Comic Review: The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering (Image Comics)

Image has released The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering this week. This is the ultimate guide for aspiring professional letterers. It’s a 260 page fully detailed guide, written by […]

Image has released The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering this week. This is the ultimate guide for aspiring professional letterers.

It’s a 260 page fully detailed guide, written by award-winning Nate Piekos of Blambot.

The contents include a brief retrospective of how comic books were hand-lettered in the past, and how today’s letterers are working so much differently. There is a full explanation of the finer points of computer typography, proper letter spacing and kerning, and how to handle your daily workflow, for example.

But that’s not all. The Guide also walks us through how to construct word balloons and their tails, and how to optimize line breaks in those balloons. Additional topics include working with Illustrator and InDesign, designing the flow of dialogue through a page, handling captions, designing logos, and so much more.

It’s a really valuable, impressive book, with an emphasis on it being a practical, constructive guide to making the fast-paced profession of lettering a profitable and productive effort.

Foreword by letterer Tom Orzechowski.

Highly recommended!

Image, The Essential Guide To Comic Book Lettering, $16.99 for 260 pages of content

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!