Oct 26 2009
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.