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 seen a few things from Dave's notebook #9 before, a bit of the Judge and some of Jaka's Story, along with the preliminary note from the president for issue #104. Notebook #9 covers issues #102 to 111 and while the cover says 200 pages, I only scanned 133 and there were 8 blank pages.
Page #10 of the note book starts with a quote that was crossed off: "The stars draw near he says as has always been said as the followers of the Eastern pontiff make their way"
Then we have some writing, while it isn't crossed off, I can't figure out where, if ever, it was used. It is written in an accent, as Dave does, that I can't place - if you can, please speak up in the comments.
|Notebook #9, page 10|
I looked through the rest of the notebook, I don't see any other dialogue like it. The next time I see dialogue for the Judge is on page 45.
And something I thought looks cool, a mock up of the logo for the Mid-Ohio-Con.
|Notebook #9, page 15|
|Mid-Ohio-Con 1987 Jacket (picture from an old eBay auction that I lost unfortunately)|