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's notebook #5 a few times already. It covers Cerebus #70 to 79 and contained 100 pages, but there were only 86 pages to scan. Look at pages 69 through 70 we see Dave's notes on an unused story for the not published Cerebus Jam #2, this story was entitled "Campaign Stop".
In Cerebus Church & State biweekly reprint #28 Dave has two pages of his 'Notebooks' section on this unused story. He shows two sketches - one from page 69 and one from page 71, and he has typed out the text which has numbers beside it.
|Notebook #4, page 69|
|Notebook #4, page 70|
|Notebook #4, page 71|
This is the "Campaign Stop" Cerebus Jam story I was working on with Dick Giordano. Cerebus on the campaign trail trying to drum up support. If you've ever "taken a meeting" with Dick, this one should strike a resonant chord.
Actually Dick isn't as scattered-brained or anything - just over-worked like most people on the corporate ladder. He's a very nice guy. His wife is nice too.