I deal in a few types of projects: personal (projects I typically co-write/produce); anthology pieces; and what I call “hired gun” projects (or simply, “gigs”), where I come in solely for letters and/or production.
You’ll see that I like to tailor the lettering and titles to the subject. Notice that each project has its own style and look to the letters. My job isn’t to overshadow the art, but to complement it. If you barely notice my work, I’ve succeeded. Still, you can’t read a book without the letters. And that’s where I come in…
If your script needs some editing, punch-up, formatting or other assistance, I can help with that, too!
You’ve stumbled across P.I. Jane, our pop-culture inspired girl detective series. If you’re a fan of shows like Veronica Mars, Buffy, and The Middleman, that feature kick-ass, verbose, strong-minded females, with a heavy dose of pop culture references, this is up your alley. If you’re more into slapsticky pratfalls, watch Chevy Chase in Fletch. But if you like seeing combative pastries fighting like Itchy & Scratchy, or detective noir, we have some things you might be into as well. Give us a shot! Start with the first strip here and see if you like us.
Issue 01 “Somnology 101: The Science of Sleepwalking”
Issue 02 “Not-So-Secret Origins”
Issue 03 “The Curious Case of the Night Rider”
The KinderGuard, a squad of plucky tykes, that’s who! Why? Well, children are still innocent enough to see the monsters. But mostly? It’s ADORABLE. Little kids swinging broadswords and halberds? SURELY YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS?! Yes. Yes we are. And don’t call me Shirley. Also, they have a killer H.Q. called The Playground… underneath their school’s actual playground.
Each issue is comprised of two half-length stories (10-12 pages each), focusing on a different in the Guard (or even an enemy).
Issue 01, Story 01 “Zoey”
Issue 02, Story 02 “Billy”
I'm Not Omnigirl
The brainchild of my writing partner, Lauren Burke and artist Megan Brennan, I’m Not OmniGirl was originally a 4-page story included in the 2012 all-female produced Womanthology: Heroic omnibus, which featured DOZENS of talented ladies makin’ comics, including luminaries like Ann Nocenti, Gail Simone and Renee de Liz.
The story was too good to end there, however, and has been expanded into a several-issue mini-series. It remains written by Lauren and drawn by Megan, only now I’ve come on board to do letters and production under the Monkeys + Typewriters Press umbrella.
A tale as old as time, involving mistaken identity, sisters and superheroes. And waffles (issue 02)!
I and my creative team have appeared in a number of anthologies, with more coming in the future, no doubt. These are mostly chronological, oldest to newest. All pieces written with Lauren Burke, except where noted.
Captain Amazing to the Rescue! (One and Done from InvestComics)
Benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), the One and Done Anthology from InvestComics is an anthology featuring dozens of creators, each telling their own complete story in one page. The topic? Death and mortality.
This was our entry, loosely based on a George Reeves-type character in the twilight of his life, itching for some action one last time.
Bandthology is a music-themed anthology from King Bone Press, featuring a bunch of talented writers and artists with all types of stories. We developed our Pie and Cake characters (best known as our own in-house Itchy & Scratchy in P.I. Jane) into a different kind of conflict than they’re used to.
The Borley Reports (Skin Crawling Comics “The Appetite”)
A period piece set in the 1930’s, The Borley Reports is based on the true story of Harry Price, a British psychic researcher and author who recruited observers from all walks of life to investigate any paranormal activity at the Borley Rectory, long believed to be haunted. The story follows the day-to-day activities of one of those observers.
Part graphic novel, part workbook, Prison Grievances was the brainchild of Dr. Terri LeClercq, who wanted an educational book about prisoner’s rights (limited though they may be) with regards to conditions, assault, sexual assault and other topics in a package geared toward any reading level.
From a lettering standpoint, it was incredibly tricky, as there was often LOTS of text per page to work with, and cutting wasn’t much of an option, as it’s educational. This project was a sort of baptism by fire and extremely helpful in honing my lettering craft (so to speak… like a d-bag).
In addition to lettering, I also produced and laid out the book for printing (exclusively in Adobe Illustrator CS6; should’ve maybe also used InDesign…).
Here’s the IndieGoGo campaign, that has some additional information about the project (funding has long since ended).
Buy a copy from Amazon, if you want to learn about prisoner’s rights (and who doesn’t?)
In the summer of 2014, Terri came to me to do a translation of the book for Spanish speakers. “No problem,” I thought. The caveat? I haven’t spoken Spanish since junior year of high school. The entire book was translated by Francisco Ramirez balloon-by-balloon, so I didn’t get lost along the way. I’d argue this version looks better than the English one, what with several years of lettering experience between the two. Plus, far, far fewer hyphenations.
Wardenclyffe “Rocket. Science.”
A 5-page pitch piece for writer J.J. Mason. His original plan was to do four 5-page stories per issue, this being the first. I don’t know much more than that. Still, a fun project. I hope I get to do more!
Another short pitch piece, but this time I got to do an actual double page spread. Take that, lettering bucket list! Of course, I didn’t have much to do on said page. But it still counts! D.I.S. is a sort of supernatural special forces within the British government, written by Kevin Gunstone, who’s done books for Image and Marvel.
The pitch above worked, because D.I.S. is coming in 2015 via Markosia! The above pages were recolored and relettered for the full issue. Will update when there’s a place to buy from, but will be available digitally and in print! Issue 2 is being drawn as I type.
Yet another 5-page pitch piece. I’m getting good at these. 🙂 Another first: stroke-less balloons. Something I’ve wanted to incorporate into something for awhile now, but you really need the right type of artist/style/art to go with it. I probably could’ve done it with Wardenclyffe, too, but Carlos Trigo’s style works quite nicely.
Andrew and Carlos got the full issue together. It had been so long since the pitch that I relettered it and tightened things up. Again, the difference a couple years of experience provides. I believe a second issue is in the works or will be soon. Still kept the stroke-free balloons (besides on stark-white backgrounds), but shrunk everything a little bit. With any luck, I’ll soon be able to update this with a publisher that will be releasing the book.
Missing Persons Pitch Piece
Worked with another nice bloke from England called Liam Johnson on this one. I don’t know a ton about this story, but in a nutshell, some entity/corporation/other thing has figured out a way to transport– through time and space– history’s most notorious… whatevers for devious motives. The pages I did covered the ‘abduction’ of D.B. Cooper, but he’s not the only blast from the past that would make an appearance, I’m told. Beautiful art courtesy of Bernardo Vieira, who hails from Spain (and I don’t know much about, nor can Google help here).
My lettering work officially travels more than I do.
Note: Liam has requested I hold off on posting the whole pitch until he’s had a chance to shop it around, so for now, just the cover and a couple pages.
Jack Foster is a do-it-all guy who quit his job to pursue his passion project full-time. Everything from the writing to the getting it in Previews and picked up by Diamond. Everything except the letters. Most of the letters, anyway. Lots of cool art with watercolors and all. The story is a gritty noir set in a world with superheroes. Some of the pages were in a work-in-progress stage and may be missing elements. For mature audiences.
Andrew Coppola’s back with a retro-looking zombie thriller. Since this had a throwback style to it, I tried to emulate a hand-lettered style done digitally. I added a touch of roughening and slight shear to the thinner-stroked balloons to give a looped-by-hand feel. Simple sound-effects round out the style. Hopefully I’ll get to do the complete story one day.
One more from Andrew Coppola. A period story with Caesar as the lead. Pretty straight-forward from a lettering standpoint for this one. Nice linework from prolific Aspen MLT, DC and Marvel artist Koi Turnbull.
Jeremy Grady writes a futuristic, post-apocalyptic graphic novel tale of survival with some science fiction tossed in for good measure. The look for the letters in this book maaaay have been inspired by Rus Wooton‘s work on Black Science, from Image. The trickiness with this title was the book was inked by 4 different people, so page dimensions were all over the place. Still, everything worked out right in the end. Art by Boom! Studios artist Jeffrey Edwards.
If you’d like to buy a copy, send Jeremy a message via his Facebook page (link below). Will likely be available digitally soon, too.
Chrissy Lim runs a really cool site called PaperPlane Co. that creates digital and interactive storybooks for tablets. This was a comic novella written by Lim and drawn by her sister, Lynn. Check out some of the book trailers they have on their site!
A pitch piece that’s a complete issue, Nova tells the story of a monastery who meet a scion in a key prophecy– humanity’s last hope. With some training, perhaps he can be the man they need him to be. I think the bonsai page numbers were a nice touch. Find more info at Nova’s Tumblr.
Another pitch piece for a fellow DIY-er. Kingsgard is a sort of future militaristic hero story. An average kid with something to prove wants to join the Kingsgard and right some wrongs. Do some good. I don’t have a lot of info on this, but here’s a sneak peek. Written and drawn/inked by Jarod Lam (and here’s his deviantArt and Twitter).
Things were different in the fall of 2012. In this post-9/11 world, we were so wide-eyed and innocent… Also, my writing partner got married. And since her wedding was anything but ordinary, so should her program as well. She wrote a quick story; there was personal touches, cameos by friends and family (including a visit to my bar mitzvah), and, of course, Doctor Who.
The result was Timey-Wimey, Wibbly-Wobbly Wedding— part program, part comic, part menu– all original. I wish more weddings would have comic book-style programs. Also, the food at this thing was INSANE. Check out the menu! SO much bacon and mac ‘n cheese!
This item may likely be the lone miscellany piece, as I’m not sure where else to put this. Not its own title, not an anthology piece, not a gig…
(art by Antonio Maldonado)