Note From The President, Cerebus 102, September 1987Copyright 1987 Dave Sim
Bits and Pieces
I beseech John Byrne that when The Star Brand obliterates Pittsburgh, that he spare the Captain’s Table Restaurant at the Pittsburgh airport which serves a steak on toasted garlic bread with béarnaise sauce that is second to none and which has, as well, a nice selection of dry red wines available by the glass. Many times on my journeys south, this establishment was an oasis in a desert of cellophane-wrapped ham and cheese sandwiches. Please, John, take Three River Stadium but spare the Captain’s Table.
Heidi MacDonald takes issue with my opinion that all changes to a creative work by an outside individual are arbitrary, venturing the opinion that “we have to draw the line somewhere” without explaining who “we” are (though I could hazard a guess at the faintly-less-and-un-talented) why “we” “have to” draw the line or what line it is “we” are drawing, what “we” intend to keep penned up inside of it or what “we” intend to demarcate. Aside from that, her reasoning is flawless.
That’s why they call them editors, dept: Colleen Doran was showing a finished job to an editor. Spotting a specific panel, the chap in question gave it the old “Mm. We might have trouble with this one”. Colleen asked why. “Naked breast.” Colleen informed him that the breast in question was a male breast; not a female breast. “But.” the fellow argued, “there’s a nipple on it.”
Definition of mixed emotions; Finding out your ex-wife accepted a Kirby Award on your behalf in San Diego.
Capital City, the distributor which goes to ridiculous lengths to establish report cards of performance for every comic book publisher in existence (even ones like Vortex who have made it quite clear that they won’t publish any comic book until everyone involved is satisfied with it) is the only distributor we have trouble getting money from, now that Glenwood is gone. Consider this my report card.
I considered putting “Winner 1987 Kirby Award Best Black and White” “Loser 1987 Kirby Award Best Continuing Series” “Loser 1987 Kirby Award Best Art Team” “Not even fucking nominated Best Writer, Best Writer- Artist, Best Graphic Album” on the cover, but I suspected no one else would find it particularly funny, so I’m keeping it to myself. Nyah.
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