This is the thread where I try and summarise Cerebus

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my copies of Church and State are in France

How chi-chi!

David R. (popshots75`), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 19:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Richard Jones (scarne), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 08:00 (fourteen years ago) link

EXCELLENT. Thankyou.

Tom (Groke), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 08:13 (fourteen years ago) link

three years pass...

I have read huge chunks of this but have some gaps (haven't read anything after Rick's Story, for ex.) I have two random questions:

1) does Astoria ever appear again post-Minds? At the end of the four-way dialogue between Suenteus Po, Cerebus, Cirin, and herself, does she just leave and exit the narrative altogether?
2) when Cerebus returns to Estarcion after Minds, how come the Cirinists don't just kill him. Given how much trouble Cerebus caused her, I don't get why Cirin would just let him live out his days.

maybe I should just read Minds...

hoth as fuck (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 12 November 2009 18:30 (eleven years ago) link

i think the answer to 2) is that she's terrified of him.

because she looks awesome, like in the face (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 12 November 2009 18:36 (eleven years ago) link

1) Astoria's last appearance is in Reads, except for in hallucinations and possibly flashbacks.

You should check out Latter Days, the first two thirds are surprisingly good fun for late period Cerebus, and you don't really have to have read the generally interminable stuff between it and guys to understand it. The last third of the book is fucking batshit and really boring, natch.

I am flesh and blood. You are software and circuitry. (chap), Thursday, 12 November 2009 22:46 (eleven years ago) link

good to know... so far I've avoided Reads and I'm conflicted about powering through the entire series, even though I seem to return to the ones I like the most (High Society/Church & State/Guys/Rick's Story) on a regular basis (like, once every couple years). this series is really kinda a tragedy, could've been so much bigger/better...

the only guy in a feminism lit class called The Women Quest (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 13 November 2009 20:36 (eleven years ago) link

btw, I watched about 45 minutes of Cerebus TV yesterday (I don't know how much content he has runs in a continuous loop), and my only reaction is o_O

WmC, Friday, 13 November 2009 20:40 (eleven years ago) link

Cerebus TV?

The Real Dirty Vicar, Tuesday, 17 November 2009 13:12 (eleven years ago) link

^ The Real Dirty Tuomas

zing touch me I'm (sic), Tuesday, 17 November 2009 13:20 (eleven years ago) link

DV, Cerebus TV is some new thing of Sim's, with a little involvement from Jim Steranko I believe. It's basically a rambling video fanzine -- segments include him talking about the development of a piece of art he donated to a charity auction (while he holds a camcorder on the art and bits of photo reference he used, trying to get it to focus), phone conversations between him and Todd Macfarlane about them agreeing to allow each other to reprint Spawn #10 (writting by Sim, featuring Cerebus), a phone conversation/interview with Russ Heath, a video love letter to a bookstore in his hometown, an announcement that he won't offer Cerebus Archives through Diamond Distribution because it didn't meet their minimum order numbers (even though they offered to bend the rules for him, because he's a man of principle etc etc). There are a couple of commercials for local comic shops in between segments; he seems to be hoping to at least break even selling ads, if not make huge profits.

WmC, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 04:01 (eleven years ago) link


I wish I could somehow blend with Tuomas.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Wednesday, 25 November 2009 13:37 (eleven years ago) link

Man, this new comic he made of pinup girls with him rambling is just woof.

ilx mooncup (forksclovetofu), Monday, 30 November 2009 01:10 (eleven years ago) link

I think he made another one simultaneously that was pictures of Holocaust victims with him rambling.

Communi-Bear Silo State (chap), Monday, 30 November 2009 01:27 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, both those are manic and difficult to even leaf through.

ilx mooncup (forksclovetofu), Monday, 30 November 2009 17:12 (eleven years ago) link

haha waht?!

Gimme That Christian Side-hug, that Christian Side-hug (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 30 November 2009 20:54 (eleven years ago) link

I like the comics-history portions of Glamourpuss, but the fashion-model parts are alternately creepy and boring.

Bob Saget's "Night Moves": C or D (WmC), Monday, 30 November 2009 22:53 (eleven years ago) link

even the comics history parts are a chore to read, as the greatest, most creative and artful hand-letterer of all time has been replaced by a clod-handed typist who fills square boxes with left-justified text.

BACH STARKER (sic), Tuesday, 1 December 2009 01:01 (eleven years ago) link

I find the comics-history parts very interesting in their crackpot sort of way. Those sections of the first three issues can be read at , by the way...

"Judenhass," on the other hand, really is a trainwreck--I laid into it at some length at .

Douglas, Tuesday, 1 December 2009 05:33 (eleven years ago) link

thank you for linking to that glamourpuss material, which i'd not read before - the sequence where he analyses the photo of caniff and raymond is insane! i mean, im glad that ppl like raymond and williamson and prentice are still being talked abt, in any context, but because sim so plainly doesn't have the brush skills to match the ppl he's 'reproducing', if you have any kind of familiarity at all with the originals the glamourpuss stuff just comes across as a bad cover version, and it doesn't seem to playing to sim's strengths at all - humour, satire, caricature, etc.

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 1 December 2009 15:45 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, I got about two pages into that before deciding it was a big waste of time. Like Ward says, he's an extremely talented artist, but his strengths are characterisation and action, not pretty pictures.

Communi-Bear Silo State (chap), Tuesday, 1 December 2009 17:46 (eleven years ago) link

Also the subject matter is just obtusely niche. I'm a comics fan, and I'm not particularly interested.

Communi-Bear Silo State (chap), Tuesday, 1 December 2009 17:48 (eleven years ago) link

christ what a complete waste of time and energy

strange asses outside liquor stores (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 2 December 2009 17:40 (eleven years ago) link

wow terrible

Nhex, Wednesday, 2 December 2009 20:36 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Starting in the late '90s, Dave's writing increasingly assumes that the reader shares his particular political/religious views, which he claims are unique. For obvious reasons, this causes much of his later humor to fall flat.

Because the Internet is a worldwide medium, in the last few years he has found a handful of people to confirm even his most outrageous ideas.

I've learned that the work is best appreciated at a distance.

stanleylieber, Friday, 18 December 2009 23:22 (eleven years ago) link

Pretty much. There are still scattered moments of astounding perceptiveness and beauty even in his full-on batshit phase though, which is what is so frustrating.

Communi-Bear Silo State (chap), Saturday, 19 December 2009 00:35 (eleven years ago) link

Sure, agreed. As a whole, it's still my favorite work in the medium.

stanleylieber, Saturday, 19 December 2009 17:11 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

the other day I told my daughter she was going to learn an important lesson, that you could get what you want and still not be very happy. unfortunately, this turned out to be true.

Wrinkles, I'll see you on the other side (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 12 February 2010 18:47 (eleven years ago) link


Nhex, Tuesday, 16 February 2010 15:59 (eleven years ago) link

five months pass...

Is this the most mainstream press attention Cerebus has ever got?

rhythm fixated member (chap), Monday, 19 July 2010 16:59 (ten years ago) link

pretty sure it's had a two-sentence mention 9 pars down on a blog before

oh sh!t a ¯\⎝⏠___⏠⎠/¯ (sic), Monday, 19 July 2010 23:38 (ten years ago) link

Tom Spurgeon pretty nails it on the Comics Reporter:

These articles are dumb when comics bloggers who barely have two adjectives to rub together write them and they're dumb when writers for the Guardian with a full armory of verbiage at their disposal write them. Despite the fact that a number of examples in his own article repeatedly counter the notion that there's a narrowing of tone or theme in non-mainstream US comic books -- it made me smile to see Cerebus sneak in there -- there's all sorts of convenient examples out there of the range of alt-comics that get passed over that I think it's very fair for him to know about. While I wouldn't expect the writer to be familiar with publishing houses like PictureBox and AdHouse, it's worth noting that his primary examples come from cartoonists associated with Drawn and Quarterly and the big hit for D+Q before its big hit with Dan Clowes' Wilson was Lynda Barry's exuberant and entirely cheerful What It Is. Fantagraphics' big release of the moment is from Jim Woodring, whose work doesn't have much in common at all with Adrian Tomine. I personally think Seth's George Sprott exists in a land far, far away from what, say, Jordan Crane is doing in Uptight, but if you don't, that doesn't mean that in making your point you should get to drop the comics that provided a cleaner break with the "mopey" stereotype.

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 20 July 2010 05:21 (ten years ago) link

The article was actually in the print copy of The Guardian.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 06:37 (ten years ago) link

I know for sure it's had a two-line mention in a major metro "Comics are for grown-ups?!" filler with up-page art pull before ;)

oh sh!t a ¯\⎝⏠___⏠⎠/¯ (sic), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 07:49 (ten years ago) link

I think that's a decent enough bit of blog filler, and the Todd Solondz line is pretty good.

The argument is pretty old hat though. Apparently SL is a huge comic nerd (according to a friend who knows him), I'm sure he must have heard of Joann Sfar or Tezuka or whatever. They're quite easy to buy in the UK, too.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 21 July 2010 10:08 (ten years ago) link

Posting here to get rid of the phantom bookmark.

But i do have something to say about the article too: I kinda hate in when someone talks about "comics" in general, when he really means "American comics, maybe Canadian and British ones too". Even if the scope of "serious" American comics may see narrow, that isn't the case with comics worldwide, which should be obvious by just reading the non-Anglo stuff that's been translated to English.

Tuomas, Monday, 26 July 2010 10:55 (ten years ago) link

which is kinda difficult in America tbh, depending on what yr talking about. sure we can get Tintin and Asterix or Milo Minara books, but try finding a copy of Arzach for example. tons of Manga never make it to English, etc.

Moshy Star (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 26 July 2010 15:53 (ten years ago) link

The Guardian is not in America tbh

Has admitted to being awesome in order to have sex (sic), Monday, 26 July 2010 23:31 (ten years ago) link

hey Tuomas brought up the America angle, not me

Moshy Star (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 26 July 2010 23:54 (ten years ago) link

he was talking about a writer in England who discussed American comics

Has admitted to being awesome in order to have sex (sic), Tuesday, 27 July 2010 04:57 (ten years ago) link

Maybe he's British, but the article falls into the long tradition of texts where the word "comics" is equated with "comics made in the English-speaking countries". If he'd bother to go beyond that (and lot of this stuff is available in English translations, though obviously a lot of it isn't), he'd notice that there's plenty of non-genre and art comics that have little to do with mopey navel-gazing. Just to take the example of French comics, the recent translations of works by various l'Association artists and the stuff released in English by Cinebooks should provide him with a wide array of "serious" comics that are not in the Harvey Pekar tradition.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 27 July 2010 10:48 (ten years ago) link

seven months pass...

Mega interview with Gerhard: part 1, part 2, part 3, and a follow-up from the interviewer.

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 19:23 (ten years ago) link

Fantastic interview, thanks for the links. When they were talking (part 2, page 1) about the 2-page spread of the foundry for the golden sphere, I remembered that I had the chance to buy the original art for that for $150 and passed. I could just stab my brain out with a screwdriver when I think about it.

WmC, Tuesday, 1 March 2011 20:59 (ten years ago) link


The New Dirty Vicar, Thursday, 3 March 2011 16:15 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

That Gerhart interview was fantastic!

Gravel Puzzleworth, Friday, 29 April 2011 08:55 (ten years ago) link

three years pass...

Dave's right hand has stopped working properly. He says he's just "ill" but he can't hold a pen or use it effectively.

the bowels are not what they seem (aldo), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:04 (six years ago) link

that sounds like a stroke or slow-developing brain hemmorage to me

a date with density (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:36 (six years ago) link

Aldo, where did he post that?

WilliamC, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:59 (six years ago) link

Having just gone and read the relevant posts on his site i totally take that back, it sounds like arthritis or nerve damage.

a date with density (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:59 (six years ago) link

it's the internet of paper

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 22:48 (two months ago) link

Dave believes that the concept of teenagers making out in a cemetery is something that The New Mutants movie invented as gay propaganda to undermine religion, and not something that teenagers have been doing since approx. 12 hours after cemeteries were invented.

Dave believes that Marvel Movies, which he has not seen, developed a recognisable template, that this film, not made by Marvel Studios, deviates from. He also believes that 20th Century Fox delayed its release five times because of poor audience reaction when it was released three years later.

Also, he thinks it's a bad movie because it's bad, but the audience thought it was bad because they are too dumb to appreciate that it is interesting and creative.

Also, a global pandemic forcing cinemas closed in most of the planet, and nearly all of North America, had no impact on the box office in 2020.

Dave Sim, who has been self-employed since 1977, is very familiar with HR Departments, and how feminists infiltrating the otherwise sensible institution of HR departments created the COVID hoax.

If any span of time between two events in Dave Sim's life can be measured between two events in other people's lives, or in world events, then it means that the Sim span of time influenced or outright controlled the other events.

Any genuinely open-minded person reading Sim's anti-feminist essay from 1994 will conclude that this time-span theory is correct. If they don't? QED, they are not genuinely open-minded.

McCarthyism was bad because he made people paranoid about communists in the US State Department, but the US State Department really was and is permeated with communists, and that's bad.

God is prolonging the COVID-19 pandemic because people have not learnt enough from their suffering so far, and still want to have sex. New Zealand's feminist and socialist Prime Minister, whose partner stays home to raise their child, absolutely did not halt the pandemic, and everyone in New Zealand died a year ago.

grab bag cum trash bag (sic), Thursday, 4 March 2021 00:04 (two months ago) link

you could also not pay attention to this drivel though

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 00:09 (two months ago) link

I think you're missing that it has been 26 years and three months since Cerebus #191 came out, including a preview of Jason Lutes' Jar Of Fools. Metaphysics thus dictate that we are all fools, and only by scrying these runes do we have any hope of escaping the jar. Thus, until my free will can affect my actions, I am bound to continue.

grab bag cum trash bag (sic), Thursday, 4 March 2021 00:27 (two months ago) link

better you than me man; it seems somewhere between a waste of your time and a sort of unhealthy interest in a clearly damaged man from out here

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 02:17 (two months ago) link

and i say that as a marked obsessive with clearly unhealthy interests, so i know whereof i speak!

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 02:18 (two months ago) link

If any span of time between two events in Dave Sim's life can be measured between two events in other people's lives, or in world events, then it means that the Sim span of time influenced or outright controlled the other events.

I'm just going to speak generally here but I've typically found that when these lines are crossed (or inverted perhaps?) there's an effect on yourself that's kind of like a psychic second law of thermodynamics in that you don't get out without losing a little bit of yourself.

*removes bookmark from thread*

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 4 March 2021 03:35 (two months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Pretty glad now I didn't drop $$$ on SDoAR.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Thursday, 1 April 2021 07:51 (one month ago) link

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