Graphic design student Sean Knowles interviewed John Roshell for his dissertation on this subject.
You’ve probably seen one of R. Sikoryak’s vintage comic parodies on The Onion, Nickelodeon Magazine, The Daily Show or on the cover of The New Yorker or Fortune — and thought at first glance, like I did, that it was the real thing! Drawn & Quarterly has just released “Masterpiece Comics”, a 64-page hardcover collection of Sikoryak’s “classic literary works reimagined as classic comics,” so it seemed like the perfect time to contact the mysterious R. and find out exactly how he creates his fantastic illustrations, and what role lettering and fonts play in the process.
Richard Starkings replies to University design student Ryan Scales’ questions on breaking into the field, establishing a personal style and more.
The following were questions posed to Richard by writer Chris Arrant for a story on the transition from pen to computer lettering. You can read the finished article at ComicFoundry.com, which also includes quotes from lettering master Todd Klein. Presented here are the original questions and Richard’s unedited answers.
These questions were posed to us by students in our Fall 2004 ‘Digital Lettering for Comic Books’ online course through The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)