Thursday, 14 February 2019


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've seen bits of Dave Sim's twenty first notebook before. Most recently in November of 2018 in Crossing Over Part Two. The notebook covers Cerebus #164 through 187 and had 260 pages scanned.

On page 3 we see the first of Swoon:

Notebook 21, page 3
It also has some dialogue from issue #164. Then on page 7 of the notebook we see a rough layout for a page from the series and some dialogue for it.

Notebook 21, page 7
On the top left corner Dave has written down that it is Cerebus #164, page 10. And indeed it is:

Cerebus #164, page 10 (aka Women page 36)

1 comment:

Tony Dunlop said...

This post...comforts me.