Coloured “blue-line” for page 25 of NOW #3
Although this page looks like a regular production page it’s actually two separate layers. One is fully coloured while the other just shows the line art.
When I originally purchased these two pages I wasn’t quite sure what stage they represented, and after speaking to a few different collectors I kind of settled on them being some kind of colour guide. However, since speaking to an actual NOW colourist that worked on the RGB comics I can confirm that this is actually a hand coloured page on top of what’s known as a “blue-line”.
Here is the artists explanation on this process: “Blue-lines are quite different to colour guides. On a blue-line, the line art overlay is made from the printing negative. A light blue image of the line art is printed on an illustration board and then we would hand paint and airbrush the colour, strip the top layer off the heavy board, and scan the colour for the other three printing plates (CMY). Color guides on the other hand were just xeroxes, loosely coloured with markers or waster colour. Then the colour formulas were written in the margins. There were no overlays on colour guides.”
On this occasion what I actually bought was even better than what I thought I bought (although I would still quite like to own an RGB colour guide!).
Page 20 from issue #3 from the NOW Ghostbusters II movie adaption (starring the Real Ghostbusters).
Artists: John Tobias (Penciller) , Rich Rankin (Inker)
Photo credit: Marc Sans