Peter Bagge interviewed at The Comics Journal:
I very much followed Crumb’s example with Weirdo, where he
made the letters pages part of the art. It was very careful designed and
carefully edited to be as entertaining as possible. He lettered the
letters pages by hand, and so I did the same thing. But once I started
doing Neat Stuff and then Hate then I had to do
type-set, because doing that by hand was insane. He actually got the
idea of doing the letters pages by hand from Punk magazine. .... Punk magazine was the only magazine I know of that was
almost entirely hand-lettered, which a lot of people forget, and that
was something that Crumb loved—that they would hand letter the letter
sections—so he mimicked that with Weirdo. And then Dan Clowes used to do that with Eightball.
I would say that along with a lot of what Robert Crumb did, I think
nobody made a better package using the comic book format than Clowes. He
very carefully pieced it together, he would even hand-letter the
indicia, and hand-letter and hand-design back-issues ads. .... So what would normally be all be filler and house ads, he did all
by hand and made a piece of artwork out of it. And like his
hand-lettered his letters sections, they always looked beautiful. And
they ware entertaining.
There is a persistent prejudice against typesetting in the comics world: an assumption that hand-lettering is always more expressive. I don't share this prejudice.
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