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DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics Paperback – August 1, 2004
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Mark Chiarello is the editorial art director for DC Comics. As a freelance illustrator, he has received the comic book industry's Eisner, Harvey, and Reuben Awards. Mark has also done freelance illustration for, among others, the National Basketball Association, Topps, Lucasfilm, and Universal Pictures. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Todd Klein has been lettering comics since 1977. He has won numerous Eisner, Harvey, and CBG Fan awards for his work on such projects as Neil Gaiman's Sandman and Alan Moore's America's Best Comics line. He lives in rural southern New Jersey.
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One thing I forgot to mention before, the book is edited a little weird. There is a picture on just about every page. On a number of pages the paragraphs are split between two pages. You wouldn't think that this is that big of a deal, but many times I finished reading a paragraph and then looked at the pictures to see what they were talking about, and then started reading again on the next page only to find that the next paragraph started on the page I just got done reading. Or I would have to turn a page to finish a paragraph and then turn it back to look at the examples. This isn't a deal breaker. It is just a distracting break in the flow of the book. Someone could have easily changed the sizes of the images to keep everything on one page, so it just seems kind of lazy.
The colouring section was very informative, giving both colour theory, balanced with practical steps and illustrations. I found the reviews on colouring fads such as using Photoshop filters/SFX to be informative.
The thing that stands out from all other material I've read on colouring comics are the definitive procedures and clear explanations on things to do and to avoid.
THE LETTERING SECTION was just as good. With good examples and explanations as to WHY and HOW things are done.
If you're into comic colouring and/or lettering, this book must adorn your shelf; It is that helpful.
BOTH sections COLORING & LETTERING will be the watermark for other authors to achieve.
The COLORING section addresses the AESTHETIC side of the craft along with the MECHANICS behind it.
I have other books on the craft of comics:
1. Read this book FIRST, apply the concepts to your own work; THEN read OTHER books related to coloring/lettering.
2. Look at NATURE to get color ideas, read magazines, bus ads and observe typeface designs.
3. CREATE YOUR OWN FONTS!!!
There is some good stuff in here if you are willing to dig for it and have a basic understanding of what they are talking about before you start to read.
The first half of the book was great. The lessons on color were more helpful than the four years of color theory shoved down my throat at the university. The first part was solid and helpful for more than just comic art.
The lettering sections were informative as well, but there wasn't as much thought and theory behind it as there was a "how-to" section on software and tools that most people don't have.