Having just finished Cerebus, I have to admit to a little trepidation about Dave Sim's return to comics. It's undeniable that he's a master, but what the hell is he going to tell us about this time?
High Fashion, it turns out. Amongst other things.
glamourpuss (Ha! Dig that Canadian spelling), according to some advance reviews is less a comic in the traditional narrative sense, and more an artistic workout for Sim. For him to have chosen drawing pretty women seems odd, considering his well-known thoughts on feminism, and the fact that throughout his other comic (you know, that Cerebus thing), the strong female characters were, for the most part, antagonists. But you know what? It's new, ongoing Dave Sim, which really is all you need to know to go out and get it. He's a great artist, and I can't wait to see what he can do when applying himself to a more modern milieu. Admittedly, the comic is going to look very different without the brilliant backgrounds of Gerhard, but I would imagine that in considering jumping back into the industry that has alternately praised him and kicked the crap out of him, Sim wanted to do something as far from Cerebus as was possible to get. The world of international high fashion might well be that.
The website is cool and pink, with lots of drawings of pretty ladies. In a bold move, Sim has sent review copies to every store through Diamond, so if you really want to, you ought to be able to go down to your local and have a look through issue one. The comic is released for sale some time in April. I truly, truly hope it's as innovative, frustrating, gorgeous, and provocative as Cerebus.
Far more information, or at least promotion, can be found at Mr. Sim's very own blog, along with tantalizing teasers about his other upcoming project, Secret Project One, the website for which goes online very soon...