Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What Cerebus 3D Printed Model!



Sergey Belyaev playing with a 3D printer and printed a Cerebus model

CEREBUS NEWS

A look at Eric Hoffman's literary and scholarly book: "Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah: Essays on the Epic Graphic Satire of Dave Sim and Gerhard"
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/eric-hoffmans-cerebus-barbarian-messiah.html

Monday, March 30, 2015

What Rendering Machine!

The latest acquisition for our production company "What Comics Entertainment". It's also our most major purchase to date - hopefully we'll one day have a whole fleet of them:) It's a Dell Precision Tower 7910 Workstation - the configuration is 24 cores. Two latest Haswell Intel Xeon E5-2670 v3, which are 12 cores each. 32GB (8x4GB) 2133MHz DDR4 RDIMM ECC. It also has a built in "Optimizer" profile for Maya rendering:)
We're rendering with Maya Mental Ray which really favors multiple cores, and while Mental Ray has been bought up by nvidia it so far makes little use of the graphics card. So we have the lowest end nvidea card available for the workstation. Quadro NVS 310. The computer is also very scalable so we can update as needed. And it's also very quiet, reliable, designed for 24/7 year round rendering and uses low wattage.
I did a few weeks of price comparison shopping.and can say we got a really great price. A "Preferred Business" price, I believe they called it:) It was $5500 including tax. It also includes: "ProSupport Plus: Keep Your Hard Drive, 3 Years, Next Business Day Onsite 3 Years, 7x24 Technical Support 3 years".
Needless to say we can't really afford this machine as we're making our first film with literally no budget so far - so we will have to go the route of crowdfunding.  The only expenses to date have been gmail storage, external hard drives - and for years we had the domain/website.
The reason for this latest major, major for us anyway, purchase is that we have now naturally gotten to a point where we really need to do a lot of test rendering, not to mention final rendering. I figure if we do 20 seconds a day we'll have the whole film rendered in some form within 1 year:)
#20seconds1year
So a major chapter in our journey. Full sail ahead!:)

CEREBUS NEWS
Dave Sim OFF-WHITE HOUSE BULLETIN
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/off-white-house-bulletin.html

Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, announces exclusive deal with IDW Publishing and says: "following the inspiration of the underground publishers, and guys like Dave Sim, who was a huge inspiration to me."
http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/eccc-exclusive-ninja-turtles-co-creator-kevin-eastman-talks-idw-exclusive-deal

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

What Nama Lotus Hallucination!


Traditional 2D animation progress by Matthew Koh
mattkoh6@gmail.com

CEREBUS NEWS

Gerhard's drawing of Dino's Cafe from Cerebus "Melmoth" Graphic novel
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/gerhard-dinos-cafe.html

Bill Sienkiewicz draws Cerebus featured at Forbidden Planet site
http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2015/art-arts-sake-12/

Dave Sim supports Ditko Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1704592942/past-present-and-future-by-snyder-and-ditko/posts/1181503

Friday, March 27, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What Lord Julius Counter-Espionage Program!


rough test render
(though similar it's a different scene than the one posted yesterday)

CEREBUS NEWS
Last sentence of article mentions a Batman parody that works: Dave Sim's The Cockroach
http://io9.com/9-batman-knock-offs-that-utterly-miss-the-point-of-batm-1693526750

My Cerebus drawing in my "'Get well fax"

Cerebus restoration: scanning with Silverfast
Boris Bischof, Director of "LaserSoft Imaging INC" says: 

"Thank you for the kind words in your message - is there anything we can do for you, Sir? We absolutely value Feedback, both positve and negative, so we can continue to improve our solutions.

Please feel free to contact me personally with ANY issues, questions or other points." 

Of course any thanks for kind words goes to Sean:) Who I forwarded the message to along with the direct contact info, Sean replied: 
"Thanks Oliver! 
Man, it really is night and day between the scans. Not sure how much that's communicated on the blog, but it's quite the difference for a single software setting..."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What Lord Julius Offer!


rough render test

CEREBUS NEWS

Cerebus city "Palnu" on Norwegian comic site list of most impressive comicbook cities
http://www.empirix.no/vi-karer-tegneseriehistoriens-ti-mest-imponerende-byer/

Dave Sim back home
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/dave-sim-recovery-update-3.html

Monday, March 23, 2015

What Traditional Animation!


early 2D animation progress by Matthew Koh
mattkoh6@gmail.com
For Nama Lotus hallucination sequence

CEREBUS NEWS
DVD review "Cerebus: High Society Audio/Digital Experience"
http://www.comicsonline.com/2015/03/dvd-review-cerebus-high-society/

"Cerebus TV" rerun return
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/cerebus-tv-reruns-great-cerebus-1.html


Sunday, March 22, 2015

What Lord Julius! What Rendering!

"Lord Julius" render went awry as shirt, tie knot, right hand etc didn't render. Have now fixed it, but thought the all black was kinda cool as it reminded me of some of the all black panels from the comic with just a floating head. Very effective and wonder if that could translate to animation. Hmm

Have now ordered a new computer so test rendering, and as such final rendering, too, should go a lot faster. We use Mental Ray which very much favors multiple cores and this one has 24. It arrives the 31st and is $5500, which is a lot more than I can afford - might need to pull the trigger on crowd funding.

CEREBUS NEWS
The Comics Reporter Week In Review: Dave in surgery among top stories
http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/cr_week_in_review032114/

Saturday, March 21, 2015

What Cerebus Stabbing!


rough test render

CEREBUS NEWS
Cerebus Archive Number Three (CAN3) Kickstarter ends today
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/can3-kickstarter-ends-today.html

Friday, March 20, 2015

What Cerebus and Tavern Bully duel!


Rough depth of field test

CEREBUS NEWS
Cerebus CHURCH & STATE VOLUME ONE Restoration Kickstarter ends tomorrow
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/he-doesnt-love-you-he-just-wants-all.html

Margaret Liss looks at DC offer to publish Cerebus
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/fat-elvis-period.html

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

What Necross! 8 1/2!


rough test render
20 seconds added to beginning and ending.
Teeth/Gums protrudes through skin oops:(


made up of rought test renders in various stages of development

CEREBUS NEWS
Blog looks at Cerebus Kickstarter
http://blogs.pjstar.com/comics/2015/03/11/kickstarter-roundup-march/

Skullkickers compared to Cerebus
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/03/16/skullkickers-ends-on-100-can-you-write-what-came-inbetween-sk100/


Saturday, March 14, 2015

What Necross "vaseline on lens" effect!


Soft focus "vaseline on lens" effect test.
Thought of it after seeing "The Seer" scenes in the series "Vikings". The Kelsey Grammer series "Boss" on Starz used it throughout the entire series, though maybe I remember wrong. Anyway, need to practice and learn how to use the effect properly:)

CEREBUS NEWS
Kickstarter Bonus Prints #28 & 29 Revealed
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/kickstarter-bonus-prints-28-29-revealed.html

Friday, March 13, 2015

What Necross destroys the universe!

"Necross destroys the universe" rough render test

CEREBUS NEWS
Dave Sim's weekly update now a video blog
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/weekly-update-76-with-added-sound-vision.html

Thursday, March 12, 2015

What Sanctuary!





"The Sanctuary" environment progress by John Eyre
threeheadedfilms@gmail.com

CEREBUS NEWS
Dave Sim testing his new wrist brace
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/dave-sim-update-two-fisted-typing.html
Friday afternoon, at 3 pm, restored High Society going to print
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/high-society-prints-on-friday.html

Cerebus: High Society Audio/Digital Experience DVD review
http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/67903/cerebus-high-society-audio-digital-experience/

New Image and CBLDF benefit Elephantmen comic "Shots #1"" featuring Dave Sim drawn story, among others http://cbldf.org/2015/03/cbldf-presents-elephantmen-shots-a-collection-of-hard-to-find-stories-to-support-a-good-cause/

Copra compared to Cerebus
http://sequart.org/magazine/56000/michel-fiffe-copra-well-known-secret-comics/
From the review: "It’s comparable to Dave Sim and Cerebus, if you look at the first issue of that and the last, and see the way that Sim has learned to master his cartooning; Cerebus featured so much imitation on the pages, whether visually as parody or even with the way certain characters spoke, and by the end of the series Sim had transformed from a talented artist into an absolute master."

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What Necross Appearance!


rough test render
and here roughly testing a more saturated approach https://youtu.be/O9f31K8XL3s

CEREBUS NEWS
Update on Dave's right hand not working
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/update-from-dave-on-pain-in-his-right.html

Diana Schutz, proofreader of Cerebus, editor on "300" among many many other things, retires
http://www.comicsbeat.com/legendary-dark-horse-editor-diana-schutz-is-retiring/

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) looks back at Dave Sim, Gerhard and Susan Alston
http://cbldf.org/2015/03/help-make-comic-book-people-2-a-reality/

Cerebus featured in Comic Book Resources six degrees game
http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2015/03/09/comic-book-six-degrees-miracleman-to-cerebus/

Monday, March 9, 2015

What running, jumping and climbing concept!


very rough concept composite

Sunday, March 8, 2015

What Necross and Thrunk!


"Necross and Thrunk" rough test render

CEREBUS NEWS
Get Cerebus playing cards!
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/cerebus-archive-number-three.html

Saturday, March 7, 2015

What Sanctuary!

"The Sanctuary" modeling update progress by John Eyre
threeheadedfilms@gmail.com

CEREBUS NEWS
Kelly Williams draws Cerebus
ttps://twitter.com/TreeBeerd

What Necross the ha ha mad!

"Necross the ha ha mad" rough test render

CEREBUS NEWS

Dave Sim may be drawing less from here on!:(
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/weekly-update-6-march-15.html

Friday, March 6, 2015

What Cerebus Run jump Climb! Scorpion!


super rough test render

"Throne Scorpion Centerpiece" modeling progress by Daniel Grant

Sunday, March 1, 2015

What Cerebus know how! What Cerebus in Necross' Lair!


rough test render

rough composite for fun:)

CEREBUS NEWS

Susan Alston interviewed: former Director of Administration at Kevin Eastman's Tundra Publishing, CBLDF's first Executive Director where her position was moved to full time after a huge donation (over $100,000) by Dave Sim and was also his last girlfriend.
http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2015/03/susan-alston-cbldf-podcast.html
Alston rejoined the CBLDF in 2013 serving on its newly formed Advisory Board together with Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Jim Lee, Matt Groening, Mike Richardson, Chip Kidd, Louise Nemchoff and Frenchy Lunning.