Brad wrote:Oops. Guess I forgot about weekends.
I'm definitely not a professional colorist by any means, but one tip I can give you is to define a value range of colors to operate within. I tend to lean more towards more neutral pastels. Once you define this range, whenever you differ from it (like say for a dramatic scene) it becomes that much more impact-full.
Similar contrasts can be drawn between the layouts and the tightness of illustrations. I've notice (from starting to read Point Guardian from the beginning all the way through) that whenever there is a panel with an explosion or clashing powers or whatever, you still treat the containing panel just like any other. Explosions especially don't have nearly as much impact when contained and cropped into a rigid box format.
For the most part, I won't say that the plots are bad. In fact, given the number of issues you've done, I'm surprised you've kept it fresh for so long. The Dragon Ball Z parodying I've been seeing lately is really kind of lame though, to tell you the honest truth. But that's coming from someone who despises all anime. Are you going to keep going in this Ultra = Goku, Ultima = Vagita, Psi-Kid = Gohan, route? Or is there something different coming soon?
actually, its' quite different.
Psi-Kid's more based on how I feel a teen hero should be portrayed, and the love I had for the original post crisis Superboy before Geoff Johns ruined him.
And the DBZ thing is, well, it wasn't as much of an influence as you'd think.
The energy form Ultra took was more of the original concept I had for what Ultra's powers were to be from the start (I believe I mentioned this long ago, but the original concept was Ultra took a semi-energy state and had to wear a containment suit of some sort).
And as for Ultima, Ultima's more like a look into what would happen if someone young enough got the power, but not the discipline, the structure...
Ultima was treated by his parents like an experiment, then killed his father accidentally, went on his own and grew up with a warped perspective of his own mortality and morality.
These things I haven't done a good job exploring, and that is my bad, and I fully am able to admit my shortcomings as a writer.
Ultima's costume is somewhat DBZ based I must admit, but this was a stayover in an 'amusing' idea I had of showing Ultima as the embodiment of eastern philosophy, fighting ability, and the eastern type of 'hero' you would see in their popular media vs Ultra, who's cut from the same cloth of the chiseled chin boyscout superhero that has a mean left hook.
I hope this makes sense to you, lol.