I don't know that I necessarily understand quite everything in the strips, but I always get a good giggle, at least, out of them. Keep up the good work!
"Hit me where the wind blows"? "devil in his sack"? You need a lyric sheet for Bohemian Rhapsody, quick!
I think that actually reading Dante's Inferno would help with understanding a lot of the situational comedy, that I may be missing. Believe it or not, I just read a Disney Comics adaptation of the story called "Mickey's Inferno"! Man… there is some messed up imagery in there. It's also a very convoluted read. But again, being familiar with the source material would have helped understand any derivative work of it. I'm curious, Dave. Now, that you guys have the 'Cerebus in Hell?' production formula figured out and down to an art form, have you considered using this format (the cut-and-paste) to tell a more traditional, and serious Cerebus comic book story?
Travis - The Count Ugolino/Archbishop Ruggieri did have the problem attached that you had to know that it was an Italian court rivalry thing where the Archbishop locked these guys up and then just let them starve to death. "I've got to do something that somehow actually relates to Dante's Inferno." That was pretty early and I think Sandeep -- wisely -- bumped these from the mini-series (the first strips done) in favour of more accessible gags. I try to stick to simpler Dante premises if I do a directly related strip now.Anonymous - Or YOU do. :)Gary - Actually, we're trying to AVOID serious if we can -- except on really rare occasions like Virgil's monologue on Cerebus' radio show. "SERIOUS" I have up-to-the-eyeballs all week with STRANGE DEATH OF ALEX RAYMOND. There is a great wisdom in the aliens' Best Advice to Woody Allen about what he can do to make a difference with his life. "Tell funnier jokes." So, that's what Sandeep and I try to do.
"Tell funnier jokes." I mean, what else can you do? (That's a rhetorical question!)Dave, I should have some brand new CIH strips for you next week.
Sandeep - Great! I think you might need to reconfigure the IBC's on the #1's so we can fit CEREBUS IN HELL No.0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 in as back issues (with their Diamond order codes). I'm thinking it might be better to try and move those 100s and 100s of comic books for Diamond before we do an actual trade. Remember: Grandpa Dave didn't do SWORDS OF CEREBUS until around issue 12. Back when you were, you know, eight or something. [gum gum gum]
I'll put it here, as you might not be scrolling down far enough to the original post about the new one shots.But for the Aardvark Comics/Strange Comics/etc, might I suggest that instead of the (admittedly amusing) bits about "mostly reprints", you instead frame it as "first time in print", as that may draw more people in, particularly ones flipping through Previews (hey, that's got a nice ring to it!). People going to the comic store might not be aware of the strip, and might assume that the reprints are of the original Cerebus series. Framing it as "first time these webcomics are in print" might help move more copies.And yeah, it seems like it would be better to try to move more copies from Diamond's warehouse before an actual trade. If it takes a long time to move those copies (and the new one shots), perhaps waiting longer down the road to do a phone book size collection would be the way to go. I know, that has its own problems, and I'm awfully good at suggesting stuff when it's not MY money and livelihood at stake!
Travis, that's a good idea! "First time in print" or, maybe, more literally, "First time on paper!".
To be honest I don't think people actually read cover copy in comic book stores and, personally, I think "mostly @#$%ing reprints" is funny. I'm guessing that maybe 3% of comic store patrons have even heard of CEREBUS, so I can't imagine that "reprints" would throw them off. Or CEREBUS fans, for that matter. The only people for whom they are reprints are AMOC viewers, which as far as I can see is about a dozen people at any given point.We can discuss what's funny and what isn't funny but that doesn't lead anywhere good in our society (which I hope we can -- but probably can't -- all take as a societal given at this point).
Well, I won't argue that your way isn't the funnier way. Just wanted to throw it out there, though.
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