Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Digital, Thrillbent | 11 Comments

Insufferable Week Four is now up at Thrillbent.  Check it out, tell your friends.  By now, it should be becoming obvious that one of the creative decisions Peter Krause and I made about the series is a veritable gift to our letterer, Troy Peteri–because we didn’t want either Nocturnus or Galahad to be “the right one” or “the wrong one” regarding their feud, we elected to forego thought balloons and captions so you can’t get inside their heads.  Bonus for Troy: LOTS OF SILENT PANELS.

Which is kind of a shame, ’cause Troy is PHENOMENALLY talented (and a great guy to boot, universally loved among the Thrillbent crew, and even I can’t make THAT claim), and his work is always a joy to behold. Beginning letterers, pay attention to how Troy’s balloon placements help lead the eye around the page where it’s supposed to go. Look closely at the fonts he chooses and notice how easy they are to read while, at the same time, communicating a subtle tone for the overall series.  He works in Adobe Illustrator to produce a set of .eps files, colorist Nolan Woodard works in Adobe Photoshop to turn Pete’s black-and-white scans into colored .tiffs, and every week I marry the two sets of files into what you read on the screen, in a process that takes maybe five minutes because I’m working with seasoned pros. If you’ve got any questions about lettering for Troy, post them here and I’ll see if I can cajole some answers from him. I bet I can.

11 Comments

  1. Karl Kesel
    May 23, 2012

    Another great episode, Team Thrillbent. I figured the only thing that could bring these two characters back together would be something to do with the wife/mother, and as we all know: fans love to be proved right!

    One question: Are you really your own production guy on Insufferable, Mark? If so: cool! I do the same compositing-together on Section Zero, I just figured you had “people” (possibly named “Lori”) to do that sort of stuff.

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  2. D.J. Coffman
    May 23, 2012

    My question is… why have two different file types at all these days? Photoshop has vector lettering and shapes that could be used? We put all the lettered layers for our comics in a layer group. Technically you could have a faster workflow if the letterer just grabbed the finished art files from a shared dropbox account. Is there a reason for still using two separate programs? I’d like to hear why.

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  3. Mike
    May 23, 2012

    I was hoping to talk about this on the forum (very exciting things happening right now) but for several days now the registration process has been broken (at least for me anyway). I never get the email with my password. I couldn’t find any links to customer support to report the error, so I’m reporting it here. Appologies in advance if I’m missing something obvious.

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    • Lori
      May 24, 2012

      Yikes! Will take a look.

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    • lori
      May 29, 2012

      Hi, could you please send me an email and let me know what happens when you try to register? Thanks! info@thrillbent.com

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      • Mike
        May 29, 2012

        Just spotted your message. Prepping an email right now.

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  4. Will Parish
    May 24, 2012

    Insufferable Free for download…where? i know i”m not the sharpest knife in the drawer but…how do i go about downloading? i checked Comixology and no luck there and i didn’t see anything on the Thrillbent site itself. Guess i could use some help, thanks!

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    • Kevin Collins
      May 24, 2012

      There’s a link underneath each comic to download it in CBZ or PDF format. CBZ can be used by many different comic reader programs, or can be opened with Winrar. PDF will open with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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  5. Jeff Winstead
    May 24, 2012

    I don’t find the Photoshop vector drawing tools to be as versatile as Illustrator’s myself, D.J.–but perhaps I just don’t have a feel for them. Either way, one could still bring the AI file into the PSD and composite that way, so I’d also be interested to know the pros and cons. You’re right about dropbox; all kinda awesome for sharing files.

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  6. Scott Story
    May 24, 2012

    I settled on doing all my lettering in Photoshop. Initially this was because I didn’t own Illustrator. I do all the psd work at 600 dpi, so I’ve never noticed any problem. I’ve not tried lettering in Manga Studio.

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  7. SKleefeld
    May 24, 2012

    Thought/suggestion about the RSS feed. It’s tied to the blog. And in the blog, you’ve been announcing Thrillbent updates with a link to Thrillbent.com. But the Thrillbent home page doesn’t display the latest comic, it just displays a link to the latest comic. Which means someone using a feed reader opens your latest update, clicks over to the Thrillbent site, then clicks again to get the latest story installment.

    With the multiple “page” story updates, users won’t be able to read the whole thing within the context of their feed readers, and they’ll have to come to the site regardless. So why not send them directly to the latest update? Either by linking to it in your blog (perhaps in addition to the home page link you’re doing now) or tying the story updates themselves to the RSS feed. That way, the feed readers would also display a visual teaser/preview to further entice people into the story. The same thinking could be applied to the Google+ and Facebook updates as well.

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