Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Drink a Gallon Jug of Soda Water

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 looked at Dave Sim's twenty fifth notebook in June of last year, in A Victim of A Laughing Chance. The notebook covers Cerebus #213 through 241 with only 96 pages scanned.

On page 35 of the notebook we some of the internal dialogue that Cerebus had with himself in Rick's Story.

Notebook #25, page 35 (click for bigger picture)
The last line at the bottom, "Just shut up Cerebus. Cerebus is giving Cerebus a headache" makes me chuckle. 

Up at the top we see a note Dave wrote that must be a quote from Bill Sienkiewicz "Make your notebooks look like your finished work and make your finished work look more like your notebooks".

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