Storytelling 101h

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

With the exception of sound effects, I do all the lettering for Zip and Li’l Bit Funnies on the computer. This was an area when I started the strip that I figured I could cut some corners on and let the computer do the work. I like it because it gives me a lot of flexibility to fix misspellings and grammar, which can be fairly common for me. I work with a font that a friend of mine created for me from samples of my own writing so it still looks (to me anyway) like something that I’d written out.

Writing dialogue for comics, as opposed to a book, is interesting. What I’ve discovered while working on this comic is that I’ll often have to revise the dialogue to fit it into nice, round blocks for the word balloons, or to fit the composition of the panel. I’m always trying to balance how the dialogue sounds, with how it fits the character, and also how it looks on the page. It can sometimes be a challenge. Thankfully, writing is so easy. ;)

Here’s an example of how I originally wrote the dialogue for the fourth panel of today’s comic:

Sample Writing

As you can see, I revised Zip’s lines a little bit and broke them into two sections to better fit the panel layout, and Zip’s shadow had a few words there that I wound up deleting altogether.

So that’s a quick rundown of the lettering process. Next time I’ll try to think of something to say about coloring.