Going Home (comics)

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Going Home
Cover to Cerebus #232, the first installment of Going Home
photograph by Gerhard
Series Cerebus
Page count 686 pages
Publisher Aardvark-Vanaheim
Creative team
Writers Dave Sim
Artists Dave Sim
Original publication
Published in Cerebus
Issues 232-265
Date of publication July 1998 – April 2001
Language English
ISBN 978-0-919-35919-2 (Going Home)
978-0-919-35920-8 (Form & Void)
Preceded by Rick's Story
Followed by Latter Days

Going Home is the ninth novel in Canadian cartoonist Dave Sim's Cerebus comic book series. It is made up of issues #232–265 of Cerebus. It was collected as the 13th and 14th "phonebook" volumes, as Going Home (#232–250, March 2000) and Form & Void (#251–265, May 2001).

Cerebus has reunited with Jaka, and has agreed to travel with her to Sand Hills Creek, where he grew up. Along the way, they take a ride on a riverboat and meet F. Stop Kennedy, a caricature of F. Scott Fitzgerald; and later they meet Hamilton Earnestway (Ernest Hemingway) and his wife Mary.


Cerebus has spent two novels confined to a tavern. At the end of the previous book, Cerebus meets his creator (Sim), who leaves him a package—Jaka's doll, Missy. Jaka then appears, and the two are reunited and fall in love. Jaka's tries to convince Cerebus to go to Cerebus' childhood home, Sand Hills Creek, with her. He has to make a decision between his male friends in the tavern or Jaka. He eventually gives in to Jaka, and the two set off.


Going Home was divided into three sections. "Sudden Moves" and "Fall and the River" were collected in the Going Home "phonebook" collection, and "Form & Void" was collected as Form & Void.

Sudden Moves[edit]

(Cerebus #232–239)

Cerebus and Jaka are together and deeply in love. On their way to Cerebus' childhood home of Sand Hills Creek, they stop at taverns along the way. Jaka's aristocratic status has afforded them protection—Cirinists (including a caricature of Janet Reno) move along to the taverns ahead of the couple to ensure that they have a wonderful time wherever they go. They go shopping for Jaka's outfits each morning and move on by afternoon, never spending more than a day at any location.[1]

On their travels, the pair come across pubs run by caricatures of personalities in the comics world such as Greg Hyland, Rick Veitch and Alan Moore.

Jaka insists on shopping and seeing the important sites along the way, and Cerebus gets worried as Sand Hills Creek lies on the other side of the Conniptin mountains—they could get caught in the first snowfall and get snowed in.[1]

Fall and the River[edit]

(Cerebus #240–250)

Cerebus and Jaka take a riverboat ride, and onboard come across F. Stop Kennedy, a caricature of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Form & Void[edit]

(Cerebus #251–265)

Cerebus and Jaka find a hunting lodge in which to spend the winter. They are surprised to find out that the famous writer Hamilton Earnestway (a parody of Ernest Hemingway) and his wife, Mary, are lodging there as well.

Cerebus, a fan of Earnestway's, is unabashedly starstruck. Earnestway, however, is in his twilight years, and stricken with depression and writer's block. Cerebus is initially oblivious to Ham's state, but can't help noticing how down and quiet he has become. He is dominated by his boisterous wife. Her speech balloons are dramatic, while his are shaky and small.[1]


Going Home "phonebook" collections
Volume Title Pages Published Issues Dates ISBN
Going Home 386 March 2000 #232–250 July 1998 – September 1999 978-0-919-35919-2
Form & Void 300 May 2001 #251–265 October 1999 – April 2001 978-0-919-35920-8

Going Home was published in Cerebus issues #232 (July 1998) to #265 (April 2001) and collected in two volumes: Going Home in March 2000, collecting Cerebus #232–250; and Form & Void in May 2001, collecting Cerebus #251–265.

All the covers—including those of the collections—were done with full-colour photographs taken by Gerhard. When serialized, Sim included copious amounts of notes on the background research he did into F. Scott Fitzgerald which was included as "Chasing Scott" in the Going Home volume.[2]



  1. ^ a b c "Something fell XII". Ersatzinsomnia.livejournal.com. 2004-11-17. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  2. ^ Carter, Glenn (September 26, 2002). "Cerebus: Going Home". Comicsbulletin.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. 


Further reading[edit]

Going Home page at Cerebus Wiki