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August 29, 2008

Tough Love: Proofreading

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 12:23 pm

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Computer Lettering is Destroying Proper Usage As We Know It

We live in a fast-paced modern world, full of whirring machines that make everything faster and easier than it was in the old days. In the Old Days, all the lettering in comics had to be hand-written, using complicated pens and plastic strips and you had to be careful about using “FLICKER” or “CLINT” lest the cheap four color printing presses bleed the second and third letters together.

Today, we have COMPUTERS! You can FLICK that guy CLINT all you want, and use crazy Photoshop effects and letter a comic in mere minutes! But the personal touch is lost, which means there are a lot of typos. Typing is faster than hand-lettering, but more physically disconnected — you never hear about write-oes, do you? — but that should leave more time for copyediting, right?

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