Thursday, 22 September 2016

Listening to Dead Cirinists

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're looked at Dave Sim's final Cerebus notebook, notebook #33, previously in The Final Notebook, Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk and in Fred Hammer Wins the Jakirbee Cup.

We still haven't seen the cover, another Hilroy in a long list of Hilroy notebooks used for Cerebus. The beginnings of the crease near the right hand side from holding / being opened. Other than a few blue pen marks, nothing else appears on notebook's cover.

The Cover for Notebook #33
One of the few pages with thumbnails - only 3 pages out of 58 scanned - is page 28:

Notebook #33, page 28
So while the cut out piece of paper in the upper left hand corner says 275 the thumbnails are for issue #274 pages 11 - 13 (if you're following along with the phonebooks, it is pages 171 - 173 of Latter Days). If you look closely, there is a note that says 274 with the page numbers circled.


iestyn said...

What have the other 55 got on them!!??

Jeff Seiler said...

As much as I was trained to, and learned to, and, eventually did hate the Cirinists, this sequence did, and still does stop me in my tracks.

Dead stop.

Still. Today. Just thumbnail sketches.