A Man of LettersFrom Chris Eliopoulos' essay about being a letterer in the comic-book industry:
Letâ€™s be honest here. Letterers are the scum of the industry. Everyone looks down on what we doâ€”except maybe Augie De Blieckâ€”and thinks that the art of lettering is akin to moving furniture. You can get just about anyone to do it and itâ€™ll look the same. We are a necessary evil and are usually the least-considered member of the team on any given book. We donâ€™t even get a credit on the cover like everyone else.
I did you a favor and skipped the bitter, pissy introduction. Luckily, the piece gets much better as Eliopoulos transitions into a story about how Wizard payed his way to their Chicago convention... so he could serve food to his co-workers.
Eliopoulos illustrates and co-writes the Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius series from Marvel. Read more.