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.
So in last week's comments section, Sean asked if we could see Dave's notebook pages for Cerebus #80, Thrunk's return. Issue #80 is in notebook #6, which covers 80 through 86. I've covered notebook #6 a couple times before: "Touch Not The Priestess" and "Fat Elvis Period".
There are 6 pages total of notebook #6 that have some issue #80 material on them, so let's start at the beginning, page 1:
|Notebook #6, page 1|
We also get the outline for the issue - let's just say a lot happens. We don't see one of my favorite lines from the series, how Lord Storm'send opens up the issue: "The road t'hell is paved with wasted efforts."
And yes, the pages ends with 'Farmer tells Cerebus', we don't get to see what. . .
Page 2 of the notebook is an outline for the next ten or show issues, so let's skip to page 3:
|Notebook #6, page 3|
Then on the next page we get some roughs for page 14 and 15 of the issue (page 586 and 587 of Church & State I).
|Notebook #6, page 4|