Sunday, May 22, 2005

Comic Dictionary - "Uncolored"

"Uncolored" is a phrase used to distinguish between books that use black & white as an artistic expression and those books that use black & white just because they cannot afford to color the book.

For instance, Kane is a black & white book.

Worldwatch #1 is an uncolored book.

It seems silly to me to refer to both books as using the same style of art, as they clearly are going for different approaches.

Like a Marvel Essential book. Those books are most definitely "uncolored" (as they are literally colored stories printed without colors). So they are going for a totally different approach than a Torso or Jinx.

Please note that I realize that even the books I refer to as "black & white" often made the decision to GO to black white because of the price factor.

The only difference is that the ones I call "black & white" EMBRACED the format and went with it, rather than just draw the same way they would draw a colored book...just uncolored.

5 Comments:

Blogger T. said...

It seems like a silly distinction, but that's the exact reason why I won't buy Essentials although I own a crapload of black and white books.

5/22/2005 03:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike loughlin said...

The uncolored Essential Tomb of Dracula is my favorite release of the last few years. Finally, we get to see all that moody, creepy Gene Colan art in black and white!

5/23/2005 07:59:00 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

What do you call a book like the Graphix Bone volumes, which were originally printed in black and white, but have now been colored for a new edition?

5/23/2005 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Stefan said...

What do you call a book like the Graphix Bone volumes, which were originally printed in black and white, but have now been colored for a new edition?

Same as you do with movies in layman's terms: colorized.

5/23/2005 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

In addition, please note that I am not saying that uncolored books are, like, bad or anything.

I'm just noting that there is a difference between a black & white book and an uncolored book.

5/23/2005 07:05:00 PM  

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