I love hearing about what motivates people. So out of curiosity, to my fellow comics readers: Who all here has written into a comic? The letters section has become an art form in itself, with essays and personal columns included in books like kellysue‘s Bitch Planet, Ed Brubaker’s Fatale and whatever mattfractionblog and zdarsky do in Sex Criminals because that’s…yeah, that’s a whole other thing.
I’ve only written in once, after the launch of brianmichaelbendis‘s and Mark Bagley’s Brilliant, because I was so excited about the concept of that book (hopefully it reemerges one day!) but I was in college and a total nerd about it. I think I just babbled something encouraging? And maybe ribbed them about using so many sports metaphors? Can’t remember exactly, it’s in Brilliant #2 if you want to see.
I definitely informed Bendis that my headshot was next to his in that “submit your photo” thing Marvel did when Avengers relaunched at #1 in 2010. Because I was so cool like that in college.
Soooo - have you guys written in to a comic’s letters section? Which one(s)? What’d you scribble about? What about a book compels you to write to the creators?
One Piece x Steven Universe AU
I ship Law x Luffy a little , ZoLu the most. So I remember Garnet said wise words in love letter.
I know Law is … not like Jammie to love Luffy in passion way. But no matter how he confess to him, I just want to draw this comic.
I spent a good chunk of this afternoon making my own typeface for my comic. I wanted to use my own handwriting, but hand-lettering is amazingly tedious and my handwriting isn’t exactly nice in the first place. However, I really wanted to use my own handwriting mostly to give the comic even more of my own personal touch.
The History of Comic Lettering: Early Years to 1940
by Drew Bradley
Lettering – adding text representing speech, thoughts, and sounds to images – is much older than the modern comic. It was an invention of political cartoons, and was a natural progression of an image’s caption moving into the image itself. Its first use is impossible to track down, but the method of putting words into balloons has been around for at least 270 years.
An example from 1762 can be seen to the right. Note the crudeness of the balloons in both shape and orientation. The forms are wavy instead of smooth. Instead of being a planned part of the image, they conform to the negative space in awkward ways to prevent obscuring any details.
TweetEmailI was never interested in lettering. …until I learned that good comic lettering is one of the most important ingredients for casting a story-spell on my readers. I just have to make sure the words don’t cover any important element in the art and I’m done, right? Early in the making of my webcomic, I …
Something I stumbled over while desperately googling for Manga Studio 5 advice. I did find what I needed AND this is a pretty good tutorial about the finer details of lettering.
I just got some of my first two comics reprinted. You can get them from http://pikitiapress.storenvy.com/ while stocks last, which I’m predicting will be until the end of time.
I’ve been pretty slack lately with my letter writing. So in typical Sam fashion I’m gonna go in the opposite direction and try and write a letter every day in the month of August. If anyone is interested in receiving a one off letter send me your address in a message. It doesn’t matter where you are from. Depending on your tumblr or how well I know you it is quite possible you could receive a rather random, mysterious letter.
I found out at work today that I can listen to music in the office so I’m gonna start learning either french or russian again. Four hours a day for two years and I should see some results. Wish me luck.