Wednesday, 22 May 2019

RESTORING HAGAR THE HORRIBLE...


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The strip above is one that had been on my bedroom wall for ever such a long time.  (Well-over 30 years.)  It was in colour, but had faded, rippled, tanned, and was quite mottled, necessitating a bit of restoration work.  Part of that process, after scanning, was to convert it into black and white by upping the contrast and 'washing' out the colour.  Unfortunately, the original colour scan doesn't survive for me to show you, only the b&w result.  It had a banner above the strip, saying 'The BEST Of HAGAR' - 'DIK BROWNE', but it was beyond rescue so I removed it. 


The next stage was to print out a new copy then re-ink it, and that's the result above.  Next, I coloured another print-out with acrylic inks and added a new title created on my computer.  After that, it was a simple matter to again scan and print out the restored strip on card (below), and put it back up on the space on the wall that the original had once occupied.  Don't know about you, but I think I did a pretty good job.  Feel entirely free to tell me how talented I am.  Go on - I can take it.

2 comments:

Terranova47 said...

You are not only talented but the clean colours of your restoration are better than the fainter colours of the Sunday Funnies the strip first appeared in.

Kid said...

Thanks, T47. I suspect the UK version was re-coloured then, because it was actually quite bright to start with, fading only with the passage of time. Calvin & Hobbes appears in colour in the Daily Express, but the US weekend strips aside, they were originally in b&w, but are in colour in the Express.

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