“Handwriting is the closest thing to cartooning, I think. The best cartooning is like a very elaborate, highly personal calligraphy. The best comics are like love letters, emotional, personal notes written to an intimate other. That’s what I want. For my comics to be like love letters.”
Even when I was producing comics consistently, a decade ago, it was completely anachronistic to hand-letter one’s comics. “Escapo” came out in the late ’90s, and it’s a brilliant piece of work. Of course, the story resonated with me, but so did Pope’s assertion that comics should be personal. I’ve interpreted that to mean that the ideal is to create work that no one else can, in a manner that no one else can. Since comics is a visual medium, doing things in a distinct manner should extend all the way to the lettering, but rarely does.