Wednesday, 4 February 2015

I Want To See Your Armpit

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.

A quick one this week. With the New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl I've been watching the interception again and again. And again. Sports are like a drug, the lows (how the heck did he catch that? Not again. Nooooooo.) to the highs (interception! We won! OHMYGAWD! WE WON!). And I just can't give it up yet. So between that on Sunday and the parade tomorrow (yes, I'm going), that doesn't leave much time to write this. So I picked some bits from one of my favorite phonebooks.


Yes, Reads is in my top 3 phonebooks. The material. The structure. The grand meeting of all three Aardvarks. The fight. It has everything. Notebook #18 covers issues #164 to 187, and on page 118, Dave gives us a rough layout of the structure of Reads:

Notebook #18 page 118
Then on pages 163 and 164 are the only roughs I can see for the epic battle between Cirin and Cerebus:

Notebook #18 page 163

Notebook #18 page 164


Malcolm X said...

They would have had at least two downs, one yard to go and Carroll decided NOT to let Beast Mode run it in? Worst. Call. Ever. The Patriots didn't win that game, Seattle lost it. This is what Marshawn Lynch is capable of:

Jeff Seiler said...

As a friend of mine posted on Facebook: "That call wasn't made by Pete Carroll, or his OC, or even Russell Wilson. That call was made by the Mafiosa back East."

Malcolm X said...