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.
Earlier this year we looked at Dave's notebook #20 already and learned that is is a smaller notebook. I mean, literally, smaller with pages only 5.5" x 8.5". There we saw a bunch of sketches of what appeared to be tourists. Now we have some sketches of either advertisements, potential posters to be or perhaps some other sort of displays for stores.
|Notebook 20, pages 42 and 43|
The last two pages of the notebook have some writing on
|Notebook 20, pages 57|
|Notebook 20, pages 58|