There’s a fascinating inteview in the AV Club of this week’s Onion with Dave Sim, the controversial creator of Cerebus, a comic book that he has been self-publishing for the past 25 years. What started out as a parody of Conan the Barbarian grew into long, intricate storylines involving a character who, as The Onion interview states, is “a foul-tempered anthropomorphic aardvark, who has been a mercenary warrior, a politician, a religious leader and scholar, a revolutionary, a professional sports player, a bartender, and a comic-book fanboy, among many other roles.”
Sim would probably make an amazing subject for a documentary as he went from being known for creating a brilliant series of graphic novels to what some have deemed a mysognist with some very extreme views on affirmative action, a woman’s role in our society, and politics. He used the later issues of the comic to write long essays on his extreme anti-feminist and anti-leftist views. Andrew Rilstone’s website has a Dave Watch where he covers the comic, the man, and has some interesting commentary on Dave’s controversial essays.
Onion interview is here.
Andrew Rilston’s website about Dave Sim and Cerebus is here.