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.
So we've looked at Dave Sim's notebook #26 three times before: They Give Us Those Nice Bright Colors, Fall and the River, and Form & Void Shooting Script. It covers issues #240 to 250, and while the cover says the notebook had 300 pages, only 150 were scanned. There were a total of 134 blank pages and only 11 missing pages.
On page 96 of the notebook it looks like Dave was writing some notes for Gerhard - for the post ascension Iest. The dolly shot that Dave is talking about starts on page 349 of Going Home, or page 3 of Cerebus #249. The dialogue at the bottom of the notebook page is on page 356 of Going Home.
|Notebook #26, page 96|
"Cirinist Touristas" - I think they made their way to Cape Cod this summer.
Next is the only page from a notebook I printed out. It never made it into the story line - two guys discussing F. Stop's Fall and the River. When I need a laugh I read it - who hasn't felt like Pat Veteran before?
|Notebook #26, page 156|
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