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If you enjoy reading the “behind the scenes” stories of the comic book business as much as I do, you may enjoy this one. It’s a long, detailed essay from artist Paul Guinan, who co-created the character/title Chronos for DC Comics (along with writer John Francis Moore).

Chronos was one of those quirky books that had a cult following, received high critical praise, but just didn’t do well enough in the sale s department. Far from it being only a case of cancellation due to poor sales, Paul lays out the nitty gritty of all the factors that plagued the book, and it’s an interesting look behind the curtains. From creative differences, to bad timing, to unfortunate events (the death of editor Archie Goodwin), it’s a tale of how a lot of little things going wrong can lead to a good book falling by the wayside.

“Archie, John, and I all figured the colorist would use a natural palette, taking his cue from the naturalistic story and art. Despite several conversations on this topic, he took a very stylized approach. He repeatedly made choices that didn’t complement the book’s tone (e.g., green skies, purple brick/masonry, blue walls, and orange floors), as well as inconsistent choices (note how many different ways the floor that the Timesmasher sits on is colored). It was demoralizing for me, after all the time I’d spent researching and drawing the settings in ‘Chronos,’ to see printed results like 1872 Metropolis in bright blue, or the 11th-century Chinese city of Kaifeng in dark purple and chartreuse.”

Anyway, you can read the entirety of Paul’s letter here.

(via CBR)

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