August 25th, 2006



I am completely astounded at the number of thoughtful responses I got on that colors posting. You guys all *rock*. That was really, really cool to read and think about.

My own choice is the just-barely-favored #2, for a lot of the reasons that have been ennumerated. It pays more attention to actual lighting sources, the depth and shading is good, and I love the night sky behind her (it works *so* well with the next page, too!). My second favorite is #5, with #6 in there at just about the same place, except it's just a little too dark for me. #1 is a little too cartoonish: the colors are good and I love the depth and richness, but it just doesn't quite work for me.

The Controversial Blue Lipstick: my first reaction was AUGH. My second reaction was 'huh'. My third reaction, especially after talking to one of the colorists who did it (a friend did #3; he was doing it more experimentally, having never done comic colors before, than as an actual audition), was, "...I really like that." His thought was along the lines of, "This is a character whose behavior necessarily draws attention to herself, but who wears a mask: she doesn't want to be recognized. Blue lipstick is *distracting as hell*." Similarly, he added blue piping to the costume (as did #4, which I liked a lot) as another draw-the-eye-away technique. I really, *really* like that.

I am *completely* torn on whether to ask the colorist to actually do the blue lipstick, because I *really* like the psychology behind it and it *really* threw me the first several times I looked at it. The last thing I want is for somebody to be thrown out of the comic at panel one. o.O

I am in agreement with those who liked the obvious toxicity of the clouds in panels 3 and 5; that needs to be addressed in #2. I'll probably end up eventually posting another final version of the colors, after I've talked to this guy about some of the changes that might be good to see.

The only awful part about this is having to tell several people that they didn't get the job.
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I'm printing out HOUSE OF CARDS to do edits on it. In skimming veryveryquickly as I put all the separate chapters together, I become reluctantly willing to concede that there may be *something* salvageable in this book.

I am always surprised by this moment. No one else is, but I always am.

Colorist is hired. I've found a letterer, too. It looks like we're very probably on for an October 1 submission date. Wow. *boggle*

debela snikily sent me "Anne of a Thousand Days", which she says I must watch and which I shall watch as a reward for getting my editing done. Two sets of revisions and one more book and then I can makeplead with her to send me more Gilmore Girls! o.o

Poor Ted. *sigh* He covered for people who were out earlier this week and did 30 hours in 3 days or something, and he was supposed to have the rest of the week off, but his boss's mother died and everything is chaos and he's working again tonight and tomorrow. :( :( on many counts, both for his boss's mother, but because I am selfish, mostly on his behalf.

Maybe, if you're really really lucky, and I'm really really procrastinating, tomorrow you'll get a little essay on How Catie Edits A Manuscript! :)

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