With that, the final coloring can begin. Comfort goes first, coloring the foregrounds and setting up the lighting. Usually, she’ll color a whole scene at once. That way she can color every instance of, say, Scout in any scene and keep everything consistent. Next, Adam colors the backgrounds and lays in the texture overlays. In the scene below, the cement brick walls, cement floors, ceiling girders, scaffolding, and metal beams. On other pages he might add carpet designs, wall graffiti, checker- board floor tiles or wood grain tabletops. The textures add that little bit extra that make the backgrounds come alive.
The final touch is to add the special effects. As with everything else, we split up the FX to play to our strengths. Here, Comfort did the fire, the blaster shots, Quake’s rings and shirt, and the fades. Adam did the sonic scream, Kid Quick’s speed trail, and the bursting goo bombs. Any given scene has its own FX challenges, and we’re learning how to do new stuff pretty much every issue.
The final step is to add the lettering. Placing all the dialogue so that it reads easily and directs the eye across the page without confusing or distracting the audience can be a challenge. Then there’s the sound effects. Good sound effects blend into the art, yet stand out from it, creating sounds in your head without getting in the way.
In the end, we do some final proofing to wrap it all up, then prep it for the printer, package it up into digital files, and that’s it. All told, it takes us between 5-7 weeks to finish an issue of The Uniques. It’s hard work, but we couldn’t be with the end product.