When we think of comics our minds jump first to the images on the page, then to the writing. How often though do we think about all the other pieces that have to come together to make the final product?
Last year a new tradition was born: Letterer Appreciation Day. It is the comic book industry’s response to the above conundrum – the lack of recognition for all the parts of a comic. Since there would be no dialogue without letterers, it is important to appreciate the hard and creatively intense work that is done to bring written word to the page in an engaging way.
While pondering how to celebrate the day, one person came to mind. Friend of the blog, and very good friend of mine Justin Zimmerman had an extensive history working with an array of talent to produce his amazing comics and graphic novels.
I knew as a result of his work he’s spent a lot of time working with letterers, and would no doubt have a great perspective on them and their contributions to the work.
I asked him to write a little post in honor of Letterer Appreciation Day based on the work he has done. You can check it out below.
Comic Creator Justin Zimmerman Talks Letterers
We’re not alone in our appreciation for the work that letterers do! Comics wouldn’t work without their eye for detail. We hope today they get to feel the love.
Our thanks to Justin Zimmerman for giving us a unique perspective on the importance of the work letterers do!