Graphic Designer & Illustrator. Colorist for Dead Letters from BOOM Studios.
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Breakdown of Comics Roles

ok, quick breakdown of comic book roles.
My buddy John Trent is reviewing comics at:
He had some questions regarding who does what in comics so I gave this rather quick, kinda poor, overview of what different roles. I didn’t really edit the following from our g-chat convo, so excuse the sloppy nature of it.
Remember it’s words & pictures.
Writer: responsible for script, plotting, concept. 
Penciller: we’re seeing it less and less frequently, where an artist will be solely responsible for pencils.
Most of the storytelling and compositional decisions are made at this point, but it’s not usually the final product.
There’s some historical printing related reason for inking, but I can’t recall - however - these days it’s just the norm for all artwork to be inked. 
Inkers tend to make a lot of decisions for rendering, but also separating foreground and background, there’s a lot of fine work that’s done there that isn’t always apparent.or 
JR JR is a great example because (especially his earlier work) his books look very different depending on the Inker, Klaus Janson inks him differently from Al Williamson. 
Currently though - a lot of artists will ink themselves. This is especially prevalent on pretty much anything that’s not Marvel or DC. 
But sometimes there’s just pairings that work JRJR/Janson, Jim Lee/Scott Williams
which is pretty self-explanatory - they color the book. 
That’s about it…? 
They’re responsible for all the word balloons, text, most sound fx (sometimes the artist will do their own SFX)
Sometimes the letterer will create whole new fonts for a book.
Also if a letterer isn’t credited it’s usually done by either the writer or the artist.
i.e. Sean Phillips letters all his work. Whereas in Five Ghosts Frank letters the book.
The thing is - each aspect of the book adds up to the whole - it’s not as simple as just the plot. 



There has been a lot of stuff going on at Out of Step Arts here in the last little bit. I’ve been adding new books and original art to the store, you can buy shirts with designs from the artists in the OOSA Bodega, and now, the OOSA Print Shop is open where you can buy high quality print-on-demand fine art Giclee prints. We have several prints available already and we’ll be adding more all of the time, including some from a few of our friends!

So to help get the word out about all of these great things being offered to you by the OOSA artists and to celebrate our upcoming 3-year anniversary, I want to give you an opportunity to get free stuff! It’s easy, all you have to do is share this post.  

How it works:

  • Anyone who reblogs this post will be entered for a chance to win a free print from the Print Shop. “Likes” are appreciated, but they won’t get you entered in the contest.
  • On 8/1/14, I’ll randomly select three (3) people as winners. Winners will be notified via Tumblr, so be sure you have your ask or mail features activated. 
  • The three people selected will let me know which print they want based on what is in the Print Shop at the time the contest ends. We have currently have 7 prints, but plan on adding more. (*Some restrictions may apply, but I doubt it.)
  • I’ll mail you your print for free worldwide! Winners will not incur any costs or fees.  
  • If the person(s) selected cannot be contacted via tumblr, do(es) not respond timely, or declines, another person(s) will be be chosen.

Not bad for clicking a button, huh? 

Out of Step Arts features Alexis Ziritt, Nathan Fox, Logan Faerber, Ming Doyle, Andrew MacLean, Toby Cypress, Liz Suburbia, Paul Maybury, Chris Visions and Greg Ruth. 

You can find OOSA on Twitter, Instagram and online at

Thanks for getting the word out about OOSA. Your help is certainly appreciated. Good luck!

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A preview of Dead Letters #4 (BOOM! Studios) by Christopher Sebela and OOSA artist Chris Visions (with new colorist Matt Battaglia).



I’m so excited about this issue, being that it may be my favorite so far!!  That’s up to this point, because I’m working on issue 5 right now, and Christopher Sebela’s script is FIRE!!

Also we have Matt Battaglia joining the crew on colors this issue.  It’s his frst job coloring comics and he’s killing it!!!  Check out his work in the new, 5 page preview here:

Follow the Crew:

Christopher Sebela

Chris Visions -

Matt Battaglai

Boom Studios

Cannot freakin’ wait.


OOSA on the Shelves this week (7/30)

Magenta #1 (Vertigo) featuring a story illustrated by Nathan Fox

Sovereign #5 (Image) featuring cover and interior art by Paul Maybury

Dead Letters #4 (BOOM! Studios) featuring cover and interior art by Chris Visions (with incentive cover by d-pi)

Dead Letters #4 is my first pro-coloring job! Pick it up on Wednesday. outofsteparts chrisvisions

Issue #4 is out next Wednesday, have you caught up on #deadletters yet?!
You can find the original art for issue #3’s cover at
#deadletterscomic #originalart #comics

I colored this issue!


Issue #4 is out next Wednesday, have you caught up on #deadletters yet?!

You can find the original art for issue #3’s cover at

#deadletterscomic #originalart #comics

I colored this issue!

(via michael-moreci)

PUNKS THE COMIC four page preview!


Here’s a four page preview of the new PUNKS ongoing series from Image Comics - Click images to view large versions. PUNKS is in the Previews catalog this week (page 206) and earned a SPOTLIGHT in the catalog. Diamond Code AUG140540

The cult hit comedy returns with new stories and a bonus…

These pages are just crazy innovative and so different from what we usually see.