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.
Dave Sim's notebook #8 has been featured here six times already, most recently in Cerebus vs The Spirit back in March of 2016. Out of the 100 pages originally in the notebook, only 86 pages remained, and one of those was blank. The notebook covers Cerebus #70 through 79.
While we've seen this notebook six times already, the cover has yet to be seen:
|Notebook #8, front cover|
Page 45 of the notebook made me stop - some sketches of Jaka as she appears in Cerebus #74 - 76. Then I read the dialogue. Some sounded familiar and some didn't.
|Notebook #8, page 45|