• As We Say Goodbye to Giant Days, John Allison Introduces Us to Steeple

    As We Say Goodbye to Giant Days, John Allison Introduces Us to Steeple0

    As I write, Giant Days is one day away from its final issue. A four-year telling of a three-year period that came hot on the heels of (and partially concurrent with) webcomic stories that creator Allison has been working on since 1998, as well as anther BOOM! title, By Night, Giant Days was a phenomenon

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  • A Gathering of Letterers

    A Gathering of Letterers0

    If you’ve been following By the Letters since the series inception early this year, you know that I’ve been spotlighting the fine art of comic book lettering and have featured a few interviews with letterers, including Ariana Maher. We’re a big fan of roundtables at WWAC, so I asked Maher if she’d help me get

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  • Letterers: Jill Gerber on the Unsung Heroes of Comics in the Classroom

    Letterers: Jill Gerber on the Unsung Heroes of Comics in the Classroom0

    When it comes to using comics in the classroom, letterers are truly the unsung heroes of the medium, according to educator Jill Gerber. In our earlier Comics Academe interview focusing on how the use of comics has evolved as a literary teaching tool, Gerber, an award-winning educator and consultant, explains that lettering is one of

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  • Into the Letter-Verse: Blambot’s Nate Piekos Talks Lettering in Comic Book Movies

    Into the Letter-Verse: Blambot’s Nate Piekos Talks Lettering in Comic Book Movies0

    In our previous interview, Nate Piekos shared his processes and passions within the world of comic book lettering. He also expressed his disappointment in a recent superhero movie that clearly had not consulted a professional comic book letterer to ensure the authenticity of their film’s comic book aesthetic. The film Piekos was referring to is,

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  • Thank You, Text: Letterer Ariana Maher Never Stops Learning

    Thank You, Text: Letterer Ariana Maher Never Stops Learning0

    When Ariana Maher first started testing the waters of professional comic lettering, the excitement of seeing her work published was undermined by a few people who felt that exposure ought to have been enough to satisfy her. Now that she has more experience in the field, she knows better when it comes to establishing terms

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  • By the Letters: Blambot’s Nate Piekos

    By the Letters: Blambot’s Nate Piekos0

    An incredible amount of work and attention to detail goes into lettering a comic that the average reader is likely not aware of, despite the fact that it is the lettering of a comic that can help guide the reading experience from panel to panel. Nate Piekos has been working in comics lettering, typography, and

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