Cerebus High Society Audio/Digital Coming October 10th!

Cerebus is coming! Click here to go to the Cerebus Downloads Site. On October 10th, let the downloads commence!

HIGH SOCIETY AUDIO DIGITAL, the graphic novel project that raised $63,000 on Kickstarter in June to finance its conversion to A/D (Audio Digital) format is almost here. Graphic novelist Dave Sim brings his classic best-selling black and white 1982 graphic novel (FIVE STARS in most graphic novels guides) to life reading all of the narration AND performing the voices of his entire cast of dozens of characters.  All 500 pages have been digitally remastered from the original artwork, original negatives and reconstructions (the original negatives for 130 pages were destroyed in an apartment fire in August).  The first 20-page installment is a FREE download starting October 10 at www.cerebusdownloads.com !

If you have never read Cerebus, but have always wanted to, or if you are hearing of it for the first time, or it’s been twenty years since you’ve read it, HIGH SOCIETY IS THE BEST PLACE TO START. A story that unfolds over 25 issues of the landmark and historic self-published 300 issue magnum opus Cerebus, High Society is a great jumping on/starting point for all readers. A complete story, High Society is a triumph of storytelling and art. A true gem to add to any comic reader’s library. October 10th get your free download and then continue to come back for more. I have nothing but jealousy for the people who will get to experience High Society for the first time. I hope it means as much to you as it did (and still does) to me. Thank you Dave Sim, for letting me relive the wonder of The Regency anew.

 

Here is a petition I have signed.

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Cerebus High Society Audio/Digital Edition.

From Dave Sim:

“HIGH SOCIETY AUDIO DIGITAL, the graphic novel project that raised $63,000 on Kickstarter in June to finance its conversion to A/D (Audio Digital) format is almost here. Graphic novelist Dave Sim brings his classic best-selling black and white 1982 graphic novel (FIVE STARS in most graphic novels guides) to life reading all of the narration AND performing the voices of his entire cast of dozens of characters.  All 500 pages have been digitally remastered from the original artwork, original negatives and reconstructions (the original negatives for 130 pages were destroyed in an apartment fire in August).  The first 20-page installment is a FREE download starting October 10 at www.cerebusdownloads.com

VIEW “TRAILER” HERE  FOR A SMALL TASTE OF THIS AWESOME PROJECT!”

From Myself: I absolutely love Cerebus. I discovered this comic a couple decades ago when I was living in Florida. It was a pretty screwed up time in my life and it came upon me one afternoon at a sports card shop that had a rack of comics in it. Something at the time just told me to read it. It was issue #154. I quickly realized I was getting involved in something I needed to know more about in order to fully digest it’s concepts. It then became one of my favorite books to read and it stayed with me through the final issue #300, which I sold in my own comic shop years later.

High Society is your best introduction to Cerebus. If you love comics, art, storytelling, comedy, drama,The Marx Brothers, Foghorn Leghorn, Elric, Marvel Comics, satire or amazing line-work, I urge you to download the free issue and buy more. Tell your friends, tell your relatives, just download, share and enjoy. I promise you won’t regret it. Take a look at the photos below, they include the Kickstarter Backer Thank You Card and the head-sketch I obtained. This Kickstarter has seen it’s hard times, but every single person involved has worked so hard to bring this product to you, has shared so much of the process that this is like a family project to me. Support Dave Sim and Cerebus. Buy the HIGH SOCIETY AUDIO/DIGITAL EDITION. Download the first 20 pages free at www.cerebusdownloads.com on October 10, share this information and enjoy one heck of a ride.

GenCon 2012 Recap Part 3.

More of my updated GenCon information. New thoughts, added to the original post are in a nifty Swamp color.

Margaret Weis Productions: Booth: 1519

Marvel Heroic RPG: It’s my understanding, at least from what I have seen on Google+, that this game is actually very good and has some nice mechanics. I love super-heroes and love me some Champions but I prefer to run Marvel or DC heroes in their respective games. I’ve been wanting to just take a look at it, GenCon is where I can do that. “Where is my local FLGS?” you may ask, and I will tell you that we do have one. I will also tell you that I used to own a game-store in the same city. I wish much success to my FLGS, but I know they will never carry the selection I tried to, so, as much as I wish I could just peruse and buy the book at my FLGS, my perusal will have to happen at the Con. Verdict: Want to See. Conclusion: Didn’t search it out too hard. Still sounds cool though.

Mayfair Games: Booth: 431, 443, 643, 732

Star Trek: Catan: Settlers of Catan is just about my favorite board game. If you have never tried it, you really should. It’s quite excellent. I can’t wait to sit on down, shuffle the cards and play some Star Trek: Catan. This, is going to be an epic game. Verdict: Want it! Gotta Have it! Must Buy! It better fit in a suitcase! Conclusion: It would not fit in a suitcase. I will have to buy it locally. It’s hard to resist this one!

Look for Mayfair Van in morning before Dealer’s Room opens  8 – 9:30 a.m. Get a Limited Edition Pin: I want a pin, no swag bag this year so I want this pin. Verdict: I like stuff. Conclusion: I didn’t get one. The van was in the complete opposite spot from where I started my day each morning, so while I saw the cool van, I didn’t get a pin. Below you will see some great pieces Mayfair had laid out in a sit-down and eat area of the convention center over by where the Dealer’s Room is. Each table had a board game like Catan stuck to it, kinda like a big sticker and each table had these pieces on them. It was a fun way to sit and relax, I thought this was a great idea.

Offworld Designs: Booth: 1919

GenCon hat, shirts: One of our favorite things to do at the Con is to find awesome t-shirts. This booth always has some good ones and this year they have the official GenCon swag. I needs me a new hat. Verdict: Must Buy. Conclusion: First year ever I didn’t buy a GenCon shirt (heck, I even bought a red one years ago). I just didn’t. I didn’t like the quality of the hat so I skipped it.

Oni Press: Booth: 2032

Scott Pilgrim: Ironically, I find myself writing this on the two-year anniversary of this movie’s theatrical release (thanks Facebook). I really dig this movie, and I hope I can pick up a copy of the color hardcover so I can read the comic. Yeah, I’ve never read it. Yeah, I used to own a comic and game shop. Verdict: Want to See. Conclusion: Grabbed it and it’s fantastic.

Pinnacle Entertainment and Studio 2 Publishing: Booth: 415, 419

Hell on Earth: Reloaded: Oh, Deadlands. One of my longest running campaigns was Deadlands Classic. Great, absolutely phenomenal game, towards which I am obviously biased. Be that as it may, Shane Hensley has created one of the coolest RPG’s to ever come out IMHO and I am really excited to pick up Hell on Earth: Reloaded. This is going to be my next game of choice to run, along with it’s system, Savage Worlds. I love the mechanics, I love poker chips and cards, I love the setting. I have an RPG that I have been working on, Orcs Among Us!, I recently decided to scrap my original system (2d12!) and instead develop my setting for Savage Worlds. After GenCon and some more games running the system under my belt, I’ll start playing it with my group. Then the real reason for Ide Grac Games will be clear. Verdict: Must Buy! Conclusion: I have done several posts about my experience with the fine Pinnacle products and events I enjoyed. Click on the Deadlands Noir tag to see them all.

 

Visionary Comics‘ Deadlands TPB: Yay comics! I pre-ordered this for a GenCon pickup, I thought that was pretty cool. Looking forward to it! It’s supposed to have some Savage Worlds stuff in it as well. Verdict: Already Bought! Conclusion: Picked up my book and C. Edward Sellner couldn’t have been a nicer guy. Visionary Comics just finished up a Kickstarter for Deadlands: Raven which tells the story of The Reckoners Servitor Raven and it looks to be quite excellent, with extra material added from stretch goals. I’m looking forward to this one.

Q-workshop.com: Booth: 325

Dice: I have to check out this booth every year, not only are they Polish, they have excellent dice. Verdict: Must See. Conclusion: I picked up a D2, D4 and a pair of Pirate D6’s.

 

Rather Dashing Games: Booth: 1849

Four Taverns: Another game I noticed from that Board Game Geek List, I purposely haven’t researched this too much just so I have something to learn about at GenCon. Plus, this booth will be in the Entrepreneurs’ Avenue section of the Dealer’s Hall, which focuses on companies that are new to GenCon. Incidentally, here is another great list. Verdict: Want to Demo. Conclusion: I really only stopped by and picked up a pin and took a couple of photos. The booth was quite busy so I resolved to learn more about the game at a later date. It wasn’t until Sunday that I realized Grant Wilson of Ghost Hunters fame is the Art Director & Vice President of the company. It would have been cool to get a photo, as I know he was at the booth and I’m sure I asked him for the pin I got and didn’t put two and two together.

 

Smirk & Dagger Games: Booth: 1518

Cutthroat Caverns: Fresh Meat: These guys are from Connecticut, so I have to support the home team. Curt Covert used to bring his games into my store and I’d buy them right up. If you haven’t laid your eyes upon Cutthroat Caverns or Run For Your Life, Candyman! then you are missing out on some fun for sure! Verdict: Must See. Conclusion: Booth looked busy and that’s always a good thing.

Soda pop Miniatures w/Cool Mini or Not: Booth: 1431, 1531, 1631

Super Dungeon Explore: My good friend Mike introduced me to this game last year. I’ve been watching it and biding my time, and this year I have some tickets to play on Thursday night. I’m excited to see if I like the game enough to tackle a new group of mini’s,  which I would have to build and paint. I haven’t painted since the store closed and I think I’d like to again. These look like the right way to come back in, along with Caverns of Roxor. Verdict: Have to See. Conclusion: The first game I played at GenCon this year. After my traditional Thursday Dealer’s Room Mania, I played this with my wife and a couple other Con-goers. It was a fun game with nice mechanics, I’m going to buy this game for sure. I picked up The Caverns of Roxor expansion and a Princess Ruby metal fig. Great start of this year’s GenCon Gaming for me. Recommended. 

  

Relic Knights Deluxe Preview Pack: This is the other Soda Pop game that looks good. I’m intrigued by the Anime style of this companies stuff. I’m gonna pick up this little convention pack to check out the game rules. Verdict: Must Buy. Conclusion: I was told printing issues caused the Preview Pack to miss the Con. I picked up a Betty and Lug and should have got the new Black Diamond fig they had, but I was already getting SDE stuff. The Kickstarter just wrapped up and it’s right behind Ogre in Most Funded. I got in an Early Bird slot. I’m going to go Cerci And Star Nebula Corsairs.

-If you like cosplay, stop by their booth from 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a free poster, and get it signed by Marie-Claude Bourbonnais.

 

Starwind Design: Booth: 2006

GenCon Dice Bag: I  hope I like it. I hope it’s worth it. GenCon dice bags have been scare and/or hit/miss over the past few years at Indy. Verdict: Hoping. Conclusion: Sorry, I didn’t think it was too great. Hopes crushed.

Steve Jackson Games/Prolific Games: Booth: 1301

Castellan: I’ve got tickets to play this on Sunday. I’m hoping to like it as I have a good time with quite a few Steve Jackson Games. Plus, the booth is always fun and they have great Cthulhu stuff. Give them exact change. Go ahead. Verdict: Must See. Conclusion: I didn’t play in the game on Sunday as my wife had secured herself a place in the You Too Can Cthuhlu Black Letter Game and I wanted to walk her over to the game and say hi to the You Too guys. If you have never played in one of their games, do it!

Flapjacks and Sasquatches and the Side of Bacon Expansion: From posts on the Board Game Geek site, Prolific Games told me they would be there. I have been looking for this game for forever. Verdict: Must Buy! Conclusion: Oh, it’s mine baby! By the way, please show Prolific Games some support. They have a Kickstarter up for a nice looking family game called Hirelings: The Ascent

Troll & Toad.Com: Booth: 101

I buy stuff from them online now and then. Always had a good experience. I’ll take a look at the booth for sure. Verdict: Must See.Conclusion: Lots of Magic cards. Yup. Lots.

Troll Lord Games: Booth: 709

Castles and Crusades: Great game. I’ll be stopping by. Verdict: Must See. Conclusion: Lots of great stuff to look at.

Wishing Tree Games: Booth: 939

Uncle Chestnut’s Table Gype: Based on a concept by G.K. Chesterton and H.G. Wells, it piques my mind bone. I’ll have to take a look. Verdict: Must See. Conclusion: I got a copy and I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

Wizards of the Coast: Booth: 1401

Dungeon!: Loved it as a kid, and adult. Let’s see if it holds true. Verdict: Must See.

Drow Dice Set: I hope the hunt to get these dice isn’t too insane, I hope I don’t have to jump through hoops to get them, I hope it’s a grab and go situation. Verdict: Hoping. Conclusion: You had to jump through hoops, I didn’t have ten hours of my Con to waste tracking down dice that I wouldn’t use.

Wyrd Miniatures: Booth: 1131

Terraclips: Saw a mention of these online somewhere, just want to stop by the booth and see what they’re all about. Verdict: We’ll See. Conclusion: These look awesome! I have just the game to run through those sewers…

 

Zombie Orpheus Entertainment: Booth: 509

The Gamers, Journey Quest, Gamers III: If you haven’t seen The Gamers, you owe it to yourself. Verdict: Must See.  Conclusion: I’m pretty sure I was sitting next to a couple people filming a scene while I was taking a break at the Con. In any case, highest funded film project on Kickstarter to date! Way to go! 

NEXT:

I have one more GenCon Recap post coming, in the meantime, I want to talk about Cerebus. I shall be back later today most likely.

Next: De Plane, De Plane! and the JW.

More Kickstarters.

Other Kickstarter projects of note:

Hollow Earth Expedition: Perils of the Surface World: Jeff Combos, Sechin Tower and the rest of the gang over at Exile Game Studio are my first stop at every GenCon. I was there the first year they brought Hollow Earth Expedition with them and from the moment I punched a T-Rex in the foot, I was hooked on the system, concept and world. (I’d like to also note that the Hollow Earth books have some of the best editing I’ve ever seen in gaming books.) This one is funded already, but we’d all love to see new cover art, wouldn’t we? If you love pulp-era gaming and Jules Verne, check out this project.

Visionary Comics’ Deadlands: Raven Graphic Novel is a project that I’d love to see get funded. Charles Edward Sellner and crew have published some Deadlands comics previously, which were just collected into TPB form. They had set up a pre-order so you could pick up your copy at GenCon and I did just that. It was a pleasure to meet Mr. Sellner and look at some of the art from this Kickstarter. Gaming material for Savage Worlds is included with the trade on sale at GenCon, and the Kickstarter has goals that include the same. Back this one. The Deadlands story is one of the best out there, and Visionary Comics is doing it right. Below we have their booth at Gen Con and the exterior and interior of an amazing French edition of Deadlands: Reloaded that had me in awe.

 

Kickstarters.

Thinking about Kickstarters at the moment. The most obvious one to any of you fine folks that have found your way here to the Toxic Swamp is Deadlands Noir. This is one of the first Kickstarters I backed and it’s given me the most return so far. I played in the game at GenCon, I got my dice and badge. I’ve sent out info for my NPC and I’ve met the players behind the scenes. It’s been a glorious experience.

But what other Kickstarters are on my radar?

I backed The Duke from Catalyst Game Labs. At GenCon I was able to see a prototype and they also had Print and Play versions they were handing out. So, I’ve at least seen/held in my hands, parts of the actual game.

 

Modest Magic. First thing that made me spend money on a Kickstarter. Looking at this fine product, I was sold. You are going to love this stuff. Modular terrain. Quite brilliant. I’m proud to have backed this one and I’m pretty bummed I didn’t locate Nicholas Whitney at GenCon and get to shake his hand and see the Castle he brought with him. He did mention a video though, you should check it out if you want to feast your eyes on some good terrain.

Relic Knights. This one is still going on and I got to see some models and even bought one. (On a side note: I played Super Dungeon Explore at GenCon and loved it. I don’t own the game yet but I picked up Caverns of Roxor to keep me sated.) Not much to say here, it’s still live for Pete’s sake, but I own a model. That’s something.

 

 

Cerebus: High Society Digital. I love Cerebus. Cerebus means a lot to me, an old, dear friend. This Kickstarter has had more updates than any other I’m in. Each one informative and uplifting. This is one awesome project. I’m seeing things get packed into boxes, Dave Sim has been working his butt off and work has progressed. Today, there was some bad news. I’m sorry to say that the project has suffered a setback, Sandeep, who has been doing all the scanning of original negatives, suffered a devastating fire and lost all of his possessions, including the new scanners and original negatives. Not only is this a horrible thing to have to happen to anyone, and I pray and wish him well and hope a way to help him surfaces, (HELP SANDEEP BY CLICKING HERE) I am sad for a great loss for the comics community as well. A big chunk of history has been lost. Whatever you do to give someone in distress comfort, please try to do it for Sandeep.

Here is the original post that was sent to backers of the project.

Dave Sim, here:  Just thought everyone should know:  Fisher came over today and asked if I had heard from Sandeep.  No, I hadn’t.  Hands me today’s RECORD.  Front page: Sandeep’s place — and the buildings on either side of him — were gutted by fire yesterday afternoon. He got out in one piece but with nothing but the clothes on his back and his wallet (he had been in the shower and a cop showed up at the door:  “You have the leave. NOW”) The whole place went up in about five minutes.
 All of the negatives for HIGH SOCIETY were destroyed as well as the 11×17 scanner and the new negative scanner.  No insurance.  So, I thought I’d better let everyone know that we’re definitely not on track for the September 12 launch at this point.
I don’t expect that I’ll hear from Sandeep for at least a few days — he’s staying with friends and obviously has a lot more important things to think about than HIGH SOCIETY DIGITAL.  
Okay — gotta run to make my 3:00 prayer.  Please feel free to relay this to anyone you think should know.  Particularly people who are waiting on HIGH SOCIETY DIGITAL.  

Here is a petition I have signed. I have nothing to say, other than I stand by it.