The fantastically talented Dre Throne (follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/art_thirst44/ ) created the awesome SpiderRed. Then he created this fun SpiderRed/Emily Chibi mashup. Thank you kind sir, sorry it has taken me a while to post this.
Dre and I met on DeviantArt, he was nice enough to let me practice lettering on some old pages of his. He didn’t have any dialogue, just sound effects, so I ad-libbed. I dug them up to go through them, and want to talk a little about the lettering process. A lot of mistakes were made…
The positioning of the lettering is a mess. Good lettering should push they eye across the page in a giant Z pattern. The first narration box should have been in the top left corner.
The font size is far too large.
The crossbar ‘i” should never happen inside a word.
There is too much white space inside each text box. There should only be enough room for an additional character.
The errors I made lettering this page are similar to the last.
The balloon tails look terrible; inconsistent, with one being far too fat.
The font size is all over the place! I think I was trying to show volume with the sizes, which can look good if done right, but lettering needs subtlety.
The point I am trying to make about lettering is: good lettering, like makeup & basslines, does best when guiding the audience, not distracting them.
Want to learn more about lettering? The fine folks at Comicraft are a great resource.
Well almost. Most customers have received their copy of Emily Executioner. Others are waiting on mail to arrive. The Kickstarter was both a lot more work and a lot more rewarding than I expected. Thanks to everyone who backed!
I will do a breakdown on my Kickstarter experience and send that to my email list, likewise if seeing the landing page interests you, follow this link.
Emily Executioner Book Launch!
Bridge City Comics & Collectibles was kind enough to offer a book launch for Emily Executioner! I felt uncomfortable making it all about me, therefore we’re bringing friends:
I let the mouse hover over the button to officially launch the Emily Executioner Kickstarter Campaign. Stepping back from the computer, I paced around my kitchen for a while, then drug Erin out of bed to witness… something new? A spectacular failure; a mundane experience; a life changing event. There is a spectrum of possibility. Unable to back down in front of a, less than impressed, audience, I clicked the button!
Nothing, happened. User agreement? Oh, right… check that little box. Now my destiny awaits, it is time to see what the future holds. I click the button and… nothing. The window froze.
“Can I go to bed now?” said my spouse as she pondered her life choices.
I nervously chuckled, tapping the refresh button in a therapeutic way. This is not meant to be! Who am I to think people will want to read something I wrote? The walls seemed to close in on me as I watched a little arrow try to eat its own tail. I can quit, she will understand. She has heard me sing and stayed with me, this embarrassment is nothing… The window loaded, I froze.
This story happened about two hours ago. It emphasizes how much I need your help. Clicking a button is a whole can of worms for me… but you! You are good at clicking buttons! Those callused thumbs and fingers, are ready and raring to go. If you click here, or the image above, you’ll find yourself at Emily Executioner Kickstarter landing page. From there you can click on pledge levels to buy different products. You can click the share button on social media to help Emily meet a wider audience. Lastly, you can click here to sign up to the CEK Email List to get a free copy of What a Crime, and stay updated on the Kickstarter campaign and progress there.
Why Back Emily’s Kickstarter?
It will immediately make me feel better about clicking the button.
Emily’s comic is complete; products will be distributed promptly after the campaign ends.
If you purchase a physical comic, your name will be a part of the entire first edition print run.
Thanks for reading, best of luck clicking… buttons.