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 #7 a couple times before, most recently in November 2015 in "Out With The In Crowd". Notebook #7 covers Cerebus issues 87 to 95 with 115 pages scanned.
On page 34 Dave has a list of things relating Cerebus to the comic book market with regards to why he wanted to create the phonebooks and sell them through Aardvark-Vanaheim.
|Notebook #7, page 34|
Then on page 35 he sounds more like he is writing an editorial why Aardvark-Vanaheim is selling the phonebook directly instead of going through distributors.
|Notebook #7, page 35|