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 #4 covers Cerebus #59 to 70 and with 160 scanned pages, there is plenty of things to cover. We last looked at in last July in A Plan for Church & State I. Instead of looking at Dave's plan for C&S I, we'll be seeing all of his plans for Aardvark-Vanaheim in August 1984.
On page 106 we see a list of comics that Dave is working on. It is quite the list. We also see a list of Aardvark-Vanaheim comics for 1985. A cover sketch for Cerebus "Jam" (or perhaps it was that advertisement that showed up with an actual picture of a small thing of Jam. I can't find it right now. First person to find it, take a picture of it and link to it in the comments will get a Cerebus #0 from me) plus a logo for the same.
|Notebook #4, page 106|
On the next page we see an updated calendar for August 1984. The schedule hasn't changed much - with just the Swords intros being removed from August 22 and the rest of the schedule moved up by one day.
|Notebook #4, page 107|