THE LETTERER OF THE DAY IS…HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU

Lettering is, without a doubt, an art form that isn't as appreciated as it should be. There are still solicitations, reviews, and comic book covers that fail to mention the letterer.


I admit, when I started reviewing comics for Comic Book Yeti at the beginning of this year, the subject I was least knowledgeable about was lettering. Having reviewed a number of comic books, read even more with a slightly sharper critical eye, and interviewed a number of creators, lettering is still the subject I know least about. BUT I do know more about lettering now than I did in January 2021 and that's due, in large part, to many of the amazing letterers working in the comic book industry today.


I thought, though, what better way to continue to learn about lettering than by interviewing said letterers themselves using a standard set of 15 questions for each and every interview. Without further ado, I present to you how I'm closing out my first year as a writer for Comic Book Yeti with the series "The Letterer of the Day is..." with another edition of this series every. Single. Day.

COMIC BOOK YETI: Hassan, thank you so much for joining me in the Yeti Cave. If you have any other jobs other than lettering, what is it you do?


HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU: Lettering is probably a solid 90% of my working time. I also edit PanelxPanel magazine, which takes up another 30-40% (bad maths joke). And trying to get Strip Panel Naked videos on comics storytelling out on a semi-regular basis is another couple of percent. But primarily it’s lettering and PanelxPanel magazine, both of which intersect probably fairly frequently!


Children of the Woods, Dark Horse Comics, Ciano/Hixson/Stevens/Otsmane-Elhaou