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 #10 covered Cerebus #112 / 113. It also has some planning for Jaka's Story - see Jaka's Story I, Jaka's Story II, and Jaka the Dancer. While I loved seeing the behind the scenes stuff for Jaka's Story (as issue #114 was my first Cerebus issue), I thought the Dave sketching random people that we saw in Vacation Time: San Jose was fun to see. It was something different, that with Dave having to focus on mostly Cerebus, we didn't get to see a lot of.
Well, those vacation sketches from Dave were later in the notebook, pages #57 and 58. Earlier in the notebook, there are some more "vacation sketches". At least that is what I think they are - as it appears we get to meet Lorraine the flight attendant on page 5.
Notebook #10, page 5
On page 6 there is a loose and fast sketch that looks a bit like Mary Ernestway. On page 7 there is another fast sketch, takes up most of the page:
|Notebook #10, page 7|
On page 8, we have a sketch of a woman with large earrings smoking on a small (pool side?) chair. Quite the pants she has on. Goes with the hair and earrings. On the same page another loose and fast sketch.
|Notebook #10, page 8|