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    • CommentAuthormbakunin
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2011
    I never judge a writer's work based on whether or not I care for his personal beliefs, individual temperament, private practices, or public excesses. Rather, I believe we should confine our judgment to the work itself. This is a largesse I think should be extended to all writers, whatever their medium or genre might be. ALL. WRITERS.
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2011
    If the author is willing to keep themselves out of a work, I'm willing to return the favor. But like it or not, Sim is a character in /Cerebus/, and rather more of one towards the end than the supposed protagonist.
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    Is it even possible for an artist to keep out of his/her own work?
    • CommentTimeMar 26th 2011
    In this case I'm limiting the domain of my remarks to authors who quite literally write themselves in as a character and/or engage in long chunks of raw didactic essay plopped into the middle of a storyline. No quoting of Foucault's "What is an Author" needed here, really.
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    I actually bought a few phonebooks off of eBay and to my extreme pleasure found out that the seller was Mike Heisler of DV8 fame.

    I enjoyed Cerebus without thinking too much about Dave Sim the person. I'm sure there are creators that I love in all media that I would cringe in their presence as well as creators I'd enjoy having dinner with whose work I didn't enjoy. The work itself was enjoyable and pretty to look at while making me think a little. That's all I can ask of anything anybody creates.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2011
    Haven't read it for two reasons:

    1. I've never been much into fantasy. I enjoy reading Conan stories, Gaiman plays with those concepts well, and Fables barely counts as such to me, but other then that, I just can never get into anything that has wizards and magic and stuff.

    2. While I can read authors who's opinions I don't completely agree with, the way that I've always heard it, Cerebus literally became solely about his horrific views on women after a while, and if I wanted to see extended monologues about how all women are talentless, soul-sucking cunts, I can just go to the seedier side of the internet for free.
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    Cerebus literally became solely about his horrific views on women after a while

    No it didn't.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2011
    Ah. Well, good to hear then. I may have to put on my list after all.
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2011
    I've never been much into fantasy.

    It's also not really fantasy, it's a lot of things. So both of your points are off mark. Just give it a read and see for yourself. I would recommend reading the first two books, as the first one's no indication.