MFIWWCNPE #003: Women of letters

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One of my favourite links, this: 2000 AD Review – Annie Parkhouse & Ellie De Ville Interview.

It’s a wonderful interview from back in April 2005 with two letterers (the unsung heroes of the world of comics), who have some rather fascinating things to say about the ninth art, much of it unflattering.

Misogyny, health problems, pretentious writers, difficult artists, arsey editors, crappy money, agoraphobia and, um, kinesiology – it’s all in this interview. And their take on the shift from hand-lettering to DTP fonts is well worth reading by anyone with even the slightest of interests in such matters… Though letting letterers use computers seems a bit like handing Tantalos a step ladder and a bucket – surely we shouldn’t be making things this easy for them? Surely we want them to suffer with “failing eyesight, clawed fingers and bent back…no social life or interesting conversation”?

As something of a postscript, I’m saddened to discover veteran letterer Tom Frame died last summer. I didn’t realise, I’m very much out of the 2000AD loop. But a big shame nonetheless. ‘Tom Frame’ is just one of those phrases I’ll always associate with what comics gave me.

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