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    Video of Charles Pritchett Lettering "Dixon's Notch"

    Earlier today, my collaborator and letterer Charles Pritchett went on Ustream and did some lettering on a project of mine, "Dixon's Notch."  I'll have more information on this in the future, but here's a sneak peek at the book, and a great letterer at work, in case you've ever been curious how it's done. Oh yeah, the pencils are by Doug Hills, who drew "King Pete".

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    So glad you posted this. Saw it on Twitter, but life got in the way and I couldn't watch it live. The sheer volume of cutting pasting and dragging would drive me nuts, so kudos, Charles. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

    Small process question if I may: Did y'all figure out the word balloon size/ placement after the page breakdowns or before? I've always been fascinated with the issue of how much text can fit on page comfortably. It varies with every project to be sure, but is there a general rule of thumb of which I'm unaware?

    February 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaveCarr

    Oliver Quinn? Congratulations!...on being a dumbass. Puts you right up there with Kevin "father of Harley Quinn" Smith.

    February 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHurm

    I'm gonna delete this comment shortly, but I'm hoping I leave this up here long enough for the poster, who of course remained anonymous, to read it and know that he is a giant asshole. You want to talk about me, fine. I put all my stuff up on the web, and am a target for that. Great. You want to talk about my son, who was in the NICU at the time you posted this, then that makes you human scum. I don't give a flying fuck what you think of his name, and I hope you enjoy your spiteful joyless life slightly more than a lubeless enema. Fuck off and die you magnificent cockhole.

    February 26, 2010 | Registered CommenterJosh Flanagan

    My advice? Leave the post here.

    Erasing evidence of the poster's public douchebaggery is doing him a favor, anonymous post or no.

    Glad Oliver (a fine name, I hasten to add) is doing well.


    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEric Trautmann

    Wow. There are some serious morons. It's always nice to see when the classy people come out to post comments, kind of gives me a warm fuzzy feeling about humanity. But, seriously fuck that douchebag. Congratulations on your son and I hope he's doing okay.

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

    Just say the word, Josh, and we'll get the ifanboy community on his ass.

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

    I agree with Eric. Leave the scumbags comment up.
    Congrats on the birth of your son. From one geek to another, I'm sure you are going to make a great dad. I wish your family well and hope you get to take him home soon.

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOptimusgene

    1.)none of his business
    2.)It's a "normal" name. It's not "blanket" or something
    3.)This is how we(people) name our young. it's not abnormal. either we name them after an important historical figures, or from our religions, or family, or even fictional characters. What about that makes us a "dumbass"
    4.) I'm so sick of the big mouth anonymous types!

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ.K.Woodward

    I think your kid has an outrageously cool name that speaks to his Irish roots. I didn't even make the comic connection. You guys have so much joy ahead of you, wish I could be there to bask in it.

    Have fun!

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTad Stones

    Congratulations on the birth of your boy. Oliver is fortunate to have a great Dad. I'm sorry you had to defend your son so soon, but this is such an incredible time and seems so fleeting when you look back on it. So I pray that one insignificant prick doesn't tarnish the time for you and your family.

    I met you once at the San Diego airport after Comic-Con in 2007 since the gate for NYC was next to the one for DC. You all were cool enough to talk to me for a bit even after such an exhausting time at the con.

    Enjoy and treasure the coming weeks with your newly expanded family.

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Oracle

    First off - Oliver Quinn is a badass name

    Second - who really goes by middle names? Mine is Ryan - I hate it. Ergo - Oliver is a bad ass name.

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStray

    Assholes, Assholes everywhere and not a right-cross to spare.
    My three kids, Dylan Thomas Hussey (as in Bob Dylan, The Who album Tommy and subsequently a Welsh drunk, er...uh I mean poet) daughter, Eliza Jane Hussey (as in Audry Hepburn's charachter in "My Fair Lady" and both Jane Austen [says the Wife] and Tarzan's Girlfriend [says I]) and of course my youngest son Jacob Elwood Hussey (as in The Blues Brothers, my absolute favorite movie). Now, are my children named in honor of these things? Not Necessarily. We just thought they were good names and those are the trivial places our brains plucked them from.
    We know not your motivations for naming your son, but you came up with a fine, good name and God bless yah for it. Oliver Quinn Flanagan is the name of a winner, A WINNER I TELLS YEH!

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralfred

    First of all: Congrats! I was following you on Twitter, and commiserating every step of the way.

    Second: Brilliant name choice, we were searching for "O" names for our son and I completely missed "Oliver". (We ended up with Orion.)

    Third: General anonymous comment troll = douchebag and should generally be ignored. When some twerp who has never had the terror of watching their newborn in the NICU throws around comments that were old 10 years ago, the only recourse is to unleash the iFanboy Army!

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdezrah

    @josh... congrats sir....@hurm...i hope you break yourneck trying to suck your own dick sir..

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdrake rivera

    Man, did this guy know who he was dealing with? Wow, an ass and stupid (a bad combination).

    Oliver Quinn are wonderful names. If I had a boy, I might have used these myself. (In fact I'm quite certain both were on our list.)

    Josh, you hang in there. Make sure Conor is picking up your comics (Conor, get Josh his comics, please), and don't feel shy about asking for help from your friends and family. The hardest part of being a parent is right now. As time goes on it gets a little easier, and a little easier, et cetera. That's my main piece of advice.

    And to "Hurm" (the anonymous poster)...take a minute to think about what putting more shit in the world does to us all, and to yourself. In the end it just makes things that much worse for yourself.

    "Hurm" you can undo some of the damage here by taking a minute and posting some kind of simple apology. (Can you imagine the kind of stress a dad with a new kid in the hospital is dealing with, and how much a post such as your is just simply wrong?)

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff (PowerDad)


    That's what dad-rage feels like hunh?

    Anyway, how about that lettering?!

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

    Letterwhowhatnow?...Oh...A completely unprovoked attack on a post not having anything to do with children... Hurm is now officially a bad person.

    Also, project looks interesting...I really enjoyed King Pete too...

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralfred

    "Hurm," if you're reading Josh's blog, chances are you are a fan. It seems unlikely that you stumbled upon Josh's blog by accident during the same weekend that his son was being born.

    I have a hard time, then, understanding why you would post a comment like this on a blog that is written by a person whose writing you enjoy.

    Or, is it that you found this blog because you were googling "Dixon's Notch" or Charles Pritchett, or a variety of other comics industry professionals, and then somehow stumbled onto the news of Josh's newborn son, whose name you don't agree with?

    If that is the case, then is it your purpose to rate the names of newborns? Do you search the Internet everyday, finding news of newborn children's names, so that you might bestow upon them the "thumbs up" or "thumbs down?" Thumbs down, I assume, grants you a "dumbass" or similar moniker.

    I don't remember anyone being appointed the position of Name Rater, but thank God that you are here, sir. Now I will never be in doubt over whether or not someone's name is appropriate or not. I might think it, but you put it on the Internet (which I guess makes it official).

    And, good on you, for not checking to see how the newborn was actually doing. You just found out his name and completely skipped over the entire "NICU" chapter of the story (perhaps you thought it said "NCIS" and were confused as to why the child was on repeats on the USA Network).

    I can only assume you're off somewhere else, doing research on other babies born recently. You're probably compiling your list of names, giving them their appropriate ratings, and then finding the parent's blog so that you might declare the name a fail or a win.

    If I might give some advice, perhaps consider using more descriptive words to brand the parents. "Dumbass" doesn't really mean all that much in today's world.

    I'm guessing when you said "dumbass," you meant someone who really put no thought into what words they were using. Who had no regard for the feelings of others. Who probably said something trying to be funny, only to find out no one's laughing.

    How about Douchebagasaurus Rex. Why don't you try that one on?

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

    Congrats on your baby boy. Good to hear that hes doing fine. Oliver Quinn is a great name. Then rewards of being a father have just begone. I wish the best for you and you family. Take care man. And o yeah Fuck Hurm !!

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter@sanchezgoeswest

    Fantastic name & great way of dealing with the douchebag. I wish you luck in you future, and I'll continue to watch & read your reviews! May also have to pay more attention to this blog, as what you're doing is reeaally cool! :)

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWatchingPreacher

    Congrats on the kid, Josh! Oliver Quinn is an awesome name. Just like "hurm" could have been a cool username. Too bad someone had to go and tarnish the latter.

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

    Watching the lettering is pretty cool. It took me a bit before I recognized that it's Adobe Illustrator, which brings back fond memories from when I use to support the program many, many years ago for the Graphic Design students in the School of Fine Arts at Indiana University.

    It cracked me up a little when I saw TweetDeck appear in the video. (Got to check those tweets!)

    This really drives home how computers have had such a big impact on the comic creation process. I'm not sure which part has seen the bigger benefit: Lettering or Coloring. Actually, the fact that files can be emailed probably is one of the most fundamental changes, since I'm assuming this has really increase turn around time between the different steps in the process.

    Okay, back to the video, I just wanted to express some thoughts.

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff (PowerDad)

    Don't let people like that get to you. They do just to get a reaction.

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

    first - ive never seen lettering in action before - that was pretty cool, and definately cant be done by just anyone.

    second (and far more important) - josh - you picked great names for your son. and im convinced that they arent random names either. just ignore that tool and love your wife and son, that's all that really matters. and if this guy ever comes up to you on the street with the nerve to admit who he is - then punch him in the face and step on his balls so that no one will ever be able to say anything about his kids.

    February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoe

    GOLLY GOSH, but I love hating hate!...

    February 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteralfred

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