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.
The last time we looked at Dave Sim's notebook #14, which covers Cerebus #113 through 117, was back in March of 2016 in Reprinting Cerebus Every Two Weeks. We also looked at two other times, in A Gold Coin? and in Jaka and Missy. While we've seen pages from it three times, we've not yet seen the cover. Would you be surprised if I told you it was a Hilroy notebook?
|Notebook #14 front cover|
On page 36 of the notebook, there is some text that is used on page 26 of the Jaka's Story phonebook (or page 16 of Cerebus #114 if you're following along in the single issues):
|Notebook #14, page 36|
|Text from Jaka's Story page 26|
|Notebook #14, page 16|