I’d be perfectly happy to repackage the CEREBUS material in a more bookstore-friendly format than those fucking phone books and give the material the new lease on life it (or at least the first two thirds of it) so richly deserves.Dave Sim is of course famous for his anti-publisher stance, having long believed the only way to keep control as a cartoonist is to self publish, which he has done ever since the first issue of Cerebus. Thompson argues that while this stance was understandable at the time:
The dynamics of the marketplace have changed so fundamentally that something that made (relative) sense 20 years ago doesn’t necessarily make sense today. The market has turned decisively against pamphlets and against self-publishers, and that’s just a reality. The battlefield is littered with the corpses of self-publishers. A sensible person adapts to reality.Dave Sim's response?
Okay, well, Kim. Howdy. The short answer to your question would be, “No.”That might not be the end of it though. Sim at least seems open to the idea of Fantagraphics publishing some of his back catalogue, if not entirely in the way they would like to do it. Meanwhile he is going ahead with the digital publishing of High Society, with a free audio book version of the first issue scheduled to be available for free on October 10.
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