Our printer went bankrupt and accidentally discarded our complete inventory of negatives of the art for my entire graphic novel series, nearly 1000 pages of material. While we do have a good deal of the art, restoring the lost pages is taking five months, and the loss of the negatives has cost me over $20,000 in production work. We cannot bring my series back into print without this restoration, and I have twelve issues of new art and story to complete to bring the series to its finale at Image Comics beginning next year.

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If you purchased A Distant Soil original art, I would be very grateful if you would get in touch with me. I would be especially grateful if you would either scan the art to my specs, or loan me the originals for scanning. I will reimburse you all your expenses, as well as send you a little something nice extra. (At first I thought I only needed pages sold prior to 2008, but some of my early scans are quite poor. So, no matter what you have bought, please let me know.)

I need 1200 dpi greyscale, or 600 dpi greyscale. I prefer the former.

If you have color originals, I prefer 600 dpi CMYK. RGB will do.

Please do not email me with any large files until I have determined I actually need the pages you have. The most critical pages required at this time are from issues 1-15.

I am so grateful for your kindness in helping restore this book. I am deeply sorry this happened, and I am doing everything I can to bring you a new edition in good condition.

Please CLICK HERE to write me.

Thank you.

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UPDATE: A clarification. Some pages have been scanned by me already and are OK. The pages I am most concerned about are pages with tone sheets on them, as in pages with hand applied mechanical grey areas made of plastic sheets. The original scans on many of these pages are quite poor. It is easy to clean up and restore a page without tone sheets, because line work often scans very cleanly. The pages that concern me most use tones. Here is an example.

This page shows the clean, clear grey areas we want to see in the final edition. It has been fully restored from a scan of the original art.

This is a page that has not been restored:

As you can see, the tones are muddy, and linework has been lost. In some cases, tones on character’s faces are so dark and muddy, their expressions can’t be seen. The more original art I have access to, or the more art that can be properly scanned and sent to me, the more beautiful we can make the new editions of the series. I sincerely appreciate your help!

Here is a screen shot of Allan Harvey’s meticulous restoration process in Photoshop. Using careful selections, he removes the flawed tone areas and replaces them digitally. If you have a copy of our new graphic novel edition, you can see for yourself how beautifully this printed!

Screen Shot 2013-09-30

IMPORTANT: The search for A Distant Soil original art continues, but PLEASE don’t send me any of the work from the magazine sized edition published back in the 1980′s. None of that work is of any use. It is not the original A Distant Soil. I am only looking for the black and white line art I drew for graphic novels and comics published by me and Image Comics. That is the true, definitive A Distant Soil edition. PLEASE don’t send me the pencil art from the 1980′s small press. I have had to return a number of pieces which increases my costs, but doesn’t progress work on this restoration. Thank you for trying to help, but please contact me to clarify before sending art.


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