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Old 04-12-2013, 10:10 PM   #1
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Duoshade issue in Ultimate Collection Volume 4

So I pointed out this duoshade issue with the old reprint of Mirage's #5 a few weeks back in this thread.

http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showthread.php?t=41901

Well, that exact shading problem is also in IDW's brand new Ultimate Collection Vol. 4. Check the images below:





I basically just picked three random pages from the three books that didn't have the duoshade on them, but its not just those pages. The entirety of issues 49, 53 and 54 have no shades on them. The rest of the books look fine. Can anyone explain this stuff? Bobby? Anyone?

My gut says to blame IDW, but since this happened in a previous Mirage book, could it be possible that Mirage provided IDW with the un-shaded scans of these books? This is getting weird.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:12 PM   #2
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Yikes, this might make me reconsider buying the collection.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:18 PM   #3
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Wow, this is disappointing. The duo shade is pretty important for these books.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:26 PM   #4
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It's cool to see them without the shades but that's not at all how it should be. What the hell...
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:32 PM   #5
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All I know is that our files are what Nick got from Mirage.

That sounds sort of like I'm blaming Mirage. I'm not. But that's the origin of the files.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:43 PM   #6
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That's really strange... I wonder if they felt they would look better this way? Or are the tones missing/damaged? I guess I must be a noob because I had assumed everything was done on one particular piece of paper.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:45 PM   #7
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All I know is that our files are what Nick got from Mirage.

That sounds sort of like I'm blaming Mirage. I'm not. But that's the origin of the files.
Well, Dan is usually the first to admit that Mirage's archives were never very great in the first place. So it's not incredibly surprising that this oversight exists, but it's still incredibly disappointing. And just weird. Hmm.
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:29 AM   #8
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Oh man, that's very very sad. You would have thought that IDW checked the actual issues before making their "ultimate" collections. I've only bought Volume 1 so far (regular edition, LBCC Exclusive and Black Label) and the quality of the scans is just awful. I was planning to get all the others later as a set, but it just keeps getting worse.

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All I know is that our files are what Nick got from Mirage.

That sounds sort of like I'm blaming Mirage. I'm not. But that's the origin of the files.
Bobby, I think most of us understand that the files you received are probably far from perfect, but you guys at IDW know how to produce high end books better that anyone else in the business today. Whenever something like this happens, I just feel like it's a missed opportunity. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into making this collections, and they're great, but this little things are very disappointing.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:15 AM   #9
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All I know is that our files are what Nick got from Mirage.
This has been IDW's mistake from the very beginning of the Ultimate Collection reprints. Mirage's scans are lousy and it's really too bad IDW didn't do their own scans and cleanup work. Relying on ancient and poorly-done scans for lavishly-packaged reprints doesn't make any sense.

Issue #1 from the first collection has missing/faded tones and a general blurriness; other issues have pixelated line art; now there are issues with missing tones altogether. This isn't the way to treat the material.

Bobby, is there any way you can tell the reprint guys to get their s*** together? :S I want so bad to own all the Ultimate Collections, but not when the reproductions are so poor. They oughta go back and do a totally revised line with proper quality control, though I guess that won't happen any time soon.
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Woot! My UC 4 came in the mail today!!
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