Comic font producer Blambot, whom even has free fonts for indie comic artists like many of us, also features an educational collection of articles on their site. Until one of our readers mentioned it yesterday I didn’t really pay any attention to this section. It’s actually quite an interesting read, even for some comic veterans out there since it is quite in depth.
The section that caught my attention most of all was comic book grammar which covers those little nuances that make up good comic text. From bold usage to spaces and quotation marks, the article covers the general use of things you may have even overlooked before. Most of it will probably be quite basic to many readers, but it is surprising the rare little thing you can miss over the years.
I’m sure the rare few of us haven’t, but it is worthwhile to take a look at some of the big boys like Marvel and DC to actually see more examples of this sort of content in action. As with my article about referencing being a good idea, there is no shame in exploring the technique and comic page foundation of your favorite artists. We all have to learn somewhere and you’re bound to find a layout you enjoy.
Back to Blambot, I do again recommend checking them out. Even if you’re looking for some pay fonts to add to your collection, they’re not that expensive if you’re a hard core comic artist. After all, something like $20 may seem hefty for a font for newcomers, but remember, this is a new tool you’re buying for your art. So really, it all balances out in the end. That and as noted, there is a lot of free content for indie artists. Just be sure to read their free font license to see what is covered.
So be sure to read through the articles on Blambot. Sure many of us have produced comics for a long time, but sometimes there are the occasional details you miss. Who knows what you may learn from the site. I know there were at least one or two details I caught along the way.