Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Venus Rising

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 saw Dave Sim's notebook #20 was in July of 2017 in POIT! SMASH. The notebook covers Cerebus #153 through 164, and it had 59 pages scanned, and 20 missing pages out of a total 80 pages.

On page there is a preview of the cover of issue 155 with Cerebus flying through the clouds.

Notebook #20, page 5
Dave also wrote a list of items for the issue, though Dave has some superb lettering skills, these notes are so quick that I can barely read some of them.

Looking at the page you can see a sketch of a woman.

Notebook #20, page 6
Turning the page, that is the one sketch that was inked, the other two remain pencil sketches.


Travis Pelkie said...

Would that be the time frame of when Dave was involved with Diana Schutz, because these sketches look kind of like her.

JLH said...

There was supposed to be a Jaka's Story excerpt in this issue? I wonder why Dave thought better of that.