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Little Boy

Dan Nadel weighs in on the Dave Mazzucchelli Daredevil: Born Again Artist’s Edition. It is frustrating how many great-looking but incredibly expensive comics are coming out these days.

MariNaomi is the latest artist to sit in our Cartoonist’s Diary chair, and begins her week with a flight to Ecuador.

Frank Santoro has David Hockney on the brain, and is willing to share his thoughts.

Elsewhere:

—This weekend marked one of those rare occasions when a news event briefly captures the attention of the entire world, as they remember one of the greatest spectacles the world has ever known. I am talking of course of Rob Liefeld’s Twitter feed. (I was away from the internet all weekend myself, actually, but this seems to be the only thing people are talking about now that I’ve returned.)

—Sadder news came with the announcement on the Cerebus Kickstarter page that a fire has destroyed many of the negatives for Dave Sim’s High Society, delaying the digital edition of that book. It’s been bad news for Sim fans all around considering that last week saw the final issue of Glamourpuss.

You may remember me linking to the Dave Sim fanblog A Moment of Cerebus a while back, when they first launched a rolling question-a-day interview with Sim they are calling “HARDtalk“. Now they are looking for more questions to ask Sim, and requested that I pass along their desire to TCJ readers. If you have questions you’d like to ask him, feel free to leave your questions in the comments. Details are here.

—Robert Crumb continues to give short-take impressions of various public figures. This time around, he discusses Woody Allen, Charles Burns (“I’m not crazy about his stories, but I really like the art.”), Philip K. Dick, Ward Kimball (“Kimball came to see me because he liked my work, he liked what I was doing.”), Lincoln, Darwin, Hergé (“I much prefer Barks”), and Chris Ware (“You know, you kind of need to get a magnifying lens to read some of it, but that’s okay, it’s worth it.”), among others.

—Finally, I’ve really been digging Simon Hanselmann’s Truth Zone comics.


9 Responses to Little Boy

  1. Lou Copeland says:

    Sandeep Atwal, the man who’s been scanning Dave Sim’s negatives and who has functioned as the Digital Production Artist and more for Sim’s two bi-monthly titles over the last four years, has apparently lost everything but his wallet and the clothes on his back in the fire. Donations can be made to his Paypal account, which can be accessed here:

    http://cerebusfangirl.com/helpsandeep.php

  2. TimR says:

    The compilation of Liefeld’s tweets you linked to was okay I guess, though not really that scintillating. But I’ve gone to the feed itself a couple times and I fail to see the appeal. Maybe it’s because I’m not that familiar with Twitter, but it’s mostly just Rob saying “Thx @somebody You drew the best Hawk & Dove Rob!”

    Like so much internet stuff, it’s annoying to try to parse the sequence of a conversation you’re plopped into the middle of. I tried “expanding” some of the comments, and it just gets even more muddled. I can’t tell which comment was first, whether to read it top to bottom or bottom to top. Neither way makes much sense, and there’s a vague sense that part of the conversation might be contained on other Twitter feeds elsewhere? And what I can glean suggests that it’s not worth investigating anyway.

    • Tony says:

      Couldn’t agree more.

      The only explanation I can think of is that maybe one needs to register his own twitter account and log in to properly experience it. I mean, Facebook also seemed to me like a totally impenetrable mess until I registered and started adding “friends” and “likes” and “suscriptions” and suddenly it all started to make sense and I was like “oh, now I see why people get hooked on this shit”.

    • Tim Hodler says:

      Actually, I did just link to Rob Liefeld’s Twitter feed…

      But yes, if you can’t navigate Twitter, it’s difficult to figure out. There are plenty of recaps of the various feuds Liefeld started/continued/engaged in online right now, if you prefer to go that way. Robot 6 has a recent one: http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2012/08/rob-liefeld-unleashed-creator-targets-scott-snyder-tom-brevoort/

      Mind you, none of this is of great importance, and the whole kerfuffle can be safely skipped unless you have a tendency towards schadenfreude.

      • TimR says:

        Previously maybe Dan Nadel linked to a synopsis then if it wasn’t you.

        I’ll check out the new link, I think this sort of thing is vitally important :)

  3. Larry says:

    I’ve got a question for Dave Sim:
    Kim Thompson made a comment recently at the TCJ website that he woudl be willing to repackage and publish CEREBUS in a more “bookstore-friendly” version (including contextual information on reverse copy), in a non-phonebook format. Now that you have ventured into the digital arena with HIGH SOCIETY and in licensing overseas translations of CEREBUS, are you willing to allow licensed English language editions of CEREBUS in a different print format? You have said previously that keeping CEREBUS in print is costly and it seems to me that this may be an ideal solution – keeping CEREBUS in print and ideally generating enough incomeso that you are able to pursue future efforts (like the ALEX RAYMOND book).

  4. mateor says:

    Okay, I often find myself wondering “What can I do for Dave Sim today?” and look, finally an answer to that question.

    Dave,

    I spend my time writing software for open-source projects, mostly stuff related to the Android source tree. Android and the Linux kernel that it runs are founded upon open-source principles. That was a point of contention with the “free” software disciples, but I will spare you that inside-baseball.

    The point it that open-source differs from free in that it is made to appeal to businesses and others who would like to profit from their software. The idea is that by offering software free of cost, you derive your profit from the support, maintenance and documentation side of things. Software is allowed to be sold for a reasonable amount to cover packaging, distribution and other costs.

    I was thinking about whether this approach could be taken with Cerebus. The phone-book sales would not be affected, as they are sold at a reasonable cost already. You could open-source just the digital copies, making them free to download to any that want to read them.

    The benefits are that you are side-stepping the piracy issue and expanding your user-base by offering the digital issues free. That user base can then be used to derive income through the extras, i.e. your archives, signage and audio-visual projects. The copyright can be maintained while open-sourcing just your actual digital issues.

    Think of the expanded user-base that opening up your digital editions to the comics world could bring. The open source community believes that getting a user base is the key to profitablity. This could energize your current base and exponentially expand the new readers.

    This has the vast benefit of not compromising any of your self-publishing ideals. It would be a bold experiment, to be sure, but there are over 1 million Android activations every minute. I know you have spoken about entering Cerebus into the public domain when you and Gerhard pass, this is akin to getting a jump on the process.

    Look into the GNU public license, Apache and some others. There are a bunch of options, including creating your own license. This opens up the frankly incredible “fanfic” type sequels, but I gather you have been okay with that anyway. You can require that any modifications or “improvements” be offered only separately from your extant work as a patch file.

    This would be a bold move, I recognize. But someone is going to do this soon. What do you think?

  5. Don Druid says:

    Dear Dave,

    I never though this would happen to me! . . . .

  6. Eddie says:

    I have a question as per the “Ask Dave Any Question from this web-site” HARDTalk tour on the MOMENTofCEREBUS web-site:

    Give that you’ve spent the last few years developing your photo-realism chops, are there any Cerebus characters that you’d like to try rendering in a photo-realistic style? Obviously some would be impossible (such as Cerebus himself), and there do appear to be a few that you’ve already done here and there (eg. a Groucho Marx commission, I believe). Also are there any ‘real-life’ famous people that you’d like to ‘photo-realize’ other than the ones you were already doing in glamourpuss, like Alex Raymond and Stan Drake and the various fashion models?

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