Ever wonder how the words get onto the pages of your favorite comic book? Well, it used to be some dude sitting at a drafting table hand writing everything into their own balloons, but nowadays it’s all done using Adobe Illustrator.
The comic book industry has traditionally done things in a very linear order, with the letterer being the last person in the chain to get to work. When they start, the page has been penciled, inked, and usually colored, and all that has to be done is for the letterer to add the word balloons and the text from the script that the writer provides. They’re then given a PDF to work with, make the balloons in Illustrator, fill them in using fancy fonts (like the ones Comicraft sells right here on Creative Market), and send it back for final proofing. Now you won’t break into Marvel or DC right off the bat, but there are lots of comic book hopefuls out there that need their comics lettered, and a quick search or two on Facebook will find them for you. Who knows, it could turn into something fun down the line, too!
Ian Ransley DESIGN
Ian Ransley is a Bay Area Digital Artist, Graphic Designer and Illustrator who has designed some of the most popular large-scale sporting and corporate events in the world.