I feel like a lot of reports from San Diego Comic Con this year have been about projects long in the works. This is no exception.
Sim had been talking a lot about his work on “The Strange Death of Alex Raymond,” a photo-realism comic about the American cartoonist creator of “Flash Gordon” and more, especially through the notes attached to the “Cerebus” Kickstarter. One noticeable element is that he continuously notes that it would be coming soon, that he was close to wrapping it up. After seeing all his variants for IDW, it should come as no surprise that IDW will be releasing Sim’s book — which, I might add (and I may be wrong here?) is the first time he has not self-published a comic, so that’s a pretty big deal.
The series is very much about Alex Raymond and his death, and was originally serialized in the back of “Glamourpuss,” Sim’s last creator-owned series. The IDW release will be remastered from this, redrawn in some instances and released as its own 18-issue series, which is pretty exciting. I also assume it’s an excellent opportunity for those not familiar with Dave Sim’s work to get introduced to him for the first time, which is always a good thing. Sim is a colossal talent, one of the industry’s best. He’s a controversial figure no doubt, but his storytelling is impeccable and “Cerebus” is a definitive must read.
I suppose I should bring back my article series chronicling it now, shouldn’t I?
For the full press release from IDW, please see below.
IDW Press Release
Prolific creator Dave Sim’s meta-adventure through the history of photo-realistic artwork, the career and death of Alex Raymond, and much more, will be published by IDW! Sim’s originally self-published work is being completely remastered, redrawn, and reworked before it sees release as its own 18-issue series.
About the project, the A Moment of Cerebus Web site said: “Originally serialized within the pages of the self-published Glamourpuss #1-26 (2008-2012), The Strange Death Of Alex Raymond is an as yet uncompleted work-in-progress in which Dave Sim investigates the history of photorealism in comics, specifically focusing on the work of comic-strip artist Alex Raymond the circumstances of his death on 6 September 1956 at the wheel of fellow artist Stan Drake’s Corvette.”
“It’s not much of a secret that we’re big Dave Sim fans at IDW,” said Ted Adams, Publisher and CEO. “He’s done an absolute ton of covers for us lately, each one more dynamic than the last. Add in the other Sim projects we have in the pipeline, such as the Complete Book of Cerebus Covers, the digital/audio version of High Society and The Complete Zootanapuss Artist’s Edition, the time seemed right to launch a full blown creator-owned title and take our relationship to the next level.”
Dave Sim’s distinguished career in comics began with his self-published hit Cerebus. An essential series that evolved through grounded and mature subject material, Cerebus is a modern classic that catalyzed Sim’s career as well as the comics industry on the whole. As a vocal proponent of self-publishing, Sim has spent much of his career improving and exploring his craft through his own self-published projects. More recently, Sim has contributed his iconic style to various covers at IDW, including The Colonized, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and Doctor Who.
IDW is pleased to explore new territory with Sim on this personal and important project, The Strange Death of Alex Raymond.
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; HBO’s True Blood; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.Continued below
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