Ed Brubaker informed me that, as a part of his contract with DC, he got to see the galleys of his comics prior to publication. That way he could do quality control, catching typos, misplaced word balloons, etc. I never had the clout to make similar demands. My lack of control over the finished product has always been one of the more galling aspects of working in the mainstream comic book industry.
In the case of page 13, I would’ve instructed them to ditch the sepia-tone colors in the flash back panels. As an alternative method of differentiating the flashback panels from the rest of the page, I’d suggest going faux black and white except for yellow int the areas of spot-light, playing up the high contrast implicit in my shadow placement, i.e., the areas hit by the spotlight, and the spotlight itself, would be much brighter than the shadow areas. In the current color scheme the shadow areas are actually lighter than the areas that are supposed to be brightly spot-lit. I understand that art is subjective but this is, to me, so obviously, teeth-grindingly wrong.
I am serially posting each page from Gotham Adventures #33, published by DC Comics in February, 2001. I will be posting Ed Brubaker’s script, my roughs, pencils and printed versions of each page. This is day 13, page 13. All posts in this series are archived on my website blog, http://blog.raderofthelostart.com