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    Not that Dave Sim is killing him, you understand. Otherwise I would now be an accessory to murder.

    The bit of Glamourpuss that I really liked was the Strange Death of Alex Raymond, Sim using the skills he'd practiced in earlier issues of the series recreating the photorealistic newspaper strip of the mid-twentieth century to look at the circumstances of the death of one of its finest practitioners, Alex Raymond, best known for his work on Flash Gordon. And not being entirely convinced of the official verdict.

    He began that narrative in Glamourpuss, but the comic was discontinued before its conclusion.

    Dave Sim is looking for $1, $5 and $10 contributions to help him conclude the work. I've given him my ten dollars. Won't you do the same?

    He writes from Kickstarter Update #125
    ...In the meantime, having to make a living, I have signed with IDW to do four work-made-for-hire covers a month. Unlike everything having to do with CEREBUS, THAT's going smoothly. I e-mail the covers from PostNet, I get reaction back, voucher the covers and get paid. So, I'm working on THE STRANGE DEATH OF ALEX RAYMOND (when I'm not RE-RE-recording audio for George) and making some progress. That's pretty much what I see my future as being since the earliest that George could finish HIGH SOCIETY AUDIO DIGITAL and HIGH SOCIETY DIGITALis next April. If the schedule stays the way it is now, you can make that closer to June. So, what I picture is trying to get by with the $17K left out of the $30K and whatever I can make doing covers with IDW. If I'm not "covering my nut" I'll do more covers (they've got 19 -- count 'em 19 -- possibles for me) and cut into the three weeks out of the month that I have to work on STRANGE DEATH......Rick Norwood of COMICS REVUE (one of my favourite publications, reprinting classic comic strips that he sends me for free. Thank you, Rick!) wrote recently suggesting three possibilities for my career as it stands: 1) Collect glamourpuss and the ALEX RAYMOND material as "Princess, Die!" 2) get 1,000 CEREBUS fans to send me $5 a month so I can keep working and not worry about overhead and 3) do a cover of Cerebus with Mandrake for COMICS REVUE for $100. I'll be trying option #2 "as soon as/if" viable instructions from George arrive on how to create Paypal buttons. I'm just going to have a "Dave Sim Fund $5" button. I'll let you know every month how much money comes in. But, after all of my bad CEREBUS experiences over the last decade? Two decades? I'm thinking work-made-for-hire covers, THE STRANGE DEATH OF ALEX RAYMOND and ZERO CONTACT with computers (except when I have to come back to coffee shop hell to let you know what's happening with YOUR money) is my best bet...</p>



    ...Okay, back to STRANGE DEATH OF ALEX RAYMOND. I've just finished a new "bridge" between the Alex Raymond RIP KIRBY introductory material and the Stan Drake HEART OF JULIET JONES introductory material covering BIG BEN BOLT and TWIN EARTHS (the second and third photorealism strips). Some good stuff in TWIN EARTHS (the "twin earth" planet is 92% women!) for the later "Metaphysical" sections. So, TECHNICALLY I'm on page 61 when it comes to doing my roadmap. Actual drawing, I'm still a ways away from. But ZERO CONTACT with computers. That counts for a lot with me...

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    What bad Cerebus experiences over the last decade (or two) is Sim referring to?

    The Alex Raymond project sounds interesting. I must have dropped Glamourpuss before he started it. At the time I found the comic to be too self-indulgent and lacking in focus. Maybe that changed.

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    I would certainly fund this, and will.

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    It's not clear to me from this just what one gets from funding the project, other than a warm glow. Does funding it at a certain level get you a copy of the finished product? Why not just Kickstarter it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmg View Post
    It's not clear to me from this just what one gets from funding the project, other than a warm glow. Does funding it at a certain level get you a copy of the finished product? Why not just Kickstarter it?
    You're right, it looks like a straight-up donation.

    As to Kickstarter, it sounds like the "High Society Audio Digital" Cerebus project that was a wild funding success there is now, like roughly 75% of funded Kickstarter projects, far behind schedule and now expected to be finished long after the initial estimate of "no later than Fall 2012". Besides the massive amount of work ("re-re-recording"?) yet to be completed on that prior project, can one involved in a Kickstarter project start another before the first one is completed and delivered to backers? I don't know, but I sort of hope the answer to that question is a "no".

    As great as Kickstarter is for people looking to fund a project, the percentage that are finished and delivered to backers on time being around 25% is not a heartening statistic to those funding them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victorian Squid View Post
    ... As to Kickstarter, it sounds like the "High Society Audio Digital" Cerebus project that was a wild funding success there is now, like roughly 75% of funded Kickstarter projects, far behind schedule and now expected to be finished long after the initial estimate of "no later than Fall 2012". Besides the massive amount of work ("re-re-recording"?) yet to be completed on that prior project, can one involved in a Kickstarter project start another before the first one is completed and delivered to backers? I don't know, but I sort of hope the answer to that question is a "no". ...
    Not to mention the original comic book pages in question burning in a factory fire ...

    God bless Dave Sim, one of the artform's too few visionaries. Will be donating as soon as it's possible.
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    The negatives burned, not the original pages, but yes, that was a serious setback. Still, seems odd to me that Dave's repeatedly said he won't take charity but then sets up a donation page rather than some sort of option where supporters get the book or something. (And yes, I did back the HS Kickstarter project at a pretty good rate.)

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