ULTIMATE CEREBUS (Collectif)

L’artiste Dave Sim a proposé à l’éditeur IDW Publishing de réviser les 25 premiers numéros de la série Cerebus (qu’il considère comme un travail de jeunesse) avec des auteurs et artistes de talent. Il a vendu ce projet au responsable éditorial Ted Adams sous le titre Ultimate Cerebus, probablement en clin d’œil à la ligne Ultimate lancée par Marvel au début des années 2000.

Très peu connu dans nos contrées, Cerebus (le Oryctérope) est le personnage principale de l’artiste canadien Dave Sim (et de son compatriote Gerhard) dont la série fut publiée entre 1977 et 2004. débuté comme une saga d’héroïque-fantaisie parodique, Cerebus prendra bien vite des airs de chroniques satiriques sur divers sujets sensibles au choix de l’auteur; tels que la politique (Cerebus devient Premier Ministre), la religion (Cerebus devient Pape) ou le sexe (Cerebus est Hermaphrodite).
En France, Cerebus a connu la publication des volumes High Society en 2010 (Cerebus #26-50) et l’Eglise et l’Etat volume 1 (Cerebus #52-80) en 2012 chez Vertige Graphic.

Comme souvent avec Dave Sim, le projet reste très improbable mais l’offre a été lancée.

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[quote=“Davd Sim”] I asked Ted Adams during our phone chat a couple of weeks back if IDW would be interested in publishing ULTIMATE CEREBUS: basically the “re-telling” of the first 25 issues by other writers and artists and he was VERY enthusiastic.

My thinking is basically that the CEREBUS volume is a tough “sell” for a lot of people since I was, at best, semi-professional at the time but that there’s enough Warner Brothers-style funny and well-designed (though not IMHO well-drawn) raw material there to produce 25 comic books and a trade paperback if enough top-quality writers and artists want to have a go at them.

Let me emphasize “TOP quality” writers and artists – amazing veterans or undiscovered geniuses, I’m not fussy :slight_smile: – there’s not much point in replacing my semi-pro comics with someone else’s semi-pro comics – writers and artists who are able to meet a deadline obviously preferred.

This could, potentially, become a “feed-in” volume to the self-published Aardvark-Vanaheim trades starting with HIGH SOCIETY (and a Plan B if it takes much longer to get the CEREBUS trade back in print – basically skipping printing the CEREBUS trade and going right to printing the HIGH SOCIETY trade).

You may have noticed that anything having to do with Dave Sim and CEREBUS tends to go “lariv” on-line (that is, the opposite of viral), so I think I’m safe in saying that if any TOP quality artists and writers have a favourite among the first 25 issues (and ONLY the first 25 issues) and are interested in trying out it might be worth doing a few sample pages and sending scans or photocopies of them to Ted Adams, ULTIMATE CEREBUS, 5080 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA, 92109. You’ll be one of the few, practically guaranteed. And if you have the “chops” a regular paying gig for the next couple of years. Not without pressure attached. I imagine long-time CEREBUS fans will be very critical.

Note that IDW doesn’t accept ANY unsolicited manuscripts or submissions, but I think an exception can be made in this case because I’m the rights holder and all you would be doing is a variation of what I already did. And you’d have to get a green light from Ted before he would send something to me. If you don’t hear from Ted, that would tell you, pretty much, whether you were considered a TOP quality writer and/or artist. i.e. NOT! :slight_smile:

And if this goes “lariv” no harm, no foul, eh?[/quote]

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