01 April 2010

“Whoever lettered this thing…”

Back in January, I wrote about “The Twilight Lettering Disaster,” based on a magazine preview of the first volume of the Twilight comics adaptation.

Chris Sims of the Invincible Super-Blog offers more details and examples of what he calls “the worst lettering I have ever seen” at Comics Alliance:

To start with, the balloons themselves, which are clearly the product of the Ellipse tool in Photoshop, and which manage to be both gigantic and poorly placed. So gigantic and poorly placed, in fact, that they not only complicate simple art problems of speaking order…, they’re also occasionally reduced to transparencies to avoid obscuring the art any more than they already do. . . .

Whoever lettered this thing put a stupidly gigantic word balloon on top of a character’s face, despite the fact that there’s a huge open spot just slightly to the left of where it sits now. . . . the problem was solved with a transparency, which…makes it look like we're reading his dialogue through a glass of water.
Sims also notes that the book contains no credit for the letterer.

And thus “Adventures in Lettering” Week begins…

1 comment:

J. L. Bell said...

For the 1st of April, I decided not to post a bad joke, just a comment about pages that look like one.