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 far in looking at the thirty-six notebooks that Dave Sim used while creating Cerebus, we haven't looked at notebook #25. When Dave sent me the notebooks, he would put a small post-it note on the cover of the notebook with the issue number(s) covered in the notebook. For notebook #25 the post-it said 'issue 227'. Notebook #25 stated 100 pages, but only 40 were scanned and there were 40 blank pages and 20 missing pages.
Going through those 40 pages, while it starts with issue #227 in Rick's Story, there is a bit of a few later issues and even Going Home in notebook #25 as well. On page 2 of notebook #25, we see dialogue for page 11 of issue #227 - page 157 in the Rick's Story phonebook. It starts with Joanne talking to Rick with Cerebus sitting nearby thinking to himself and listening to the conversation.
|Notebook #25, page 2|
We'll skip to page 5 in the notebook, where see a sketch of Cirin and a thumbnail for pages 16 and 17 of issue #225 (pages 162 & 163 of the phonebook).
|Notebook #25, page 5|
Then on page 6 we see a sketch of Cirin with her sword and then a quick glimpse from issue #229 wherein Dave appears:
|Notebook #25, page 6|