I've always enjoying studying the original art for comic book pages, because it's fun to look at the washes, white-out marks, pen lines, blue pencil lines, erased pencil, and brush lines. You can learn a lot from them.
IDW's Artist's Editions (I've not seen a copy in person) print scans of original comic art pages, and judging from this video, they seem to go a long way in getting the look of original comic art pages. Here's the video for John Romita's Amazing Spider-Man Artist's Edition (above).
IDW proudly presents John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man: Artist's Edition, collecting six complete stories by the great John Romita, arguably the definitive Spider-Man artist. Each page is scanned from the original art, same size as drawn, and in full color (in insure the best possible reproduction). This Artist's Edition measures 12 x 17 inches and each book is shipped in a custom cardboard box for maximum protection.
While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for instance, corrections, blue pencils, paste-overs, all the little nuances that make original art unique. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.
I just found out that there are Wally Wood
, Dave Stevens
, Walter Simonson
Artist's Editions. They are sold out, of course. You can buy copies on Amazon for hundreds of dollars. If you want the Romita one, I suggest you get hopping.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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