Thursday, 12 July 2018

Pointy Hats

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 looked at Dave Sim's eleventh notebook just this past May in What IS truth? The notebook had 114 pages scanned and covers Cerebus #96 to 102. The trial. Pope Cerebus. Astoria. Bishop Powers. And the room.

On page 43 of the notebook Dave sketched out, with pencil and pen, page one to Cerebus #98. The Trial.

Notebook #11, page 43
What is that on the right edge? Oh just some letraset:

Close up of pattern
And here is the finished product:

Cerebus #98, page 1
I like how the smoke from the candles forms the word balloons.


Tony Dunlop said...

Wow, before reading the title of this post I never made the connection: "Status, boy! You can argue with me, but you can't argue with status!"

Jeff said...

TALL pointy hats! Brian Coppola, a big muckety-muck at The Univerity of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, and purchaser of perhaps the most Cerebus original art pages, has a photocopy of the Elrod panel taped to his office door.

Tony again said...

Yes, all college muckity-mucks should be issued tall, pointy hats.

On the outside chance that any administrators where I work are reading this: I don't mean you!