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.
Last week we looked at Dave Sim's notebook #8 in All She Wants To Do Is Dance. It covers Cerebus #70 through #79. While we just looked at it last week, I'm writing this directly after last week's column. . .Because as this column comes out, I've just got back from a 3 night stay at the Regency . . .I mean the Château Laurier. Well the Fairmont Château Laurier.
Yes, I went to see the Boston Bruins taken on the Ottawa Senators, and the one stipulation on the trip was I wanted to stay at the Regency. I'll let you know if I see an Elf or kid in a bunny suit.
As I was looking at the pages from it for last week's article, I saw a page that looked different. It didn't fit in with the pages around it. I left this one a bit bigger than usual - so you could super zoom in and read the text.
|Notebook 8, page 27|
There are some sketches of random people, plus a sketch of someone who looks like Astoria - "that's the priestess". A familiar line reappears but this time with a bit of a twist: "I know things
I don't think most of these lines appear in the finish story, but appear to be talking about Sophia, Cirinists and Astoria.