Thursday, 15 March 2018

A Look at Iest

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 last saw Dave Sim's Notebook #3, which slides in between Albatross Too (notebook two) and Albatross Four (notebook 4) back in August of 2016, Notebook 2a, aka Albatross Three.  It covers issues 37 to 40 and had 78 out of 80 pages scanned.

On page 48 is a map. A pretty detailed map of Iest with what appears to be electoral votes for prime minister.  I left it double sized of what the pages are normally sized at - so you can zoom in and ready the small text.

Notebook 3, page 48 (click to make it much much larger)
"The Mystic Goat". Umm, wonder what that was about. I can see Grace District with the Good Abbey on the far side of Iest, right beside the Papal farm lands.  I don't think "His Holiness' Province of Dorchester" made the final cut.

High Society page 289


Anonymous said...

This is easily my all-time favorite of the notebook posts. So cool.

Michael Grabowski said...

Next bonus print! Love it.