Post by BlackScorpionIII on May 10, 2017 10:55:38 GMT -6
I like Kurt Busiek. Last week he was elevating discussions of letterers in comics and really exposed me to a lot of rules I'd taken for granted ( ). It's something he's done before, and something that other websites have devoted a lot of time to (see Balloon Tales). There are some great rules that SHOULD be intuitive, but I don't know to what degree Letterers and Illustrators work together. Consider a rule about not obscuring back ground characters, features, or faces with thought balloons. One of the many critiques of 1990s art was that the artists completely neglected their backgrounds in favor of delivering the pinup. The John Byrnes, however, could be very very meticulous about back ground details and fill the panel.
My question for you nerds: Do letterers partner up with illustrators to plot a panel? Can a letterer say, "This panel is too full- I can't insert text without covering anything. Can you redo this?"
I'm guessing that there are status issues that go into making a comic, so I presumed that letterers are deemed less important to the creative process. That made me think that letterers might not have the standing to ask this of artists and that they might not bother. THN has actual comic creators here on the boards (among other better-educated nerds), so I thought this might be a good place to ask. Thanks, nerds!
[PS Between the ages of 10-14 I wanted to be a comic letterer. I had no idea what that work actually entailed, but I had letterers that I loved.]
Post by briandomingos on May 11, 2017 7:34:22 GMT -6
Good question! I love lettering talk.
From what I know about the production process, it's up to the writer, artist and editor to figure out lettering placement. Letterers are the experts of literally placing the balloons on the page and how to make them blend but from what I know, they are near the end of the process and the art is usually set. If there is a problem that the spacing in the art is too tight, someone screwed up earlier in the process.
Busiek is (of course) correct about serif-I. That's the kind of thing that immediately runs a panel or page for me. It's like the camera operating missing that the mic boom is in the shot - everyone screwed up. BE BETTER.
My latest lettering pet-peeve is the trend to link Ts in words like BETTER or PRETTY. It doesn't look right.
But I love lettering. I prefer hand-lettering (particularly on my original art) but I know it's not as cost effective as it used to be.
Post by briandomingos on May 12, 2017 6:20:28 GMT -6
I noticed the double T in smaller press books a while back. Michael Lark letters LAZARUS and he does it. I didn't like it there but he's not a letterer by trade so I let it slide.
It almost looks like the Pi symbol (because the Ts don't line up with the other letters in the word or the other Ts in the balloon. (If that is the case, that it's Pi, it's rather infuriating.) (see attached)
Deron Bennett is a new-ish letterer that started small press and has had a lot of DC work lately (BATGIRL, JL/POWER RANGERS). He is working on BATMAN right now and he did it in part 3 of "The Button." It's not great. (also see attached)