If you can’t already tell, the founders of this website grew up on “old-fashioned” comics… That’s why when you visit IMJ, you get a comic-booky, pop culture feel.
One of the things I have always enjoyed about comic books– the lettering. I know the difference between good lettering and bad and how important a letterer’s talent is to the overall feel of a project. This may shock you (coming from a writer) but I feel, after the art– lettering (and the proficiency of the letterer) is the second most important thing about any comic book. It doesn’t matter what I– or any other writer puts down on paper– if the letterer botches the job in translation.
Which brings me to Todd Klein.
Todd is, first and foremost, a fantastic person. Intelligent and talented, he possesses the ability to design and letter books with emotion and expertise like few others ever have. He also has an unparalleled ability to design logos– especially comic book logos we all have enjoyed for years (even if we never knew who created them).
What’s great about Todd– while he started “old school”, he saw the dialogue and captions on the page moving to computers… And rather than deny the change, he embraced it. You can read all about these times and many other current doings on his website and his blog– where he can often be found talking about subjects as diverse as birding (bird watching) to writing a few current comic book reviews. You can even buy limited edition prints that Todd has created with such artistic luminaries as Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Alex Ross, J.H. Williams III, Mark Buckingham, Bill Willingham, Shawn McManus, Steve Rude… And even a Lettering Sampler from the Master himself.
Todd’s website is a treasure trove of information that you can spend days on– and you should.
I leave you with this logo from Todd’s Hand-Lettered Favorites page. In an industry where computer-assisted letterers can’t seem to be bothered to spell-check dialogue (I read two major releases with misspelled words just this week), is there any denying the awesome talent that is– and always will be– Todd Klein?
Remember, the logos below were all meticulously hand-lettered by Todd himself: