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Colouring the past…

I had some copies of the black & white Cerebus “First Fifth” plates and hand coloured four sets in the same way I had done the original 30 sets back in 1985: assembly-line style. That is, I started with the lightest colour and did only that colour on each of the six plates. Then did the next darkest colour on each. The end result is four sets that look pretty much identical:

… and that’s enough of that.

I don’t know how I did THIRTY sets all those years ago.

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That went well…

 The “Live Event” sale was success!

Here’s Shel doing her best “Vana White”

It’s still on YouTube, all two and half hours (!!!) of it :

 

Couple of reviews:

“Groundbreaking show. We want more like this. Great job!”

“Sad I missed out on it. Would have loved to get a Church and State page… But an enjoyable time listening to Gerhard. Thanks for doing this!”

 

And of course I’ve spent all my time since then emailing, invoicing and packing up art:

Thank you everyone who bought a page (or two.. or three..) and thanks for watching.

Let’s do it again some time.

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Save the Date…


 

Comic Art Live Presents
Gerhard’s Cerebus Art
End of the Lockdown? Sale
Saturday, April 24th @11am EST


This is a live streamed event. CLICK HERE to watch the sale live on Saturday, April 24th at 11am EST. You can also visit the Comic Art LIVE YouTube channel and Set a Reminder for this broadcast.

In 2020, most of us were hunkered down, locked away.  Now as the Spring of 2021 is upon us, there’s an air of optimism in the air and it’s time to celebrate with an art sale featuring Cerebus artwork coming straight from one the artists that helped bring the series to life, Gerhard!  

Starting in 1977, Cerebus set a record as the longest running independent comic book title with 300 consecutive issues, ending in 2004.  In 1984, starting with issue #65, artist/writer Dave Sim brought on a then unknown Gerhard to assist with drawing backgrounds.  Over the 20 year period they worked together, Gerhard’s role evolved drawing more than just “backgrounds,” creating covers and complex worlds under Sim’s direction that Gerhard could draw anything he wanted including “the inside of a submarine.”  Dave Sim’s and Gerhard’s work on Cerebus inspired a whole generation of artists and fueled a B&W comic book revolution in the 1980’s.  And, their work is highly prized by collectors with new pieces rarely made available on the market.  But, now through ComicArtFans, you have that rare chance to buy Cerebus artwork directly from the artist at a fixed price.   

Starting at 11AM ET/8AM PT on Saturday, April 24th, spend an hour and a half with host Bill Cox, Gerhard, and collector/art rep Charles Costas as Gerhard cracks open his personal vault of Cerebus artwork to offer 30 never before seen pieces of original art.  This will be your first chance to obtain pieces ranging from Gerhard’s work on Church and State and Jaka’s Story through Cerebus’ Last Day!  There will be pages, covers, splashes, and even double-page splashes!   

Here’s how it will work:

Join the Livestream starting at 11AM ET/8AM PT on April 24th  – We’ll start by talking with Gerhard about his illustrious career in comics and what he’s up to today.

About 20-30 minutes after the session begins, we’ll start listing pieces one by one for sale.  You’ll be able to see them on the Livestream as well as in Charles Costas’ CAF gallery at:

https://www.comicartfans.com/galleryroom.asp?gsub=215384

While they’re being shown, Gerhard will give you some behind the scenes insight on each piece. 

As soon as you see a piece you like, e-mail Charles Costas at comiconxion@hotmail.com to reserve the piece.  Reservations will be first come, first served so don’t be slow with your trigger finger! After all 30 pieces have been shown – that’s it!  The vault will once again be closed.   

For those that may need a little time to pay, Gerhard is offering interest-free payment plans up to three months (hopefully that allows people who may want to purchase more than just one a little flexibility).  Payment can be made via PayPal or check.   

I hope you’ll join us for this special Comic Art LIVE event.
 
 
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Cast Off…

I’ve got nothing new to show and tell so I went way back into the vault to try to find something for the blog.

This is a little movie I quickly put together. It’s from a project I started a looooong time ago.

It starts with a photo of my old boat, the model I made of that boat, the model in action, and the drawings did:

… and then I abandoned ship.