Friends, enemies, and postcardophiles,
Cerebus in Hell? needs your help!
Now, I hear some of you asking, “What IS CEREBUS IN HELL? Is it a series of self-contained humorous one-shots that chronicle the afterlife of Cerebus the Aardvark? Is it a collection of four panel gag strips? Is it the comic that has won more self-appointed awards than any other book in the industry?”
And the answer to all three of these is YES! In 2019, Aardvark-Vanaheim, publisher of CEREBUS IN HELL?, has awarded the CEREBUS IN HELL? one-shots numerous awards, far too many to list here. A sampling of the awards are:
-Best Dogs 'Reproducing' cover: SUPER CEREBUS ANNUAL
-Best Female version of a male character: CEREBUS WOMAN
-Best Public Domain Woodcut Artist: Gustave Doré
-Best 'After Gag' : GIANT SIZE JINGLES, Page 17
-Best 'Non-Sequel issue that Looks-Like-A-Sequel': SIM CITY: THAT ISSUE AFTER
-Best use of the word "BUTT" in a word balloon: FORNICATORS INC. (promotional strip)
So far 27 issues of CIH? have been published. However, we need YOUR help to keep CIH? going, and to help spread the word about Cerebus in Hell? How can you do that? Easy!
This Postcard commemorates the publication THE LGBTQ ETC PEOPLE and FORNICATORS INC, the 27th and 28th CIH? Books.
Now's the part where we beg. We plead. We have another ten months worth of CIH? issues in the can. Ten months of totally unhinged, totally readable, totally equal-opportunity-offensive, totally inedible issues of CIH? ready to print, for you! (YOU!! The one with the hair!!! Yeah, I'm taking to you. Hope that's okay.) And all that's keeping us from that goal is. Well. Renumeration. Lucre. The Big Green. A pile of ABE LINCOLNS. AND NOT THE COPPER ONES. UNLESS IT WAS A REALLY BIG PILE.
And fer Pete's sake, get on the horn to your local comic store and order the issues in question! They DEFINITELY will appreciate you preordering the issues with them, several copies ideally, then showing up to pay upon day of release, then chasing everyone who's present around the store in an effort to get them to purchase the remainder of the copies! REALLY! THEY LOVE IT. Locate your Diamond-affiliated local comic store HERE.
A message from Cerebus creator, Dave Sim:
“As promised on the Kickstarter for POSTCARD FROM HELL No.1, here's how bad the situation has gotten: we're down to our last 92 CEREBUS patrons. Total revenues were $1,654 US (including an unexpected windfall of $300 from Cedric G. at the last minute. THANK YOU, Cedric!); total expenses were $210 CDN (for the postcards, backing boards, plastic sleeves, and envelopes) and $363 CDN (Rolly's labour charges and postage). With the Canadian dollar trading at roughly 70 cents US, the $573.00 expenses Canadian translates to roughly $400 U,S. So, each of the members of the CEREBUS IN HELL? team (me, Sean, Benjamin Hobbs and David Birdsong) made a little over $300 each. So, given that the length of the campaign was two months (from outset to fulfillment), that means we each made $150 a month or $37 a week. Which is not (I hope we can all agree) a living wage. Without Cedric G.'s $300 windfall, we each would have made $225 in two months, $112.50 a month or $28 a week.
“To try and turn that around a bit, we're going to shorten the campaign itself to two weeks and (hopefully) the fulfillment period to two weeks.
“I'm hoping that the 92 remaining CEREBUS patrons can be relied upon to sustain the current level of support. But if -- as things always have for the last 25 years --things get progressively worse, I'll be right here letting you know: how many fewer patrons we have and how much less money they've pledged as we do each successive POSTCARD FROM HELL.
“It's very difficult to keep working when you make less and less money at your job every month, as I've been doing for the last 25 years. We're doing what we can. I think it's pretty impressive that we're able to not only do a monthly CEREBUS comic book but that we're actually working pretty close to a year ahead. Benjamin's working on the March, 2020 issue, THE VARKING DEAD, I just finished my part of the April, 2020 issue, GREEN DANTE GREEN VIRGIL and will be, God willing, diving in on the May, 2020 issue, ATTRACTIVE COUSINS, later this week.
“I've asked the guys to post "What I'm working on right now" as often as possible during the two weeks of the POSTCARD FROM HELL #2 campaign and I'm going to try to do the same, just so everyone is aware that what we're talking about is OUR JOBS here. What we do is a lot of fun, but you need to get paid for it to be an actual JOB.”
Risks and challenges
The previous POSTCARD FROM HELL was delivered within 2 to 3 weeks of the campaign ending. Having done it once before, this MOSTLY NEW POSTCARD FROM HELL will be delivered in a similar timely fashion.
The postcard is finished and ready to go to the printers as soon as we're funded, so the risks associated with this project are minimal. However, here ARE some occurrences that COULD stop us from delivering on this project, presented in order of likelihood:
1-The pen that Dave Sim uses to sign each postcard explodes in his face, blinding him in the process. If this happens, he'll still sign the cards... and probably part of his writing desk. The writing-desk portion of his signature will NOT be included when the rewards are mailed out.
2-Sean Robinson, David Birdsong and Benjamin Hobbs take their HUGE windfall from the previous POSTCARD FROM HELL and decide to embark on THE GRAND TOUR of Europe, only to run out of money when they arrive at the Beauvais-Tillé Airport. If this happens, it won't effect the completion of the project. Dave will go ahead and print the already completed Postcard and find 3 ALL NEW, ALL DIFFERENT guys to work on CIH? Guys who only travel when there's money for a RETURN ticket.
3-A giant electromagnetic pulse wipes out all electronics on Earth. If this happens, you probably won't notice that your POSTCARD FROM HELL didn't show up. You'll be too busy dealing with the collapse of society.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (14 days)