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 Sim's notebook #3 a couple times already, most recently in "Boom". It covers mainly issues #52 to 59 and had no front cover when I scanned the 158 pages contained in it. The first page scanned was loose, and I think it actually came from "Albatross Five" as it covered issues 49 to 51.
On page 95 we see some notes for Cerebus #56, well the last page of it at least. We also see some notes for the short story "His First Fifth", Dave's first collaboration with Gerhard.
|Notebook 3, page 95|
|Notebook 3, page 97|
The page continues with an outline for page 8, which is similar to the finished page 8, but stops at item #4. Item #4, which is "Did you drink. Pointing at bottle" becomes the Owner with a word balloon of a picture of Cerebus drinking and a question mark. Much easier to get his meaning with that in one panel, then the original item #4.
We also see a thumbnail sketch of the first page, which while the finish page has Cerebus mopping, the panel layout is a bit different. Also, if you click on the picture to zoom in, you can see the bottom panel says it is 'Ress' and the year is 1385. Dave was had this to say about in Cerebus the Newsletter #10 (Feb 1984): "The story concerns Cerebus' first job -- cleaning a pub in Ress. It takes place in 1391, when he was only six years old. He was born in 1385, you know."
The next page in the notebook, page 98, is the final page to have some notes on the His First Fifth story. The outline for page two follows the finished page 2, but the outline for page 3 is a bit different as it was combined a bit with the notes for page 4.
|Notebook #3, page 98|