COMIC BOOK YETI: If you have any other jobs other than lettering, what is it you do?
DERON BENNETT: Lettering is probably what I’m best known for, but I suppose I wear quite a few different hats. I’m a writer, designer, editor, production artist, sometime illustrator, sometime colorist, and I also own and operate my lettering studio, AndWorld Design.
CBY: Well, that is more than a few hats. What are the comics that influenced you and made you want to work in comics?
DB: The books that absolutely changed the trajectory of my career were Milestone Comics. Before releasing that line, I was really only interested in becoming an animator. However, when I discovered books like Static, Icon, Blood Syndicate, and Hardware, I realized the power of telling stories through comics.
These were books featuring characters that looked like me in an accessible format. Accessible in terms of monetary cost; accessible in terms of translating complex plots into pictures and words; accessible in terms of availability. It did for me artistically what hip hop did for me musically. Comics instantly became something I could identify with and use to express myself to the world. Flash forward to today, and I’m working in the very same medium on the very same titles that inspired me.
CBY: That’s fantastic! What do you enjoy most about lettering?<