Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Give Me Strength

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 #9, which covers Cerebus #80 to 86, 13 times already. Most recently in Noice. Fank You. from this past December.

When I was looking through it for Mick and Keef items, I stumbled upon a scene with the Countess and Cerebus that makes me chuckle. I put it to the side, but figured now would be a good time for it. On page 26 of the notebook is some dialogue:

Notebook #9, page 26
And then two pages later, we see the page that it was used on:

Notebook #9, page 28
The "give me strength" was replaced with the dialogue on the bottom of page 28: "I may have to sweep the floor again someday." Both make me laugh.


David Birdsong said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Tony Dunlop said...

The line that ended up in the book is much funnier. Good move, Dave Sim of 1985 (or whenever it was).