So I recently won on eBay an interesting piece of Cerebus history: the color separations for the cover to issue #59.
As you can see in the above picture, the one on the right is the original issue and one the left is the color separations. They were taped along the top and bottom with scotch tape. The scotch tape is yellowing, and the tape on the top has lost all adhesion with the piece of paper that they are taped to.
The below video shows the different layers of the separations. The top is the black and blue, the next one is the yellow and the bottom one is the red one. They feel like thin sheets of mylar. I don’t see any registration marks – no way to line up the three sheets by marks on the sheets. To line them up so nicely perhaps they cut a corner so each color layer lines up perfectly to the datum that is the 90° corner, then just place the corners up against a T and presto: they all line up. Either that or they lined up the sheets by placing them on a light table and using a scope to visually line up the color dots. Crazy. I’d think the aligned corners would be the easiest and quickest.
It has been a while since I’ve posted anything about my motorcycle in this blog – last July 25th to be exact when I talked about having the fuel system flushed out. Not that nothing has been happening with the motorcycle - I kept the motorcycle out all winter – taking it for a ride whenever the temperature was above freezing and the roads were dry. It wasn’t many times, but I still managed to get a few rides in even during the December - February months and then progressively more as spring came along.
Recently I had the chain tighten twice in three weeks, and even then it was thumping around making tons of noise, a nice clunk clunk clunk when I accelerated. So I had the chain replaced. Then a week or so later, the low beam of the headlight went out. Then the high beam went out so I went to the dealership to get a new headlight. I replaced it yesterday after 100 miles of riding.
What a pain in the ass replacing the headlight. The engineer or engineering team should have to individually replace the headlight on the 2003 Honda Shadow Spirit over and over and over again for at least 50 times. See how much they enjoy that irritating chore. The last time I replaced it was September 3rd, 2008. Hopefully I won’t have to replace it for another two years.
Two years. About 10K miles. I passed the 30K mile mark a month back or so. I didn’t even notice it until I pressed the button to check the mileage when taking the bike to the dealership for the chain and found it at about 30,200 some miles. So since I got the bike in July 2007 – less then 3 years – I’ve put 20K+ miles on it. Good times. Yes, good times.
It arrived a couple days ago, but I just managed to get to the mailroom to get it today. It is a super nice piece! So nice that it is the only non-Dave Sim piece of Cerebus artwork to be displayed on one of my Cerebus walls: