The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering


By Nate Piekos
Foreword by Tom Orzechowski
Published by Image Comics
$16.99 · 256 Pages · Full Color
8.5" x 10.875" Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-5343-1995-0

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R ingo and Eagle award winning letterer and founder of—Nate Piekos—shares his insight into the world of comic book lettering in The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering.

Piekos provides readers with the most in-depth tips and techniques ever published on the subject of digital comic book lettering in this exhaustive guide. He covers everything from creating lettering templates, emotive dialogue, and dynamic sound effects to developing design skills and building a lettering career in the comic industry.

"For years I've posted lettering tips and design theory on social media, and one of the most frequently asked follow-up questions I receive is, 'Have you ever thought about writing a book about this?'" said Piekos. "Since well-executed lettering is an often overlooked part of the comics reading experience, very few people realize just how much graphic design skill is required to do the job well. I felt like it was past time to write an exhaustive guide on the art of digital comic book lettering for all those who are interested. It's a 'deep dive' on the subject that aspiring letterers have been craving."

Piekos has provided lettering and design for virtually every major publisher: Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Oni Press, and more. His fonts also appear in video games, movies, advertising, and product packaging. Microsoft, Six Flags Amusement Parks, Charles Schulz & Associates, New Yorker Magazine, The Gap, Penguin Random House, and Sony, are just a few mega-corporations that have licensed designs from

Debuted as the #1 New Release in Amazon's How to Create Comics category

Winner of the 2021 Broken Frontier Award for Best Book About Comics

This is...exactly what anyone wanting to know about digital comics lettering needs to get started, and everyone already doing so will find plenty of helpful information here to make their work faster and better.

- Todd Klein, Eisner-winning Letterer

It's the best $16 I ever spent. A must-have resource for anyone who wants to make or edit comics.

- Shelly Bond, Editor - DC's Vertigo & Off Register Press

There is no doubt that this will be the ‘Bible’ for comic book lettering for years to come.


...if you want to learn about comic book lettering, this is a must get.


The Essential Guide to Comic Book Lettering is the lesson at school with your favorite teacher.


...good guides on lettering are still scarce. Nate Piekos and Blambot are going to fill that gap.


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