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Judge Parker: Daily Colorist &*$%s Up Again (Racial Identity Edition)

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on September 14, 2016

This is how the new character of TV reporter Toni Bowen appears in Judge Parker Sunday strips, as done by Mike Manley (dialogue cropped so as to avoid spoilers):

Yet here she is in today’s comic as configured by the outsourced company that colors the dailies (which Mike does not do):

In short, despite clear and defined notes to the daily colorist firm, one of the first recurring African-American characters in Judge Parker now barely looks Italian. (I should note that this is an error on the coloring company’s end, and not on King Features.)

Doing a lot of cursing in my head right now because this is an awful mistake.

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  1. Mark Jackson said, on September 14, 2016 at 10:05 am

    This is a recurring problem; it’s been a while since I’ve seen it discussed, but KFS appeared to be particularly bad, at least when Reed-Brennan (another Hearst company) did the colorization of the dailies.

    • Rob Morris said, on September 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Agree. So, Ces, when do you pick up the phone, call Brendan Burford or someone at KFS and ask “so, who do we need to talk to in Orlando at Reed Brennan about the coloring of our daily strips?”

      Doesn’t seem like a arduous ask or otherwise something that can’t happen. It’s called don’t ask, don’t get. If there are issues why it can’t happen, that too, would be a very interesting question. The only thing I could see is alot of apathy.

  2. Lacey said, on September 14, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Oh, that’s frustrating, particularly because JP is so very, very white.

    • seismic-2 said, on September 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Are there in fact any “ethnic” members of the recurring cast, other than Gloria Sanchez? Even the wedding in Mexico didn’t introduce many temporary characters who weren’t Anglos, and probably the last story arc to feature “ethnic” characters was the one where April was being stalked by a Middle-Eastern assassin who in turn was being followed by a bunch of other Middle Easterners trying to stop it. Maybe Sam should negotiate another Alan Parker screenplay with super-producer Avery Blackstone, so that this time his multi-racial daughter “Peaches” could play a larger role in the proceedings!

  3. Durandal_1707 said, on September 15, 2016 at 3:20 am

    The colorist is apparently this guy:

  4. Nina said, on October 3, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Can’t quite find the best place to leave this comment, so I’ll leave it here, but I have been wanting to say for a couple of weeks that you’ve done the impossible– you’ve hooked me into a Judge Parker strip. I genuinely am curious and interested in what’s going to happen next. Your writing and Mr. Manley’s art are really a good match, I think. Judge Parker was never on my daily comics rotation (Sally Forth was) and it wouldn’t have been now, as much as I enjoy your straight-up humorous work, if you hadn’t been writing a good cliff-hanger. Keep up the good work!

    That said, I really hope the coloring issues do get worked out because after you posted this, the next time I saw our reporter she was still not as you intended.

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