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Review: The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering

The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering says it all in the title, if you want to learn about comic book lettering, this is a must get.

by: Nate Piekos

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Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

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Ant #1 (Image Comics) – A new ongoing from Erik Larsen? We’re definitely intrigued to see where he takes this classic character.

Batman #115 (DC Comics) – “Fear State” has been a solid event so far and this issue gives us a better idea of Scarecrow’s plan.

Batman Secret Files: Peacekeeper #1 (DC Comics) – Want to learn more about Peacekeeper-01? This is the issue to do so.

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Eat the Rich #3 (BOOM! Studios) – A solid horror series taking on the wealthy.

The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering (Image Comics) – We’ll admit we could use a good dive into learning about comic book lettering and this seems like the perfect way to do that!

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Nate Piekos Takes You Into the World of Comic Lettering with The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering

Ringo and Eagle award-winning letterer and founder of Blambot.com—Nate Piekos—shares his insight into the world of comic book lettering in the upcoming The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering. This informative how-to book will hit shelves from Image Comics this October.

Piekos provides readers with the most in-depth tips and techniques ever published on the subject of digital comic book lettering in this exhaustive guide. He covers everything from creating lettering templates, emotive dialogue, and dynamic sound effects to developing design skills and building a lettering career in the comic industry.

Piekos has provided lettering and design for virtually every major publisher: Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Oni Press, and more. His fonts also appear in video games, movies, advertising, and product packaging. Microsoft, Six Flags Amusement Parks, Charles Schulz & Associates, New Yorker Magazine, The Gap, Penguin Random House, and Sony, are just a few mega-corporations that have licensed designs from Blambot.com.

The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering trade paperback  (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1995-0) will be available on Wednesday, October 20 and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 26.

The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering
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