Saturday September 2, 2006
This I Believe #16
The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay!
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The cockroach knows.
Posted by: Francis Bond at Sep 3, 2006 6:08:25 PM
I preferred the Wolveroach....
And here I thought I was making a reference to The Shadow. Does this mean I have to add Cerebus to my too-tall to-read (though not too tall to read) stack? Say, is there any linguistics in Cerebus?
Posted by: The Tensor at Sep 4, 2006 5:18:36 PM
Time spent reading Cerebus is time well spent, in my humble opinion. There isn't a lot of linguistics, apart from some rather nice puns.
Posted by: Francis Bond at Sep 4, 2006 6:41:51 PM
Cerebus works for both stacks actually. I'll third the recommendation, at least for the first third or so, which is excellent. I'd give a qualified recommend to the second third, which while containing some good material, is clearly the work of a lunatic. Some may find this off-putting, but I personally found the glimpse into madness fascinating. The last third, or at least the seventh ninth, commit the unforgiveable sin of being boring, and I haven't been able to slog through all of it yet.
Cerebus rewards reading and re-reading, but I fear that includedmiddle's evaluation is not far off the mark.
That being said, as a testament to one man's intellectual and artistic development it stands alone; Dave Sim continuously self-published for 300 issues until its completion in 2004.
I began reading in in college in 1980, and I miss it as near-constant part of my adult life.