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.
Here at A Moment of Cerebus, we've looked at Dave's notebook #4 a few times already, it covers issues #59 to 70, and while the cover stated it had 200 pages, only 160 pages were scanned. The front cover, on which Dave had written "Albatross Encore Une Fois", is so worn that it had fallen off the notebook.
On page 108 it looks like Dave wrote down a list of things that he wanted to do in the next dozen or so issues, and then marked down issue numbers of where those items would end up.
|Notebook #4, page 108|
A few of the things on this list that aren't crossed off, still don't come to be on the finished pages. For example, slated for issue #67 according to this page is "Cerebus: "You keep your toys aimed outwards and we'll do just fine". Sounds like Cerebus talking to Weisshaupt about Weisshaupt's canons.
Also not used was something for issue #71: "A young girl named
We also see a note written around the list. It is from a "K" to Dave: "Hi there, remember me, I'm the one who used to write notes in your book, and your (sic) the one who crosses them out." Dave's response: "Yah, I remember. 'D'". I'm guessing the K was Karen McKiel, Aardvark-Vanaheim's administrator.