Comments on: The attention span of an overripe grapefruit: Leigh on #4 http://cereblog.org/2009/01/28/the-attention-span-of-an-overripe-grapefruit-leigh-on-4/ Just another WordPress.com weblog Sat, 18 Jul 2009 10:27:06 +0000 http://wordpress.com/ hourly 1 By: Eric http://cereblog.org/2009/01/28/the-attention-span-of-an-overripe-grapefruit-leigh-on-4/#comment-348 Eric Wed, 20 May 2009 19:36:54 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=130#comment-348 I never liked Elrod as a character and was quite pleased when Dave finally "offed" him much, much later. I always felt like his absence from the comic was a much-needed reprieve after he left the page. I never understood the fascination with the character and though the Elric meets Foghorn Leghorn to be utterly strange and not all that funny. But, hey, that's just my opinion. His thinking Cerebus is a kid in a bunny suit, however, now that's just gold, something that got better with age. So this issue is a bit of a mixed-bag for me. I never liked Elrod as a character and was quite pleased when Dave finally “offed” him much, much later. I always felt like his absence from the comic was a much-needed reprieve after he left the page. I never understood the fascination with the character and though the Elric meets Foghorn Leghorn to be utterly strange and not all that funny. But, hey, that’s just my opinion. His thinking Cerebus is a kid in a bunny suit, however, now that’s just gold, something that got better with age. So this issue is a bit of a mixed-bag for me.

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By: Jeff Tundis http://cereblog.org/2009/01/28/the-attention-span-of-an-overripe-grapefruit-leigh-on-4/#comment-182 Jeff Tundis Thu, 12 Feb 2009 20:47:05 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=130#comment-182 This issue also features something that will have long reaching effects on our Aardvarkian hero - the Chaos Gem. The importance of this is also touched on in "Magiking" - the short story that Kim Scarborough mentioned (printed in Swords Of Cerebus 4 and the World Tour Book). -Jeff This issue also features something that will have long reaching effects on our Aardvarkian hero – the Chaos Gem.

The importance of this is also touched on in “Magiking” – the short story that Kim Scarborough mentioned (printed in Swords Of Cerebus 4 and the World Tour Book).

-Jeff

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By: aintmsbtraven http://cereblog.org/2009/01/28/the-attention-span-of-an-overripe-grapefruit-leigh-on-4/#comment-141 aintmsbtraven Fri, 30 Jan 2009 17:54:01 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=130#comment-141 I love Elrod too--I've referred to him elsewhere as a "popalchemical miracle," and I stand by that assessment... this background stuff is awesome too Linda--keep it comin'! I think my favourite Elrod appearance is the Black Sun cult story in issue #7 (when he gets the full "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" style intro)--although he's pretty wonderful as "Bunkie" as well! I love Elrod too–I’ve referred to him elsewhere as a “popalchemical miracle,” and I stand by that assessment… this background stuff is awesome too Linda–keep it comin’!

I think my favourite Elrod appearance is the Black Sun cult story in issue #7 (when he gets the full “Hooray for Captain Spaulding” style intro)–although he’s pretty wonderful as “Bunkie” as well!

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By: Linda S http://cereblog.org/2009/01/28/the-attention-span-of-an-overripe-grapefruit-leigh-on-4/#comment-140 Linda S Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:46:13 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=130#comment-140 Dave and I spent Sunday afternoons watching video tapes (on BETA!) of old Warner Brothers cartoons and old Marx Brother movies while we were dating. (good times, they were!) He could slip into Foghorn's character quite easily, although he thought he was the Bugs Bunny type, the sarcastic instigator s**t-disturber intent on getting his own way. Dave had an ear for the way people spoke and their dialogue, the inflection and tones in their voices, the way they put their words together while speaking, how they accented words and phrases. It bordered on an obsession for him and he used it to great effect through out the series. I obsessed over the written word; I'm the one who corrected spelling and grammar errors in restaurant menus. I got over it. That issue with Elrod is to this day one of my favourite comics of all time, not just Cerebus. Elrod's delusional narcissism is partially inspired by a mutual acquaintance who is/was the bane my existence, Dave's too. It is Dave's most brilliant inside joke, so effective and so well done the inspiration probably still is blissfully unaware of the association, even though he's aware he inspired a character. Dave told me when ever he saw this guy coming he crossed the street, he looked away. suddenly became blind, suddenly found the cracks in the street fascinating, or the empty store window -anything to avoid eye contact because he if he saw you it meant you'd spend the rest of the afternoon listening to an endless monologue of how great this guy was, all the amazing things that were happening to him, and how this was the beginning of something great yadda yadda yadda And then he'd vanish for a while, starting anew job how he was the greatest etc. with nary a mention of what happened to the old job, situation, whatever. And he never ever had anything to show for all his amazing talents and abilities. He was clueless aout his effect on people, how he made us want to gnaw at our own limbs to get away from him. We called him a "legend in his own mind" As soon as Dave said this person inspired Elrod it was obvious. And like I said, this guy still has no idea and he's still trying to figure out which character he inspired. Anyways, keep up the good work! Dave and I spent Sunday afternoons watching video tapes (on BETA!) of old Warner Brothers cartoons and old Marx Brother movies while we were dating. (good times, they were!) He could slip into Foghorn’s character quite easily, although he thought he was the Bugs Bunny type, the sarcastic instigator s**t-disturber intent on getting his own way. Dave had an ear for the way people spoke and their dialogue, the inflection and tones in their voices, the way they put their words together while speaking, how they accented words and phrases. It bordered on an obsession for him and he used it to great effect through out the series. I obsessed over the written word; I’m the one who corrected spelling and grammar errors in restaurant menus. I got over it.

That issue with Elrod is to this day one of my favourite comics of all time, not just Cerebus. Elrod’s delusional narcissism is partially inspired by a mutual acquaintance who is/was the bane my existence, Dave’s too. It is Dave’s most brilliant inside joke, so effective and so well done the inspiration probably still is blissfully unaware of the association, even though he’s aware he inspired a character.

Dave told me when ever he saw this guy coming he crossed the street, he looked away. suddenly became blind, suddenly found the cracks in the street fascinating, or the empty store window -anything to avoid eye contact because he if he saw you it meant you’d spend the rest of the afternoon listening to an endless monologue of how great this guy was, all the amazing things that were happening to him, and how this was the beginning of something great yadda yadda yadda And then he’d vanish for a while, starting anew job how he was the greatest etc. with nary a mention of what happened to the old job, situation, whatever. And he never ever had anything to show for all his amazing talents and abilities. He was clueless aout his effect on people, how he made us want to gnaw at our own limbs to get away from him. We called him a “legend in his own mind” As soon as Dave said this person inspired Elrod it was obvious. And like I said, this guy still has no idea and he’s still trying to figure out which character he inspired.

Anyways, keep up the good work!

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By: Paul DeBenedetto http://cereblog.org/2009/01/28/the-attention-span-of-an-overripe-grapefruit-leigh-on-4/#comment-138 Paul DeBenedetto Thu, 29 Jan 2009 20:35:53 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=130#comment-138 If I recall correctly, in old Foghorn Leghorn cartoons Foghorn talked so much that no other character could get a word in edgewise. That's always what I thought Sim was doing. Also, with the hair he sort of looks like Gil Kane or even Starlin's Adam Warlock: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/warlock.jpg If I recall correctly, in old Foghorn Leghorn cartoons Foghorn talked so much that no other character could get a word in edgewise. That’s always what I thought Sim was doing.

Also, with the hair he sort of looks like Gil Kane or even Starlin’s Adam Warlock: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/warlock.jpg

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By: Leigh Walton http://cereblog.org/2009/01/28/the-attention-span-of-an-overripe-grapefruit-leigh-on-4/#comment-137 Leigh Walton Thu, 29 Jan 2009 20:14:05 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=130#comment-137 I kept going back and forth between Silver Surfer and Adam Warlock. Something about those pupil-less eyes shadowed by a heavy brow -- plus his open-mouthed outrage is a perfect emulation of that existential angst which pervaded 1970s Marvel. I kept going back and forth between Silver Surfer and Adam Warlock. Something about those pupil-less eyes shadowed by a heavy brow — plus his open-mouthed outrage is a perfect emulation of that existential angst which pervaded 1970s Marvel.

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By: David Fiore http://cereblog.org/2009/01/28/the-attention-span-of-an-overripe-grapefruit-leigh-on-4/#comment-136 David Fiore Thu, 29 Jan 2009 19:48:06 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=130#comment-136 good call on the Surferesque Elrod, Leigh--there IS indeed a distinct resemblance! good call on the Surferesque Elrod, Leigh–there IS indeed a distinct resemblance!

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By: Kim Scarborough http://cereblog.org/2009/01/28/the-attention-span-of-an-overripe-grapefruit-leigh-on-4/#comment-135 Kim Scarborough Thu, 29 Jan 2009 11:37:54 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=130#comment-135 You should also cover "Magicking" before "Black Magicking", as that actually reveals a pretty important plot point. The stories where he plays Diamondback with the priest and where he's kidnapped by Sir Gerrick are less important, but if you're being a completist you could write about those as well. You should also cover “Magicking” before “Black Magicking”, as that actually reveals a pretty important plot point. The stories where he plays Diamondback with the priest and where he’s kidnapped by Sir Gerrick are less important, but if you’re being a completist you could write about those as well.

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By: Douglas http://cereblog.org/2009/01/28/the-attention-span-of-an-overripe-grapefruit-leigh-on-4/#comment-134 Douglas Thu, 29 Jan 2009 06:51:24 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=130#comment-134 Oh, you'll be seeing another earth pig or two eventually. Hold your horses. Oh, you’ll be seeing another earth pig or two eventually. Hold your horses.

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By: Leigh Walton http://cereblog.org/2009/01/28/the-attention-span-of-an-overripe-grapefruit-leigh-on-4/#comment-133 Leigh Walton Thu, 29 Jan 2009 04:05:31 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=130#comment-133 Silverspoon, definitely. It actually is in the most recent printings of the first phone book. And even if it weren't, it's important, and quite good. Silverspoon, definitely. It actually is in the most recent printings of the first phone book.

And even if it weren’t, it’s important, and quite good.

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