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.
The second of three "quickies" as when this gets posted I'll be unpacking. I hope it is better than packing, because packing sucks. But I digress.
This week - some pages from Dave's notebook #5, which covers issues #70 to 79, so this notebook spans approximately late 1984 to middle of 1985. These pages are some of the sketches of friends and random people.
The first page, page 37, has been rotated 90 degrees as you can see by the spine of the notebook along the top of the page. I'm guessing they're tourists. The text? "You clumsy great oaf. If you've dropped my good lines in this pig-sty".
|Notebook #5, page 37|
The next sketch is of Miss Judith Bradford. She graces page 62 along with a thumbnail sketch of the cover of issue #76.
|Notebook #5, page 62|
|Notebook #5, page 66|