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

Detective Comics Annual, DC Comics, issue #3, Tomasi/Kumar/Fajardo Jr/Napolitano

TOM NAPOLITANO: Full time letterer, which includes a lot of graphic design and production duties. Then I’m a part time colorer for Tales of the Night Watchmen and, with the same team, colored backup stories in Savage Dragon #259-261. I also do some comic artwork.

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

TN: There were always comics in my house, a lot of digest Archie Comics and MAD Magazine, which my mom loves to collect. And then a great deal of kids comics based on tv shows I watched like Count Duckula and when the show was on I’d get a bunch of the The Batman Adventures comics based on BTAS. And from a very young age I liked to draw and write stories and made a lot of comics just for myself and forced my parents to read. But I don’t remember going to comic book stores often until I was a teenager, hanging out in the store as my friends battled in Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments. That’s around the time I picked up Batman: Hush, I think specifically #609 with Batman, Catwoman and Poison Ivy on the cover. That’s when I got the collector bug and bought a ton of Batman back issues. But it was also the first time I really paid attention to story credits and realized the amount of people that work on each issue and it got me thinking that there’s a lot of jobs in comics and I could be one of the names. Funny enough, seeing Nick J. Napolitano’s name in all the books, as VP of something or other, really p