Wednesday, 16 May 2018

One Particular Panel

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.

So instead of a notebooks blog entry. . .in honor of Dave Sim's birthday, I wanted to share with you my favorite piece of Dave Sim artwork that I own. It was a reward for the first Kickstarter that Dave did - the one for the audio visual High Society done in 2012. Drawn on 11" x 17" Bristol board in ink, I asked for my one character to be Cerebus and if he could do a rift on my tattoo which I had used this as the basis:

Cerebus #162, page 2, panel 1
The look on Cerebus face, how he holds both his sword and Jaka's doll Missy, while one of him falls down, he looks up. At the time when I got the tattoo, in 1996, I really took to this one panel. I was at a crossroads in my life, and my past was going down, falling away, and I was looking to the future with the same look Cerebus has in the panel, my Army experience only a year in the past, and still feeling like a kid with my doll.

What I got surpassed what I could have hoped for:

Another Dimension to Margaret's Tattoo
Keep going up Cerebus, keep going up.

Thank you Dave for the little gray guy, and all the stories you've told us and will tell us.


Travis Pelkie said...


Jeff said...

Nice! How come only the cool kids around get all the good stuff?