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.
Dave Sim's notebook #26, which covers Cerebus #240 to 250, is a notebook that we've looked at several times previously in this column. I was looking at the scans again and saw something that I hadn't seen previously. Not all too uncommon, for when I scanned them in, I was super nervous about having Dave's notebooks in my possession. I scanned them quickly and returned them as soon as I could.
So when I saw what appeared to be quick descriptions of the covers to the issues in Form & Void, I stopped to read them. It started with issue #251:
|Notebook #26, page 208, top of page|
|Issue #251 cover|
|Notebook #26, page 208, bottom of page|
|Issue #253 cover|
On page 209 we see Dave's thoughts for slide #26, which becomes #254:
|Notebook #26, page 209, top of page|
|Issue #254 cover|
|Notebook #26, page 209, bottom of page|
|Issue #255 cover|