I’ve been lettering the next chapter of Jed Jr. for the last little while. It used to take me about two days to get done with about 15-20 pages. This time I was able to do only a few pages a day. Why? Because I forgot how to letter.
I was never the best. I was never a Chris Eliopoulos or a Dave Sim. It took me a long time to figure it out. I spent weeks figuring out how to leave room in a panel for lettering and how to place balloons and how to use a different pen for the letters and how thick I should make the balloons and how to do emphasized words (I can’t do italics or bold very well, so I emphasize using larger letters) and how to do the balloon tails that match more of the ballon than the background…
I know it sounds stupid, but there’s a lot to know. Basically, you have to be able to advance the story overall without distracting the reader in the individual panel. It’s a different type of art inside the art of sequential storytelling.
But, after about a week, I finally got the hang of it again.
I only have about four pages left to finish and I should have the next 20-some-odd page installment of Jed Jr. on sale soon.
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