Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Whatever your opinion is of the long-running, supremely polarizing and finally completed Cerebus, you cannot overlook the artistic contributions of Gerhard, Dave Sim's amazing background artist. The first time I read Cerebus, (in college in the early 90s) I was absolutely floored by the background art...those crazy, intricate backgrounds completely grounded the story of the grey pig with a sword with a solid, sinister reality. I wondered what kind of artist could produce such incredible work with such consistency for a monthly comic. It was the first time a comic truly felt 'alternative' to me (in the right sense of the word) and hinted at what was possible using just black and white and shades of grey. It was probably my first real 'adult' comic obsession, mainly because I just wanted to see more of the art.
I find it hard to believe that Cerebus has been over now for nearly a decade. Didn't seem like that story was ever going to end (and in truth, it lost me somewhere in the mid-90s), but it wrapped up in 2004 and Sim and Gerhard have moved on. Thought you all might enjoy an interview with the artist-with-one-name so I put a link to an interview and to his website/blog.
Interview with Gerhard