Personal wedding invitation suite. Photos by Anna Naphtali.
I was asked to do an interview not too long ago with fellow designer Tom Muller for Broken Frontier about designing for comics and whatnot. You could check it out here.
Like most holidays, I spent Christmas at Ma Powell’s place in New Jersey. It’s really quite beautiful there in the winter, so I brought my point-and-shoot with me and went around the property taking various photos of textures and such to add to my library. Since it’s the season of giving, I put together nine textures that are available to download for free here. I didn’t adjust or edit the images at all, so do with them what you will. Enjoy!
One of the good things about being a letterer (I’ve always found that profession title clumsy. Perhaps “Letteristé”?) is that I never really get bored with my work. Compared to other comic book professionals letterers are the least paid, but what we lack in page rate we make up for in speed which allows us to work on several projects at once. Luckily I’ve been working on projects that are both fun and rewarding in some way and also encompass my interests to an extent. Let’s get this plug-party started! That came out wrong… Read more
I wound up getting my rad Atomic Robo mini-statue in the mail the other day. In an effort to tease Scott about not getting one himself (yet), I took a few pics of the statue acclimating to it’s new home on my shelves…
At the moment, I’m the process of finishing up the Olympus Volume 1 TPB which will be available sometime December.
I usually wait for Brian or Scott to post new Robo stuff, but with Brian redesigning Nuklear Power, and Scott busy with the Torch I thought I’d pick up their slack and post a few pages from the next Robo series. Atomic Robo and the Shadow From Beyond Time #1 will be available April 15th!
“New York City, 1926. Atomic Robo’s dull night of studying for a physics exam is interrupted by a duo from Nikola Tesla’s past with a dire message: the imminent doom of all life in the universe! Guest starring Charles Fort, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, and the Tunguska Incident.”
I’ve had some time on my hands between projects which allowed me to finally start designing some new fonts for myself. Metrics and kerning are no fun at all but I do like the design process itself.
Widget is based on Scott’s hand writing. I originally intended it to be used as a dialog font for the next Atomic Robo series until he suggested I design one based on my own. I’ve designed fonts in the past based on my hand lettering but never really liked or used them much. So, determined, I sat down with a pen and some graph paper and wrote out what became Automatica.
It took a little while to get used to it at first, but after lettering a few pages it started to look more…natural to me. Less like my handwriting and more like a comic font if that makes sense. I made alternate characters for Widget and Automatica as well, mostly to satisfy my own OCD since I’m convinced the casual comic book reader (and most editors for that matter) neither notice nor care about the subtle differences.
Two other fonts in the works are Sp’lurgh! and Brothers Gothic. Both are in various stages of completion since I’ve been designing the characters as I go.
I attended the New York Comic Con this past weekend. It was a fleshy blur of katanas, kilts, He-Man swords and slave Leias. I had a good time meeting some new people and hanging out with friends who were in town for the weekend. I missed the Fringe panel on Sunday due to overall con fatigue but I did get a chance to gawk at my new celebrity crush Jasika Nicole as she walked by on her way to a cast signing.
I was rootin’ through some of my files the other day and came across an unused sketch for Winter Girl.
I’m not sure why I didn’t end up using it. Maybe I thought it was too juvenile (or crappy) for the project…? With it being seasonally appropriate and all now I went ahead and finished it.
Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War will be concluding this week with issue #5. Volume 2 was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to starting on volume 3 in a few weeks once I get some new fonts built for the series.
I was fortunate enough to do some lettering on a string of What Ifs? this year. On January 2nd, most of the creative team and editorial staff–Karl Bollers, Patrick Spaziante, Justin Gabrie, Chris Allo and myself– will be appearing at Jim Hanley’s Universe NYC to promote What If? Secret Wars. C’mon down and say hi, it’ll be a good time.
Also, I forgot how much I love Ragnar.
I started watching the new J.J. Abrams show, Fringe. I’m a fan of science induced weirdness and phenomenon, so I’ll stick with it for a few more episodes and see where it goes. Being the type nerd that I am, the other thing that caught my attention was how they did the location captions. Instead of printed in small type at the bottom of the screen, they’re displayed as solid 3D letters floating within the scene and subject to light changes, camera movement, etc. I’ve seen it done in print ads and commercials, but still thought it was noteworthy and neat.
Posted on July 31, 2008
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Okay, maybe not massive, but I added a few items to the works and logos pages.