Well, it starts with me talking about what I’d like to do before I’ve even drawn it, then Jordie telling me to shut up because she has an issue of Manhattan Projects to colour and I’m annoying her.
So instead, I just shut up and make mental notes of what I’d like and wait til she’s ready. She’ll see pages as I’m working on them but doesn’t really have much input until all the pages are done and she can see the issue as a whole.
There are exceptions; as I was working on Moon Knight #3, I was about to start inking and she had some ideas about how I should ink them and what she could do with colour that was something completely different to what I was planning to do. Sometimes, since she’ll see me working on them she can make a note or two that will make her life easier.
Generally, I’ll sit down with Jordie when she’s ready to colour and all the pages are flatted. We’ll go through each page and I’ll describe what I was going for in particular panels. She’ll have some questions to clarify details, then she’ll ask if I mind if she tries x or y approach. When I ask her for things, it’s always a rough request, if Jordie doesn’t like it, she’ll throw it out (unless it’s something I feel particularly strong about). The main thing is that she knows the tone and feel for what I’m trying to achieve; while she may not take the path I wanted, she arrives at the same destination. If anything, she always brings an unexpected element to the pages that I never would have thought of myself
I’ll leave her alone to colour, she might have the odd question like ‘is this his hand or is it a car in the background’ sort of thing. She won’t let me look at the pages as she’s working on them. Occasionally, she might ask me to look at something if she’s experimenting with something that might be a bit more intrusive on the pages. Doesn’t happen that often, and I trust her judgement (she’s nominated for a Harvey and an Eisner this year you know) so I’m generally okay with what she wants. The odd time there’s a more ‘heated debate’ but that happens less and less.
When she’s done, she emails me the pages and I got through them with a fine tooth comb, looking for flatting errors or just something I don’t like. I write out notes for the pages and email them to her, with some redline guides to illustrate what I mean. She insists I do this, as otherwise I end up making verbal note after verbal note and the chances of me being strangled to death get greater and greater.
Jordie then makes the changes I ask for unless again, she feels strongly about something. When that happens we talk it out, come to an agreement, then she sends it to the editors.
It took us a while to get into this proper groove, there have been some ‘disagreements’ here and there, but I think that Jordie respects the work that I do enough to know how seriously I take it, and she knows I’ve the upmost respect for her talent and dedication. Hell, I’m lucky to get to work with her, and we both want to do good work.