UPDATE: Thanks to the corrections offered in the gentle manner that the Internet is known for, we’ve corrected the credits for the above weirdness — even if it was the wrong book, the coloring is still pants, however.
We were farting around on the Internet yesterday when we came across an art thread at Ivan Brandon’s forum that included the following shocking before and after. The original comparison is from a French art blog (well worth checking out on its own.) The work in question is
THE INCAL AVANT L’INCAL by Jodorowsky and Moebius Janjetov. The first is from the original printing. The second is from the US Humanoids version, recolored by Fred Valerie Beltran, who is not a bad colorist or artist in his own right….but hideously inappropriate. What the hell happened to the delicate linework and shading that Janjetov included in the original? Wasn’t that part of how the art was SUPPOSED to look?
In addition, in an insulting move, naked ladies have been removed. (We’ve added the black bar, but you can see the uncensored versions at both links, as well as more examples of before and after.)
While computerized “modeled” coloring is the standard for today’s comics, it’s basically like giving a loaded revolver to a chimpanzee, as it so changes the underlying character of the art. As we flip through the comics we get these days, we’re struck over and over again by the darkness of the printing, the muddled look of the resulting art, and the idea that comics editors have moved to a system where the traditional penciler/inker/colorist team is being asked to produce painted work reminiscent of video games, which isn’t how the system was set up. It could work to produce great images, but that would require a lot of cooperation, time and vision — more than the present system seems to be set up for.