For spring break this year, I drove the family through SoCal and Arizona in an RV. The Grand Canyon was jaw-droppingly awesome, but the highlight of the trip for me was cruising Route 66 and looking for old road and motel signs. The family thinks I'm weird, but too bad -- I'm driving!
Took a trip with the family to New Orleans back in March of '04, and in between meals (ah, the jambalaya and po'boys), I would snap pix of the cool old signage we encountered. Wonder if any of them survived the hurricane? Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of Katrina, and sadly, much of the Gulf Coast is still in bad shape. Habitat for Humanity is helping to rebuild homes there; I just sent them 20 bucks. Hope you will do the same.
Back in '94, the wife-to-be and I moved into our first apartment together, just off Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The downsides: break-ins, gunshots and police helicopters. The upsides: great restaurants, cool shops, and the most incredible graffiti art I'd ever laid eyes on. I began (and quickly became, oh, just a tad obsessed with) taking pictures of every piece I could find between Melrose Ave and the Comicraft office in Santa Monica.
I decided the big, bold words were not unlike giant sound effects, and soon created the fonts SchoolsOut, Hooky and our newest release PhatBoi, which we used for titles, credits and SFX in Ghost Rider 2099 and wherever else graffiti-style lettering was needed in a comic. — JG
A discussion with Tony Isabella, Lee Nordling, Kurt Busiek, Mark Verheiden, Lovern Kindzierski, Richard Starkings, John Ostrander, Steve Leialoha, Todd Klein, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Steven Grant, Trina Robbins, Marv Wolfman, Tim Eldred, Howard Cruse, Jackie Estrada, Bob Ingersoll and Steve Lieber
Ever wondered what to call those little lines of weathering on the bottom of Sound Effects? Now all you have to do is check The Comicraft Glossary of Lettering Terms -- from Air to Zig-Zag Tail, they're all here!
Lettering artist Ferran Delgado painstakingly recreates Marvel title pages of yore for the Spanish editions of Marvel Comics. Here we present some of Ferran's fantastic title pages, along with his thoughts on the lettering process, and the answers to a series of questions he posed to us.
A discussion on Comic Lettering with Lee Nordling, Al Davison, Richard Starkings, Todd Klein, Kurt Busiek, Marv Wolfman, Michael T. Gilbert, Batton Lash, Bob Ingersoll, Bill Knapp, Malcolm Bourne, Steve Leialoha, Leonard Kirk, Howard Cruse, Steven Grant & Bryan Talbot.