NATE PIEKOS bestows THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO COMIC BOOK LETTERING this October
One of the important skills that our comics create is letters. The art of designing and selecting the appropriate fonts. shaping and placing captions, word balloons and sound effects – all of which can often help or hinder even the best comic work. It is often overlooked by readers, necessarily so, but now we take a look and the opportunity to learn the art from the productive professional letter Nate Piekos, in October, in the Basic Guide to Comic Letters – by Image comics.
According to Image, Nate Piekos will cover “everything from lettering templates, emotional dialogue and dynamic sound effects to developing design skills and building a career in the comics industry.”
The book will be available in comic book stores on October 20, followed by bookstores and digital platforms from October 26.
Nate Piekos has been working in the typography and graphic design industry for decades – having written for all the major comic book companies (Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, etc.) and helped design fonts and logos for video games, movies, products packaging, advertising and more.
According to Nate Piekos,
For years I have been posting lettering tips and design theory on social media and one of the most frequently followed follow-up questions I get is: ‘Have you ever considered writing a book about it? “, Said Pikos. “Because good letter execution is an often overlooked part of the comic book reading experience, very few people realize how much graphic design skills are needed to do the job well. I felt it was time to write an exhaustive guide to the art of digital comic book recording for anyone interested. It is a “deep dive” into the subject that aspiring letters crave. “
With the news now out there, Nate Piekos has revealed on Twitter that he has been working secretly on the book for the past year and a half, with the text now completely written and only the plans and arrangements remaining.
The book is completely written and I am busy designing the pages for printing. I’m about halfway there.
How the hell did I write a book and keep my letter and font schedule, I have no idea.
– Nate Piekos of Blambot (@blambot) March 22, 2021
Graduated from Rhode Island College in 1998 with a degree in graphic design, Nate Piekos also got her hands on digital letters through indie comics. It was around this time that Blambot began to develop – a site for cheap, accessible fonts for aspiring creators – and by 2002 it had really started. At MyFonts.com Nate Piekos has more than 150 font families associated with it. He has won and been nominated for numerous awards for his work, including the Ringo 2020 award for Best Letterer.
There are unfortunately few books on the art of comic letters for beginners. There is Richard Starkings and John RochelleComic Letters: The Comicraft Way (2003); and Marc Cirello and Todd KleinDC Comics Guide to Coloring and Letters Comics (2004). Nate Piekos’ book will be a welcome and necessary addition to learning the art of the boat.
Want to know more about the letter of the comics? Todd Klein made history in 2014.