Why oh why do I even bother reading 14 pages of “debate” and “discussion” over at the Comics Journal’s message board? What starts off with Rick posting Dave’s Blog & Mail entries on the Jeff Smith / Dave Sim . . .umm, non-confrontation? And that led to 14 pages of posts on all sorts of things, from the actual topic on hand to what issue of Cerebus to start with (someone, it seems, always asks that during one of these . . .threads, so if someone starts reading Cerebus, at least we have the thread to thank for that) to how “bugfuck crazy” Dave must be to how Cerebus and Dave suck. . .
But this thread topped them all, it manage to digress to talking about green peppers. Don’t ask, you prolly don’t want to know. And save yourself the trouble of reading the 14 pages, unless you know, you just gotta find out for yourself that when posting about Cerebus or Dave at TCJ or Comicon or USEnet will devolve into a “discussion” of how Dave is crazy and Cerebus sucks. . .
Though isn’t that true of many internet message boards that contain a wide variety of people who believe a bunch of different things? Not that the discussion will turn into a discussion of how Dave is crazy (he isn’t) and how Cerebus sucks (it doesn’t), but how it will totally go off at a tangent (or two) and not stay “on topic”. . .
But whatever . . .
Dave’s response to my three letters is “now playing” in his Blog & Mail as of today, only a couple more days of his responses to me. After he is done, I’ll respond in my blog and then send him off another letter. . .at least thanking him for the rest of the goodies. Oh! And telling him I found a picture of the matches that I ask about in my letter. . .
Hahahaha! Nah, he don’t need to know that – but I find it . . .odd?. . .that after I get his letter, I was cleaning up and found issue #2 of Following Cerebus. . .which contains a picture of said matchbook. It doesn’t say what it is, and it being rectangle, it looks like just another piece of promo art for Now & Then Comics, but nope – the matchbook! Ah ha!
I can’t wait to start the archiving of the rest of the Cerebus Archives – the goodies contained therein will be fun to see. . .though winter, with its non-bike riding weather needs to come, so I can keep on the notebook DVD project. . .::sigh::
Though the Cerebus Wiki has been taking up a lot of my current computer screen time when I’m at home. Adding requested pages, more info to current pages and trying to put as much info in it as I have. I love that a few people have done a lot of work to help out with it – all the annotations that Onigame is making are a tremendous help, and the reason I like the idea of a Wiki – that fellow fans can go in and add what they’ve gleaned from the comic, Dave’s interviews, and the like.
And I just got my tracing paper prelim sketch from the CerebusArt.com’s eBay auctions. I just need to put it on some tagstock, frame it and hang it up. When I do I’ll post a picture of it here. It is a nice piece with 4 “panels” of Jaka – two are the same – as one is the rough and the other is the tighten sketch of Jaka slogging through the snow with the pack on. The other two panels are close ups of Jaka’s face. I’ll dig out the page in the phonebook and post a shot of that too – so you can get the “side by side” comparison. Since all my other Dave Sim art (yeah, like I really have that much of it. . .hahahaha!) is of Cerebus with one other prelim sketch of Jaka (just her back though), this was a nice change of pace.