So the biggest news out there is that there is an expanded edition, a revision of the 1997 version, Cerebus Guide to Self Publishing. Dave included all the stuff from the 1997 edition, and expanded upon those bits and also added new sections, i.e. Part Five Print on Demand, Web Comics, etc. For $18 you get the standard cover edition with 120 pages of Dave’s thoughts on self publishing. There is an alternate cover, no change to the contents inside, but the cover looks pretty cool, it is the top one in the picture below:
The standard cover is the bottom one in the above picture. The alternate cover edition is $25 from what I can find on line. The regular cover can be purchased via CerebusTV here, or both covers can be purchased via MyComicShop.com here.
Cerebus Archive #8 came out on the first of July and can be purchased from ComiXpress for $4 plus shipping. Be advised that Dave and ComiXpress are doing something different with Cerebus Archive’s covers starting this month. So all you collectors out there that must have one of every cover be forewarned: there are three different covers. Well, the covers are the same but the three letters in the issue number box are different:
So on the first day of the comic being offered for sale, July 1st, anyone purchasing the comic would get the cover with FDC for “First Day Comic”. If one purchases the comic any time in July, the month of release, they will get the text “JUN” (Yeah, don’t ask me, I thought that was for June too). Anyone ordering the comic being August 1 will get the POD, print on demand, text. Nothing else is different about these covers. A nice way to get two times more money from the dedicated Cerebus fan one would think – though I did get a slight discount for getting all three covers in a special package deal on July 1st: $9.25 for the three issues, as opposed to the standard $4 per issue.
This particular issue wasn’t as good as the all of the rest of the issues – mostly because it reprints in its entirity the Oktoberfest comic that Dave did with Gene Day for Harry of Now & Then Comics. I didn’t enjoy reading that when I originally won a copy off eBay, and I sure didn’t read it a second time. Dave does annotate it as he does with the other issues of Cerebus Archive, but it was still slow going for this Cerebus fangirl as Dave’s annotations this issue are scarce compared to past issues and the material he has to talk about doesn’t help at all.
Another Dave Sim item that is sure to be a rarity is a small interview with him in Comicgate magazine #5 now on sale. The magazine is a German magazine, but if you use the contact form and ask about shipping to the USA they will get back to you (they did for me). You can get more information on the issue at this link.
There was also an announcement via the Superpouvoir website that High Society is being translated to French and will be released August 2010 for 35 Euro. It will be a softcover unlike the Pontent Mon’s Spanish translation which was a hardcover. 35 Euro seems pretty pricey for a softcover of High Society, which is $30 for the English edition. So converted into US dollars using today’s conversion rate, the French volume of High Society will be $45.69. Yoinks!
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