5th Anniversary Remaster Preview

Apologies for the radio silence over the last few months! Work continues behind the scenes towards resuming Corbie as an ongoing series commencing with issue #5. But first, get ready to experience Corinne’s earliest adventures all over again in a whole new way!

Moves were made regarding a remastered version of Corbie #1 as early as 2020. At the time this never got off the ground, but in recent months the project has gradually been approaching completion. Reconstructed from the original materials, the new edition will be a major upgrade that marks the fifth anniversary of the series. Here’s a small taste of what’s to come…

Art comparison of Corinne from Corbie issue #1, page 5 (2018) versus the 2023 version.

One of the reasons the first issue of Corbie in particular has long been in need of a makeover was its disjoined visual nature. The earliest pages were digitally inked over original pencil art, but this soon gave way to other approaches. There was plenty of trial and error involved in finding a process that worked for the series, but along the way the final comic wound up with an inconsistent look. The above panel, from page 5, was from the stretch of the story illustrated using markers over the original pencil art, but for 2023 every panel of the story has been reworked.

Art comparison of Corinne and Sadie from Corbie issue #1, page 6 (2018) versus the 2023 version.

Corinne and Sadie’s friendship becomes official on page 6, now in an all-digital form. In addition to the refreshed character designs, you may have noticed that some dialogue has been tweaked in places! Improvements like these can be found throughout the remastered edition of Corbie #1 for your enjoyment.

Work-in-progress art originally posted on Mastodon on February 8, 2023 of Corinne and Sadie.

Above is a work-in-progress panel from earlier in the year. These previews were originally posted on Mastodon, which is the place to be if you’d like to see these snippets posted in real time instead of waiting for them to be collected here.

Art comparison of Corinne from Corbie issue #1, page 8 (2018) versus the 2023 version.

The original versions of issues 2 through 4 saw the cast receive bright, colourful and cartoony new character designs. Further upgrades will begin appearing here, in the new version of issue #1. Eventually these will be incorporated into remastered versions of the other early issues, though the alterations in those won’t be as radical as the ones seen here.

Art comparison of Corinne from Corbie issue #1, page 14 (2018) versus the 2023 version.

Above is one last comparison of art from the original issue #1 with the same panel from the remaster. The later pages were particularly rough in the 2018 version, and benefit the most from the glow-up.

Look out for more news about the forthcoming new edition of the first Corbie adventure soon – as well as previews for the rest of the remaster series!

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