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 haven't yet seen anything from notebook #24, which covers just issue #225. The cover says there were 100 pages, but only 45 were scanned. There were 41 blank pages and 17 missing pages. While the tag from Dave on the notebook said it was for issue #225, cover date of Dec 1997 and in the middle of Rick's Story, there are some notes regarding F. Stop and the story in Going Home some 2 years down the road in issue #240.
On page 19 we see the text 'Jaka - Sarah Murphy'. Sarah Murphy and her husband Gerald were friends with F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Murphy's were the basis for Nicole and Dick Diver of Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night.
|Notebook 24, page 19|
At the top of the next page in the notebook, we get another quote from The Crack-Up: "an idea ran back and forth in his head like a blind man knocking over the solid furniture."
|Notebook 24, page 20|
The next quote on the page is another Fitzgerald quote - believe it or not - this time from Delphi Complete Works on F. Scott Fitzgerald: "Then he tried the trick they all do - held my paws and tried to balance me on the end of my spine. I never could figure out the point of that one." It comes from a Fitzgerald short story called "Shaggy's Morning".
The rest of the page is Dave rifting on Fitzgerald. Jaka talking to F. Stop? The text continues on the next page.
|Notebook 24, page 21|