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Matthew: It is most certainly an intentional device on my part. It’s color theory, and studying it makes doing my job so much easier. Knowing how to choose colors that will do what you want them to do, to direct a reader’s eye, to frame a scene, or elicit a certain response is crucial to good coloring. Good color theory can even make up for other shortcomings, like being inexperienced at rendering (adding textures, highlights and shadows to define form).
The biggest mistake I often see in aspiring colorists’ portfolios is their focus on rendering before they have a good grasp of color theory. I went to art school and majored in “Sequential Art”, which is a fancy name for a degree in comics. (I think it’s to get parents of perspective students in the door. If you called it majoring in comic books they’d probably never let the kids anywhere near the school.) Of course, I took a color theory class as part of my foundation classes, and then as required by my major, I took a “computer coloring for comics” class.
I don’t remember the exact number of assignments, but we weren’t allowed to do anything but color completely flat for the majority of the class. The professor wanted us to be able to tell a story using only flat colors. So, without the aid of lighting or texture or gradients, you had to choose your single flat color for each background, or each face, very wisely to get the most out of your choice. I remember I practiced on a lot of Mignola Hellboy pages and studied a lot of Dave Stewart’s flat colors on that book.
Anyway, the point is that the importance of color choice was made very clear to me when I first started coloring comics on the computer. Looking back, it was important to limit myself in a program that had limitless colors and tools to distract a novice colorist.
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nightwing45 asked: Is it just me, or did you place subtle pot shots at Frank Miller and his 300 story in 3?
Joking aside, I generally go the other way, and cut as much stuff which just seems to be about Thermopylae. I’m writing about Sparta and the Spartan mirage generally rather than 300 specifically. That said, as many people’s sole understanding of the Spartan Mirage is 300, I get why people take it as such.
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eljackinton asked: Always wondered that, if in the realms of possibility, you would release a Phonogram compilation album to accompany the series? Or even an original soundtrack album if you somehow had a musical dream team to work with.
It’s certainly an idea we’ve played with. A ULTIMATE PHONOGRAM over-sized hardback edition with an album would make a lot of sense.
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caseycrawford asked: Kieron, how much time would you say you spend writing per page? How much per script? Also, if I could be so selfish, how much time for revisions/2nd drafts?
It’s impossible to really average that out. It takes as long as it takes.
My “basic” work routine is basically that I write five pages of first draft every work-day morning. Sometimes I write more, but abstractly never less. Afternoons are for everything else, including polishing.
The actual manual typing is the small part of it though. You’re really doing the thinking about it all the time.
I tend to think in terms of reworking rather than drafts. Scripts change radically as I cut it apart. Things change entirely when the pages come back. Comics writing, for me, is pretty fluid.
Taking Paris - KID!LOKI aka Serrure (Journey Into Mystery)
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fivecentsless asked: KwK is one of my favorite characters. Just throwing that out there.
He’s a sweetie.
To put you out of your misery, yes, he’s in the third series.
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Michael Bround of Atoll Comics is starting to do a series of infographics breaking down the structure of Phonogram: The Singles Club. This is the first, and apparently the simplest. Lots more analysis over at the site, but I wanted to show the infographic, because it’s a bit fuuuuccck!
Spoilers a plenty if you actually read the thing above in detail, obviously, but even a scan sort of shows what we were doing with it. Keeping all this in my head was fun.
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deathchrist2000 asked: For an independent study at my college, I am looking at a large array of comics and graphic novels. For the last two weeks of the corse, I get to pick what we discuss. I already have the first week decided (Animal Man) and am considering your run on Young Avengers for the second (both because its a comic released within the past 10 years... and I still haven't read the whole run). How do I pitch the series to my teacher?
If I was pitching such a thing, I’d suggest pitching them together. There’s enough overlap in the themes and techniques of the two to be an interesting study of what the twenty years gap does to pop culture, etc.
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As issue 10 must be inching closer to release, let’s have a nose at issue 9. Spoilers, obv.
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sebpatrick asked: I initially misread the last ask as "Do you think you'll do a SINGING event when The Wicked and the Divine is released?" So: Do you think you'll do a singing event when The Wicked and the Divine is released?
Wicked + Divine Karaoke competition makes a lot of sense.
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