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.
We've taken a look at Dave's twelfth notebook once before, it covers issues 118 to 122, the earlier part of Jaka's Story. Last time we look at Jaka spending some time in the park. This time we're looking at Dave's sketches for Oscar, who first appeared in issue 120.
Oscar with an Oscar quote "Hardly dear boy. Actresses come back. Athletes come back. Politicians come back. A poet an artist. . .returns, merely. That is all."
|Notebook 12, page 38|
|Notebook 12, page 39|
|Notebook 12, page 41|
The top line, "Oh, I'm so glad you've come. There are a hundred things I don't want to say to you" is an Oscar Wilde quote from Oscar Wilde in Quotation. The next line also is another Wilde quote: "I have put all of my genius into my life I have put only my talent into my works."