- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Active Images (June 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0974056731
- ISBN-13: 978-0974056739
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Comic Book Lettering: The Comicraft Way Paperback – June 1, 2003
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I was amazed at the level of scientific thought that goes into directing your eyes and reader voice through letters on the page. I cannot say enough good about this work... if you are going into the industry or hope to, buy this book. (4/4) --Alexander Ness, SlushFactory.com
Want to know more about comics? It's a must-buy. Want to make your own comics? It's a must-buy. Don't miss it. --Maggie Thompson, Comics Buyers Guide
An essential resource on the craft of comic-book lettering. --Communication Arts Magazine
About the Author
RICHARD STARKINGS learned the ropes of comic book production at Marvel UK in London. Moving to California in 1989 he founded the Comicraft studio with John JG Roshell and together they revolutionized the art of comic book lettering & design -- introducing US publishers to the practice of digital lettering (covered in detail in their book COMIC BOOK LETTERING THE COMICRAFT WAY) which is now the industry standard. Starkings created the HIP FLASK character as a mascot for Comicraft's line of comic book fonts before developing the critically acclaimed UNNATURAL SELECTION storyline which details the origin of HIP FLASK and THE ELEPHANTMEN.
JOHN ROSHELL a.k.a. Gaushell, JG, Mr. Fontastic and Comicrafts Secret Weapon, graduated from UCLA with a Design degree in 1992, and has since achieved his life-long goal of revolutionizing the comic book lettering industry, one letter at a time.
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1. I am inspired again for the use of Illustrator to complement my work in Photoshop. Including designing word balloons, titles, special affects and ANYTHING to do with text.
2. The tips and tricks on how to work with certain features in Illustrator will allow you to do ANYTHING you can think of to accent your pages with razor sharp computer designs.
3. The step by step instructions allow you to make word balloons, change text, flip colors and line weights...what can you think of? The instructions on how to do it are likely in this book.
This book will inspire and instruct and give you enough to set you on the way to do your own lettering to make your comic pages look professional and have the impact they deserve. Highly recommended book. I would only say that the buyer will need Photoshop, and Illustrator to execute the processes taught in this book.
That being said it's a fin book for my comic book how-to collection and if you can manage to read the insanely packed and convoluted text it's a pretty interesting window into the history and process of moving from hand written comic book lettering to fonts specifically for comics.
Yes, I called it an art. Anyone that doesn't believe lettering is an art form in its' own right should stop reading, because you won't ever get it.
Looking through this book, it made it clear to me that unless I take the time to become proficient at lettering, it should be left to a career letterer.
I highly recommend everyone read this book to get a similar understanding.
Not sure if the people that gave this book negative reviews are looking for some sort of "magic key", but I can assure you there is none. Just follow the directions on what to do and what not to do that this book offers and you will be fine.
For $9.95 the book is an investors dream. Well...those individuals who enjoy investing into there future with key books of knowledge that is.
Get this book!
The tricks are fairly basic, and so the tutorials are 4-6 comic book panels long. Yes, this tutorial book also doubles as a nifty non-linear comic. No great plot involved other than some background info, some opinions, and then a bulk a tutorials and examples.
To own, its a wonderful tool. But check out the Comic Craft Website first!