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Oh right! The reading!

This should be good in a black and white comic... Except they cheat and add color for this chapter! Well, that's one way to handle it I guess... how odd, though.

I'm... not really sure what to say about this chapter! It's fairly short, but also it deals a lot with the history and technology of color, and not as much with how it's used in comics itself. I mean we get *some* of that, but it's all intertwined with the "whys" as well, such as why comics tend (or tended, by this point) to have superheroes in bold primary-colored costumes and so on.

So... basically, yeah. It's nice to know some of it I guess, or to have it pointed out why some things are the way they are, but there isn't much to really grab hold of this time around!

Although I could be wrong, and if I am.. please discuss!

Do I really need to add a link to the schedule for the last chapter on Friday? I think not. :p


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Sep. 23rd, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
The color was certainly a striking change! I liked some uses of it combined with the line drawings, such as one of the early frames with three colors outlined in sharp b&w relief. I also liked the history lesson, and the part about why superheroes are drawn in primary colors, as you mention.

Perhaps oddly, I also felt like he was demonstrating one of his own points -- his McCloud Figure looked worse in color, I thought. It did not make the transition well. Given that he spends a good chunk of the chapter talking about how color is a different medium, he might be pleased to hear me say that, maybe.

The other thing that I kept thinking about while reading this was manga. To pick an example, "Fruits Basket" did incredibly well in black & white, thanks to all the various patterns and shading techniques that manga employs. It's not nearly so heavy or dull as a number of his examples in this section. (The last panel of Ch. 7 is more like the sort of thing done in manga, at least the ones I've read, in terms of detail and shading.)
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