COMIC BOOK YETI: Thank you so much for joining me in the Yeti Cave, Matt. If you have any other jobs other than lettering, what is it you do?
MATT KROTZER: I also have a part-time job gathering online grocery orders for our local grocery store. Freelancing can get very isolated, so it’s really great to get that connection to the local community, while also providing an essential service.
CBY: That’s really cool. What are the comics that influenced you and made you want to work in comics?
MK: The comics that really hooked me as a kid were A Death in the Family followed by a Lonely Place of Dying. It really drew me into the Bat-universe, and formed a permanent bond with the Tim Drake character. The 1992 DC [Comic] Cards were also a big influence in my young mind. Those were what got me drawing my own comic characters for the first time.
CBY: I loved those DC and Marvel trading cards. I recently re-discovered in my basement that I have a complete set of the Marvel 1991 cards. What do you enjoy most about lettering?
MK: The problem-solving aspect of it is a lot of fun. Figuring out the best way to place the balloons to suit the flow of the story, emphasize impactful moments and dialogue, and not intrude on the art can be a beautiful balancing act, and when you get it just right, it’s amazing.
I also like being the first person to see the finished comic,