I’ve been thinking a lot about the people involved in making a comic book and what sort of jobs go into completing one. I caught up again with Joe Caramagna and asked him a few questions about lettering. Caramagna is a very prolific letterer and storyteller, currently working on several projects for Marvel, he explained that,
What’s served me best as a letterer so far are my storytelling instincts. I’ve been writing all my life and went to school to be a comic book artist where I learned a lot about telling stories through art. You definitely have to have some design sense and a “good eye.” There’s a common misconception that anybody can become a letterer because it’s mostly done digitally with pre-made fonts, but it actually takes a lot of training and practice. And I don’t know any letterers who aren’t artists in their own right – it’s rare to find someone who’s never had formal art and design training working as a professional letterer.