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 #32 only twice before back in February 2016 in A Movie Review: Julia and Hunting Lodge Thespians, both showed pages one through three of the notebook. The notebook covers only issue #255 and only 18 of the 32 pages were scanned.
The cover is actually different and not a Hilroy:
|Notebook 32, front and back covers|
|Notebook 32, page 7|
Even those first bits of dialogue are ever so slightly changed on the finished page. The parts that are crossed out made it in Form & Void, but only in the notes To Ham & Ham Not on page 721 and 723.
The bit you see below it - the Papa's breakfast sandwiches - did make it in. That breakfast sandwich sounds like it'd give me heartburn. Mustard pickles? They can't be as bad as Branston Pickle, but still don't sound like something I'd have for breakfast.