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.
Since I'm writing this on Wednesday night at the same time I'm trying to cook dinner and do the laundry, this will be a relatively short one this week. But still fill of notebooky goodness.
Jaka's Story is when I started reading Cerebus, with issue #114 actually, Jaka's Story #1. So when I was going through Dave's 9th notebook, which he used for issues #102 to 111, and saw the prelim sketches for the Jaka's Story logo, it grabbed my eye:
|Notebook #9 page 42|
Beginning in Cerebus #113? Not so much.
The next page in the notebook, page 43, has some more sketches for the logo:
|Notebook #9 page 43|
It also has a mock up for an advertisement for Jaka's Story with Jaka, Cerebus, Rick and even Cirin on the cover - though Cirin's bit in the story would be given to Mrs Snatcher Thatcher. It also looks like Dave got a bit of the bar in the right hand side of the mock up.
The logo he ended up with: