Thursday, 11 October 2018

Roach. . .Nevermore

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.

There were 260 pages scanned of Dave Sim's twenty first notebook used in the production of Cerebus. Notebook #21 covers Cerebus #164 through 187.

On page 9 there is a quote from Astoria "Other women submit to and are subservient to assholes. I have to confess that I have never been so self-destructive as to do so, but I must confess that the strongest and most intelligent women are susceptible to the worse examples of male kind imaginable."

Notebook #21, page 9
There is also a thumbnail sketch of Cerebus #154 page 9. Here is the finished page for comparison:

Cerebus #154 page 9, aka page 35 of Women. 
Pretty close but Dave saves the reveal of the Roach's new look until the next page.

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