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.
A couple weeks ago we saw the pretty complete layouts in notebook #18 for a couple pages from issue #174. Except those were done in ball point ink. In notebook 26 Dave used pencils to do a layout, and then finished it up with ink. Starting on page 3, he started with page 169 of Going Home. Though page 1 is a crossed out sketch of Cerebus sitting, and then the text:
Fall and the River
With an arrow pointed towards it and the remaining text "Footlight light italic" and "footlight light". Page two is then the two quotes, both from Groucho Marx on F. Scott Fitzgerald.
|Notebook #26 page 6|
|Issue #240 page 6|
Dave did these finished drawings for pages 3 to 15, with page 15 being only half completed - it gives us a look at the pencils that Dave did first before inking:
|Notebook #26 page 15|
|Issue #240 page 15|