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 only look at Dave Sim's notebook #11 once before, in an entry entitled "A Gold Coin?" It covers the start of Jaka's Story, and at the beginning of the notebook we see Dave starting to jot down ideas for young Jaka's story.
|Notebook #11, page 1|
I like the line at the bottom of Dave's list of things about young Jaka, Missy and nurse, whom she got on the same day, her mother's funeral: "...make Nurse's continued employment incumbent on no one noticing Jaka is there."
The bit that confuses me is the bit beside this line "victim of palace intrigues after Lord Julius' brother and his wife (her mother) was accidently killed" where it says 'committed suicide'. So was her father accidently killed and then her mother committed suicide?
On page two of the notebook Dave continues his notes. Crossing out some words, points, adding stuff on the margins. A few more pages in the notebook look like this one - and rehash the same bullet points. As if Dave is working the ideas out on the notebook page until he gets what he wants.
|Notebook #11, page 2|
A line that gives us a glimpse into Jaka: "Unlike her own mother, Jaka was always there for Missy. Always."