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 most recently looked at Dave Sim's notebook #18 in Campaign '93 Notes just this past July. Notebook #18 covers Cerebus #164 through 187 and had 260 pages scanned.
As you can imagine, most of the back of this notebook is just pages and pages of raw text for Reads. Then I came upon a couple pages of sketches. Not for Cerebus, just random sketches. On page 256 a beautiful sketch of a young woman and some butterflies:
|Notebook 18, page 256|
|Notebook 18, page 257|