The DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics

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Acclaimed artists Mark Chiarello and Todd Klein demystify traditional graphic storytelling in this practical guide. Chiarello explains the entire coloring process, from computer and software choice to creating color effects that give the action its maximum impact. Klein discusses whether to letter by hand or by computer—a hotly debated topic among working letterers—and demonstrates an array of techniques for creasting word balloons, fonts, logos, and much more.

The animated step-by-step instructions are informative, stimulating, and clear enough for even beginners to follow. In addition, every technique shown in this guide conforms to up-to-date industry standards. The perfect how-to on everything coloring and lettering, this one-stop sourcebook is packed with a wealth of tested techniques, practical advice, and professional secrets for the aspiring comic artist.


Mark Chiarello is the editorial art director for DC Comics. As a freelance illustrator, he has received the comic book industry’s Eisner, Harvey, and Reuben Awards. Mark has also done freelance illustration for, among others, the National Basketball Association, Topps, Lucasfilm, and Universal Pictures. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Todd Klein has been lettering comics since 1977. He has won numerous Eisner, Harvey, and CBG Fan awards for his work on such projects as Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Alan Moore’s America’s Best Comics line. He lives in rural southern New Jersey.

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