Artist John Higgins is a crucial member of the Watchmen team — he colored the original and the remastered Absolute edition. To mark 25 years of Watchmen — and his appearance as part of the con’s year of the Brit — Higgins is releasing a limited edition Watchmen portfolio exclusively for San Diego Comic-Con 2011.
The new portfolio comes in two flavors, each containing a set of three individual prints of fan-favorite characters Sally Jupiter, Rorschach and The Comedian, each richly-detailed image penciled, inked and colored by John Higgins. John said: “For me, the appeal of this collection was to consider how each character had been used within the story of Watchmen, and to place them in settings specific to their role in the story. I’ve aimed to highlight the Comedian’s swaggering arrogance, the sexual glamour and allure of the original Silk Spectre, and the psychotic violence of Rorschach.” Set A: Limited to 80 copies. The prints (11.7″ x 16.5″) are colored in Turmoil Colour Studios’ contemporary color style and printed on ‘Tintoretto Gesso 250gsm paper’ using the latest computer-controlled technology for a high-quality print run. All prints signed and numbered by John Higgins. Available only at SDCC 2011 at the special price of $120 per set. Set B: Limited to 20 copies. Containing three (11.75″ x 17.75″) silk-screened prints on perfect ‘Somerset satin white, 250gsm paper’, with hand-separated color by John in the Old Skool style of the classic Watchmen coloring. These hand-pulled silkscreen prints are all numbered, signed and embossed with the Turmoil Colour Studios symbol by John Higgins. Available only at SDCC 2011 at the special price of $300 per set. Both sets will be contained in a special TCS embossed portfolio envelope. Portfolios will only be available at the Splash Page Comic Art Booth #4400 at SDCC 2011, but can be pre-ordered by contacting John via his website at www.turmoilcolour.com or contact Mark Hay at www.splashpageart.com
There will also be a drawing to win a portfolio at the Spotlight on John Higgins panel, Thursday JULY 21 between 1:30-2:30PM.
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