Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah: Essays on the Epic Graphic Satire of Dave Sim and Gerhard

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Eric Hoffman
McFarland, Oct 3, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 238 pages
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In December 1977, struggling Canadian comic book artist Dave Sim self-published the first issue of Cerebus the Aardvark, a Conan the Barbarian satire featuring a foul-tempered, sword-wielding creature trapped in a human world. Over the next 26 years, Sim, and later collaborator Gerhard, produced an epic 6,000-page graphic novel, the longest-running English language comic series by a single creative team. They revolutionized the comics medium by showing other artists that they too could forgo major publishers, paving the way for such successes as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Bone. This work, the first collection of critical essays on Cerebus, provides a multifaceted approach to Sim and Gerhard’s complex and entertaining oeuvre, including their innovative use of the comic medium, storytelling and satiric techniques, technical and visual sophistication, and Sim’s use of the comic as commentary on gender and religion.
 

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User Review  - MoonBeamShadow - LibraryThing

An interesting collection of essays to be sure. Any large library that already includes most classic comic book series, as well as critical works about those comic book series, could probably use this book. Read full review

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User Review  - SeaBill1 - LibraryThing

The essays in this collection are not all of the same quality. By far the best pieces are the two by Eric Hoffman, who also edited the volume. By far the worst essay is by Sabin Calvert, a piece so ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
5
A Map of Estarcion
65
Ignore It Its Just Another Reality
97
Becoming Synonymous with Something Indescribable
127
Mind Games
163
Ye Booke of Sim
199
Appendix
217
Bibliography
221
About the Contributors
225
Index
227
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Eric Hoffman, a poet and essayist, is the author of sixteen books and lives in Connecticut.

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