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Hi, and welcome to The Dave Sim Memorial Note From The President Archive. This site was originally compiled by Ampersand. Last updated June 13, 1996.

The Dave Sim Memorial Note From The President Archive

  • Issue 76: New rules for comic cons
  • Issue 87: Reader reactions, how Aardvark Comment should be run
  • Issue 91: Seeing Eric Clapton at a NYC club
  • Issue 97: Thoughts on quitting smoking
  • Issue 98: ...And on marijuana
  • Issue 100: Fame
  • Issue 108: Superman's 50th birthday
  • Issue 109: Tribute to Jules Fieffer
  • Issue 110: The tragic consequences if Dave ever really let go

  • Probably the most frequent email request I get is to reprint the text to the infamous issue 186. This issue, more than any other thing, is what earned Sim his misogynyst reputation. (Note: since the DSMNFTPA only has permission to reproduce Sim's editorials, whereas the issue 186 text is technically part of the storyline, this link will take you off this site.)

    (PLEASE NOTE that I am no longer adding to or maintaining the DSMNFTPA; but CerebusFangirl is.)

    How to become a cartooning self-publisher

    Dave Sim's 1993 Pro-Con Speech. Dave sums up the basis for his self-publishing philospophy, in a long but invaluable speech. Topics include: why companies will screw you over, why you can't sue, and how to get started self-publishing.

  • Issue 168: Opening thoughts on becoming a self-publisher; paper, pencils, and erasers.
  • Issue 169: Pens, ink and brushes.
  • Issue 170: Word balloon design and placement; whether to draw comic books or become a plumber.
  • Issue 171: More comic books vs. plumbing; draw fast; draw like yourself; don't redraw and re-redraw.
  • Issue 172: Pros and Cons of working on comics you don't own.
  • Issue 173: Comicon self-publishing success stories; what if you have a really good Batman idea?
  • Issue 174: How not to waste time and just produce comics; self-publishing is in the blood.
  • Issue 175: Balancing creativity and business needs; dealing with mail and telephone.
  • Issue 176: Promoting your comic at a convention.
  • Issue 177: More on the mindset needed to stay on schedule; creating comics is like baseball, is like sleep.
  • Issue 178: The perils of Hollywood, merchandising and "the real world."
  • Issue 179: Balance between being the biggest fan of your work and the severest critic.
  • Issue 181: Finding a printer; knowing how productive you really are.
  • Issue 182: The importance of sincerity in your work.
  • Issue 183: Cash flow problems when your book is "taking off."
  • Issue 184: Pre-selling original art; selling original art in general; commissioned work is a royal pain.
  • Issue 185: It won't just happen; make a start and stick with it; knowing you're on the right track.
  • Issue 187: Copyrights, trademarks, and taxes.
  • Issue 188: Can a writer self-publish?
  • Issue 189: 3 speed bumps: keeping early issues in print, cash flow, and reprint collections.
  • Information about Dave Sim's comic Cerebus
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    The How-To Guide to Comics
    Email to Ampersand
    Ampersand's home page

    (PLEASE NOTE that I am no longer adding to or maintaining the DSMNFTPA; but CerebusFangirl is.)

    About the DSMNFTP Archive

    Dave Sim is the creator, writer, co-artist and publisher of the long-running comic book Cerebus. Sim's editorials in Cerebus comprise an impressive (if eccentric) body of writing, and I thought it would be fun to put some of the editorials on the web. I've started with a series of editorials in which Sim wrote about how to be a cartoonist, and how to self-publish, since there is acute interest in these questions.

    All of Sim's "how-to" essays are now (1/14/96) here, and I'm adding Sim's editorials on other subjects as time allows. The choices of which editorials to add are pretty much aribitrary.

    All of Sim's editorials are (c) Dave Sim, and are collected here with permission. Dave Sim can be contacted at Box 1674, Station 'C', Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, N2G 4R2.

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    (PLEASE NOTE that I am no longer adding to or maintaining the DSMNFTPA; but CerebusFangirl is.)