This'll be brief, as I am in for a long day of High Society as it is. I'm currently 62 pages away from finishing the main stage of work on the book. The end to the major work is in sight. Assuming I complete the work today, next week I'll join Mara in cleanup of the remaining pages, and then we'll move to revisions, layout, addressing changes as Dave indicates whether we're on the right track with our cleanup currently.
Meanwhile, this weekend I supplied IDW with some replacement artwork for the packaging of High Society Digital. It was a good reminder of how far things have come. Here's a peek at two of the panels I replaced, with the restored panels to the right and below the originals.
None of this was achieved with access to original art-- both of these pages were sourced from negative scans. This is a pretty powerful reminder for me of how flexible those photographic elements are, especially when compared to newsprint scans, which give you much more limited maneuverability.
That being said, nothing beats the original artwork for accuracy, so please help us keep up the hunt! We've gotten leads on a few more High Society pages this week, but nothing concrete so far. Time is running out to contribute to this book, so please help us get the word out!
Please send any pages/scans/leads to cerebusarthunt at gmail dot com.
Meanwhile, the finder's prize continues to develop...
LASTLY, before I fling myself back into the work-- our amazing human being/High Society restoration patron T.F. has requested that Mara and I make a sort of public service announcement/restoration documentary to document some of this process in a way that would be useful to other people facing similar reproduction issues. I'd like to hear from you. If there was a restoration documentary, what specifically would you like to see? What would you like to hear? What information would be most critical, useful, or interesting? Would it be an illustrated article? A video? A combination of all three?
Any thoughts appreciated!
Sean Michael Robinson can be found at LivingtheLine.com