You may (or may not) know that there is an “Original Album Series” CD box set of 5 albums by Welsh psychedelic bonkers rockers Man, which comprises of the eponymous “Man”, “Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In?”, “Be Good To Yourself At Least Once A Day”, “Rhinos, Winos And Lunatics” and “Slow Motion” available for not very many of your hard-earned spondulicks from the usual outlets. You may well not (as I was not until just a short while ago) be aware that a second similar 5 CD box is scheduled for release on June 17th. This one comprises of “Greasy Truckers Party, Live At The Roundhouse”, “Live At The Padget Rooms Penarth”, “Christmas At The Patti”, “Maximum Darkness” and “Back Into The Future”. Pretty much the full set of their classic albums in 2 cheap boxes for 26 quid and some change.. That’s nice, isn’t it?
Bingo and I discussed rereading Cerebus at the beginning of the month in the Resolutions thread. Well, here goes.
For the majority of AWers out there scratching their heads and wondering what Cerebus is, some background is in order. I”m going to cheat and copy the description from Page 45’s website (www.page45.com – Britain’s finest comic shop):
CEREBUS was written and drawn by Canadian Dave Sim from start to finish over the course of 23 years. He was joined halfway through CHURCH & STATE on backgrounds and colour covers by landscape artist Gerhard, a man whose meticulous crosshatching puts him right up there with Bernie Wrightson (FRANKENSTEIN), Franklin Booth and even Gustav Doré, and whose architecture is as extraordinary in its own way as Schuiten’s.
“What’s CEREBUS about?” is the usual question.
It’s about 6,000 pages, 300 issues and 16 graphic novels long, plus extras.
It’s about life, death and the bits in between: war, greed, faith and religion, exchange rates, politics, love, freedom of artistic expression, the repression of artistic expression, the war of the sexes, sickness, friendship, loyalty and betrayal, idolatry, adultery, delusion and old age. On reflection I guess it’s also about the bits before and » Continue Reading.