nighttime to daylight colouring by deokmis
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Hi, I am a french reader, I just discovered Sandman, which I love, and I have a question about the colors in the restored publication of the serie. In the original publications, the colors were flashy and psychedelic but in the new ones, they are more "realistic", less wild in a sense. Is there a reason for this change ? Were you unsatisfied with the coloring of the first publications ?
It was a combination of things:
The biggest one was the very white glossy paper in the books was very different to the newsprint that the colouring was designed for. The original colouring was a lot more restrained, because it sank into and was absorbed into newsprint. It became "flashy, psychedelic and wild" because it wasn't meant to look like that.
Part of it was that the early colouring, especially in the Sam Kieth issues, especially once it was printed much heavier than intended, hid art details.
Part of it was consistency. We were going to have to recolour the early issues from scratch, to make the colour suitable for modern printing, and to create digital versions of the art. (Basically Sandman colouring was pre-digital until issue 49. I'm fairly sure that Worlds' End on were done on computers, although Danny Vozzo was still colouring by hand, with "Android Images" doing the color separations, and they were done for whiter paper, so they weren't going to need to be recoloured.) So it seemed wiser to let Danny Vozzo go in and just... colour it. He'd coloured over 50 issues of Sandman, and he knew what he was doing.
In my blog in 2006, I was asked:
the new coloring for the new Absolute Sandman looks great.
I have a couple of questions regarding it:
1) Who's supervising the new coloring, and who's doing the coloring?
2) Were the new reproductions made from the orignal inks/art?
3) Do you feel that the new coloring better represents your original vision, the artist's original vision? is it a matter of technology?
4) will the Absulote Sandman be your "Artist's definitive version" in terms of coloring?
and I replied:
1) Danny Vozzo is doing Sandmans 1-8, 17 and 18. Lee Loughridge is doing The Doll's House (9-16). It's being supervised by Karen Berger, Absolute editor Scott Nybakken, and me. And I'm signing off on every panel.
2) No. Most of that stuff was sold 17 years ago. We got a few pages, although the most useful thing was a cache we found in my attic of photocopies I was sent for proofing purposes, and some of the artists had clean photocopies of some pages. There are only a couple of pages now, in Sandman 16, where the black line leaves something to be desired. I bet the originals will surface as soon as Absolute Sandman Volume 1 comes out.
3) Yes, to all three. The original technology means that with every new printing on cleaner paper with sharper inks, it looks worse. There was never the time or the money to fix anything in the old days, and stuff simply went out as it was, sometimes to the detriment of the story. As things went on, we got to computerise the colour, and the technology gradually made things better. Compare Preludes and Nocturnes to The Kindly Ones, just from a standpoint of colour and you'll see what I mean.
4) I very much hope so. Maybe in 30 years the technology will have advanced to the point where we have to do it again, but probably it won't.
I hope that helps. If you want to see the artwork uncoloured, it's in The Annotated Sandman...
This is Cuddles, a mob enforcer from Nevada working for the Turk and he is not as soft as his name suggests (his bear hugs are lethal) but he’s doing his best in a hard world.
some pinup art for the one shot comic I’ve been doing colouring work on with Jed Mcpherson and Marco Perugini!
The comic is coming out on kickstarter soon, link’s in the source, I so appreciate folks checking it out and sharing! 🚘