Wednesday 3 June 2015

Shredded Tissue of Lies

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.

Earlier this year we looked at Dave's notebook #20 already and learned that is is a smaller notebook. I mean, literally, smaller with pages only 5.5" x 8.5". There we saw a bunch of sketches of what appeared to be tourists. Now we have some sketches of either advertisements, potential posters to be or perhaps some other sort of displays for stores.

Notebook 20, pages 42 and 43
Barbarian. Prime Minister. Pope. Houseguest. You can tell how far along in the story Dave  was when he drew these up.

The last two pages of the notebook have some writing on Ham Ernestway Ernest Hemingway:

Notebook 20, pages 57

Notebook 20, pages 58

1 comment:

Tony Dunlop said...

Just goes to show that Dave can mimic writing styles very well, not just drawing styles. In this case he "does" Hemingway in order to rip Hemingway.