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DC Comics to Lose the Gloss? Colourists Take Care

Apparently, things come in threes. This looks like the third reveal about DC Comics upcoming plans for their monthly comic book line. – only one of which they have admitted to.

This morning, Bleeding Cool told you about DC's exclusive Walmart anthologies, serialising new Batman comics by Brian Bendis and Superman comics by Tom King which then got confirmed everywhere.

We then told you that DC Comics were moving their $3.99 line of comics from 20-page stories to 22-page stories, to justify the price point and steal a march on Marvel Comics.

And now? As a result of their investment into the 100 page Walmart anthology titles and the print stock needed for those titles, DC Comics are going to shift from glossy paper to non-glossy paper for their entire line. Which will necessitate a change in the entire colouring process.

I asked professional colourist and President/CEO of SotoColor Graphics, Chris Sotomayor, hypothetically, what such a change from any publisher might mean. He told me what he would have to do.

Get profiles from the publisher for the new stock. Chances are the total ink limit has to be adjusted down a little bit. As a fan, I'm not really into the glossy paper for interior stock. Makes it difficult to read.

Well, as a professional and a fan, Bleeding Cool tells you that you might want to get those ink limit adjustments ready…

DC Comics to Lose the Gloss? Colourists Take Care

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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