This is my first use of my Constitution Bar & Grill characters
in "Thou Good and Faithful Cerebite," a Cerebus-related
comic strip appearing in Following Cerebus.
My first "Cerebite" strip, as it
appears in Following Cerebus #4
Dave Sim on the above strip:
Apart from just being really funny, Bryan's comic strip illustrates
exactly the greatest strength (and cultural value) of cartooning-
the ability of cartooning to distil a number of different and
complicated ideas into a small space and thus emphasize those
ideas in a way that discussing them in a letter or essay is less
likely to do. Are Dave Sim's YHWH theories fascinating or
nutty? Did Dave Sim actually stop being an atheist
or is he just pulling our collective legs again? And is
he pulling our collective legs in an innocent way or
does he secretly intend to start his own church? And if
he is starting his own church will it actually work? And
what if we go out on a limb and start believing in his theories
and he starts, you know, laughing at us? And if, having
answered all of those questions to your own satisfaction and having
come to the conclusion that Dave's YHWH theories are all just
one big scam, does that mean it actually is okay to marry women?
And the punchline from the guy casting all the doubts is,
It's certainly a handy piece of work for me because it goes a
long way towards explaining the reaction to all of my post-1996
work in much the same way that I suspect political cartoons actually
help politicians to understand better what the actual reaction
to their policies is because the cartoon is going to be far more
direct and visceral- and less circumspect and even-handed- than
any editorial or news story is going to be. Which stands
to reason. By definition the political cartoon has to express
a widely accepted and more visceral truth because otherwise it
Looking at what I see as the widely accepted and more visceral
truths contained in Bryan's strip it's no wonder I'm driving all
of you guys crazy.
I haven't been this satisfied since someone mentioned to me that
even though they're pretty sure my YHWH theories are completely
unfounded, they have noticed that they never use the term LORD
when referring to Jesus or God anymore.
Congratulations to Bryan Douglas. And thanks.
No, Dave. Thank YOU!
To date, Thou Good and Faithful Cerebite has appeared
in issues 4, 6, 7, and 8 of Following Cerebus. It
got edged out of issue 9, but will return with a vengeance in
You can buy these hot little numbers at your local comic shop
(Austin Books has them all in stock) or order online from Win-Mill
Philosophical Support for
Here I would like to compile a list of other authors' work that,
in one way or other, conforms with Dave's ideas about YHWH. My
purpose here isn't to show that his ideas were unoriginal (if
there's ONE thing Dave's religious views are NOT, it's unoriginal)
but rather to show a bit more of the context of his ideas in the
REALM of ideas. I'm trying to point out that Dave's stuff
isn't always quite so off-the-wall as it first might seem.
So, please, if you're familiar at all with Cerebus, and would
like to contribute any literary events or characters that seem
to match up with Dave's theories, feel free to write me about
them and I can expand this page.
Thus far I've only found one writer who's thinking seems to line
up with Dave's on a few key points, but fortunately that writer
is C.S. Lewis, so we're off to a good start.
On the Sentience of Heavenly Bodies:
From The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
"I am Ramandu.
But I see you stare at one another and have not heard this
name. And no wonder, for the days when I was a star had
ceased long before any of you knew this world, and all the constellations
"Golly," said Edmund,
under his breath. "He's a retired star."
"Aren't you a star any longer?"
"I am a star at rest, my daughter,"
answered Ramandu. "When I set for the last time, decrepit
and old beyond all that you can reckon, I was carried to this
island. I am not so old now as I was then. Every morning
a bird brings me a fire-berry from the valleys in the Sun, and
each fire-berry takes away a little of my age. And when
I have become as young as the child that was born yesterday, then
I shall take my rising again (for we are at the earth's eastern
rim) and once more tread the great dance."
"In our world," said Eustace,
"a star is a huge ball of flaming gas."
"Even in your world, my son,
that is not what a star is but only what it is made of."
Tantalizing, no? I've not seen Dave Sim suggest
he thinks stars are sentient... Only planets. But
still, an interesting confluence.
On Injury and Ill Health as God's Real-Life
Sim and C.S. Lewis also seem to be in lock-step
on the issue of what injuries to different sides of one's body
mean: A wound to the right side means God is trying to tell
you something, a wound to the left means you've left yourself
open to an attack from Satan. More on this once I've composed
a more thorough list of C.S. Lewis injuries..........
An Odd Cross-Media Cerebism Reference:
In Dave's "Grand Unified Theory of Everything,"
there's a certain part prior to the Big Bang where things are
still pretty simple: The players thus far are God, God's
spirit, and the Light. God's spirit wanted to be made equal
to God, and joined with Him, for all time. So, to illustrate
the folly of this, God lets his spirit join itself to "the
light." Sure enough, no sooner has God's spirit joined
the light than does the light set in with "Why dontch'a let
US draw forth from within us OUR equals, to join wit' us for all
altered clip from Cerebus #289
So, you had lots of God's spirit's clones and lots
of the light's clones, and the light was happy about it and the
spirit was NOT happy about it, but the spirit had to keep up pace
with the light or else it would be overwhelmed...
But where, I wondered, did Dave GET any of this?
I mean, women (to super-generalize) tend to value life itself
a little more highly than men... Men (to super-generalize)
seem more often interested in life as simply a MEANS to more meaningful
things. But this business of one group "out-breeding"
the other? How does THAT work, when both need the other
to breed at all???
And so I filed that bit of the story away as weird
and unimportant. There was plenty of other stuff in Cerebus'
6,000 pages that I found NOT weird and VERY important.
...And then, just last year, I saw Mike Judge's
...And it made sense. The world of Idiocracy,
where the stupid have bred in greater and greater numbers than
the smart for the past 500 years, presents a world where the representatives
of God's spirit have simply given up, and let the representatives
of the light overwhelm them.