One of the most important skills required to create our comics is lettering. The art of designing and choosing appropriate fonts; Shaping and placing subtitles, speech bubbles, and sound effects – all of these can often aid or hinder even the best comic work. It is often often overlooked by readers, but now we’re getting some insight and a chance to learn the craft from a productive professional writer Nate Piekos, this October, in The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering – by Picture comics.

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According to Image’s press release, Nate Piekos will cover “everything from creating fonts, emotional dialogue and dynamic sound effects, to developing design skills and building a career as a writer in the comics industry.”

The book will be available in comic book stores on October 20th, followed by bookstores and digital platforms from October 26th.

Nate Piekos has worked in the field of typography and graphic design for decades. He has written for all of the major comic book companies (Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, etc.) and has designed fonts and logos for video games, films and product packaging, advertising and more.nate piekos

According to Nate Piekos

“I’ve been posting tips on writing and design theory on social media for years. One of the most frequently asked follow-up questions is,” Have you ever thought about writing a book about it? “Piekos said.” Since well-executed handwriting is an often overlooked part of the comic book reading experience, very few people realize how much graphic design skills it takes to do the job well. I felt like it was that Time to write a comprehensive guide to the art of digital comic lettering for anyone interested. It’s a ‘deep dive’ into the subject aspiring writers crave. “

Nate Piekos announced on Twitter that he had been secretly working on the book for the past year and a half. The text is now completely written and only the drafts and layouts remain to be worked out.

The book is fully written and I am busy designing the pages for printing. I’m about in the middle.

How the hell I wrote a book and kept my handwriting and font schedule I don’t know.

– Nate Piekos from Blambot (@blambot) March 22, 2021

Nate Piekos graduated from Rhode Island College in 1998 with a degree in graphic design and came into hand and digital writing via the indie comics scene. It was during that time that he began developing Blambot – a website for cheap, accessible fonts for budding developers – and it really took off by 2002. Nate Piekos has linked over 150 font families to him on He has won and was nominated for several awards for his work, including the 2020 Ringo Award for Best Writer.

There are very few books on the art of comic lettering for beginners. There are Richard Starkings and John RoshellComic lettering: The Comicraft Way (2003); and Mark Chiarello and Todd KleinDC Comics’ Hard-To-Find Guide to Coloring and Labeling Comics (2004). Nate Piekos’ book will be a welcome and much-needed addition to learning the art of the craft.

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Would you like to learn more about the craft of comic script? Todd Klein wrote a history of scripture in 2014.

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