COMICS LETTERING

 

Recently, including this morning, the subject of “how do I get my comics lettered?” Has come up in my FB/net travels. Apparently there are quite a few comics creators(mostly writers) that are in a bind trying to find someone to letter their stories. I am quoting my comment to one writer below. Take from it what you will and hope it steers you in the right direction.

” First off, this is a common problem for creators such as yourself, so don’t panic man  – budgets are tight and often paying an artist leaves little or nothing left. As a writer and artist, I understand both sides, so my first advice is learn to letter yourself. It may seem like allot to do- but I know several published writers who sold to Image,Archaia, etc., who started off lettering their first few projects themselves. Yes it’s a learning curve using Adobe Illustrator or InDesign(no I will not get into any side-discussions about why using open-source tools aren’t the same)- but they are industry-standard tools and using them in conjunction with pro-level tutorials will net you the pro look in the most timely manner. I know, there are open-source tools- they will bog you down and cannot without twice the tweaking, produce pro results. So yeah it’s allot to learn. but if you invest the time – you will learn to do it to a decent level of quality and frankly have more control over your end product. Before I get crits from the hand-letterers out there- I agree that hand-lettering is both an art(truly) and a lovely end result. BUT only for masters of the craft who have spent years perfecting this skill. For someone out the gate- digital lettering is really the best way.

resources for how-to’s:

One of the most thorough- Jim Campbells multi-part tutorial- MUST SEE.
http://clintflickerlettering.blogspot.com/2010/10/lettering-in-adobe-illustrator-one.html

http://www.balloontales.com/articles/tutorial/
http://kleinletters.com/HowToTop.html
Videos(including Scott mcLeod): http://goo.gl/dZaRQs
http://www.vtutorial.com/videos/Adobe_Illustrator/Lettering_Comics_with_Illustrator

Having said all that, if you absolutely cannot or will not DIY- you can find aspiring letterers on some of the same art sites you find artists- they will charge lower prices down to nothing, depending on their experience and quality/budget. I remember years ago, you could find a competent amateur letterer for a s low as 5 dollars a page. I doubt that would be the case, I would think it would be higher.

http://comicartcommissions.com/Category/Letterers/
http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/
http://www.penciljack.com/forum/forum.php
my guess is that DevianArt could be a resource- although there are allot of flakes there(even if you pay) so caveat emptor there. BTW, I am on DevArt, many people we know are on DevArt- I love DevArt- I just know numerous bad experiences from there- so just be aware. I would stick with the first 3 links because the people there really are trying to fill their portfolios with their best work to get pro jobs.

Good luck.”

Images are from COMICRAFT/Balloontales and Nate Peikos’ amazing resouce http://www.blambot.com – go there, learn stuff and pick up free fonts and BUY SOME TOO. Oh and also one image from – http://clintflickerlettering.blogspot.com/2010/11/lettering-in-adobe-illustrator-five.html .

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New Sketches

Random newness- feeling the winter seasonal farklempt. Not much to say except gotta keep at the drawing.

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JAVILAND 11-21-09

I was on the latest episode(28)of Javier Hernandez’s JAVILAND PODCAST “What need does your art fulfill in readers?” was tonight’s topic. Although the chat meandered a bit- (Steve Ditko was one of my favorite diversions!) it was really great as usual to be able to share ideas with the guys. Tonight’s panel included:

Javier Hernandez, Creator of EL MUERTO and DEMOLITION DOVE

Tedd Seko of PAPERENGINE and comics like BILLY COLE & The Devil Has a Funny Laugh

Jim Lujan- animator of the underbelly of reality

George Ward of DUNGEON LEGACY webcomic

and new JAVILAND panelist, Simpsons Movie storyboard artist, Simpsons Comic book artist  Luis Escobar!

Listen to the podcast here:


While chatting with the Javilanders, I made this bit of fan art- everyone’s characters are featured and it was lotsa fun to make. You can figure out which character is whose by visiting everyone’s site above! HINT!

Click here for honkin’1200 x 850 full sized!

From SKETCHES 11-09


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VIDEO: The Marvelous Family by VazBa Films

This is total cool. I want to be a superhero just like them. Er…

The Marvelous Family from VazBa Films on Vimeo.

Episode 2 of the amazing adventures of the Marvelous family, this time Decandence Thunder Man y Vintage Lightning Man, enjoy a sunday in the City, fullfilling peoples life with their charm and powers..
Again edited with AE and audition, shot with a mobile..

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Flameape LIVE on JAVILAND PODCAST, 08/30/2009 09:05 PM EDT

EPISODE 23, “Working Solo VS Working in a Group” Time: 08/30/2009 09:05 PM EDT Blathering with versimilitiude! Tonight live at 9:05 PM, EST the topic we wunderkinds of comic creation will discuss is- “Working Solo VS Working in a Group”.

LOGO Listen to Flameape on the JAVILAND podcast!

EPISODE 23, “Working Solo VS Working in a Group”
Time: 08/30/2009 09:05 PM EDT

Blathering with versimilitiude! I will be on a panel for my second JAVILAND PODCAST. That’s the podcast hosted by Javier Hernandez, Artist/writer/creator of EL MUERTO, (made into a feature film in) DEMOLITION DOVE (trailer), and the upcoming MAN-SWAMP! Javier with BILLY COLE creator TED SEKO, created the NOUVELLE BRONZE Publishing label XOMIX COMIX! Back on topic, Javiland Podcast is a place for Javier’s fellow DIY comic creator pals to commiserate, cajole and communicate our ideas about whatever that night’s topic is. Tonight live at 9:05 PM, EST the topic we wunderkinds of comic creation will discuss is- “Working Solo VS Working in a Group”. Quote Javier’s blurb:

Do you work on your own when you make your comics? Are you part of a group, creating or publishing in tandem with others? Working alone, or with a group, offers different opportunities and challenges.

I look forward to shootin’ the bull with my new friends in comics publishing- so please give a listen, or even participate in the live chat!

For your convenience, you can listen with the TALKSHOE WIDGET in the inside bottom right sidebar of this blog!


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AMAZON KINDLE FOR ECOMIC DISTRO?

I was checking out DONNA BARR’s article on her blog on COMICTALK.COM, “Nobody Does It But Lulu”, where she documents her awful experience with the (hopefully soon defunct) dissapointing blight on the fetal eComic/downloadables industry – WOWIO.COM(recently bought out by scandal-historied, PLATINUM COMICS).

I was checking out DONNA BARR‘s article on her blog on COMICTALK.COM, Nobody Does It But Lulu, where she documents her awful experience with the (hopefully soon defunct) dissapointing blight on the fetal eComic/downloadables industry – WOWIO.COM(recently bought out by scandal-historied, PLATINUM COMICS). Barr writes,

So far, the only dependable, cheap way to order downloads for my books has proven to be at Lulu. The prices are never above 96 cents for any download.

The update on downloadables:

  • Booksurge lost that ability several years ago.
  • Mobipocket is insanely complicated, and the downloads cost the customer as much as the hardbacks (what’s up with THAT?).
  • Clickwheel and Magwheel have lots of enthusiasm, but they’re not up and running yet, not really.
  • Wowio is unreliable and can’t keep up payments.
  • I haven’t tried loading comics on Amazon’s Kindle yet. I’ll have to get at that next. Maybe. I haven’t even looked at their prices yet.

Sigh. The longer I spend working with distribution and getting it fixed for the future, the farther off goes my working on my books. …”

So I decided to check out the KINDLE- and here’s a handy video to describe its uses and so on. YES, I know- It IS hype. However- It may be one method of mass download/distro in a paperless eventual comics world we, as potential DIY comic creators are going to have to face down the road. I am intrigued. I am not “sold” on it. But it is food for thought.



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