I was looking at Born Again recently, because I’d remembered it having interesting ideas on color, and got curious what happened to Christie “Max” Scheele— one of those names in every other book I read as a kid that I didn’t really know much about, despite her being such a key player for so many of those; looking at her cv, I easily saw more of her work as a kid than any other person! The Man without Fear site did an interview with her just last year:
I colored comics for 20 years, way longer than I ever expected to, being primarily a painter. I was working on my fine art career all along, first creating bodies of work that were gallery-ready, and then beginning to build my exhibition resume and sales track. By the time comics had downsized, Marvel had changed drastically, and coloring went to computer (which I did not want to do, my back/neck already suffering from holding the same position while coloring for so long), I was well on my way. Folks mostly shook their heads when I said that my best bet for employment was to work fulltime on building painting as a business, because it is a very hard business to make a living at, but I was already two thirds of the way there. Now I mentor other artists to teach them how to engage (with a good attitude!) in the whole process of career-building, which is very fun, along with all of my exhibitions and of course, work in my studio. […] Life is great, post comics, because I am doing what I always set out to do.