Dave’s drawing board. The Off-White House. ca. 2005
I was just re-reading parts my old copy of the original “Cerebus Guide to Self-Publishing,” and remembering how much of an impact Dave Sim’s 1993 Pro/Con Speech made on me. I think it holds true for the most part even today. It was originally published in Issue 170, one of the first I picked up.
It was also the issue with:
"Mitsee’s Gone!! Wherdudshe *hic* Wherdudshe *hic* Wherdudshe"
"She’s on yer head."
Amazing starting point!
Like John Campbell said, you don’t have to draw a lot to enjoy making these. It’s a fun journaling exercise, and even really simple doodled figures can be a nice little snapshot of your day.
The best Cerebus blog out there, A Moment of Cerebus, is taking submissions for a new series called “Cerebus in My Life.” If you aren’t following that site, please consider it!
"I don’t consider unauthorised [online] availability of the 6,000 page Cerebus graphic novel to be illegal…” - Dave Sim, quoted at the excellent A Moment of Cerebus. Seriously, that is a very, very good site. Kudos to whoever is posting there!
Cerebus #114 - Jaka’s Story, Prologue.
"Nurse’s ‘rise and shine’ carried with it the undertone of malicious resignation peculiar to mothers whom Terim (in her infinite mercies) has seen fit not to bless with live births of their own.
"Listen. Kid. Cerebus is in love with your wife."
The first time I can remember hearing about Cerebus was wondering about this cool Jaka’s Story era t-shirt. It was still a few months later until I borrowed all the individual issues of JS, reading the entire storyline in one night. Quite an experience. But, it always comes back to this t-shirt for me. Sorry for the bad quality - I don’t own one, and couldn’t find a better jpeg.
The cover to Cerebus 112/113, one of my favorite single issues. It’s almost entirely “silent” as Cerebus is suddenly returned to a deserted and destroyed Upper City.
The issue is not included in the trade paperback of Church and State, vol. II, but was reprinted in Cerebus #0 in 1994(ish).
Why not? Here’s another take on Cerebus (and Sim’s favorite alternate version, in the story “Cerebus Dreams”) by the legendary Barry Windsor-Smith, for the cover Swords of Cerebus #1.