I’m pretty excited about how I’m handling the SFX in The Happy Samurais.  Obviously with a Rock ‘n’ Roll comic, sound plays a HUGE part of things.  I spent a long time checking out how other people had handled sound/music in comics.  I took the best of those elements, added in a few of my own ideas and came up with something pretty different and cool.  It’s a complicated process, but the first step is hand-lettering the SFX (rather than go with a digital font).  I think it’s gonna come out pretty cool, but the great Nate Piekos of Blambot (who I respect a great deal) told me he doesn’t care for a mix of traditional and digital lettering.  That if the SFX are hand-lettered, the balloons ought to be as well or he feels it stands out like a sore thumb and takes him out of the story. Definitely something to keep an eye on as I go forward.

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