If like me you're putting together your own small-press comic book from start to finish, or perhaps you want to work as a professional comic book letterer, this is a book you NEED.
All you need is a copy of Adobe Illustrator and this book and you'll never be stuck again on a lettering problem. And even if you were, Starkings and Roshell will help you personally through their website's 'ASK Mr. FONTASTIC' service.
Comic Book Lettering: The Comicraft Way covers literally everything, including creating different types of balloons, balloon placement, lettering style, choosing fonts, creating sound effects, signage and how to place it in perspective, and how to create your own fonts, to name but a few.
It's put together in an incredibly well-designed comic-book style format, and the amazing design skills of the Comicraft guys means they've been able to pack an unbelievable amount of tips, tricks, techniques, and examples into what you would expect to have been a much larger book to accomodate the quantity and quality of advice contained in this treasure trove.
Richard Starkings and John Roshell are more than ably assisted by such comic book luminaries as Jeph Loeb, Kurt Busiek, Brian Bolland, Ian Churchill, Tim Sale, Ladronn, and Mike Wieringo, and at under ten dollars this is the how-to bargain of the millenium.
I can't recommend it highly enough. Buy it!