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 Sim's notebook #18 twice before, in The Frustrations of normalroach and Worm Merchant or Grand Lord of Palnu?. It covers Cerebus #136 and #141 of Cerebus and had 64 pages scanned. And similarly to the covers of the other notebooks we've seen recently, this one is also a Hilroy.
|Notebook #18, front cover|
|Notebook #18, page 45|
|Notebook #18, page 46|
Looking back at page 45 none of the cover sketch of #139 can be seen. Usually with odd stuff I'd make a note when I was scanning the notebook. For example, for page 62 of this notebook I had written " Page 062 is a piece of paper with the cover art, and it is just glued to the notebook page." I didn't make any such notes about page 46, but I'd be willing to hazard a guess that this sketch was drawn in a different notebook, cut out and glued to this one.
For the curious, the sketch is pretty close to the original cover, but there are differences:
|Cerebus #139 cover|