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.
And with all the Bruins games and the season ticket holder event this past weekend that is all I had typed up as of this morning. I had already picked out two pages that I thought were interesting from notebook #13. The first was page 65 with a picture of either an old Oscar or a Sebastian Melmoth. What I thought was interesting was the listing of the phonebooks in the upper left hand corner and their corresponding themes.
|Notebook #13, page 65|
"A guy told Cerebus he would die alone, unmourned and ::blank:: forgotten. He was a judge"
"They are all judges after a fashion, my friend. That is the soul and substance."
The next page is one I picked out because I think it sums up Cerebus - he thinks he'll be happy when he is in Jaka's arms. Sorry to break it to you kiddo, but you can get what you want and still not be very happy. You'd think he'd learn his lesson.
|Notebook #13, page 31|