Your favorite color comic!
5mo
galacticnine
I've read tons of comics in black and white... but I'm looking to expand my library and see what else is out there. Do you have a favorite comic with beautiful colors? Striking colors? Ominous colors? I'm especially interested in comics that are produced by a single-person or small team! Flat or partial colors also work; what I am especially trying to study is the marriage of linework and coloring :) As an example, I LOVE Calvin and Hobbes (I know, not exactly an obscure pick). Bill Watterson's vibrant watercolors plus juicy inkwork packed with character -- they're a perfect combination!
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pietfrans
Have a look at Loisel and Tripp's series Magasin General. The colouring contributes immensely to the creation of atmosphere. It is also interesting to see how the colours of the little Canadian village change with the seasons. Truly masterful.
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Alec Brubaker
The Calvin and Hobbes watercolors are the best! Bill Watterson is a really amazing artist.
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Herman Assink
Don Lawrence (UK+NL) was phenomenal in painting with gouache. Many frames of his last ~200 pages of his series 'Storm' are so beautiful & meticulously painted that they were sold as posters. The 'Thorgal' series (BE+FR) and one-off 'Chninkel' by Gzegorz Rosinski has some instances of great beauty, especially the covers. And I agree with the earlier mentions of Blacksad and especially Moebius (his art was used for 'the Fifth Element').
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Herman Assink
Here are some pages from 'Storm' of Don Lawrence.
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Arthur Cardoso
All though Watchmen was made by a big name (DC) the team that made it was very small. The colours are very bright and "neony", but my favourite moments is when there is a tension moment or action where everything has an unatural red tone, adding to the feel of unstableness and danger.
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galacticnine
Now that you mention it, the colors were pretty flashy at times...though I've never read the comic all the way through. Thank you for the rec :)
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Serena Marenco
Well, in the Franco-Belgian comics there are a lot of examples of comics with beautiful colours. Offhand, SkyDoll by Barbucci and Canepa comes to mind. Artists trained in the Milanese stable of Disney make spectacular drawings. Barbara Canepa is phenomenal in colouring with ecolines! Other comics I suggest you look at are those painted by Riccardo Federici: spectacular to say the least. I follow him assiduously and I still eat my hands for not being able to attend one of his workshops at the academy of the city where I live. He works by directly colouring his pencils with acrylic, five days for a spectacular finished page.
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galacticnine
Oh wow, you're not kidding -- those colors blend beautifully :). And that is some wonderfully intricate rendering by Federici as well! Reminds me a bit of traditional fantasy book art I used to see growing up. So sculptural!
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Yiming Wu
I don't read that much comic, I like some niche ones... My favourite colour comic has been H.K. series by Kevin Hearult https://www.facebook.com/kevin34herault I love his slick shading. I mainly like the shape language of his machinery designs, robots and guns, very expressive. (Unfortunately this comic is discontinued) He is heavily inspired by Appleseed, which I also like, I found myself love Appleseed 2004 film the most, where the CG reflection stuff is just starting to be used everywhere. I like Shaun Tan's Arrival very much. It's not a "comic", but more like a graphic novel. Shaun Tan's got stunning imagery! Other than that... Some coloured works from Moebius are looking nice as well.
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galacticnine
Oh, I really like the way Kevin Herault pushes his perspective! Looking at a picture of a man with a spaceship(?) in the background, and the curve on the bow looks so dynamic! I'm going to put Arrival on my wishlist as well :). I never saw Appleseed, though it does look cool. As far as more recent CG goes... I did watch Knights of Sidonia, which I imagine would have been significantly tougher to animate without the use of 3d models :P. And I'm sure they use it extensively in Macross as well.
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Nadja
Blacksad (artist is Juanjo Guarnido). Another cat :)
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Yiming Wu
OOOh this one looks good to me
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galacticnine
Oh my goodness, I love the expressiveness of all the animals! I'm gonna put this on my wishlist, a cat solving crime is right up my alley as well :).
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Charline B.R.
Your example is pretty "flat color", are you asking for the same or are you okay with more "painterly" authors ?
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galacticnine
Painterly authors are good, too -- I'd like to see how different artists approached their work :)
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neri
5mo
It's a very different style than Calvin and Hobbes, but my favorite comic in color is "The Wrong Place" by Brecht Evens. The paintings in this book are so beautiful and full of details and I love his technique of using gouache and watercolors. Other comic books / graphic novels in color that I like are: "Casa Transparente" by María Luque, "Patience" by Daniel Clowes, "Turing" by Robert Deutsch, "Rosalie Blum" by Camille Jourdy, also Tara Booth.
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galacticnine
Wow, the pages look so intricate and vivid... I wonder how he pulled off some of this layering without muddying his colors. Thank you for the recommendations, I'd never heard of these! Patience sounds really interesting and Alan Turing is such a fascinating person as well.
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