Dave Sim interview at Onion’s AV Club
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By KellyMc - Last updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - Save & Share - 7 Comments

Get it while it’s hot (and remind me to update the link after OAV(Onion AV Club) archives the link) — an interview with the [“irascible Dave Sim”:http://avclub.theonion.com/feature/]. I remember starting my Cerebus reading with the monthly issues (before I became too impatient to handle a monthly series that never came out on time) and one of the best parts was Dave’s column. He reluctantly started the column thinking it would cut down on the fan mail he recieved but much like a Kanuck Liberal Rush Limbaugh it only ‘fan’ned the flames and he spent month after almost month arguing feminism and socialist politics with his readers.

bq. O: Would you advise new readers to start with the first book and read all of Cerebus in sequence, or is there a better starting point for the series?

bq. DS: I’m not sure that I would advise a general readership like yours to read Cerebus.

bq. O: Who should be reading it, then? What’s your ideal reader like?

bq. DS: It’s not really a matter of my ideal reader. My ideal reader is anyone who will buy it. …

Dave was my first core experience with the lesson “love the art, not the artist”. While he and I agree politically and socially on many levels, there is no doubt that he’s an SOB who has low social skills (lower than mine!).

I highly recommend his collection books especially High Society and Church and State I and II, but once you start it’s hard to quit. He gets more powerful when he starts writing fictional biography of his favorite authors — entwining their lives in the story of Cerebus — like Hemingway, and drawing out fathom-deep emotional relationships in his later books. If you make it through all that, you may even be tempted to get individual copies of Cerebus so you can get an insight into the creator through his Q&A columns.

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7 Responses to “Dave Sim interview at Onion’s AV Club”

Comment from etrigan
Time March 31, 2004 at 4:36 pm

Dave is so cranky, he cracks me up.

bq. O: Are there parts of your story that you would still like to address, or perspectives that you feel you haven’t yet had the chance to get across?

bq. DS: Ever the oblique leftist. I don’t “feel.” If I “felt,” I would never have gotten the book done. I’d be off “feeling” somewhere. …

Comment from etrigan
Time March 31, 2004 at 4:38 pm

sorry, sorry, but this is funny stuff here

bq. O: If you were going to “renew the attack,” would you consider a follow-up or spin-off Cerebus series?

bq. DS: No. Cerebus is my attempt at a literary work. A literary work doesn’t have follow-ups or spin-offs. It’s ridiculous to think about _More Crime, More Punishment_ or _The Sons & Nephews Karamazov_.

Comment from KMc
Time March 31, 2004 at 5:19 pm

I’ve always said I’ll buy whatever special complete Cerebus collection he puts out when it’s finished, but this interview reminds me what a complete asshole he is. Rather than “love the art, not the artist”, I may be of the “don’t reward the asshole” school of thought.

This is part of my nascent “There’s No Excuse Not To Be Nice” philosophy. Knowing where nice guys finish, it’s going to be a little hard to gain followers. But how are we going to achieve the idyllic future depicted in Star Trek: The Next Generation if we don’t start weeding out the assholes?

Comment from etrigan
Time March 31, 2004 at 10:48 pm

At some level I’d agree with you, if all we were talking about was High Society and maybe even Church and State I and II, but after reading Jaka’s Story, Rick’s Story and Melmouth and Guys and Reads…well, you get the idea. It’s amazing work.

Comment from etrigan
Time March 31, 2004 at 10:50 pm

oh. and if you don’t want to pay for them, come spend a weekend at Casa Rollerfeet reading them on the couch.

Comment from Jank
Time March 31, 2004 at 11:40 pm

> my nascent “There’s No Excuse Not To Be Nice” philosophy

Count me on board for this one.

See similar drunk musings on the Department of Peace.

The Department of Peace – Motto: “There’s no excuse not to be nice”. The crest could have a mother shaking her finger at us. All backed up by the US DoD.

OK, it’s bedtime.

Comment from etrigan
Time April 1, 2004 at 10:49 am


I have always theorized that the outward reflections of genetics are indicative of development potentials in the brain. Dave discusses this in his angry consrvative fashion during his interview, and this Cambridge professor is suggesting the same for sexual identity and mental proclivities.

It’s a firestorm debate that (in agreeance with Dave, I think) Liberals are a little afraid of. Genetics for race and sex reflect a gray matter predisposition towards patterned ways of thinking. Much like professor Simon Baron-Cohen I would caveat this theory with ??the rule doesn’t always hold true?? and it does not indicate a mental dispostion that cannot be overcome. Just like being short hasn’t prevented Becky from being a great runner, being female hasn’t prevented a lot of women from being excellent at ??understanding and building systems?? or a lot of men from being empathetic — although most of use _are_ pathetic.

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