History ComicBook / CerebusTheAardvark

21st Jul '17 5:25:39 AM jormis29
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** Sim had public fall-outs with [[ComicBook/{{Bone}} Jeff Smith]] and [[ComicBook/StrangersInParadise Terry Moore]], infamously publishing an editorial accusing Smith of lying about an argument they had over issue #186 and challenging him to a boxing match, to which Smith replied, "Get stuffed."

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** Sim had public fall-outs with [[ComicBook/{{Bone}} Jeff Smith]] Creator/JeffSmith and [[ComicBook/StrangersInParadise Terry Moore]], Creator/TerryMoore, infamously publishing an editorial accusing Smith of lying about an argument they had over issue #186 and challenging him to a boxing match, to which Smith replied, "Get stuffed."
19th Jun '17 6:54:22 AM Doug86
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* LawyerFriendlyCameo / CaptainErsatz: The Cockroach parodies many comic book characters, including ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Franchise/{{Batman}} (both [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} his original iteration]] and Creator/FrankMiller's take in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''), ComicBook/MoonKnight, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Comicbook/{{Venom}}, and ComicBook/TheSandman.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo / CaptainErsatz: The Cockroach parodies many comic book characters, including ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, Franchise/{{Batman}} (both [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} [[Franchise/{{Batman}} his original iteration]] and Creator/FrankMiller's take in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''), ComicBook/MoonKnight, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, Comicbook/{{Venom}}, and ComicBook/TheSandman.
5th Apr '17 6:20:53 PM PaulA
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: ''Cerebus'' started off as a parody comic and never really left its roots in this regard. ''Many'' celebrities were parodied, including [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho and Chico Marx]]; Creator/OscarWilde (twice!); Creator/WoodyAllen; [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards]]; MargaretThatcher; Creator/FScottFitzgerald; Creator/ErnestHemingway; and Film/TheThreeStooges. Even famous fictional characters were parodied; for instance, Elrod is a combination of [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]] while the McGrew brothers are parodies of WesternAnimation/YosemiteSam and the Roach parodies ''several'' very popular comic book superheroes over the course of his appearances.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: ''Cerebus'' started off as a parody comic and never really left its roots in this regard. ''Many'' celebrities were parodied, including [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho and Chico Marx]]; Creator/OscarWilde (twice!); Creator/WoodyAllen; [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards]]; MargaretThatcher; UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher; Creator/FScottFitzgerald; Creator/ErnestHemingway; and Film/TheThreeStooges. Even famous fictional characters were parodied; for instance, Elrod is a combination of [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foghorn Leghorn]] while the McGrew [=McGrew=] brothers are parodies of WesternAnimation/YosemiteSam and the Roach parodies ''several'' very popular comic book superheroes over the course of his appearances.
5th Jan '17 1:58:30 AM Nithael
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* {{Badass}}:
** Cerebus may be an asshole, but he's also a formidable fighter for his size and will take on pretty much any challenge in front of him.
** The unnamed Hsifan Assassin from issues 21 and 22. Even Cerebus and the Roach barely put up a fight [[spoiler:except when he's possessed by Elrod]].
29th Sep '16 12:00:30 PM Willbyr
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** ''Jaka's Story'' fills in some important parts of her childhood and adolescence. However, as these parts are from Oscar's read about her based on anecdotes from Rick, [[[[UnreliableNarrator the reader doesn't know what really happened and what is Oscar filling in the gaps]] with his...[[PurpleProse florid writing]].

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** ''Jaka's Story'' fills in some important parts of her childhood and adolescence. However, as these parts are from Oscar's read about her based on anecdotes from Rick, [[[[UnreliableNarrator [[UnreliableNarrator the reader doesn't know what really happened and what is Oscar filling in the gaps]] with his...his [[PurpleProse florid writing]].



** Cerebus kills [[spoiler:the wizard Necross, in the form of the giant stone Thrunk]] by shooting him in the head with a cannon.

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** Cerebus kills finishes off [[spoiler:the wizard Necross, in the form of the giant stone Thrunk]] by shooting him in the head with a cannon.



--->*''Sophia and Cerebus are drinking and talking; she'd tried to put the moves on Cerebus earlier, to no avail''*\\

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--->*''Sophia --->[''Sophia and Cerebus are drinking and talking; she'd tried to put the moves on Cerebus earlier, to no avail''*\\avail'']\\



* ChessMotifs: Scattered throughout the first half of ''Mothers and Daughters''. The most explicit is the final mental meeting between Suenteus Po and Cerebus, where they play chess and each piece and its move are compared to a character in the story and how being around Cerebus affected them. The symbolism of this extends past the actual "game", as Suenteus Po realizes that he made a mistake in the game, revealed by Sim to be Cerebus' "magnifier" at work.

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* ChessMotifs: Scattered throughout the first half of ''Mothers and Daughters''. The most explicit is the final mental meeting between Suenteus Po and Cerebus, where they play chess in a kind of trippy astral experience and each piece and its move are compared to a character in the story and how being around Cerebus affected them. The symbolism of this extends past the actual "game", as Suenteus Po realizes that he made a mistake in the game, revealed by Sim to be Cerebus' "magnifier" at work.



* ConstructedWorld: Possibly subverted, as it is implied if not outright stated that [[spoiler:the world Cerebus inhabits eventually becomes ours.]]
* ConvenientMiscarriage: {{Subverted|Trope}}. Jaka reunites with Cerebus in the middle of ''Church and State II'' after a long separation, only to tell him that she is now married and expecting a child. Cerebus is angry, but eventually relents and gives her some money for the baby. When he next sees her (at the start of ''Jaka's Story''), her pregnancy is seemingly {{handwave}}d away with a single line about a miscarriage. It looks like Jaka has fallen victim to this trope...[[spoiler:until the end of the story arc, where we learn that Jaka actually had an abortion behind her husband's back. This leads to the end of her marriage, and to her eventually getting back together with Cerebus. Abortion in the story is very, very illegal, and while Jaka's husband did want to have a child, her main motivation for lying to him was to protect him from criminal liability if she was found out...although her telling Cerebus that she was afraid having a baby would make her ugly casts some dark shadows on her motivation]].

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* ConstructedWorld: Possibly subverted, as it is implied if not outright stated that [[spoiler:the world Cerebus inhabits eventually becomes ours.]]
ours]].
* ConvenientMiscarriage: {{Subverted|Trope}}. Jaka reunites with Cerebus in the middle of ''Church and State II'' after a long separation, only to tell him that she is now married and expecting a child. Cerebus is angry, but eventually relents and gives her some money for the baby. When he next sees her (at the start of ''Jaka's Story''), her pregnancy is seemingly {{handwave}}d away with a single line about a miscarriage. It looks like Jaka has fallen victim to this trope...[[spoiler:until the end of the story arc, where we learn that Jaka actually had an abortion behind her husband's back. This leads to the end of her marriage, and to her eventually getting back together with Cerebus. Abortion in the story is very, very ''very'' illegal, and while Jaka's husband did want to have a child, her main motivation for lying to him was to protect him from criminal liability if she was found out...although her telling Cerebus that she was afraid having a baby would make her ugly casts some dark shadows on her motivation]].
29th Aug '16 9:46:19 PM Willbyr
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* EndingFatigue: [[invoked]] Some readers may have been feeling this near the end, but the person suffering most was actually Gerhard. Basically the last person that Dave hadn't driven away from the comic with his crazy, ReclusiveArtist behaviour (although by this point he and Dave never spoke outside work), he revealed in an [[http://classic.tcj.com/alternative/the-craft-behind-cerebus-an-interview-with-gerhard-part-three-of-three/3/ interview]] with ''The Comics Journal'' that even he was lost as a reader and became very frustrated with the drudgery of working on a book "even I couldn't read anymore." It was to the point that he motivated himself to finish ''The Last Day'' with the mantra [[BrokenRecord "done by Christmas, done by Christmas..."]], because Dave happened to mention at one point that the book would be "done by Christmas" if a certain amount of pages were finished per day. Gerhard also admitted in the same interview that after ''Cerebus'' was finished, he was so burnt out by the experience he didn't feel like drawing for nearly ''six years'' afterwards.



* PostScriptSeason: All lingering plot threads and character arcs were pretty much resolved by the end of ''Minds'', but the series ran for another 3 arcs/100 issues... some people believe he did this solely because he'd earlier stated that the series would run for a total of 300 issues. Sim himself stated in an interview with ''The Comics Journal'', "Cerebus #1-200 [is] the completion of the story. The yin and yang."
** To illustrate how severe the EndingFatigue got by the end: Gerhard, basically the last person that Dave hadn't driven away from the comic with his crazy, ReclusiveArtist behaviour (although by this point Dave and Gerhard never spoke outside work), was [[http://classic.tcj.com/alternative/the-craft-behind-cerebus-an-interview-with-gerhard-part-three-of-three/3/ interviewed]] by ''The Comics Journal'' and admitted that even he was lost as a reader and became very frustrated with the drudgery of working on a book "even I couldn't read anymore", to the point that he motivated himself to finish ''The Last Day'' with the mantra [[BrokenRecord "done by Christmas, done by Christmas..."]], because Dave happened to mention at one point that the book would be "done by Christmas" if a certain amount of pages were finished per day. Gerhard also admits in the same interview that after ''Cerebus'' was finished, he was so burnt out by the experience he didn't feel like drawing for nearly six years afterwards.

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* PostScriptSeason: All lingering plot threads and character arcs were pretty much resolved by the end of ''Minds'', but the series ran for another 3 arcs/100 issues... some people believe he did this solely because he'd earlier stated that the series would run for a total of 300 issues. Sim himself stated in an interview with ''The Comics Journal'', "Cerebus Journal'':
-->Cerebus
#1-200 [is] the completion of the story. The yin and yang."
** To illustrate how severe the EndingFatigue got by the end: Gerhard, basically the last person that Dave hadn't driven away from the comic with his crazy, ReclusiveArtist behaviour (although by this point Dave and Gerhard never spoke outside work), was [[http://classic.tcj.com/alternative/the-craft-behind-cerebus-an-interview-with-gerhard-part-three-of-three/3/ interviewed]] by ''The Comics Journal'' and admitted that even he was lost as a reader and became very frustrated with the drudgery of working on a book "even I couldn't read anymore",
The ultra-female reading. The ultra-male reading. I'm attaching an allegory to the point that he motivated himself to finish ''The Last Day'' with Big Bang. You make up your mind which one's the mantra [[BrokenRecord "done by Christmas, done by Christmas..."]], because Dave happened to mention at one point that pit and which one's the book would be "done by Christmas" if a certain amount top of pages were finished per day. Gerhard also admits in the same interview that after ''Cerebus'' was finished, he was so burnt out by the experience he didn't feel like drawing for nearly six years afterwards.mountain.
29th Aug '16 9:18:23 PM Willbyr
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* WouldHitAGirl: Played straight in multiple ways in the comic.

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* WouldHitAGirl: Played straight in multiple ways throughout the comic. [[AvertedTrope However]], during the "living with Jaka" scenarios in ''Minds'', when Cerebus is shown right away that [[DomesticAbuse he'd be physically abusive to Jaka]], he's horrified and immediately has "Dave" alter things so it's not in the comic.cards...not that that helps in the long run.
29th Aug '16 8:53:23 PM PaulA
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* LongRunner: Considering it was an independent, creator-owned comic, it sure lasted a good deal longer than you'd think.
20th Jul '16 5:54:42 AM Willbyr
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** Cerebus' "Spore" persona is a walking parody of ComicBook/{{Spawn}}, costume and all.
19th Jul '16 9:02:20 PM Willbyr
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** Cerebus and New Joanne. Her age isn't revealed but when the reader first sees her, but she appears to be somewhere in her 20s, whereas Cerebus has lived a long, long time and looks it.

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** Cerebus and New Joanne. "New Joanne." Her age isn't revealed but when the reader first sees her, but she appears to be somewhere in her 20s, whereas Cerebus has lived a long, long time and looks it.
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