Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Get Out and Push

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 "Mothers & Daughters" notebook, notebook #23, only three times so far. It is one of the smallest notebooks at 5.5" x 8.5" and only 36 pages scanned. The last time we saw pages from it was way back in June of 2015 in Shredded Tissue of Lies.

Most of the 36 pages was sketches of people on vacation, 1992 Tour items or notes for Free Cerebus. I did find some Lord Julius dialogue about the steering committee:

Notebook 23, page 36
I can remember that scene with Baskin furiously taking notes. Still makes me chuckle.

The dialogue continues on page 37:

Notebook 23, page 37
Looks like a quick sketch for a page from Cerebus #152.

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