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 looked at Dave's notebook #8 only twice so far. Both times were almost a year ago: "The Final Ascension" and "The Trial". As we saw before it covers issue #96 to 102. It has 140 pages, only 114 were scanned and 15 were blank pages.
On page 32 of notebook #8, Dave starts some near complete thumbnails of issue #97 page 8 and 9 (or if you're following along in the Church & State II phonebook, pages 924 & 925):
|Notebook #8, page 32|
You can also compare page 8 and 9 of issue #97 to the above notebook page:
|Issue #97, page 8 and 9|