Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Calling Dave Sim

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 - as my Cerebus collection is packed up for the big move. This week we'll be looking at Dave's notebook #21. We've looked at it once before, back at the start of this year in "Joanne and Fred (not that Fred)". Notebook #21 covers issues #197 to 211. It started out with 200 pages, but only 138 were scanned and there were 17 blank pages, leaving 62 missing pages.

The pages I grabbed from notebook #21 were of Cerebus' call to Aardvark-Vanaheim. Not that Dave picks up the phone any more - it always goes to the answering machine as far as I know. Cerebus tries to make up in his own way, and asks Dave to put him at the Tavern at the wall of T'si.

Notebook 21, page 34

Notebook 21, page 35

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