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It's (comic book) colorist appreciation day again. Kind of funny how arbitrary the selection of the day is, but that is a testament to it's organic origins. (lets hear it for people getting pissed off and starting a movement).  Still, happy to see it experience an anniversary.

In honor of colorist appreciation day i'd like to repost some of which I wrote last year. (Particularly relevant is Nei's most recent post on her dA toolkitten.deviantart.com/jour…)

...The job is so bad that half of them leave the position when they reach the top. (see Christina Strain and Mark Sweeney. Even Nei Ruffino is going after pencils right now). I'm second guessing my own interest in pursuing comic coloring as a career because of what I see in the industry. The pay is low proportionate to the hours and the training. But the worst part is being on the ass end of a production line. Ideally the penciller does a page a day- the inker does 2 pages, and the colorist has to do 4 pages. But then the penciller takes 2 to 4 days on a page here or there, the inker gets backed up and takes and extra day, so that in the end the colorist ends up having to color up to half the book the day before deadline. Not always- but often. Colorists pull more all nighters in this industry than anyone else, with the exception of the editors themselves (maybe). It's a shitty lifestyle, and when people say "colorists do it because they love it"- they don't mean it in the "Teachers do it because they love children" sort of way. They mean it in the "why the fuck would someone stay with that abusive tyrant lover that sucks the life out of them" sort of way.  That or they're fucking crazy. 

In appreciation of the day, here are the DA links for the colorists I currently work with, go tell them you appreciate their work. 

Alex Sinclair sinccolor.deviantart.com/ Thanks for keeping me alive for the past two years!
Beth Sotelo midimew.deviantart.com/ Thanks for being so leniant on the workflow!
Andrew Dalhouse drewdown1976.deviantart.com/ Thanks for working with my own borked up workflow
(2014 - edit) Gabe Eltaeb - I really do enjoy doing all the color holds too!

and even though i don't work with him as often anymore:
Chris Sotomayor sotocolor.deviantart.com/ thanks for getting me into this industry... I think.

and last but not least 
Steve Oliff for being my chief inspiration all those years ago.  (he quit comics at one point because becoming mayor of his city was the easier and more righteous thing to do.. see what i mean about this industry?!)
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Long time no see folks, busy week here with 3 books coming out!  This week Green Lantern 21 comes out, and looking at my last diary entry featuring Green Lantern 17, that means a lot of books have come and gone that i wasn't able to post about ( including green lantern 18 through 20- and 20 was the monster that kept me from having time to post!)

www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…
STORY BY
Robert Venditti
ART BY
Billy Tan, Richard Friend
COLORS BY
Alex Sinclair, Tony Avina
LETTERS BY
Dave Sharpe
COVER BY
Billy Tan, Alex Sinclair, Rags Morales
PUBLISHER
DC Comics
COVER PRICE:
$2.99
RELEASE DATE
Wed, June 5th, 2013

Looks like Astro City is finally coming out. I swear I was working on pages for that book a year ago, but the way the past few months have been, maybe THAT was last week. Alex Sinclair is on colors, looks like a typo on the credits on the webpage.

www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…
STORY BY
Kurt Busiek
ART BY
Bent Anderson
COLORS BY
Alex Ross
COVER BY
Alex Ross
PUBLISHER
Vertigo
COVER PRICE:
$3.99
RELEASE DATE
Wed, June 5th, 2013


And finally, i've started working with Gabe Eltaeb on Invincible Universe. My work on issue #3 was minimal, but i'm digging the series and especially Naucks Artwork, which is well suited to these heroes. (not sure why Rauch is credited as the colorist here either, but it might be the case with Gabe doing backup on this one)
www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…
STORY BY
Phil Hester
ART BY
Todd Nauck
COLORS BY
John Rauch
COVER BY
Todd Nauck
PUBLISHER
Image Comics
COVER PRICE:
$2.99
RELEASE DATE
Wed, June 5th, 2013
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One of the downsides of being a flatter is you are never sure whenever anything is coming out. The upside is going to the comic book shop and seeing a magazine and saying "oh yeah. that one"

this "that one" is Green Lantern #17
Personally i dig the 2 page spread later in the book. Alex is at his best when he gets to play with ALL the colors

www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…

STORY BY
Geoff Johns
ART BY
Doug Mahnke, Dan Jurgens, Phil Jimenez, [more...]
COVER BY
Doug Mahnke, Mark Irwin, Alex Sinclair
PUBLISHER
DC Comics
COVER PRICE:
$2.99
RELEASE DATE
Wed, February 20th, 2013
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Another week goes by... *poof*

this week Comedian #5 hits the shelves

previews can be found here: www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…

I was really impressed by J.G. Jones artwork through this series. Looking at the black and whites, every panel looked like a period photograph, with deep shadows in the eyesockets (I never had to flat so few eyeballs!). It's not the type of style I immediately like in a comic book, but it was very suitable to the story and effective. No knocks on Alex's colors, but seeing these pages in black and white was a treat.

STORY BY
Brian Azzarello
ART BY
J.G. Jones
COLORS BY
Alex Sinclair
LETTERS BY
Clem Robins
COVER BY
J.G. Hones, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson
PUBLISHER
DC Comics
COVER PRICE:
$3.99
RELEASE DATE
Wed, February 13th, 2013

And we have Threshold #2 www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…
Which has been described as green lantern meets hunger games. I have only done a few pages in this book (i just finished all of #3), and I had to stop and ask andrew "what is this book!?"- I love the individual character designs as the protagonists have to navigate a city of alien lifeforms. Definitely worth a look if you are interested in exotic character designs.

STORY BY
Keith Giffen
ART BY
Tom Raney, Scott Kolins
COLORS BY
Andrew Dalhouse, John Kalisz
LETTERS BY
Dezi Sienty, Dave Sharpe
COVER BY
Howard Porter, Hi-Fi
PUBLISHER
DC Comics
COVER PRICE:
$3.99
RELEASE DATE
Wed, February 13th, 2013
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Oops- missed a day- can't believe they already have earth2 out again this week (#8 was 2 weeks ago). Guess that happens when you are so busy with the issue that 2 down the line.

here's the link and info

www.dccomics.com/comics/earth-…

Written by:
James Robinson
Art by:
Nicola Scott
Trevor Scott
Cover by:
Nicola Scott
Trevor Scott
Variant Cover by:
Nicola Scott
Trevor Scott

Color/B&W: Color
Page Count:  32
U.S. Price: 2.99
On Sale Date: Feb 6 201

colors by :iconsinccolor:
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