaking of England...Gary Spencer Millidge at the Premiere of Alan Moore's new film
of which Variety gives a favorable review: “Twin Peaks-y in its surreal flourishes, labyrinthine structure and droll-to-broad humor, albeit with a lighter heart of darkness..." "...Moore fans will revel in his Byzantine plotting, noirish tropes and other signature elements."

Speaking of films: Alex Raymond's creation couldn't be in better hands

Cerebus and Flaming Carrot T-shirts dry cleaned

S'ym and Ranxerox

Roach and Tick
On a side note: Saurebus

Spawn #10 featuring Cerebus among select Spawn issues read (in Spanish)

"Cerebus and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle commissions" for Joshua Even below:
By Justin Christensen: a TMNT/Cerebus piece using only natural wood colors - cut out with a "scroll saw" and put together like a jigsaw puzzle. The black lines are gaps showing a dark background layer behind the foreground layer.
(video in first few links)
https://twitter.com/Scrollsaw Cribb/status/1430511425882054657

By Mattchee
(On a side note: it wasn't till after starting the film I realized those early issues are not really all that R rated especially by today's standards)

Cerebus implied

Cerebus assumed

Cerebus' name explained

Comedy podcast shares Cerebus panel (...as a vegetarian i disapprove of this message:))

Cerebus is undoubtedly the most powerful work of art that I have gotten into so deeply (in Russian)

Cerebus figurine in Russia

Dave Sim called genius in Russian

Russian edition of Cerebus #12 should be out right about now (please insert)
[Actually...it's 14 this week. -Matt]

Christine Keighery in Ireland shares her "Cerebus: Church and State" purchase (click link for slideshow)

Eoin Buckley in Ireland shares his purchase of the first Cerebus Graphic Novel

Cerebus better than Manga

Has more issues of Cerebus than any other comic

Regency Edition review: "I hope that thanks to the success of this premium edition we can see a similar presentation for the rest of the series. The book is housed in a gorgeous slipcase, the page edges have silver gliding, and the paper stock is thicker than the usual newsprint format."

On a side note for those who maybe hope to make their own Cerebus film: to get the eyes right it's my opinion that the eyes are not like a windshield. If you look at the close up of Cerebus' eyes in the above High Society panel I would argue you see shading underneath the iris (in particular the iris on our left) that would suggest, coupled with the indention of said iris, that there's an inward slope of some kind connecting the two eyes. Otherwise it would maybe be impossible for Cerebus to look to the side like that...that eye in the middle would be very much in the middle looking straight ahead while appearing more flat instead of enjoying a three quarters angle...if that makes sense? Anyway, something to ponder and workout in a sequel?:)

Review of Cerebus #1: "...impressed at both the artwork and the writing which is surprisingly smart..."

On a side note regarding the above image from Cerebus #1: eyes aside...you gotta love those medallions:)

Got hooked with Cerebus #1 and now got High Society Remastered

Hoping for more indies like Cerebus in the future

Panel from Tim Firestone's comic "Whatsit issue 2" hashtagged Cerebus

Carson Grubaugh: Doodling a Blue Meanie in a misprinted copy of "Strange Death of Alex Raymond"

(First printing of SDOAR pretty much sold out btw - printer messing up aside. For more on that http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2021/08/the-league-of-extraordinary-corona.html )

She has started reading "Strange Death of Ales Raymond"

Got the latest "Cerebus in hell?"

Dave Sim is getting in on the comics meme game

Cerebus cosplay

It would be like writing Cerebus

Cerebus is the only comic to incorporate Norman Mailer and an extended parody of his prose style https://www.instagram.com/p/CS4wmtNJEZH/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Thanks Oliver!
For the next little while, EVERYTHING on CerebusOverload.com is 30% off (with the code: 30OFF).

Offer ends when The Waverly Press launches Cerebus #2! (So, in a couple weeks.)
Hey, look what Heritage has. 
Up to 35% off site-wide:
Sometime in September... (Labor Day maybe?)
Tell your fans! Remind them that everything will be up to 35% off -- that means $13 tees, $20 phone cases, $30 hoodies, and way more!

Next Time: Monday and more Gerhard.

Saturday 28 August 2021

New Gerhard Art alert!

Hi, Everybody!

I got an email from Chris Opperman.

"Who the @#%& is Chris Opperman?" you ask.

Read on:
Hi there!

I wanted to alert you to a product that may be of interest to Cerebus fans. Gerhard drew a beautiful cover for my new project Still Waters, which will prominently feature the music of Canadian composer Ann Southam (1937-2010) as well as many other composers including myself. It's going to be a peaceful and serene album of piano music. One of the pieces, peace by piece by Kimberly Osberg is a tone poem based on Gerhard's cover art. Here's a photo of Gerhard's art on the piano at the studio:
click for the biggers.

There's a Kickstarter going on right now for the album here:


Gerhard also used his photography to create art for a side EP called Four Improvisations. The $45 pledge will get customers access to three physical CD's (two full-length and the one EP) and all the pledges range from $11 - $105.

I would really appreciate it a lot if you would help get the word out. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you so much,
Chris Opperman

Next Time: Oliver and lots and lots and lots of stuff

Friday 27 August 2021


Hi, Everybody!

Last year, on April 28th, I asked the Cerebus in Hell? team, if we/they could get a FOURTH digital, free issue of Cerebus in Hell? done in time for Free Comic Book Day 2020. Well, we/they pulled it off, and now, over a year and a half later (in the midst of the fourth(?) wave of COVID-19), The League Of Extraordinary Corona is finally seeing print:

I helped write both League and Vark Wars, so it's a "Matt Dow-pallooza" ("Matt Dow's a loser?" Jerks...) in yer Cerebus in Hell? this month...

I'm more proud of The League Of Extraordinary Corona than I am of my kids. (They haven't been pulling their weight lately. Maybe take out the trash, "Bullwinkle", and earn Daddy's love!!!)
For the next little while, EVERYTHING on CerebusOverload.com is 30% off (with the code: 30OFF).

Offer ends when The Waverly Press launches Cerebus #2! (So, in a couple weeks.)
Hey, look what Heritage has. 
And a Strange Death of Alex Raymond Update:
Dear Backers.

So sorry for the radio silence. We haven't really had anything to report.

The printer has been trying various means of salvaging the misprinted books, all of which Sean and I found to be unacceptable.

Sean got word yesterday that they have FINALLY approved a reprint. But, now, we face the supply chain issue within the print industry that everyone is facing with paper. It is hard to get any paper for anything right now, and the nice stuff that we need to make SDOAR look its best is even harder to come across, so we still have no ETA.

We are absolutely devastated by this. Sean has dealt with so much unnecessary hardship over the last month-plus trying to get this resolved. He is far in the red in terms of hours spent vs. potential earnings. Bless him for remaining passionate and committed to this book.

It would have been very easy for Sean to take the easy way out at many points since the misprint happened, all of which would have led to the book being deliverable sooner at the cost of downgrades in the quality of the product. This continues to be the case with the issue of paper. Worse paper could get this to us all faster, but it would not be the high-quality product that we promised to you and it would not be the product that I, as a fan who got lucky enough to contribute to the final product, has been dreaming of owning all of these years.

The story in Strange Death is often about quality of reproduction, so it seems absolutely critical that we stick to our principles even at risk of losing future sales, which we very well could given that too long of a delay will force Diamond to re-solicit the book. There is no guarantee shops that got and sold misprints will chose to place the same number of orders for the proper printing. It seems many shops do not even know they sold bad copies, so would probably view a re-solicit as a second printing.

It was looking like we would be close to sold out on release day, now I worry we will never see a second printing.

The best thing to do now is keep spreading the word of the misprint and the reality/mythology - however you want to think of it - of this being a cursed book. Whatever it is trying to keep this from coming out in the proper format will not win. The book will come out. Hopefully that cursed book narrative is enough to continue driving interest up in a time when we risk to lose all steam.

Thank you all backing this project and for continuing to be patient with us through this disappointing delay.

Carson Grubaugh
Bucha is getting so big and floppy!
Up to 35% off site-wide:
Sometime in September... (Labor Day maybe?)
Tell your fans! Remind them that everything will be up to 35% off -- that means $13 tees, $20 phone cases, $30 hoodies, and way more!

Next Time: I talk about a Canceled Comic Creator, maybe?

Thursday 26 August 2021

Anything Goes #3 Cover Sketch


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’ve seen Dave Sim’s ninth Cerebus notebook a lot over the years: eighteen times since the first time in July of 2014. The most recent time was just last December in Are They Always Like This? The notebook had 200 pages, of which 118 were scanned as there was some missing pages and 17 blank pages. The notebook covers Cerebus #80 through 86 and items from those years – around mid-1985 to early 1986. 

One of those items was Anything Goes #3, which was anthology comic published by Fantagraphics in March of 1986. On page 106 of the notebook is a sketch of the cover for Anything Goes #3:

Notebook #9, page 106

Anything Goes #3

Wednesday 25 August 2021

Crisis in Infinite Quarantine and SOCIH? Volume 5... ON SALE NOW!

Benjamin Hobbs:

It's that time of the month where you warm the hearts of the shop-keeps at your LCS with your lovely presence and pick up the new Cerebus In Hell? #1! This month it's Crisis in Infinite Quarantine #1!

Also out this week, Swords of Cerebus in Hell? Volume 5:

And now available to order from Diamond: The League of Extraordinary Corona #1 and SOCIH? Volume 8!


As noted a few weeks ago, LEAGUE'S cover will actually look like this:

Next Week: I'm out of dust jackets to show off, so let's hope something else comes up.

Tuesday 24 August 2021

Johnny: The McPhanbot Returns!

Hi, Everybody!

Sorry Dave, but once the idea popped in there...

Cerebus in Hell?,
Possibly still orderable:
And get your surveys in for Hobbs' Kickstarter (Or he'll take away your birthday...)
Hey, look what Heritage has. 
Back on sale in September...

Next Time: Hobbs fixes that image up...