Anatomy of Another Commission (Part 5)


“Take On Me” p 2 (2019)
by Carson Grubaugh (1981- ) and Gerhard (1959- )
and written by Brian P Coppola (1957- )
11 x 17, ink on board (pre-watercolor version)
Coppola Collection

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Did you enjoy the Intermission? Refill your popcorn bucket? Hit the loo? Just to recap: Carson Grubaugh has been transported into the world of Cerebus by the BWGST after getting clocked on the head by book bag carrying a copy of Cerebus (Book 1). In each panel, he ends up in an iconic scene from each of the 16 books, in sequence. This is the second page of the writing script that I gave to Carson and Gerhard to work from.

BOOK REF: High Society

Ger and Dave did the re-imagination of pp 19-20 from issue 29 for me (and that wickets game, and that joke about insanity being a politically expedient gambit as long as you play the long game is one I still find funny). Cerebus #29, p 19 was the first piece of original comic art I ever bought, in October 1982, after getting my first real paycheck. There was a 50% off coupon for original art from A-V, so I paid the outrageous sum of $25 for this page.

No more need to show transitions. We get it. Now, each panel is a story unto itself.

Perhaps a glowing panel edge; maybe not.

Carson is sitting on the wall surrounding the Regency, and is ducking out of the way as the wickets ball that was just hit flies where his head would have been. POV: perhaps from the outside of the wall looking back and slightly upwards. Wall with Carson ducking, ball flying at us in the foreground, Regency in the background.


Cerebus #29 p 19 (Aug 1981)
by Dave Sim (1956- )
11 x 17 in, ink & tone Bristol Board
Coppola Collection


Cerebus #29 p 19 (reimagined, 2006)
by Dave Sim (1956- ) and Gerhard (1959- )
11 x 17 in, ink & watercolor on Bristol Board
Coppola Collection


Cerebus #29 p 20 (Aug 1981)
by Dave Sim (1956- )
11 x 17 in, ink & tone Bristol Board
Coppola Collection


Cerebus #29 p 20 (reimagined, 2006)
by Dave Sim (1956- ) and Gerhard (1959- )
11 x 17 in, ink & watercolor on Bristol Board
Coppola Collection

And later, for the “World without Cerebus” series that I am commissioning from Gerhard, I wanted the aftermath of the wickets ball flying out from the Upper City as one of the scenes. Note the bouncy pockmarks on the street.


“Collateral Damage” World Without Cerebus Series (2007)
by Gerhard (1959- )
10 x 14 in, ink & watercolor on textured paper
Coppola Collection

BOOK REF: Church & State I:

Outside of the hotel (issues 65-66), bags of gold are piling up. Carson is in the foreground, back to us, perhaps sitting nestled among some bags of gold on a cart with the hotel in the background. If he is on the far right, his head is cranked left and looking up, following an object that has just hurtled past him: a baby. Cerebus #66, p 4


Cerebus #66 p 4

BOOK REF: Church & State II:

 The moody dark interior of the prison cell where Astoria was held and interrogated (issues 93-97), empty shackles on the wall. We see Carson’s dark outline in contemplation. Cerebus # 93 p 20


Cerebus #93 p 20

BOOK REF: Jaka’s Story

 Cover to Cerebus #118 (dark tower in background, destroyed church entrance, the stone plaza, the half of a horned head). We are looking at this over Carson’s shoulder, because we see for the first time that he has his sketchbook out, and he is capturing the scene we see.


Cerebus #118 (cover)

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