To start things off I want to apologize for using the Comic Sans font in my pages up until now. I just learned a bunch of stuff lately about my lack of skill and understanding of lettering and now I’m kinda embarrassed with what I’ve posted. I will be updating the lettering fonts really soon so worry not! Because of this eye opening experience I have decided to do some posts specifically about this subject.
First of all I’d like to thank Jim Campbell for being the first person to point this out to me. He re-lettered some of my pages to show me how much better it could look if executed correctly and helped me see many things I was overlooking.
To list a few things that I was doing wrong:
- Using Comic Sans font. Apparently it’s an incomplete font and very hated by letterers.
- Using an I with the cross bars in the middle of a word. (BIG NO NO)
- Words completely unvaried. Not showing any emphasis on key words.
- Not even thinking that anyone really cared about lettering.
First, here is a link that breaks down all the basics of comic lettering. It’s very helpful just to understand strange symbols and to know what people are accustomed to.
Second, here are two sites that sell comic lettering fonts and some are even free.
(Thanks to Ryan Christopher Lord for giving me these links.)
Third, here are some tutorials on Lettering:
Comicraft lettering tips and tricks
Jim Campbell’s lettering guide using Illustrator (download link) [Unfortunately this download is no longer available.]
So now that I have discovered the basics of graphic novel lettering, I need to update my pages to cool the burning hatred fueled from frivolous overuse of Comic Sans.