Officially starting this week, DC Comics changes up the look of its comics with a new, less glossy paper stock.
Recently, DC Comics launched 100-page anthology titles at Wal-Mart. Unlike most of the trade paperbacks that DC publishes, the print stock for these books is a non-glossy paper. To even things out across their entire line, it seems as though DC Comics is moving all of their monthly books to the same non-glossy paper. Though this change is reportedly being started with Catwoman #1 (launching tonight at comics stores who are doing a midnight event for both Catwoman #1 and Batman #50), the paper stock actually started being used with DC’s Doomsday Clock maxi-series, where it seems to have been well-received by fans. Superman #1 will follow Catwoman #1 with this change in paper stock before DC rolls it out to the rest of their line.
Because different paper presents colors differently – the matte paper DC is using isn’t as reflective as the glossy paper they’ve previously employed, and it’s a thicker stock of paper – colorists working for DC will have to change how they color the art given to them. Editors have already worked with Laura Allred – the colorist on Catwoman – to ensure that the necessary changes were made to compensate for the change in paper. How this will affect the comics in their digital format remains to be seen, since that particular format undoubtedly benefits from the coloring style used for the glossy paper.
As always, we’ll be watching!
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