Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Here is a great piece at Blambot about the grammar used in comics. I find it interesting that there is a grammatical tradition in the comic book world.

According to the website," Comic book lettering has some grammatical and aesthetic traditions that are quite unique. What follows is a list that every letterer eventually commits to his/her own mental reference file. The majority of these points are established tradition, sprinkled with modern trends and a bit of my own opinion having lettered professionally for a few years now. The majority of these ideas have been established by Marvel and DC, but opinions vary from editor to editor, even within the same company. I'm often asked to bend or break these rules based on what "feels" best, or more likely, the space constraints within a panel."

1 comment:

Kabuki Katze said...

That is a fantastic resource. I never would have thought of all those conventions existing for lettering.

There was a comic strip a while back that did an in-strip explanation of the different symbols (like stars, action lines, sweatdrops, etc) that are used for comics, I need to find that. Between those two I think you could learn the basics of Western comic lettering. (Now, once you hit manga, things go loopy.)