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THE TEN EARLIEST PAGES IN THE CEREBUS ARCHIVE FROM MELMOTH
THE TEN EARLIEST PAGES IN THE CEREBUS ARCHIVE FROM MELMOTH
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Welcome, Pledge Partners!

As with CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER FIVE we are only offering the CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER SIX portfolio as a PHYSICAL pledge item (although we will be offering COLLECTED LETTERS 1990 and NOTEBOOK FIVE as SEPARATE DIGITAL rewards). Again, no BONUS PRINTS. The good news is that eliminating the BONUS PRINTS has allowed us to streamline everything to improve -- DRAMATICALLY! -- on the unconscionable seven months it took to get CAN4 out to you. CAN5 was delivered a little over two months after the campaign ended.

2) The price will be staying at $90 Canadian per portfolio which means our Canadian Pledge Partners will be paying about $10 more and our U.S. Pledge Partners paying about $10 less relative to the ORIGINAL pricing on CANO (CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER ONE). International Pledge Partner rates will depend on how the UK pound and the euro are doing.

The Canadian dollar has lost a good 20% of its purchasing power since we started CEREBUS ARCHIVE so the pricing is going to be a "moving target" that will be decided at the start of each campaign based on the exchange rate at that time (75 cents on the US dollar as of today: same as on CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER FIVE)

3) Same limited shipping options. Again, we're trying to streamline everything and that includes "one-stop" shipping through CANADA POST and USPS. As always, we guarantee that we will replace any missing or damaged portfolio no questions asked.

Watch for my 14-part series "Can We Keep Going? The TMI Answer" on a A MOMENT OF CEREBUS synchronous with this campaign and thank you all for your continued support!

Excerpt from Dave Sim's 10,000 word commentary available EXCLUSIVELY with the CEREBUS ARCHIVE 6 portfolio:

Cerebus No. 139 - Page 2
Cerebus No. 139 - Page 2

It was interesting describing the Upper City to Gerhard at the point where it became necessary for the reader to believe in it even though there's no Real World analogue for it: that it has the appearance of a massive geological igneous extrusion, but over the years -- in between Ascensions -- roads have been carved into it . As in the case of the environment in JAKA'S STORY -- and now MELMOTH -- occasionally with room for a row of buildings. But never very wide, so that from a distance, it just looks like a giant broken turd or blunted phallus.You can see that Gerhard's visualized it brilliantly. You have to be reasonably close to the turd to even see that there's a road at its base and still closer to see that there's a row of buildings on that road and that the road descends on a natural slope into the lower city.

Excerpt from Dave Sim's 10,000 word commentary available EXCLUSIVELY with the CEREBUS ARCHIVE 6 portfolio:

Cerebus No. 139 - Page 4 (Censored)
Cerebus No. 139 - Page 4 (Censored)

In the fourth panel on page four, the look becomes overtly comedic. He’s the Roach, so his top-heavy proportions are more like the Hulk than Superman. But even with the metaphysical weight of the Cirinists’ fascistic oppression adding many pounds per square inch to his natural physical bulk—compounded by his inner Hulk-like rage causing him to hunch down and forward, springing gaps in his dress shirt from the sudden, massive expansion of his torso—his jacket maintains its beautifully tailored proportions.

Excerpt from Dave Sim's 10,000 word commentary available EXCLUSIVELY with the CEREBUS ARCHIVE 6 portfolio:

Cerebus No. 139 - Page 5 (Censored)
Cerebus No. 139 - Page 5 (Censored)

Janice was based on an actual waitress at the restaurant-bar combo (The Athenian and Peter’s Place respectively) I spent way too much time at in the 1990s. Janice was never THIS bad although she was certainly insubordinate to Dino (“Chop-chop, Dino” she would say in a funny falsetto when she wanted him to do something work-related) and could certainly push the limits with a customer if he or she got off on the wrong foot with her. Which I didn’t. I tipped very well and that tended to gloss over my extreme boorishness when I was drunk. Which was regularly.

Excerpt from Dave Sim's 10,000 word commentary available EXCLUSIVELY with the CEREBUS ARCHIVE 6 portfolio:

Cerebus No. 139 - Page 6
Cerebus No. 139 - Page 6
I did see Janice sincerely hacked off a couple of times and it looked a lot like this. Exaggerated, of course. But, this many years later on, I’m quite impressed by the way I captured the emotional expression without losing Janice herself.

Excerpt from Dave Sim's 10,000 word commentary available EXCLUSIVELY with the CEREBUS ARCHIVE 6 portfolio:

Cerebus No. 139 - Page 7
Cerebus No. 139 - Page 7

I was quite happy with how the Cirinist and normalroach talk past each other in this sequence. "What SEEMS to be the problem here?" The "problem" is actually the bloodstained serrated curves near the point of the Cirinist's sword that she's brandishing at him which I would infer she uses to amputate specific body parts as a means of restoring order. That's why he's terrified and immobilized. He's seen what happens when you show up on a Cirinist's radar screen so that she actually draws her sword. "What SEEMS to be the problem here?" is only ostensibly directed at "normalroach". It's mostly self-directed and entirely rhetorical.

Excerpt from Dave Sim's 10,000 word commentary available EXCLUSIVELY with the CEREBUS ARCHIVE 6 portfolio:

Cerebus No. 139 - Page 8
Cerebus No. 139 - Page 8

"I HEARD shouting" with the emphasis on the "heard". You don't want to be "heard" by the Cirinists. They've just shifted the old adage about "children should be seen and not heard" and replaced "children" with "men". Of course, the joke is that the shouting that the Cirinist heard wasn't "normalroach". It was Janice yelling AT "normalroach". There was shouting and -- going to the place where the shouting occurred -- the Cirinist finds…a man. That's why I say that the "What SEEMS to be the problem here?" question is mostly self-directed and entirely rhetorical. There was shouting and here is a man. For a Cirinist, that answers the question even as it's being posed.  

Excerpt from Dave Sim's 10,000 word commentary available EXCLUSIVELY with the CEREBUS ARCHIVE 6 portfolio:

Cerebus No. 139 - Page 9
Cerebus No. 139 - Page 9

The intensity of the Cirinist's scrutiny collides head-on with "normalroach's" practiced and sharply refined air of portrayed servility and agreeability. He's GOOD at it. He HAS to be. That's why he's still alive while all of the real men in Iest are long dead. He's making himself as invisible as he can even as the Cirinist focuses more and more intently on him in the elongating moment of complete silence. As in our society, the presupposition is "He's a man. Because he's a man, he's automatically guilty of any number of crimes. But what SPECIFIC crime can this SPECIFIC man be charged with in this SPECIFIC context/moment?"

Excerpt from Dave Sim's 10,000 word commentary available EXCLUSIVELY with the CEREBUS ARCHIVE 6 portfolio:

Cerebus No. 139 - Page 10
Cerebus No. 139 - Page 10

The Roach has made his antennae/phalluses as small and as unobtrusive as possible but at the extremity of the imposition of the fascistic impulse -- as inevitable as "trigger warnings", "safe spaces" and "micro-aggression" in our Feminist Theocratic world -- there is no such thing as "small enough" or "unobtrusive enough". Anything which isn't, self-evidently, part OF and beneficial TO the fascistic body politic -- (there is nothing of benefit to Cirinism in the existence of antennae on the horns of an individual's horn-rimmed glasses) -- is viewed as an implied (not inferred) threat to the fascistic body politic and, by internal fascistic body politic logic, needs to be eradicated.

Excerpt from Dave Sim's 10,000 word commentary available EXCLUSIVELY with the CEREBUS ARCHIVE 6 portfolio:

Cerebus No. 139 - Page 11
Cerebus No. 139 - Page 11

She's a Cirinist, so she's a mother. She knows to the split second when he's going to think it safe to drop his mask and, consequently, she knows the split second when it's necessary for her to turn sharply and catch him at it. Which she does. Which is a further humiliation for him, another warning shot fired across the thin residue of his long-lost masculinity.

Excerpt from Dave Sim's 10,000 word commentary available EXCLUSIVELY with the CEREBUS ARCHIVE 6 portfolio:  

Cerebus No. 139 - Page 12
Cerebus No. 139 - Page 12

It's worth noting that Gerhard always brought something new and different to the table because he didn't have a (pun intended) background in the comics field. In this case, using slightly diluted China white paint on 10% Letratone to create cirrocumulus clouds (as you can see in panel one). And going even further, in fact, by first cutting out the irregular shape of the cloud in the tone and then putting it back in. Because the dot tone is so fine, there is a "slip-strike" visual effect that results: the dots don't line up exactly so you get a subtle variegated line which creates an exact comic art translation of the visual effect that cirrocumulus clouds present: where you perceive them as specific entities: cloud shapes but largely undifferentiated cloud shapes. The differentiation occurring only where the light catches their leading edge -- the white paint -- and far more subtly where they appear to blend in to the colour of the sky itself -- the "slip-strike" tone placement.

DIGITAL REWARDS:

Cerebus Archive 6 will also offer two Digital Rewards: Collected Letters 1990, and Notebook Five. Each digital reward is being sold separately and is NOT included with portfolio orders. Collected Letters 1990 is 687 pages and consists of letters written by Dave Sim to fans and other interested parties in 1990. Notebook Five is 86 pages and covers Cerebus issues from (approximately) issue 70 to issue 79 and features dozens of unseen sketches, plot outlines and additional notes on the creation of Cerebus: 

Pages from Notebook Five
Pages from Notebook Five

 

 

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