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When Reporters Repeat

Brian Hibbs

So, the Dave Sim / IDW press release went out wide, and several sources are specifically reporting the story as though this means that IDW is publishing a paper collection of Cerebus comics.

I do not think this is correct.  In fact, I’m sure it isn’t.

Read the release again, slowly — this HAS to be for a DVD (?) collection of  the digital files, not a print book. (Edit: they’ve changed the title at AMOC, indicting it IS a DVD. Toldja!)

Heidi also pitches it as being “rare and expensive” from “IDW Limited”, which might be one component of it — but given that “IDW Limited” items are NOT sold in stores, and the rest of the release talks about “comic store rights”, this too must be wrong.

Tom is the only one who gets it “right”, but I think that’s only because he doesn’t commit one way or the other to what “hard copy” means as to what it might be, giving him plausible denialability.

But, here’s a question: is it too much to ask that reporters not run stories without confirming the details? I don’t care if you JUST run a press release, but if you comment on it, can you get it right, please?



10 Responses to “ When Reporters Repeat ”

  1. The full details are in the interview with Dave Sim, Ted Adams and Scott Dunbier that Instuds put up today. The gist is that they’ll be publishing a DVD version of High Society Audio Digital. You can hear the interview here:

  2. Podcasts are cool and all, but press releases should actually be specific and clear.


  3. On your actual point though, I completely agree about the lazy journalism here (Spurgeon excluded). I think people are just getting carried away with themselves following the Sim-related hilarity the comics internet has been submitted to this past month though.

  4. Another bit of info in that podcast that I haven’t seen on any news sites is that the Cerebus covers collection is actually going to be three or four volumes.

  5. See, I don’t consider “blog post” and “press release” to be synonymous; I was waiting for full details.

  6. I listened to Inkstuds and still did not have a clear idea of what the thing would be.

  7. I haven’t followed Cerebus over the years. I’ve read the Comicsbeat and Comics Reporter posts on this project, as well as the press release, and I don’t get what this thing actually is. I know “High Society” is the title of one of the phone book collections. But what is “High Society Audio Digital”? Like, literally, what is it? The press release mentions “audio-digital pages.” What are “audio-digital pages?” It mentions animation. Is it a motion comic? Am I missing something where they explain what the project literally is?

  8. CBrown,

    CEREBUS was a 300 issue story about an aardvark published from 1977 to 2004. “High Society” is the storyline that ran from #26 to #50, and is pretty much the consensus pick as the best place to start reading the series, despite references to characters and events in the first 25 issues, since by that point Sim had honed his storytelling chops. It’s also been almost continuously in-print as a 500-page book since 1986.

    The “Audio Digital” thing being referred to (which, yeah, is an unclear name to use) is pretty much a motion comic, though without the animation effects some motion comics have, and with Sim doing all the voices. You can download the first one for free from right now. Basically each page starts with a shot of the full page, then zooms into the first panel and pans and zooms across the page at the rate Sim reads the words. That’s what IDW just signed a deal to release, presumably in DVD or Blu-Ray format after the 25 issues are done.

  9. I’d just add that, as the owner of this site, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention you could also go to our store to get Cerebus. And the first one is free!


  10. And, as somebody, that read the free issue, I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend you pick it up, whether you’ve never encountered Cerebus before or if you have.

    Because in the first case: I think you’ll be struck by the similarities to a lot of the better webcomics out there today, as far as the accessibility of the humor (translated: it’s funny!) and the depth of the world building. Also, Sim’s cartooning isn’t as strong as it goes on to become but his storytelling chops are *formidable*. He knows how to mix it up and push you through a book at exactly the right speed.

    And in the second case: those of you who’ve read Cerebus before probably are interested in the history of the comics market generally and/or the cartoonists’ craft and the first issue has something like 40 extra pages of historical material, running from absurdly fascinating minutiae (invoices of what Sim was paying and getting paid back in 1981) to creative development (scans of the the spiral notebook in which Sims plotted out his issues).

    And, again, it’s free.

    Here’s a tinyURL link to the first issue (which probably means I’ll have to moderate my own comment):

    Check it out, hey?

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