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 looked at Dave's notebook #12 twice before: "Daughter of Palnu" and "Oscar". Notebook #12 covers issues #118 through 122. While looking at it again, I saw the last page of the notebook, page 98, had an entry labeled 'Note from the President #122".
So I went to my website to see if the "Dave Sim's Notes From The President Archive" has the note from issue #122 in the seventy notes there. It wasn't. So I pulled issue #122 and took a look at the note.
It was mostly a blank page and down the bottom was this:
Hey! Guess who just broke up with his girlfriend?And then just a quick two sentence blurb on some convention they were going to be attending in the middle of August.
I pulled a couple of issues before and after #122 to see if this text ever made it in. I couldn't find it. I quickly scanned the blurbs of the notes archived at my site. Didn't see anything resembling it. So if you know where it is, chime up. Or perhaps this is the first time it has seen the light of day?
|Notebook #12, page 98|
When John Lennon was told in August of 1977 that Elvis was dead, he said 'Elvis died when he went in the army.' John looked at Elvis and thought
But John knew he blew it as well. The minute they fluffed up his hair and told him to be a cute little Beatle and keep smiling and don't wear a toilet seat around your neck on stage and be nice to the press. . .actually that wasn't when he blew it. When he said 'yes' to all that bullshit. That's when he blew it.
There isn't enough money in the fucking world.
That's what Cerebus is all about.