Comments on: A special and unique snowflake: Laura on #5 http://cereblog.org/2009/02/11/a-special-and-unique-snowflake-laura-on-5/ Just another WordPress.com weblog Sat, 18 Jul 2009 10:27:06 +0000 http://wordpress.com/ hourly 1 By: Eric http://cereblog.org/2009/02/11/a-special-and-unique-snowflake-laura-on-5/#comment-350 Eric Wed, 20 May 2009 19:51:29 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=217#comment-350 Fret McMury is hilarious in a way that Bran McMufin and the Pigts are not. I kept waiting for a Pigt named Mar Tinmull to show up. Fret McMury is hilarious in a way that Bran McMufin and the Pigts are not. I kept waiting for a Pigt named Mar Tinmull to show up.

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By: Cerebus #8: A liberating effect « Cerebus: A Diablog http://cereblog.org/2009/02/11/a-special-and-unique-snowflake-laura-on-5/#comment-260 Cerebus #8: A liberating effect « Cerebus: A Diablog Fri, 20 Mar 2009 03:42:36 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=217#comment-260 [...] Cerebus is persuaded by promise of wealth and power to accept, despite violently rejecting a very similar proposal from the Pigts just a few issues earlier. Although the Conniptins don’t specifically want to worship Cerebus – [...] [...] Cerebus is persuaded by promise of wealth and power to accept, despite violently rejecting a very similar proposal from the Pigts just a few issues earlier. Although the Conniptins don’t specifically want to worship Cerebus – [...]

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By: Laura Hudson http://cereblog.org/2009/02/11/a-special-and-unique-snowflake-laura-on-5/#comment-194 Laura Hudson Sat, 14 Feb 2009 21:26:41 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=217#comment-194 Thanks, Sean. And don't worry; New York Comic Con slowed us both down a bit, but we're back now and ready to get moving! Thanks, Sean. And don’t worry; New York Comic Con slowed us both down a bit, but we’re back now and ready to get moving!

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By: Sean R http://cereblog.org/2009/02/11/a-special-and-unique-snowflake-laura-on-5/#comment-187 Sean R Fri, 13 Feb 2009 01:56:10 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=217#comment-187 This is where things start to get good for me personally, although compared to how silent and subtle the character interaction is for me in later volumes, the over written narrative and thought balloons are way over the top. I've been trying to read along with you guys, but it is hard to restrain myself from moving forward. Please keep it motoring along! Sean This is where things start to get good for me personally, although compared to how silent and subtle the character interaction is for me in later volumes, the over written narrative and thought balloons are way over the top.

I’ve been trying to read along with you guys, but it is hard to restrain myself from moving forward. Please keep it motoring along!

Sean

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By: aintmsbtraven http://cereblog.org/2009/02/11/a-special-and-unique-snowflake-laura-on-5/#comment-186 aintmsbtraven Thu, 12 Feb 2009 21:29:01 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=217#comment-186 oh I almost forgot--my favourite joke-name in this issue is "Fret McMury" oh I almost forgot–my favourite joke-name in this issue is “Fret McMury”

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By: Laura Hudson http://cereblog.org/2009/02/11/a-special-and-unique-snowflake-laura-on-5/#comment-185 Laura Hudson Thu, 12 Feb 2009 21:21:42 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=217#comment-185 Ha! I'm a bit of a word nerd, so that is hilarious to me, Jeff. I thought perhaps the "ultimate" swordsman would be revealed later down the line. Speaking of semantics, "unique" does have the meaning you attribute to "special," Paul. It's actually the ultimate in being special: "existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics." It's superlative, which is why you can't actually describe something as "more unique." Adjectives aside, though, I think we're in total agreement about Cerebus' motivations. I get the sense that the religious themes and the way that (I hear) Cerebus explores ideas of authority are going to be some of my favorite parts of the series moving forward. It's even more interesting to me than the gender issues, particularly since talking about it is less like throwing a cherry bomb down a toilet. Which is something I never really thought I'd say about discussing religion. Ha! I’m a bit of a word nerd, so that is hilarious to me, Jeff. I thought perhaps the “ultimate” swordsman would be revealed later down the line. Speaking of semantics, “unique” does have the meaning you attribute to “special,” Paul. It’s actually the ultimate in being special: “existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics.” It’s superlative, which is why you can’t actually describe something as “more unique.” Adjectives aside, though, I think we’re in total agreement about Cerebus’ motivations.

I get the sense that the religious themes and the way that (I hear) Cerebus explores ideas of authority are going to be some of my favorite parts of the series moving forward. It’s even more interesting to me than the gender issues, particularly since talking about it is less like throwing a cherry bomb down a toilet. Which is something I never really thought I’d say about discussing religion.

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By: Jeff Tundis http://cereblog.org/2009/02/11/a-special-and-unique-snowflake-laura-on-5/#comment-184 Jeff Tundis Thu, 12 Feb 2009 21:04:15 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=217#comment-184 Good one Laura. I especially like your comments on faith at the end. One of the things that drew me to Cerebus was Dave's willingness to make fun of political and religious conventions (being a political independent and atheist, myself). The Bran Mak Mufin and the Pigts is pretty funny as a word gag, but it's a little too "easy" to me, based on Bran Mak Morn and the Picts. Bran becomes a much more meaningful character later on during Church & State. Another humorous "oops" in this issue is the statement that Bran is the "penultimate swordsman" (an error tat would later be repeated). This would mean that he is the "2nd best swordsman" which was not what Dave intended. He didn't know the correct definition of penultimate:) -Jeff Good one Laura. I especially like your comments on faith at the end. One of the things that drew me to Cerebus was Dave’s willingness to make fun of political and religious conventions (being a political independent and atheist, myself).

The Bran Mak Mufin and the Pigts is pretty funny as a word gag, but it’s a little too “easy” to me, based on Bran Mak Morn and the Picts. Bran becomes a much more meaningful character later on during Church & State.

Another humorous “oops” in this issue is the statement that Bran is the “penultimate swordsman” (an error tat would later be repeated). This would mean that he is the “2nd best swordsman” which was not what Dave intended. He didn’t know the correct definition of penultimate:)

-Jeff

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By: Paul DeBenedetto http://cereblog.org/2009/02/11/a-special-and-unique-snowflake-laura-on-5/#comment-183 Paul DeBenedetto Thu, 12 Feb 2009 21:04:03 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=217#comment-183 I love that smashing of the idol scene. I saw it more than Cerebus wanting to be unique, but rather that he wanted to be special, which I think is an important distinction. His being unique implies he's normal, just like any of us. His wanting to be special implies he's just a proud jerk, above all others. He's not a god incarnate, he's better! But maybe that's me reading into later issues. Apropos of your point regarding his motivations, I think the literal fight between his vices is just great. An actual struggle on the page where you can see greed winning, winning, winning, and then BAM; that pride comes in with the knock out punch. I love that smashing of the idol scene. I saw it more than Cerebus wanting to be unique, but rather that he wanted to be special, which I think is an important distinction. His being unique implies he’s normal, just like any of us. His wanting to be special implies he’s just a proud jerk, above all others. He’s not a god incarnate, he’s better! But maybe that’s me reading into later issues.

Apropos of your point regarding his motivations, I think the literal fight between his vices is just great. An actual struggle on the page where you can see greed winning, winning, winning, and then BAM; that pride comes in with the knock out punch.

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By: aintmsbtraven http://cereblog.org/2009/02/11/a-special-and-unique-snowflake-laura-on-5/#comment-180 aintmsbtraven Thu, 12 Feb 2009 14:55:30 +0000 http://cereblog.org/?p=217#comment-180 I quite agree--this is the issue in which Sim consciously embarks upon the task of exploring the narrative function of the protagonist... and in my opinion, his commitment to that project is what makes the entire series worth reading, despite all of the other ways in which its author goes off the rails... looking forward to issue #6--that one's awesome! Dave I quite agree–this is the issue in which Sim consciously embarks upon the task of exploring the narrative function of the protagonist… and in my opinion, his commitment to that project is what makes the entire series worth reading, despite all of the other ways in which its author goes off the rails…

looking forward to issue #6–that one’s awesome!

Dave

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