Tuesday 27 February 2024

SDoAR 2.09: Anonymous Asks, Jen Answers

In the comments section of last week's SDoAR post came the following lengthy comment...

Anonymous said...

I've been meaning to post this for awhile and I guess today's the day.

I want to make sure I understand what's going on with Strange Death...

1) At some point during Glamourpuss Dave began telling the story of Strange Death, the last issue ending with the car in mid-accident.

2) Some point after this he collaborates with Carson on bridging material, You Don't Know Jack and then a hybrid Strange Death, where Carson takes over from Dave's last page of art (?) and offers his own thoughts and conclusions on the material.

3) Further after that Dave's wrist heals and he is able to resume drawing and is currently working on Strange Death once more.

4) Is this version Dave is working on going to pick up from where his work ended and Carson's began in the Living the Line edition or is it picking up after the Dave/Carson book or some other variation?

5) Dave's goal is to eventually finish Strange Death which encompasses his Comic Art Metaphysics Theory and is a very involved project with no projected end goal in site though he continues working on it and you, Jen, do your best to promote it so Dave has the financial cushion to work on it. Art auctions, the Cerebus spin-off promotions, etc. all are to keep the bills paid and Dave able to work on Strange Death, right?

Am I missing anything? Is this it? Where does the version you've been sharing pages from start, from where Carson took over to finish the Living the Line edition or at some other point?


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TL;DR version...  yes, yes, yes, some other variation, yes, no, yes, page 253.

I actually cover all of this in excruciating detail in the Notes from the Interim Head of SDOAR Division that will be in the Giant-Size Ashcans.

After Glamourpuss ended, Dave decided to publish The Strange Death of Alex Raymond comic book with IDW, the first several issues which are found complete with covers within the Living the Line edition.

At some point later, IDW believed that a hardcover of Dave's work would be more appropriate which is why the individual issue style faded away and the Living the Line version continued with more of a straight up narrative, broken down by increasingly lengthy parts.

Then Dave's wrist gave out and he tried out several artists to continue the artwork. Carson won the sweepstakes, but when the California Test Fundraising edition failed to generate much in the way of sales, Dave decided the whole venture was doomed to failure.

Carson convinced Dave to allow him to publish via Living the Line and after several mishaps the hardcover was released to critical acclaim, but so-so sales from Dave's perspective.

After receiving funds from several patrons, Dave continued with his work to pick up after the pages that Carson had printed in blue ink. Therefore, Giant-Size Ashcan #0 will reprint the 21 blue pages using Dave's mockups and effectively pick up the story from page 253 of the hardcover.

Giant-Size Ashcan #1 will begin the process of printing the new pages Dave has mocked up or drawn and pick up directly after those 21 pages.

And yes, at some point, Dave's wrist and modified drawing motion allowed him to continue drawing, hence the shift from mockups to drawn pages. What the end product is beyond the Ashcans is TBD. 

To quote Dave “As Ted Kennedy might say, we’ll drive off that bridge when we come to it”

Make sense?

Just the GoFundMe Facts, Ma'am

  • $10,875.00 raised to date from 182 donations
  • 58 new pages released as mocked up by Dave Sim from 11 June to 16 November 2021
  • 79 total pages available on Dropbox, including Dave's 2019 mocked-up pages
  • $125.00 away from unlocking page 80
  • If you have not donated > $5+ donation grants access to all 79 pages and all pages moving forward
  • If you have donated, thank you, but if you want to donate monthly, GoFundMe does not offer that option, so please do so as we are in the middle of month #2 of Year 2.
SDOAR 2023 GoFundMe -->> https://www.gofundme.com/f/sdoar-2023

The Strange Death of Alex Raymond Preview, Part Eight

Thisthisthisthisthisthis, this Oxford comma and finally ellipsis comma of which the aforementioned Anonymous duly noted colon

The Oxford Comma is an attribute of an advanced civilization. No communists. The ellipses is the most powerful form of punctuation given to us straight from the hands of God. I believe Jesus was using the ellipses is his writings during the aborted stoning.

That's all I got!



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Damian T. Lloyd, Esq. said...

Oh dear. That writing and drawing is not very good at all.

-- Damian

Christon said...

Mr. Lloyd, I don't believe that you truly think that. I can understand if the material isn't for everyone but that art is incredible.

Steve said...

Quick, everyone read Damian's comment before it gets deleted!!

Dave Kopperman said...

Two things come to mind:

1) Why did Ted Adams get De-Stalinized?
2) Regarding the 'you can't mistake the brake for the accelerator', I've never been sure where Dave is making that assertion from. Maybe if it were an automatic transmission, then possibly. But any manual driver would likely keep the left foot for the clutch and the right foot would float between the accelerator and brake - doubly so in a start-and-stop environment like a suburban road. Was it ever established anywhere that Drake's Corvette was a Powerglide automatic? The stock model was manual and the automatic was optional. The nearest I've seen to any info was that article that says 'the transmission was found in second gear', which could go either way but I'd be inclined to think that you couldn't accelerate rapidly in that gear on an automatic - whereas on second gear on a manual you not only COULD accelerate like a bat out of hell, but you frequently downshift on purpose to accelerate quickly. If this was a three-speed manual then the downshift to accelerate would be to second gear - and the driver could very very easily get their right foot confused between the brake and accelerator if everything else were at play as described - rain, distracted mindset, unfamiliar car, unfamiliar terrain, quick decision making, passenger conversation, etc.

Anyone know the Chevy Powerglide specs well enough to provide insight?

Nic said...

This is one of the most consistently interesting comics I’ve read in a long long time.

Tony Dunlop said...

Dave K.'s point about the brake/accelerator thing is one I've made before. I've been the driver in exactly two car crashes in my life, and the first one happened precisely because I hit the accelerator instead of the brake in a panic situation. (Yes, I was driving a stick at the time.)

But Dave S. famously doesn't drive, so he can be forgiven for this error - even though it undermines a fair amount of his point.

Anonymous said...


Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. As an optimist I believe Dave will finish his version of Strange Death. Good luck with the fundraising.


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