SEE INFO AND A SHORT STORY, BELOW THE ART...
FROM THE AUCTION; THIS IS THE FIRST PAGE OF ORIGINAL ART SOLD DIRECTLY FROM DAVE'N'GER FROM THE CEREBUSART.COM SITE, THRU EBAY (WHAT ELSE).
This is the original, finished art for CEREBUS issue
71, page 18. Pencilled, inked and lettered on a sheet of Bainbridge 172-S
board 111⁄2” x
171⁄2” (10” x 15” image size).
Here is what Dave had to say about this page:
" The first three panels on this page are about the closest—to this point in time—that I came to genuinely capturing Groucho Marx visually on paper in the form of Lord Julius after seven years of trying. Which is one of the reasons that I had him faded behind the streaming light in the fourth panel. I didn’t want to push my luck."
" There is an unusual amount of pencil left on the page after the inking stage which is most pronounced on and to the right of the Lord Julius figure in panel one. Likewise the amount of blue pencil dialogue still visible in the word balloons (virtually all of the Lord Julius dialogue was improvised page-by-page by method-acting the voice in my head). The idiosyncratic Cerebus borders are Letratape 228—the carrier film holding the tape being used to delineate the inset borders. Gerhard would just ink over the tape and then, at the clean-up stage, lightly scrape the ink lines off of the carrier film. As can be seen here, he missed the right side of panel 4 in the clean-up stage."
And, if you are still reading this... and you enjoyed the story about me making a border-run (not, um, not really) when I picked up the uber-cool Cerebus 299/300 stuff (see those entries and the story), Ger wanted to know if I could easily get to Windsor in the next few days after the auction closed cuz he was settling some business stuff for A-V with Preney. Kewl! So we set an early Tuesday time and met up at a Starbucks, just on the Canada side of the Ambassador Bridge.
"You pick up any souvenirs while you were in Windsor for that 5-hour suspicious meeting?"
"No sir, Mr. Border Guard, sir. No sounvenirs."
"On you way..."