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 #26 before numerous times. The notebook started out as a 300 page notebook broken up into three sections, and only 150 pages were scanned: section 1 had 63 pages scanned, section 2 had 65 pages scanned, and section 3 had 22 pages scanned. There were only 11 pages missing, and the rest were blank.
I had made a note that I took two scans of page 45. My note: "p.045: Has an 'a' and a 'b' version: There are two photocopied pictures on this page one of which overlaps another. So the 'a' scan is with the 2nd picture, of a page of script, hidden. The 'b' picture has the script photocopy visible. The top one is only held on by a piece of masking tape, the other photocopies are glued on to the page."
Here is page 45 as is, how it looks when you flip the page to see it:
|Notebook 26, page 45, with the sketch on top|
|Notebook 26, page 45, with the sketch moved|
|Going Home, page 330|