A few years ago I scanned all of Dave Sim's notebooks. He had filled 36 notebooks during the years he created the monthly Cerebus series, covering issues #20 to 300, plus the other side items -- like the Epic stories, posters and prints, convention speeches etc. A total of 3,281 notebook pages detailing his creative process. I never really got the time to study the notebooks when I had them. Just did a quick look, scanned them in and sent them back to Dave as soon as possible. So this regular column is a chance for me to look through those scans and highlight some of the more interesting pages.
This week we are looking at notebook #15 which Dave used for issues #136 to #141 of Cerebus. The cover of the notebook said there were 80 pages in it at one point, and 64 pages were scanned, 8 pages were blank, and page 73/74 was torn out, but a small corner still remained. I also noted that the edges of the pages when viewed together, appeared blue, as if someone had colored them when the notebook was closed.
Lord Julius was always one of my favorite characters, and the Like-A-Looks provided even more humor for the already funny character. Good ole Aunt Victoria showed up in issue #125, and again in the in-between issue #137 and here on page 27:
|Notebook #15, page 27|
Next we go to page #32 where we see a sketch of the small bit of road to the upper citty where Dino's Cafe and the Hotel D'Alsace are located, and a quick sketch of the cover to Cerebus #139.
|Notebook #15, page 32|
|Notebook #15, page 35|