“Colors are not dressing. They have to tell the story. And as pretty as a cover might be… It might tell a story, but it might not tell the story that’s inside the book. It might be a lie.”
Edgar Delgado is one of the best comic book colorists in the mainstream comics industry.
His career began when he decided to skip college and self-publish 1,000 copies of Ultra Duck (his creator-owned own comic) instead. He quickly became a local hero in the Mexican comics industry and eventually sold every copy.
Several years later, he embarked on the first of many successful collaborations with superstar penciller Humberto Ramos.
I (Chris) discovered both artists with their first Spider-man series in 2003.
That series was one of the most significant stylistic influences in my entire life.
Marvel Animation’s Justin Copeland joins Chris and Lora for an ultra-interview.
In This Episode:
- How to break in as a comics colorist.
- What does a great comics colorist portfolio look like?
- You’ll never see Ghostbusters the same way again.
- Why the Star Wars prequels don’t look like Star Wars.
- Is coloring comics easier than drawing comics?
- What happens when you press Chris’ geek button?
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Edgar was actually coloring a comic cover during the interview! Click here to check it out!
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“If I can look at the page from across the room and I know what’s happening, it’s a good page. The story has to be clear. All the characters have to be separated. I shouldn’t have to ask ‘What’s this?’ If I don’t know what’s going on it’s not a good page.”