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Comic book pre-press history lesson time! Who remembers what a Color key is…? A Color key is an overlay proof created from the film separations that places each ink color on a separate clear acetate sheet then assembles them together over white paper. Color Key overlay proofs to check registration, trapping, and color breaks, identify density problems. They don’t really use color keys in the prod. of comic books anymore. Everything is proofed digitally. Here’s how it worked: A colorist would color the cover, then send the files to a pre-press house to have color keys and film made. The pre-press guys would then manually “strip” together each film, using a loupe to ensure accuracy. Then, the color key would get sent to whichever editor was handling the book at Marvel / DC. They would make notes, corrections, etc., on the color keys, and send them back to us to fix. The whole process took about 2-4 days. Nowadays, all that happens in minutes with e-mail and jpgs. I came across an old color key for a Spirits of Vengeance cover that I colored back in May of 1993. Over time, some of the ink has started sticking to the other sheets of acetate, but you get the basic idea.
I keep telling my kids to not be in a rush to grow up. My oldest says being a kid is “boring” and she can’t wait till she grows up to do stuff. UGH…. I long for the days when my big decisions of the day involved what time to go to 7-11, what flavor of Slurpee to buy, what comic book to get and figuring out if I had enough $ left over for nachos or not.
Digging through my stuff, i found some old art zines I made some years back. Four-Thirty in Finland – vol. 1. Each cover was a one-of-a-kind cyanotype, with orange block printing on the cover. Hand stitched. Insides were all half-tone goodness made from various illustrations and cyanotypes I had done and combined over the years. The name comes from an old inside joke at a place I used to work at. If I ever get some spare time, i’d like to start making art zines again….
My bud J., posted a pretty interesting history of some of the guitars he used to use on tour. Check it out here.
Studly Steve Walters. A Chicago homie. He printed my first concert poster for me, sometime in the early-mid 90’s. Congrats on the first 20, bro!
A 10 min. video of the gallery in Japan setting up for the Monsters & Misfits opening. Check it out. I designed the show catalog, which I posted about on April 5th. Enjoy.