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Comics Lettering Theory Part 1
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Published: May 17, 2005
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Here is Part 1 of 2 (see below for the linke to part 2) of the second of my adventures into comics lettering tutorials. This one has lots more picture examples, so I had to split it into two parts. This isn't so much a direct tutorial as an exploration of some of the theory behind different uses for lettering. For example, here we'll be talking about: creating emphasis using bold and italics, the effects of breaking up dialogue in different ways, the use of the double dash (--) and ellipsis (...), color and typography. In the first tutorial we learned what buttons to press, now we're going to talk about how to use that knowledge!

Special thanks to and who did the art for most of the example pictures.

Again, I'd like this to be a work in progress, so please give me your questions, comments, complaints, and general feedback!

When you finish, here's [THE LINK TO PART 2 OF 2]

- chris
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AldoTocci89's avatar
AldoTocci89Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful, thank you!!!
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PlasmatielStudent Digital Artist
how do you make links?
godeyes's avatar
godeyesHobbyist General Artist
this is very very helpful!!! thanks so much!!! i nearly choked when i read that pirate joke btw lol
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ShahirahLikesMilkStudent General Artist
I thank you so much for this! :iconiloveitplz:
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kalkieProfessional Filmographer
This is a highly informative piece of tutorial for an important part of comic making! Thank you for taking the time to compile all this.

Might I suggest you submit this over to :iconartistshospital:? It's an active site for tutorials of all kinds and I know a lot more people will be thankful for this.
NuclearDraco's avatar
Thank you for this Tutorial (and part 2) It's really helping me understand how important lettering will be for my comic.
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anarchyfeverHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank for this, I always have a hard time with text boxs.
ueihan's avatar
Oh, Dr. McNinja. Or specifically; pirates!

Thanks for the tutorial!
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chlove-artProfessional Digital Artist
Really helpful, I'm glad you've done this!
(*goes to part 2!*)
GreenSprite's avatar
My favourite part is how you exemplified dialogue with characters obviously drawn for a different context. "I've always loved you..." Hilarious! :D
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IamHollingsworthProfessional Digital Artist
great info!
baka-wallaby's avatar
This has some interesting info about some stuff that would prove helpful for any comic person.
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hyenacubHobbyist General Artist
I am no comic artist, but your tutorials about them are very interesting...I read comics, but never stopped to consciously think about what all those techniques meant.

And that pirate joke is *awful!!!* LOL! I laughed my rear end off at it. I love it!
Flazeebo's avatar
that last comic made me laugh so freekin hard... XD
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sagopa Digital Artist
its not workink man i cant see any thing
please check this up

thanks
wicked-sparrow's avatar
great toutorial, just what i needed :)
It would be great if you would do a nother toutorial about layouting and general theory on drawing comics.
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wuzCraCCinProfessional Artist
:rofl: @ that pirate joke!
AafkeYtsma's avatar
Wow, this is a really good tutorial, I am trying to make my own comic but I am having a hard time with the lettering. This is extremely useful thank you very much. The dashes were completely new to me, I am definitely going to use them. Also figured I made my balloons to big. Once again thank you.
Pericles's avatar
Very, VERY Interesting!

Thanks for shawing the knowledge! :glomp:
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