Thursday, April 20, 2006
I visited my local comic book shop and took a look at the newest "Essential Wolverine Vol. 4" published my Marvel Comics. I have to say that I was really disappointed. One reason is that they must have scanned a copy of the actual comic instead of using the original negatives. Did they misplace them? Anyway, the book looked muddy on that cheap paper they're using for the Essentials series. This newest collection covered a lot of Silvestris' work, Issues 70 to 90. It should have looked better.
Posted by Don Hudson at 5:15 PM
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I wonder if the poor printing has anything to do with the fact that they were trying out different "new" printing methods back then. If I remember correctly, that might be around the time "Flexographic" printing was being used. I wonder...
"new" Printing methods that would not leave a black and white, Negative option? Gosh,I hope that's not the case
Hey, when I was editing Essentials, we DID run across a lot of situations where the film was missing, and YES, we did have to scan off the comics and then run some filters over them. The results weren't real special but it was better than nothing.
Don, in theory there would be an OPTION for printing it because there should be film around with the black-plate intact. That's what they use foe most reprints: old film. Either all 4 color plates, or they just take the black plate and make a "positive" out of it that can be scanned and re-colored. Or printed in black & white, obviously.
In this case, the film is cleary missing, so they had no other option.
These days, there is NO film, so people need to reliably archive their digital files to preserve the finished colored & letterd pages.
I've recently been shocked to find that some of my old CD ROM archives have gone "bad" over the years. They are NOT as indestructible as we were led to believe. I've taken to making multiple back-ups of pages I really don't want to lose, but a few things are gone forever. :(
Digital files going'Bad' is news to me.What happened Steve? Were the files exposed to the elements?
I guess there is just some degredation that happens. It's odd. It is not like I use those archive discs again and again--they aren't getting "worn out." My experience with discs that become "bad" has been with discs that have probably NEVER been used since they were first burned. They've just been resting happily in their jewel cases.
I archive most everything digitally, but I try to ALWAYS have a good print-out on as nice a cardstock as I can get my hands on, so if I lose the digital files, I can re-scan my pages.
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