Well, as we were just saying, colorists are an integral part of the comics creation process, more responsible fore the look of a book than anyone else, really in the modern production process. And yet one con does not think that colorists are worthy to be listed as guests for their show. Or that’s what colorist Jordie Bellaire (Captain Marvel, etc etc ) found out when asking one show to be listed as a guest:
Dear Convention whose name will be spared,
Refusal of professional colorists to be listed as guests at your convention is extremely ignorant.
Your archaic view of creatives is part of what keeps jobs of this industry undervalued. Congratulations, you’ve officially locked out a great percentage of talented, friendly, hard working creatives who would originally have had great interest in attending your convention.
Your one sentence, “this is not a colorists thing”, was surely the most pigheaded and dismissive thing I’ve been told since I began professional coloring. This is a seriously small-minded view of the way things work. Let me explain why:
Colorists make or break a book: Colorists are extremely essential to the medium of colored comics. I don’t think I need to explain to most any fan, the value of a colorist like Laura Martin or Dave Stewart. Colorists create form for figures and their environments, mood, tone and “Effects” like, blurring, flares, glows, color holds, etc. If any of this is done badly or doesn’t give clarity to an artist’s work, the artwork fails.
There’s more in the link.
Colorist Matt Wilson(Wonder Woman) was also blanked by the same con, prompting the #coloristappreciationday tag on twitter. Because they can make or break a book like matchsticks.
The no colorist policy does seem a bit ridiculous. Are you saying Laura Martin and Dave Stewart aren’t fit to be listed as convention guests? Or heck, Jordie Bellaire and Matt Wilson.
We’ve reached out to the Con in question for their side of the story.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.