The colorist of Atlas and Captain America: Patriot has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel.
Elizabeth, wife of artist Mitch Breitweiser, is not the first colorist to be signed to an exclusive deal with Marvel, but she is certainly the first they’ve made a big deal about in recent times. Of course, a look at some of the preview art for Captain America: Patriot below leaves little question that the artist is worth the announcement, but it is still notable for coming on the heels of debate in the comics community last week over whether or not colorists deserve royalties. If they are important enough to sign to exclusive contracts, then one can assume they are important enough to the process to warrant both cover billing (which has been happening more and more) and royalty payments.
On Marvel.com, Breitweiser explains her thoughts on what a colorist should be:
"As a colorist, I think it’s important to consider myself an artist and story teller first and worry about everything else later. Ideally, a colorist should be well-versed in design elements/principals and human anatomy. It’s my job to integrate color with line art, so the finished product feels whole and complete and not like separate parts fighting for attention. [Today] with all the shiny, crazy, spectacular things you can do with Photoshop, it’s easy for a colorist to swallow up the line art. In my opinion, a good colorist should accent the line art and follow the artist and writer’s visual clues for story telling. We should use color theory, value and texture harmoniously with the line art to help lead the reader’s eye around the page and create form, emphasis, variety, movement/rhythm, atmosphere, and mood. Like it’s been said a million times before: fantastic color can save bad art, and terrible color can destroy really great art."
She also expresses her feelings on the announcement itself:
"I don’t even know how to put into words my excitement. The past few years have been such a whirlwind. I am working at a dream job that two years ago I could have never imagined. I get to work with incredibly talented writers, artists and editors for one of the top entertainment companies in the world! I thought I was already the luckiest girl in the world, so when Marvel called and offered me the exclusive, I just about fell out my chair! It’s really humbling. I can’t thank editors like Tom Brevoort and Mark Paniccia enough for taking a chance on me."
Captain America: Patriot begins in July, and she has been collaborating with artist Gabriel Hardman on the Atlas books since 2009.
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Posted originally: 2010-05-12 11:14:26