As you may suspect,
being a colorist, my role in the GoA universe is just HUGE. Sure,
writing, penciling, inking, lettering (all done by Chuck) and editing
(done by Martha) are all “important” in their own little ways, but I think
we can all agree that the coloring is the building block on which a comic
“What color of brown should
this dog poop be?” or, “What kind of effect do I need here for this glowing
thingy?”, or even, “should I
bucket-fill?” are a few of the make-or-break, monumental decisions I make* on this comic
book on a regular basis. I must also stay in the lines CONTINUOUSLY!
* = Unless, of course, you know... If Chuck decides that I’m wrong.
I know, I know, you are
probably thinking to yourself, “Oh, my dear Lord! How could ONE ORDINARY MAN
possibly be up to such a task?? How, I ask??? Tell me, you bastard! Tell
The answer, of course,
is simple. I am no ordinary man. Rather, I am a beacon of light in the dank,
of literature. Really.
Being a colorist is like
being the bass player of a band. Seldom do you get acknowledged or kudos
sent your way, and you never get the chicks (and by chicks I of course mean
baby chickens. Aww. They're sooo key-oot!).
Really, what the hell does a
colorist do, anyway? Something you did when you were three years old and someone gave
you a crayon. Jesus, even “inkers” got a movie written about them (see
Okay, it’s not that
pathetic, and lots of colorists are even called “genius”. Well, okay
“genius” may be too strong. But I’m sure somebody was called “darn clever”
at one time or another (though I really can’t back that up with any of
your precious *facts* or anything). A lot of them DO, however, get paid
buckets of cash for what they do. I just don’t happen to be one of them.
But I digress. And I was
kidding a lot of the time up there with my words and such. I really love helping my
brother on his work, “The Gods of Arr-Kelaan”. I
started working with Chuck on
Issue 11 Of GOING HOME. At the same time, I took over coloring duties
VOLUME ZERO (at page 7). Sometimes
he does give me some great challenges. I usually do okay, gradually hit it
out of the park. The other times? Well, we usually clean that crap up before
you see it, so it’s not even worth talking about. So I won’t.
On top of coloring (or
“toning” if b&w), I also do the effects. These effects usually have to do
with magic, but others may be as simple as clouds, fire, water, bubbles,
etc. Most of this stuff I make by rendering images and colors in
my very best friend. I’ll never leave you Photoshop! Unless, of course, a
newer version of you comes out. Or a better program. Oh, now don’t be that
way. Oh. This has turned awkward all of the sudden. Hmmm.
I'd love to say that this is my only work, but for now it isn't. I work for
a Telecom company, a home improvement store and I DJ part-time. I am also an
(basically just to help my brother out). But all other time is dedicated to
Gods of Arr-Kelaan. Because, sadly,
I have no life. That, and I want to ride my brother's coat-tails to success.
As I always say, "I am the
Clint Howard of web-comics"!
I am "politically minded" (pretty much to
the liberal side of things), but not really politically active, however (I
don't attend marches and so forth). Freedom is not free, but blood for oil
should not be condoned, either.