Publication Year: 2013
In 1977, Dave Sim (b. 1956) began to self-publish Cerebus, one of the earliest and most significant independent comics, which ran for 300 issues and ended, as Sim had planned from early on, in 2004. Over the run of the comic, Sim used it as a springboard to explore not only the potential of the comics medium but also many of the core assumptions of Western society. Through it he analyzed politics, the dynamics of love, religion, and, most controversially, the influence of feminism--which Sim believes has had a negative impact on society. Moreover, Sim inserted himself squarely into the comic as Cerebus's creator, thereby inviting criticism not only of the creation, but also of the creator.What few interviews Sim gave often pushed the limits of what an interview might be in much the same way that Cerebus pushed the limits of what a comic might be. In interviews Sim is generous, expansive, provocative, and sometimes even antagonistic. Regardless of mood, he is always insightful and fascinating. His discursive style is not conducive to the sound bite or to easy summary. Many of these interviews have been out of print for years. And, while the interviews range from very general, career-spanning explorations of his complex work and ideas, to tightly focused discussions on specific details of Cerebus, all the interviews contained herein are engaging and revealing.
Published by: University Press of Mississippi
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Dave Sim. Chances are, if you’re reading this book, that you probably know who Dave Sim is, and you probably have strong opinions about him and his work. For better or worse, Sim’s outspoken opinions concerning publishing, comics, artists’ rights, the relationship between the sexes, and religion, among other things, have caused various flare-ups of controversy. Only a true origi-...
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...1956 Dave Sim born 17 May 1956 in Hamilton, Ontario to parents Ken 1968 Publishes a letter to the editor in the January 1968 issue of 1971 After reading Berni Wrightson’s Badtime Stories (1971), begins ics fanzine Rocket Blast’s Comics Collector Fanzine (RBCC). In the fall, Sim persuades Harry Kremer, owner of Kitchener’s Now and ...
A Talk with an Aardvark
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Originally published in Comics Fandom Forum (November 1982) pp. 41–48. Reprinted The interview took place at the Chicago ComiCon on July 16, 1982. Dave was sit-ting in the artists’ room, working on an intricate sketch of Arnold the Isshurian, a character he’d created for an upcoming issue of Epic Illustrated [“Arnold the Isshurian” is a parody of Arnold Schwarzeneggar’s portrayal of Conan the ...
Dave Sim and Gerhard
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Originally published in Fantasy Advertiser 115 (1989) n. pg. http://comiczine-fa.com.Dave Sim: Superman comics. Superman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, World’s Fin-est, all the Mort Weisinger [famed Superman editor at DC Comics] stuﬀ. I wouldn’t read Marvel comics ’cos Mort told me not to. I was under strict Mort Weisinger control. I wouldn’t even look at a Marvel comic. Literally. I had ...
Cerebus: An Interview with Dave Sim
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Originally published in Comics Interview 107 (1992) pp. 8–39. Reprinted by permission.Too often in the comic-book medium, artists and writers go from one project to another, leaving the reader with a feeling of disconnected continuity. Not so with Dave Sim, who has made a lifelong commitment to complete 300 issues Conceived in 1977, Cerebus is a clever animal surrounded by both humans ...
Original Sim: The Dave Sim Interview
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Originally published in Amazing Heroes 201 (May 1992) pp. 28–41. Reprinted by per-The first issue of Cerebus came out in December 1977. The artist, writer, and publisher of that comic was Dave Sim. As I write this, it’s February 1992. Cerebus 154 is sitting on my kitchen table. The book is still penciled, written, and published by Sim, now with the assistance of Gerhard. Compare that record ...
An Interview with Dave Sim and Gerhard
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SIM: Oh, a lot of diﬀerent things. A line in a book, a line in a song . . . it’s just AR: Any particular writers, film makers, or anything that have stayed with SIM: Oh yeah, I mean Jules Feiﬀer’s cartoon work. Little Murders I still read quite often, and watch the film version . . . anything that’s got good structure to it. It doesn’t have to be particularly well thought of—if it’s appropriate to ...
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Dave Sim: It is very gratifying to see this many people here . . . I really don’t know what to say. It’s been an interesting experiment doing a comic book for sixteen years with another ten years to go. It started [in] December ’77 and the last issue ships in March of 2004. I got one of those little calendars that you can turn around and find out what date is what day in any given year. The ...
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Excerpted from The Comics Journal 184 (February 1996) pp. 68–106 and 192 (December Dave Sim is an inescapable presence in the comics field: his monthly comic, Cerebus, recently celebrated its 200th issue. The massive collections, or “phonebooks” as they’re known to Cerebus fans, are steady sellers for both the reorder divisions of the major distributors and Aardvark-Vanaheim’s (Sim’s self-...
Whatever It Is, I’m Against It
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Originally published in Filler (Spring 1996). Reprinted by permission.Q: I want to talk about issue 186 for a while, but I want some background . . . Q: Now, wasn’t there also a screw-up in Cerebus’s schedule around that time? A: No, no. The schedule of the book got screwed up around ’84–’85. It was one of those things where there was enough money coming in from selling the ...
Dave Sim: 20 Years of Cerebus
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Originally published in Feature (Winter 1997) pp. 4–30. Reprinted by permission.To mark Cerebus’s twentieth anniversary, Feature editor and publisher Charles Brownstein contacted Sim to discuss the series and his relationship with it. Their interview, composed of two months’ worth of faxes, follows:FEATURE: It’s been well documented that Cerebus began as a parody com-...
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Originally published online in The Onion, March 31, 2004. Reprinted by permission.In December 1977, independent Canadian writer-artist Dave Sim launched his comic-book series Cerebus. This month, he completed it with the death of his titular character, in the long-promised 300th and final issue. Over twenty-six years and fifteen hefty collected volumes, Cerebus, a foul-tempered anthropo-...
A Selection from the Yahoo Q&A Sessions
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Note from the Editors: Comprised of over 900 members at the time of this writ-ing, the Cerebus Yahoo Group is an internet archive started by Mark Simpson in 1999. In March 2004, shortly after the publication of Cerebus’s final issue, its webmasters, Lenny Cooper, Margaret Liss, and Jeff Tundis, organized a somewhat informal Q&A session with Dave Sim. Encouraged by the response, ...
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Bell, Blake. 2002. I Have to Live with This Guy! Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Pub-Bell, John. 1986. Canuck Comics. Montreal, Quebec: Matrix Books.———. 2006. Invaders from the North: How Canada Conquered the Comic Book Universe. Blackmore, Tim. Spring 1993. “Cerebus: From Aardvark to Vanaheim, Reaching for Creative Heaven in Dave Sim’s Hellish World.” Canadian Children’s Literature 71: 57–78....
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Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Conversations with Comic Artists Series