I’ve always wanted to hand letter my own comics. And I wanted to letter them on the original artwork because I believe it to be an integral part of the art of a comic book page. And I still believe it. It’s something I will apply to certain special projects like ELMER, which I will continue to letter by hand, on the original pages.
A time came early during the making of Humanis Rex! that I realized because of certain technicalities, I have had start lettering it on the computer, using a free comics font. The free font is nice, but I felt like it was out of place in my art. I wanted to have a font of my own, derived from my own lettering. I thought that would be very cool. It would make, at least from my point of view, a cohesive whole.
For a long time I just considered the idea, not really doing anything about it. With the ending of Humanis Rex and the compilation of it in the works, plus other projects coming in like Amazing Dr. Rizal and Mico & Jec-Jec, I thought I’d better get serious about creating that font.
My first attempt was, quite literally, a disaster. You can see the results here. I resolved to spend an entire day just studying how to do it properly, and create the font right. And I think I may have done it.
I didn’t find the process difficult to understand, but the work was exhausting and quite tedious. Actually, it was tedious as hell. No wonder these things are expensive. But looking at the results, I think it’s worth it, and I’m quite happy with it. It’s not slick and perfect, which is exactly what I wanted. That’s how my lettering really is, if I really spend time on it.
I’ve already begun using it in my daily online comics strip. And speaking of that, I’ve begun a series of strips where I talk about my experience with “sleep paralysis”, a strange occurrence that afflicts me quite often.
Once again, thanks very much to Joe of Forbidden Planet, who features The Marvelous Adventures of the Amazing Dr. Rizal this time around. I feel very grateful, but I also feel a bit embarrassed because I won’t be able to share the story with readers outside the Philippines in a more complete form until a compilation is made, which won’t be for quite a while. I began doing Humanis Rex for Fudge Magazine in March or April of 2005, and the 60-page compilation will be out only in October 2007. Based on that, a Rizal compilation most likely won’t be out until 2009. Nevertheless, thanks very much to Joe, Kenny, and everyone at Forbidden Planet for their continued support!