Comic Art Reduction

For professional artists of non-digital, physical media for printed publication, production art size is critical. Most like working at least twice the size of publication, creating highly-detailed finished products. Others prefer working as close to publication size as possible. Learn more

Alex Toth vs. Steve Rude

Steve Rude pencilled a Jonny Quest story in 1986. Rude faxed his work-in-progress to Alex Toth for advice. Toth, who worked on the 1964 animated series, responded with this hand-written critique. Copies circulated among professionals for years. Learn more


Ames Lettering Guide

The Ames Lettering Guide is widely recognized as the original lettering guide; its design hasn't changed since its invention in 1917. Used for drawing lettering guidelines, this drafting tool features both metric and fractional calibrations. Even in the digital font age (or perhaps in spite of it) the Ames Guide is still the standard tool for lettering professional comic books. Learn more

Lettering Comics by Hand

Lettering an important part of comics. Beyond just telling you who's speaking, word balloon placement can affect storytelling, page readability, expression, and determine horizontal order of drawn characters. This is why most artists prefer full scripts instead of the "Marvel Method". If done well, most even notice your undercover genius. Learn more