No other comic artist's legacy is as tough to nail down as that of Dave Sim, born on this day in 1956. As the creator of Cerebus, Sim is one of the medium's biggest champions for creators' rights, a patron saint of self-publishing, a contender for the title of greatest living cartoonist, and a visionary who achieved something that seemed both both crazy and impossible.
Simultaneously, he's a lightning rod for controversy, the holder of a litany of contentious opinions that he's made one with his work, and he's often dismissed as a kook at best, disgusting at worst. Yet no matter what one thinks of Sim as a human being, there's no denying the white-hot sequential brilliance that emanates from one of comics' most controversial creators.
In good news for art collectors, mononymous illustrator Gerhard has created a some brand new images that he's offering for sale as handsome limited edition prints. Based mainly on scenes from his and Dave Sim's acclaimed and uncommonly beautiful work on Cerebus, the selection demonstrates Gerhard's unique contribution of ornate, intricately detailed and immersive background "sets" and environments to Sim's at times controversial opus about the life and times of an anthropomorphic aardvark.
The prints are available separately and limited to 75-100 copies each and signed by the artist as well as Sim (where applicable), but the hardcore Cerebus fans may wish to avail themselves of the hand-colored editions, limited to just 25 copies each.
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