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.
Way back on October 16 of last year I looked at some of Dave Sim's notebook entries for issue #94 of Cerebus. They came from notebook #7 and you can see the cover there. Notice on the cover that it says "with 2 pocket folder". Well, the pocket was still with it:
|Notebook #7 "pocket" There was nothing in it.|
On page 13 of notebook 7 you can find Dave's outline for the end of Church & State.
|Notebook #7 page 113|
Notebook #7, while it encompasses issues #87 to 95, has the first appearance of what would later become Cirin:
|Notebook #7 page 92|