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.
so this is what Romita JR’s pencils look like: http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/7e/3c/ab/7e3cab1d3c5a6f9c85023a9a821249dc.jpg
Most of the storytelling and compositional decisions are made at this point, but it’s not usually the final product.
And here’s the inks for that previous Superman piece by JR JR http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Superman-32-Spoilers-DC-Comics-New-52-Ulysses-John-Romita-Jr-3.jpg
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.
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