Thanks to those that participated in our weekly #webcomicschat I had a great time. This week I started us off with the topic of lettering. I asked for advice on how other cartoonists keep their fonts and onomatopoeia’s straight. For me I always seem to have trouble with little things like sound effects and punctuation in my balloons. For example what’s the difference between a “sniff” and a “snort” when showing someone crying sarcastically. Kinda weird question I know but I think other cartoonists will understand. Near the end of our chat it was fun to hear from a professional letterer Chris Eliopoulos. Chris works professionally as a letterer and produces his own daily strip Misery Loves Sherman. During our chat he gave this sage advice “Use a font, keep it clean, help tell the story, collect paycheck. That’s what I do. 🙂 ” He also said “The great thing about webcomics is you don’t have to follow the rules. Go crazy with lettering. Be different.”

Many Tweeters also contributed great lettering resources and book recommendations. I’ve tried to compile a helpful list here, in no particular order:

Cerebus by Dave Sim
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Making Comics by Scott McCloud
Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative by Will Eisner
Comic Book Lettering: The Comicraft Way by Richard Starkings
How to Make Webcomics by Guigar, Kellett, Kurtz and Straub
KaBoom a Dictionary by Kevin Taylor
Lexicon of Comicana by Mort Walker

If I missed anything feel free to post your comments. See you next Wednesday at #webcomicschat 6pm PST / 9pm EST.