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chrislillytv 03-19-2017 08:29 PM

Writer searching for Advice
 
Hi there,

I used to be a Web series Producer and have now decided to go into comic books. Since I'm new to this forum and comics in general, my first question I have is:

Are artists considered as colorists, inkers, and letterers as well nowadays? Do most artists do all of the above now, or are the specifics still separated?

Any advice with starting this new adventure is appreciated.

My Web site is www dot chrislilly dot tv to learn more about me.
My email is chrislillytv at gmail dot com

Who knows. Maybe we will work together in the future...

Lee Nordling 03-19-2017 10:03 PM

The roles of different contributers
 
Hi, Chris.

Welcome to the process.

First, there's no simple answer to your question except, "yes, no, maybe, and maybe not."

Some artists specialize, some do it all, some do some of it.

Here's my best advice: there are a bunch of books out there (for not very much money) about comics, scripting, the culture of comics, etc.

Look on Amazon, read through the preview pages, and invest in a couple that touch on what you're interested in doing, then devour them.

Why this advice?

Your question shows you've just put your pinkie toe into the deep end of the pool, and swimming lessons are required unless you want to drown a dozen time before catching up on what a few good books can help you with.

Good fortune!

maverick 03-20-2017 12:05 PM

Someone correct me if I am mistaken, but the history of why these were all done separately (penciling, inking, coloring, lettering) was so that the book could be produced and therefore published faster.

aaimiller 03-22-2017 03:00 PM

In part:
 
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Originally Posted by maverick (Post 1867174)
Someone correct me if I am mistaken, but the history of why these were all done separately (penciling, inking, coloring, lettering) was so that the book could be produced and therefore published faster.

This is partially true. It comes from the early era of comic books (rather than just comics) when a publisher (like E.C. Gaines) would set up a studio with artists and writers to churn out material. Many artists would work together in the same room, and it was easy to pass pages back and forth. If one artist was better at people he would get the page for a bit. And another was better at backgrounds and he would get the page for a bit. Another was great at inking etc... They could pass the pages around and play to everyone's strengths. At this stage artists didn't ever get their names on or in the comics. Not all comics worked this way. Some had dedicated artists working on them, like Wonder Woman, but many were. If you have twenty artists in a room, they will work better and faster if they are all doing what they are good at.

This model (many artists, flexibly collaborating on pages) slowly faded out and was replaced with the structured roles we are familiar with today (penciller, inker, colorist, letterer). We have this structure in part to keep up the monthly pace, in part because artists tend to have things they are better at or like doing more, and in part because artists don't work in the same room anymore so you need a more structured way to divide up the labor (so you don't have any back-and-forth which would slow down production).

YellowDogArtistry 03-23-2017 12:55 AM

aaimiller - both ways aren't perfect. In both of them there are still late months all the time. so obviously it's something wrong with the monthly deadline. do i know how to fix it, not at all.

of course most people can handle the monthly deadline - they just put their nose to the ground and pound it out. it's a time thing we all suffer from. "time" can cause suffering.

people who work at mcdonalds, starbucks, jc penny, have no time for anything. it's 100% worse for comic book creators. we also have to push our books, go to cons, network, etc.

but hey if i can't handle it i should find a diff job, right.


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