Comic book lettering is the art of putting those neat little words that
you read into the neat little balloons so that you can read them. It's
mostly design and like all design sometimes it's done well and A LOT of
the the time it's done poorly. Good lettering should be seen, but not
noticed. If something about the lettering or balloons is pulling you
away from the story, then the letterer has failed to do his job
Almost all lettering done today in comics is done
digitally using computer fonts. There are 2 major places dedicated to
producing high quality comic book related fonts.
These 2 places are:
1) Comicraft founded by Richard Starkings and
2) Blambot founded
by Nate Piekos.
Both places provide high quality fonts as well as
articles about lettering. Those articles can be augmented by the
lettering videos available at NinjaLettering.com. If you still find yourself with questions, then head over to the lettering forum at Digital Webbing.
Some of the top letterers working in the current industry can be found
at Digital Webbing including (but not limited to) Nate Piekos, Clem
Robins, Todd Klein andTom Orzechowski.
Now while we can not all be
professional letterers, we can all be better than sub standard
letterers. Those you SHOULD NOT listen to are those that offer
tutorials for lettering using anything other the Illustrator. While you
can use other tools, they are undersuited for the job at hand. If you
MUST use those tools, then you should do so mimicking the Illustrator
method as much as possible.
If you don't think lettering is that
important, then contact me and I'll get my youngest to letter for you.
Otherwise, learn to letter well (I did) or hire a letterer (I'm