The Colors, Done At Last


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The column is going to have to be shorter than usual this week. I just got back from my mandatory evacuation of lower Manhattan because of hurricane Irene. It wasn’t a big deal, but a few days away, especially on short notice, really messes with the work schedule.

So this column will be short but sweet. And by sweet, I mean that I have great news: the colors for all 201 pages of the American Terrorist graphic novel are done! Hats off to Michael Wiggam who stepped in and finished the last third or so of the graphic novel for me. I guess the hurricane didn’t slow him down too much.

Michael was amazing efficient with his work schedule and was able to finish before I expected. More importantly, the work looks spectacular, especially the last chapter. I don’t want to show too much of it here because I don’t want to spoil the story or some of the more powerful scenes in the book. What I’ve done is cut out some panels from the last chapter to put here. It’s enough to give a taste without spoiling too much.

What this means now is that I have both the black & white and color version ready to go. I knew I wanted to go forward with the black & white pages so that I could have printed copies in time for New York Comic Con on October 13 – 16, 2011. What I didn’t know about was when I would have the full-color version. But now that question is answered and I can schedule the digital release of the color version to come out the same time as the print.

I think that’s the best of both worlds. And by doing black & white in print and color in digital, I’ll be able to pass on my savings in print costs onto the reader by providing economically priced books. Maybe sometime if I think I can sell enough copies of a color print version, I’ll be able to print up enough to bring the unit price down. But for now, I’m happy with the plan.

So that about wraps up this week. I’ll still have some interesting topics for the remaining 5 weeks leading up to the release of the American Terrorist graphic novel. I’ll be showing the process of creating 2 of the covers for the digital  issues #6 and #7. Then I’ll I show images of the actual print copies of the graphic novel when they arrive safely and are in my hands. Then lastly, I’ll share my plans for NYCC; what I plan to do to set up, get the word out, and specials I’ll offer at the show.

I’m looking forward to it. Enjoy these color samples and I’ll see you next week.


Tyler Chin-Tanner started his own publishing company, A Wave Blue World, where he wrote and drew layouts for Adrenaline, its flagship series, Adrenaline and wrote its latest graphic novel, American Terrorist.

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