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H.d.E.
I letter comics for cash. And sometimes edit them as well. I'm good for rants, too, apparently.
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H.d.E. Jan 15
Aging like a fine wine, sir.
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H.d.E. Jan 9
Replying to @jcburcham
I'm guessing he must have sent out a lot of 'hey, baby, you look fine, mind if I DM you?' messages on Twitter. Sorry - I mean 'Space Twitter.'
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H.d.E. Jan 6
I've neglected this Twitter account for way too long. 2019 was kind of a difficult year, so I've not really been chasing work the way I used to. I'll be looking to letter some new projects from February onwards, though!
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H.d.E. Dec 12
Replying to @jroberts332
It's a horrific result. The Tory Scum have apparently taken my region after an expected drubbing by the Liberal Democrats. What on earth were so many voters thinking? This will only - reliably - translate to misery for them.
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H.d.E. Apr 13
Replying to @ComicsOmen
So, you know, there's a lot more to lettering comics than simply pasting words onto a page. Sometimes - often, in fact, the work we take on requires a commitment in mental energy, time and even diplomacy. And the more we have to invest, the less appealing a low rate is.
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H.d.E. Apr 13
Replying to @ComicsOmen
And that entails communication, sometimes to an extensive degree, especially if a client digs in and insists that what they want - which may fly in the face of correct design practice - works when we know that it won't. Which wouldn't be necessary if our expertise was trusted.
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H.d.E. Apr 13
Replying to @ComicsOmen
We also have to sometimes dance the dance of translating a client's requests into information that makes a single lick of sense. We all have stories about being asked for 'defiant balloons' or 'fonts that suggest a regional accent' - which can't be done.
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H.d.E. Apr 13
Replying to @ComicsOmen
To illustrate: during 2016 - 2018, almost HALF my workload was accounted for by jobs where books were picked up for publication or repackaging, on the condition that they be re-lettered to a professional standard. Effectively meaning the original lettering was a waste of money.
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H.d.E. Apr 13
Replying to @ComicsOmen
And there are other concerns. With lettering, you definitely get what you pay for. Professionals won't work for $5.00 per page, because it doesn't support the metrics they need to satisfy to make a living. And it can prove a false economy for the publisher.
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H.d.E. Apr 13
Replying to @ComicsOmen
There's also the question of how much time and energy a letterer needs to invest in a project versus the effort involved. A job can become financially unviable if the hours spent implementing edits and tweaks stretch on endlessly.
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H.d.E. Apr 13
Replying to @ComicsOmen
As Jim has also pointed out, lettering also carries operating costs. (His point about lettering and writing being two different beasts is valid as well.) $20 won't even pay for a single typeface, in most instances. And choice of font is EXTREMELY important.
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H.d.E. Apr 13
Replying to @ComicsOmen
It basically comes down to the skill set you're paying for. Experienced letterers have developed a set of judgement-based design skills, have learned the conventions that good comic book lettering must follow and know how to create the effects required to sell a page.
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H.d.E. Mar 26
Replying to @Peter_M_V @blambot
Speaking as a letterer who's seen his fair share of insane page layouts, we LOVE it when folks post stuff like this that shows the reader gets it!
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H.d.E. 16 Feb 19
Replying to @HdE_fontslinger
We've all heard stories about how some of the 'legends' in this industry could be brutal when offering critique. It's nothing to celebrate them for. And it's not a good thing to emulate. It's EMBARRASSING.
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H.d.E. 16 Feb 19
Replying to @HdE_fontslinger
There are NO excuses for some of the behaviour I've heard about recently. "If I'm not forceful, they'll never learn" doesn't fly. It's on the artist whether they improve or not. It's on YOU not to be a dick.
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H.d.E. 16 Feb 19
Hey, you artists who offer portfolio reviews or look over aspiring artists' work - here's a tip for you: BE NICE. I hear WAY too many stories about artists being unnecessarily rude and unpleasant in this setting. If you can't offer crit without stooping to that... don't.
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H.d.E. 22 Jan 19
Replying to @declanshalvey
I have a feeling I could name a similar set of names to the ones you're thinking of, Declan.
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H.d.E. 10 Jan 19
Gutted to hear about Ron Smith. By the sounds of it, he had a good, long innings. And he leaves behind a body of absolutely INCREDIBLE work. His take on Judge Dredd was something special.
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H.d.E. 1 Jan 19
RIGHT YOU LOT! At times during 2018, it may have appeared that I'd fallen into a pupating chrysalis-like state. But rest assured, I never went away. Got some cool stuff lined up to share in 2018. You all might want to keep an eye on my blog...
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H.d.E. 29 Dec 18
Replying to @HeatherAntos
I've killed a few PCs in my time. Wasn't playing games on 'em, though!
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