On a Print I Want

Two random facts.

  1. I’m fascinated by the legends of King Arthur
  2. I have very precise handwriting

I should point out that I cannot write in cursive; I’ve actually forgotten how to do so. I print everything. And it’s precise in its precision.

Suffice it to say, when I read a comic, I notice lettering. There are letterers that I really like, and there are letterers that I really don’t.

Among the letterers whose work I really enjoy is Todd Klein. I also enjoy reading Klein’s blog, where he talks about lettering, demolishes Comic Sans, and discusses the art of logo creation, among other things.

About six weeks ago, Klein began a series of posts about a print he created, “Drawing the Sword.” Working with artist J.H. Williams III (currently drawing Detective Comics for DC Comics), Klein created a print that retold part of Le Morte d’Arthur, specifically the story of the pulling of the sword from the stone, and he described the creative process, from his influences in the Arthurian legend to his lettering style.

The print of “Drawing the Sword” measured 11″ x 17″, and it was signed and numbered, all for twenty dollars plus shipping.

Naturally, I wanted it. It’s King Arthur. It’s unique. It’s beautiful. I told myself that when I got paid for the Star Trek article, I would place an order.

Well, I got paid. I’ve placed my order.

I think this is going to look awesome in my stairwell “gallery” alongside the Jim Cauty Gandalf poster or Wrigley Field.

Color me content. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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