Dave Sim is a Canadian writer, artist and publisher, best known as the creator of Cerebus, a 6,000 page graphic novel first published in December 1977 and completed in March 2004. A Harvey and Eisner award-winning artist and writer, Sim is one of the most critically acclaimed creators in the history of the medium and a pioneer and advocate of self-publishing.
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"Cerebus, as if I need to say so, is still to comic books what Hydrogen is to the Periodic Table, and is one of the only comics that I still read and enjoy every month."
-- Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta)
THE NEW YORK TIMES: What’s the best comic book you've ever read? Graphic novel?
NEIL GAIMAN: Ow. That's hard. I think I love Eddie Campbell's ALEC: The Years Have Pants best of everything, but it's a hard call. Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell is pretty wonderful, after all. Watchmen had a bigger influence on me than anything else, reading and rereading it a comic at a time as it was published, as did the High Society and Church & State sequences of Dave Sim's Cerebus. And Will Eisner's The Spirit is funny and sad, educational and entertaining (read the books, ignore the movie). I'm about to start building giant lists of comics and graphic novels here, so I will stop. (Quick! Read anything by Lynda Barry!). There. I stopped.
-- Neil Gaiman (Sandman)
"As for Cerebus #74, 'Acquired Tastes'. Hilarious yet touching, moving at an unhurried pace, with so little dialogue that you can pay more attention to the art and each fragment of a graphic moment, dwelling on what may be going on in the character's head when he says nothing... but a sombre spark in his anthropomorphic eyes tells more than a mountain of prose could. It's A.R.T., that's what it is! So keep doing your thing in your own unique way. Never mind the off-stage murmurings. Slave away at your drawing desk, you and Gerhard. Tell it all... love, hate, joy, sorrows, comedy. And don't make so many public appearances... your drawing board misses you."
-- Jerry Siegel (Co-creator of Superman)
"You conquered, Dave. You took the hill."
-- Frank Miller, (The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City)
"Dave Sim has created a totally believable scenario and peopled it perfectly; The mark of a very fine story-teller. In my opinion, the best in the field today."
-- Barry Windsor-Smith (Marvel Comic's Conan The Barbarian)
"In my life I never thought I would identify with an aardvark! And reading Cerebus, I do. Right from the looks on the character's face to the action, Dave Sim draws me in, literally. That this comic could be overlooked by anyone is a tragedy in itself. Thanks Dave."
-- Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order)
"Cerebus is one of the top five most important works in funnybook history, and by setting the number at five, I suspect I'm being quite charitable to at least three entries in any given list. Try to imagine what our comic industry today might be like had Cerebus never existed and you'd have to envision an uncrossable wasteland, lacking hundreds of key oasis's inspired and nurtured by this one monumental work."
-- Bill Willingham, (Elementals, Fables)
"Dave Sim's 300-issue achievement remains monumental in terms of scope and personal ambition, and is also noteworthy for the craft chops and unique storytelling solutions frequently on display...The further away from its published conclusion I get the more I'm convinced that it's something special in terms of comics history, and the further along I get in my own artistic journey the more I'm certain that even if he doesn't realize it, Dave won."
-- Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter)
"Few names hold as much sway in the independent comics scene as Cerebus. This Aardvark debuted in the late '70s as a spoof of barbarian heroes like Conan. But creator Dave Sim was far more ambitious than that; through his hero, Sim worked to push the boundaries of the medium as far as they could go. Cerebus embarked on a long, multi-decade odyssey that spoofed and satirized much of pop culture while also making bold statements about art, religion, and life itself. Often controversial but always revered, Cerebus' mark on the industry will be everlasting."
-- IGN (Top 100 Comic Book Heroes)
"Cerebus is such a multi-layered, complex work that I think it is possible to approach it from a multitude of perspectives. I’m not generally interested in hyperbole, yet I think the argument can be made that Cerebus is certainly among the most intelligent and challenging comics ever produced, whether or not you agree with the intelligence on display there. It certainly warrants far more attention than the vast majority of comics past and present"
-- Eric Hoffman (Barbarian Messiah)
"I still think next to Eisner, Dave has some of the strongest use of graphics - as in sound effects and word balloon placements - on a page."-- Paul Pope (THB, Batman: Year 100)
"The crazy period during the self-publishing tours in the early '90s was fantastic. All the nights we spent talking about comics and dissecting the business were some of the best times of my life. Those were exciting days, and for a while it felt like we were kings."-- Jeff Smith (Bone)
"He was definitely the biggest influence on me cartooning-wise... I just think at his peak he's a fantastic storyteller... So yeah, I stole everything from Dave Sim.-- Alex Robinson (Box Office Poison)
"I purchased a wide range of main stream comic book artwork, as well as indy artists that I either had worked with, knew of, or just enjoyed their artwork. Dave fell into all 3 categories."-- Bill Schanes (Diamond Comic Distributors)
"Cerebus was the most important book of the self publishing movement, and Dave Sim is the single most important person in the history of the creator rights movement. Everybody else who contributed is much appreciated, but no one was a more outspoken - or original - advocate."-- Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil)
"It's the great under-rated masterpiece of comics, imho...for most of it, the strongest, smartest, most interesting characters are the women... Even if nothing else, Sim is one of the greatest formal experimenters in comics. Once he gets warmed up, it's breathtaking..."-- Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville)
"...his premiere place in comic book history is beyond dispute... Sim's indisputable place in comics history is as businessman, visual artist and lettering visionary."-- Larry Marder, (Tales of the Beanworld)
"I still think next to Eisner, Dave has some of the strongest use of graphics - as in sound effects and word balloon placements - on a page."