Category Archives: Lettering/Fonts

Carla Speed McNeil’s Lettering Process

At this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, I was surprised by a visit from writer/artist Carla Speed McNeil and delighted with what she had decided to give me, a page of her original art as well as her layout and lettering guide. Carla’s process is unusual, and I found it fascinating. I told her I’d write about it on my blog, and here it is. Continue reading

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018

Images © Todd Klein except as noted.

Another great Baltimore Con has come and gone, and here’s my report. Baltimore is about a three hour drive from my home in southern New Jersey. I left the house at 8:30, and was at the hotel about 11:30. My room wasn’t ready, so I checked my suitcase and walked over to the convention center with my stuff to set up. Last year I had a cart to wheel it in, this year I brought less, so I decided I could carry it all without the cart. I could, but it sure got heavy by the time I reached my table! If I do this next year, I’m going back to the cart. Continue reading

LETTERER APPRECIATION DAY 2018

This annual event was begun last year by Nate Piekos and others. I had nothing to do with its creation, but I’m all for it. If we can have such silly things as National Trail Mix Day (yesterday) or National Chicken Boy Day (today), why not this one? The date was chosen because it was the birthday of Gaspar Saladino, one of comics’ best and most prolific letterers, and my role model and friend.

I suggest you celebrate by sending appreciative messages to letterers you like. I’m celebrating by linking to some of the many articles I’ve written about letterers on this blog, and posting them on Facebook as well. Here are a few:

ABE KANEGSON, Letterer for Will Eisner

THE DANNY CRESPI FILES, Part 1 of 14 (so far)

GASPAR SALADINO featured in The DC Comics Offices Part 4

EARLY IRA SCHNAPP DC COMICS HOUSE ADS

MORE EARLY IRA SCHNAPP DC COMICS HOUSE ADS

GASPAR SALADINO, an obituary and appreciation

GASPAR SALADINO COVER LETTERING Part 1 of 4

HOWARD FERGUSON, letterer for Simon & Kirby

IRA SCHNAPP, His Life, Work and Family Part 4 of 6

IRA SCHNAPP IN ACTION COMICS Part 1  (Many other Schnapp studies on my blog)

JOHN WORKMAN AND TODD KLEIN Part 1 of 2

LEROY LETTERING BY JIM AND MARGARET WROTEN

TODD KLEIN, My Work, by the Numbers

THE RISE OF DIGITAL LETTERING, Part 1 of 7

VISITING DC COMICS IN THE 1960S Part 2 of 3 (Includes Ira Schnapp and other letterers)

TODD KLEIN letters covers by hand

THE DANNY CRESPI FILES Part 16

This and all images © Marvel.

Continuing my exploration of the cover lettering work of Danny Crespi at Marvel Comics from about 1974 to the early 1980s, with some examples from others. Photocopies of saved cover lettering from Danny’s files were compiled into a collection by letterer and friend Phil Felix during the 1980s when he worked with Danny on staff at Marvel, and Phil sent me copies. This time I’ll look at pages 61-64. Page 61 is above, all lettered by Crespi except Ultron Undying, which is probably by Jim Novak. Sources below.  Continue reading

THE DANNY CRESPI FILES Part 15

This and all images © Marvel.

Continuing my exploration of the cover lettering work of Danny Crespi at Marvel Comics from about 1974 to the early 1980s, with some examples from Gaspar Saladino and others. Photocopies of saved cover lettering from Danny’s files were compiled into a collection by letterer and friend Phil Felix during the 1980s when he worked with Danny on staff at Marvel, and Phil sent me copies. This time I’ll look at pages 57-60. Page 57, above, is by Danny except for the three on the right side, which are by Gaspar. Sources follow. Continue reading