One interesting theory from “Thieves & Kings” cartoonist Mark Oakley:
So one time we were looking through a stack of Thieves & Kings comics I’d brought with me. He was able to spot instantly the issue where I’d begun using Photoshop. Where I’d first started sending disks to the printing company rather than a FedEx box filled with artwork.Turns out, when you draw or paint something, you leave a powerful energy imprint behind with it. He described it as an intricate energy pattern which contains the intent of the creator. He said they could be quite beautiful. A printed copy, shot in analog from film, comes off the press with a paler version of the same energy pattern, which, over time, eventually fades away. The original piece of artwork, however, never loses this energetic glow; it stays forever.But a comic printed using digital technology loses that pattern immediately. The scanning process simply doesn’t capture it.And, well.., that sucks.
From A Chat with Mark Oakley, Part 3, from SR Bissette’s blog. If you don’t know Bissette by name, he worked on some of the highly acclaimed “Swamp Thing” issues that Alan Moore wrote in the 80’s, and is one of the bigger names from the self-publishing comics movement in the 90’s. Oakley is also a product of that same movement. Bissette’s blog has been ridiculously interesting lately, between his public discussion with Oakley (and his preceding public discussion with Dave Sim). Check it out when you’ve got a couple of hours to burn.