i used to tell my students that if they couldn't design in b&w, they couldn't design in color. the press sees only b&w.
that used to really piss off the geeks in the class that were pulling down six-figure salaries from microsoft. they'd get these jobs and then take classes from me to learn how to become what they were hired to do.
i'm happy to hear that, piemel. i've always looked at these color things as sort of 'fake' punk. the real thing would never have dreamed of doing a full color serigraph limited edition collectible art piece. ridiculous to imagine. they were totally against anything of the sort.
so, you are finally entering th real world of punk posters...
when i first got involved in the punk scene, i had to try to hide the fact that i had been to college. if anybody found out (and they did) i got shunned.
early punks thought all college kids were spies or poison or someting. basically they hated college kids. it wasn't until years later that college kids became the intellectual "elite" of punk. but prior to that they were considered total outsiders.
i actually agree with seripop on this. in fatc if you go back and talk to the oldtimers, most of them will say that poster scene went to hell when the computer hit the streets. they really lost most of their individual personality once ONE MACHINE DID EVERYTHING. all of a sudden all the typography looked the same, the stock images looked the same, even the halftoning looked the same. looked boogers up there among all those beautiful cool posters. after a while the boogers took over and it all turned to snot.
why don't you take it upon yourself to do a small history of the austin poster scene. it's one area of importance that nobody has bothered to actually work up a detailed history of (yet). it should be fairly easy seeing that you already know many of the major players and most of them are still alive and kicking. start with collecting sample (even photocopies) and then interview as many as possible. ask even dumb questions. then set up some sort of chronology and flesh the fucker out (who worked with who, when did they start, when did they leave, who did know and help out, etc. etc.)