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 last time we looked at Dave's notebook #9 was back in July of last year in D'King and the Actress. Notebook #9 covers issues #102 to 111 and while the cover says 200 pages, I only scanned 133 and there were 8 blank pages.
On page 48 we see thumbnails of the covers for Cerebus #105 through #111. It looks like Dave had started with issue 107, which marks the first issue in the 'Walking on the Moon' chapter of Church & State II. However, he crossed that off and put 105 and also crossed off 108 and made it 106.
|Notebook #9, page 48|
|Cerebus #105 to 111 covers|
On the next five pages we have issue summaries for issues #107 though #111, the complete Walking on the Moon chapter. Page 49 shows another thumbnail to the cover, which looks a bit closer to the final cover.
|Notebook #9, page 49|