Oct 26 2009

A few notes for SN’s prospective colorers

Published by at 8:52 pm under Art,Navel-Gazing,Superhero Nation

If you’re here because you’d like to color the comic book I’m working on, please keep reading. If not, you’ll probably find this pretty boring.

Here’s a sample of what the inks will look like. 


What’s the sort of look I’m going for? 

Realistic but cheerful.


Page 20, panel 1 inked and colored/shaded by Rebecca

This sample is an ideal example of the style I’m aiming for.  However, it was done by our inker, who does not have enough time to ink and color a comic every month.  

Miscellaneous Notes

  • I’m going to hire 3-5 colorers to do a test page for $75 (including tip, so probably around $65 before tip).  I’ll pay upfront. 
  • I will hire the best of the artists as my colorer.  That means I’ll need another four pages colored in late January or (more likely) early February.  $300. 
  • If we get published, then it’s the publisher that sets the page-rate.  I’m submitting to Image and Dark Horse and a few smaller publishers in March; I’d be surprised if they got back to us before May or June. 
  • I’ve received over 100 applicants as of now, including probably around 10 that I find impressive.  I’m not going to lie; a lot of people will be rejected.  If you’re one of them, I’m sorry ahead of time.  If it’s any consolation, it’s just as rough for writers and we don’t get paid anything until the publisher signs on.    

Stylistic Notes

  • Unless your portfolio includes pieces in a similar style to the coloring above, I would recommend thinking about doing a sample panel.  If you’re interested, please color any one of the panels in the inks above.  A sample panel is optional.  However, please know that I am leery about the prospects of gambling $75 on an artist that is new to this stylistic field.  A sample panel is an easy way to allay those fears. 
  • The two main characters are an accountant and a mutant alligator, both depicted in the inks above.  Unless you can see yourself coloring them collectively around 100 times over the course of the first issue, this is not the job for you.
  • SN’s art is mostly PG and possibly PG-13 in combat scenes.  There won’t be much gore or any sex.  (I mean, when the two leads are an accountant and a mutant alligator, it sort of limits the opportunities for romantic side-plots). 
  • Umm, if you have a quasisexual fascination with any of the characters, could you do me a favor and not apply?  Thanks. 

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “A few notes for SN’s prospective colorers”

  1. Emilyon 28 Oct 2009 at 7:36 am

    Hey there,
    I thought I’d send a message – I’m honoured that you find my work impressive, but I’m also aware that my current highly detailed, ‘smooth’ facial colouring on characters is not what you’re after. You said in a previous comment that you’re confident that I can pull off a more simple Phoenix Wright style and I believe that your confidence is well placed, but I shall do the sample panel for you to see. When are you thinking of making your final decision for the artists? It shouldn’t take me a great deal of time to do the sample panel, but I want to make sure that I have something to show you in good time.

    Thank you for your interest, I’m delighted. 😀

  2. B. Macon 28 Oct 2009 at 3:17 pm

    You’re very welcome. Your art is quite solid.

    The three finalists (the artists that each get paid $75 to color the sample page above) will not be decided before Friday. However, I expect that I will begin conferencing with a few writing pals shortly thereafter. We’ll have the three finalists probably by Sunday or Monday.

    Good luck!

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