Posted by: ryalltime | April 22, 2009


John Byrne‘s current STAR TREK: CREW series has gotten off to a very well-received start. But the reason I’m showing a page from the fifth and final issue here isn’t to mention that fact, it’s to show the amount of care Byrne puts into his pages. On this series, starting with issue 3, he’s been greyscaling the b&w lineart, which brings added depth to the finished, colored art (Lovern Kindzierski is the colorist on the final three issues of this series and complements the greyscale work perfectly). In addition to that extra step, Byrne also places the balloon guides on each page, directing the letterer where to best place dialogue, sound effects and captions. In fact, his balloon guides for each issue offer a nice clinic to anyone who wants to see how best to make the balloons work in tandem with the art and not cause bad tangents with the lineart. This all on top of writing, penciling and inking each issue…


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