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.
We've looked at Dave Sim's notebook #13 twice before. Once in February of 2015 in "Jaka's Sweet old Aunt Victoria" and the in August of 2015 in "Outlines for The Poet". Notebook #13 covers Cerebus #122 to 125 and had 67 pages scanned.
On page 41 of the notebook we see the first sketch for what would become the cover to issue 124.
|Notebook 13, page 41|
|Notebook 13, page 45|
|Cover to Cerebus #124|