Thursday, 22 September 2016

Listening to Dead Cirinists

MARGARET LISS:
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're looked at Dave Sim's final Cerebus notebook, notebook #33, previously in The Final Notebook, Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk and in Fred Hammer Wins the Jakirbee Cup.

We still haven't seen the cover, another Hilroy in a long list of Hilroy notebooks used for Cerebus. The beginnings of the crease near the right hand side from holding / being opened. Other than a few blue pen marks, nothing else appears on notebook's cover.

The Cover for Notebook #33
One of the few pages with thumbnails - only 3 pages out of 58 scanned - is page 28:

Notebook #33, page 28
So while the cut out piece of paper in the upper left hand corner says 275 the thumbnails are for issue #274 pages 11 - 13 (if you're following along with the phonebooks, it is pages 171 - 173 of Latter Days). If you look closely, there is a note that says 274 with the page numbers circled.

2 comments:

iestyn said...

What have the other 55 got on them!!??

Jeff Seiler said...

As much as I was trained to, and learned to, and, eventually did hate the Cirinists, this sequence did, and still does stop me in my tracks.

Dead stop.

Still. Today. Just thumbnail sketches.

Dead.

Stop.