(From the introduction to Cerebus Volume 8: Women)
'Mothers & Daughters' continues in this, the second volume of the four volume series. As I write these words, I am edging closer and closer to the core of Cerebus story-line. Books three and four, (if I am able to do the central idea justice) will come as close anything I have written to expressing reality as I see it. I am edging around my concept, encircling it, containing it with a loose network of ideas and concepts. There is a recoil effect in writing these things: a psychic backlash which I anticipated and which I am unable to escape. the laws governing action and reaction seem to be universal even (maybe especially) in the realm of creativity
I always wondered at the time Dave wrote that what kind of 'recoil effect' he might have been talking about. It wasn't until after Reads and Minds came out and realizing the extent of just how high and overarching his literary ambitions were (basically all the way up to and beyond capital 'R' Reality, and addressing those who may inhabit those upper levels), that I think I began to see an example of how such a 'psychic backlash' might manifest shortly afterwards.
Which turned out to be (in all places) in a 90s music video for 'Be My Pusscat' by British trip hop band Mulu:
Maybe it's just me, but doesn’t that look like some kind of a metaphysical response to Reads? I mean, from the fact the central character in the video looks like Dave (or is that Victor Reid? or Viktor Davis? It's probably one of the legions of Viktors, just like the legions of Oscar Wildes in the story) to the fact that there are scenes that are exact visual depictions from Reads (the part about male house pets) to the fact the singer (albeit in different forms and guises) is constantly stalking the protagonist and he has to disguise himself as Sylvester the Cat from Looney Tunes to get away.
And then there’s the fact that 'Mulu' (Mooloo?) sounds a lot like 'Yoowhoo'. And don't get me started on the lyrics connecting with the later Torah commentaries.
Or maybe the director for the video was just a big Cerebus fan and said to the record company "All right, now for this video, I have a vision. We are going to go out and cast an actor who looks like the self-publisher of a relatively unknown black-white comic book and shoot scenes that are exact references to issues #175-#186 of his 300 issue comic book where the lead singer of the band is a proxy for an overarching metaphysical female force that has ensnared other men and is now attempting to do the same to our central character, only he manages to escape her by disguising himself as Sylvester the Cat from the old Warner Bros cartoons. It’s called an homage."
But somehow, I don't think so.
Anyone else have any Cerebus or Dave sightings?