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 haven't yet seen anything from Dave Sim's notebook #29. It covers Cerebus #255 and while the notebook had 32 pages in it, only 18 were scanned, the rest were blank. Issue #255, or Form & Void phonebook page 467, opens with Cerebus surprised at seeing an airship for the first time. Then on page 475 or page 9 of the issue, Cerebus starts thinking to himself of a future conversation he'll have with Jaka and Ham. That conversation starts on page 2 of the notebook:
|Notebook #29, page 2|
There are small differences in the dialogue on the notebook page and the finished page - having Cerebus think Ham will say shit rather than crap, instead of Cerebus saying 'What?' just giving him a face that conveys that thought instead, having Jaka say 'asked' instead of 'said', etc.
The dialogue continues on page 3 of the notebook, and here the whole top bit of dialogue isn't in the finished book.
|Notebook #29, page 3|