Next week, along with issue 2, our re-print of #1 comes out!! I’ve gotten the copies and am pretty happy with how it turned out—I wanted to make it special and tried something funky with the back cover design…
When you color and letter, you get guidelines from the publisher and there’s always a big distinction and explanation about 100% K black and “rich black”. If you read this book you’ll learn why, but the tl:dr of it is that we’re supposed to use some of one and some of the other depending on the case, or printing can look muddy or have a halo-type effect.
(Rich black is generally what we use for the color black. In CMYK mode, this is 100% black (K) along with 60-something percent of each of cyan, magenta and yellow, adding up to whatever ink limit you’ve set…the default is generally 300. It’s the color you get when you pick “black.” 100 K is 100% K without all the fluff and looks slightly lighter.)
Anyway, both versions of black look slightly different. I hear it’s how Frank Miller attempted to not-hide blocked-out swear words in All-Star Batman—the letters were one type of black and the blocks were another. They just didn’t realize it would print so clear.
Why am I telling you all this? So I decided to use both versions of black on the back cover, to create a covert design element. (Weezer did a secret image like this on the back of their pinkerton CD.) And it actually printed pretty well! I may have to use this in the future to create secret messages, bwa hah. Can you tell on your computer screen, what I did with the design?