COMIC BOOK YETI: If you have any other jobs other than lettering, what is it you do?

The Sandman, Vertigo, issue #48, Gaiman/Thompson/Locke/Vozzo/Klein

TODD KLEIN: In the past I’ve written comics (like Tales of the Green Lantern Corps and The Omega Men) and early on tried inking and coloring before settling on lettering as my main thing. Currently, I am mostly retired from lettering and I spend a lot of time researching and writing articles about comics and lettering for my blog. I’ve also co-authored a how-to book about lettering, now out of print, and am working on another book about lettering.

CBY: What are the comics that influenced you and made you want to work in comics?

TK: In the 1950s, I first discovered Batman and Superman comics and loved them. The Justice League of America was even better. In the early 1960s, I began reading Marvel comics like The Fantastic Four and The Amazing Spider-Man, and that turned me toward Marvel for a while, until I returned to reading DC with titles like Jack Kirby’s New Gods. I loved lots of comics, and tried to draw my own, but wasn’t very good at it, though I did enjoy tracing the logos. I didn’t even think of comics as a possible job until later.

CBY: What do you enjoy most about lettering?<