Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Why should you take the Comics Experience Lettering & Production course?

The Comics Experience Comic Book Lettering & Production course is taught by professional letterer Dave Sharpe, who has been in the lettering business for twenty years.

Dave started out hand lettering in the Marvel Bullpen before moving to digital lettering, taught lettering at the Joe Kubert School in the mid-90s, and developed and led the Marvel in-house lettering department for two years.

Since then, Dave continues to letter for Marvel on a regular basis, in addition to working with many small publishers as well. He is, without a doubt, one of the most well respected, talented, and professional letterers in the comics business.

To quote Comics Experience founder (and ex-Marvel and IDW Editor) Andy Schmidt, "Dave can teach. I've seen him do it and he taught me much while I worked at Marvel. In the first ten minutes, he taught me enough about lettering that I could talk reasonably intelligently about it with the seasoned Marvel staff. Thank you for that, Dave."

Here are four additional reasons you should sign up for this class now!
  1. Save money on your projects - If you're looking at self-publishing your own comics, learning to letter them yourself can save you hundreds of dollars per issue. This class will pay for itself in short order. Plus, this class also prepares you for the production work -- placing logos, UPCs, combining the color art with the lettering -- and that saves you even more money.
  2. Bad lettering kills - If we've heard this once from Editors, we've heard it a hundred times, because it's true. Nothing will kill your story and beautiful art faster in the eyes of an Editor or a reader than amateurish lettering. Unfortunately, without appropriate training, you may not even recognize what the issues are. Your lettering needs to be up to a professional level and this class will show you how to make that happen, whether you do it yourself or hire someone else.
  3. Improve your storytelling - Lettering has a huge impact on storytelling in comic books. Readers generally only notice at a subconscious level, but as a creator, you need to know how balloon placement affects how the eye tracks the page, whether the balloons enhance or distract from the art, how the lettering can drive the page turn, and many other issues. This class will open your eyes to how crucial placement and lettering design can be to your storytelling
  4. It's FUN! - At Comics Experience, we never forget that no matter how serious you are about the profession, creating comics should be fun! Dave and Andy are two of the nicest folks in comics, and the teaching environment is encouraging while also being honest. Plus, you'll meet classmates that may well become fellow comic creator friends!
The class will be taught live, online for six weeks, meeting for two hours each Monday night. Classes will be recorded for later viewing if you can't make the live meeting. And you'll have access to a dedicated class forum for interacting with your classmates and sharing/critiquing each other's work all week long!

For more information or to sign up for the class using Paypal, visit the Comics Experience Courses page!

Posted by Rob Anderson
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