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.
Videos(including Scott mcLeod):

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.
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 – go there, learn stuff and pick up free fonts and BUY SOME TOO. Oh and also one image from – .

Gregory C Giordano's photo.
Gregory C Giordano's photo.Gregory C Giordano's photo.Gregory C Giordano's photo.

The Comic Book Guide for the Artist-Writer-Letterer by Nick Cuti

I go to Diversions of the Groovy Kind allot- so should you. Why? Because you discover obscure digital finds like the one below the fold in the handy pdf viewer.  The Comic Book Guide for the Artist-Writer-Letterer, a pamphlet comic format book on making comics published by Charlton Comics in 1974 was for kids of the early 70’s the only way to get down with how pros made comic art. Predating How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way by 4 years, TCBCFTAWL concisely made clear all the basic techniques for the amateur artist. Thanks to Cartoon Snap! Blog for making the PDF download. Read on your ipad or desktop or print it out and learn.

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