A funny thing happens when I post black and white comics. Not everyone likes it.
By not everyone, I of course mean Jeff. And this last post, there was additional rumbling in the comments section by Tony of Bored in a Record Shop about the lack of color. (Let me add that Tony is a long time comics creator that I really look up to. His work ethic, his style, his adherence to his own particular brand of insanity. He’s one of a kind for sure.)
In fact, Tony’s brazen comment (paraphrased here: …***dam…thought my computer was broken.took awhile to figure out that these toon’s were in B&W….colour please!!! …. : 0) -made me laugh so hard that I ran out and told Jeff.
Jeff said, “See? I told you so!”
Then Jeff suggested I make my next comic about the boys planning a revolt against appearing in black and white comics. It was such a great idea, I dropped my previous plans and got to work.
When I was a kid, I read the comics every day in the newspaper. The Monday through Saturday comics were always in black and white. So I lived for the Sunday funnies when everything was in a larger format and in glorious color! The comics on Sunday came alive. I concede that color is meaningful and makes comics fun.
I personally like black and white comics, especially when they are well done. Robert Crumb comes to mind. In the 1995 documentary titled Crumb, he said that he never consistently worked with color and that is one of the things about his artistic life that he regrets. (I think he could use color anytime he wants because he’s just that talented.)
A few months ago, I ordered The Book of Genesis illustrated by Robert Crumb. The cover is in wonderful color with Crumb’s signature markings. It made my mind tingle with anticipation of what the pages would bring. When I opened the book, the illustrations are all in black and white. Superb black and white no less- Crumb’s work is one to study for style and skill. Still yet, my disappointment was palpable.
So I’m back working with color. I can’t have my cast walking out on me!
Until next toon,