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.
For the last two weeks we've looked at six pages total from Dave's notebook #17: pages 17 through 23 - here is part one and here is part two. Dave talked about what he saw good and bad, the collector's market, the expansion of the industry, how he saw comics in the early 1990s. We finish up the look at Dave's thoughts on the comics industry in early 1990s on pages 24 though 26.
Last week we saw Dave was writing a speech to comics retailers. On page 24 he goes back to listing what he sees as good - a distributer making 1 million dollars in 1979 to a comic book store making 1 million dollars in 1991 , the expansion of the market being more choices, et al:
|Notebook #17, page 24|
|Notebook #17, page 25|
The 1992 US Tour is mentioned on the next page along with a line that we'll see again in Reads "Are we having fun yet."
|Notebook #17, page 26|