Saturday 28 October 2023


Hi, Everybody!


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The Waverly Press and their blank T8 covers, they're running a sale for the next week. 25% off everything with code FALL. Enter it at checkout to save some cash.

AND, on their eBay page, they're selling "rarities and B-stock" from their Archive that's been found in the "warehouse" (think the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark...) as they move. 

And they gots a Kickstarter for a book that's gonna be a similar level of quality to the 1982 Tour Book (comin' soonish)
Narutobus Page 6 is live. And the Wolverroach Triptych is live too:

Me and Dave will be talking on Thursday, so if you got one of them there "Please Hold Fer Davey Sim" questions, ya might wanna send it to before I send the fax on Wednesday...
On sale:
October 28-29.
The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Go Fund Me.
The Help Out Bill Messner-Loebs Go Fund Me, or buy Rodney Schroeter's book with proceeds going to Bill.
Larry Shell could use a hand. (I still haven't heard about where/when Dave's donation is getting sold.)
The Last Day Without nothing.
   "      "     "        "  Dave's signature.
   "      "     "        "  an Old Cerebus Remarque
   "      "     "     Auction catalog for the Panoramic Remarques
Oliver's Cerebus movie: The Absurd, Surreal, Metaphysical, and Fractured Destiny of Cerebus the Aardvark it's currently available on "Plex", "Xumo", "Vimeo On Demand", "Tubi". If you're in Brazil..."Mometu", "Nuclear Home Video". 
Next Time: Ghosts and Goblins and Aardvarks?


Steve B. said...

I must say that "SWEAR COMPLETE AND EVER-LASTING LOYALTY TO MY THUMB!" was, without a doubt, one of the most endearing and enduring moments of "High Society," which was, by the brash young cartoonist/creator's self-imposed definition, possibly the first (certainly one of the very few) "graphic novels" ever created. (If I recall correctly, there was a two-year run of "Captain Marvel" - the original that got killed by the DC lawsuit, not the Marvel Kree Warrior version - that told a single story and was probably Sim's target when creating this one; but most "graphic novels" were short stories of 120 pages or so, and the most famous at the time he created "High Society" wasn't even a novel, but a collection of loosely related short stories. ("A Contract with God," by Will Eisner)

Ironically, by the definition he imposed, it was also his last ("a book of 500 pages or more" - "Church & State" was two volumes and thus two books, "Jaka's Story" was less than 500 pages, though not by much, "Melmoth" he labeled a "short story" yet most of his subsequent published collections were more-or-less the same size - "Going Home" was a bit bigger than the rest, but still well less than 500 pages).

Despite the irony, even if you claim that "High Society" is the only "real" graphic novel out of the entire Cerebus collection, you have to admit it is still a high water mark among all the things published as "graphic novels," despite the fact that the field has advanced so far that most "graphic novels" published in the 1980s are peurile pop pap trash and even such then-worshipped stories as "The Dark Knight Returns" are subject to revisionist reassessments that find them wanting.

Say what you want about Dave Sim and "what happened to Cerebus," the fact is that to the very end - and I would argue, ESPECIALLY at the very end, Cerebus was in the forefront of what was going on in comics in North America, at least. From almost the very beginning (at least by the time it went monthly, about two years into it 26-year run), and probably some time before that, it was, if not consistently the best comic book available on the stands in the top 10 or so comics, month after month, for OVER 20 YEARS.

There is no other comic from that period that can be said of.

There are comics that were more popular. There were comics that were so astounding that they put everything else to shame for a brief moment.

But for over 20 years Dave Sim, mostly with the assistance of Gerhard, put out one of the best comic books on the market, writing it all, laying it all out, penciling and inking all of the figures, lettering it all in a fashion that has even non-Cerebus fans gawking at his mastery of THAT particular medium, and even towards the end, when many thought he had lost his way and was spiraling into nonsensical polemic, he STILL managed to stick the landing and go out with a bang.

Tony Dunlop said...

Indeed. I dare say that's why most of us are here.