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.
So the last few weeks we've been looking at Dave's layouts - a whole lot of drawing. So this week, let's look at Cerebus' book "On Governing".
Cerebus starts writing "On Governing" while in a tavern. In issue #52 page 2 (in the Church and State phonebook it is page 14) Cerebus starts writing:
|Notebook #3 page #8|
The layouts for page 1 are seen, and a sketch for panel 1 of page 2. The majority of the page are Cerebus first six rules for governing, which are word for word the same as on the finished page. Notice the handwriting on the finish page - the same as in the notebook.
Part two of "On Governing" is a couple pages later - on page 11 of the notebook and on page 9 of issue 52.
|Notebook #3 page 11|
Comparing this hand writing to the handwriting on the finished page - once again it is Dave's writing, so he didn't ask anyone else to write it for him. If you look closely behind the text? It is a ballpoint drawing of Silverspoon and one of his cohorts coming through page 12. It continues to amaze me how much of the finished pages we see in the notebooks - as if they aren't just for sketching out quick ideas,but for laying out complete templates for each page.