Welcome again to the annual ComicBook.com Golden Situation Awards. Yearly, the workers at ComicBook takes a glance again on the yr and selects the perfect of what comics, films, tv, anime, video games, and the remainder of popular culture needed to supply. 2020 was a tough yr in lots of respects, and sadly, the comics trade felt the squeeze of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and the worldwide financial affect that spun out of it. That didn’t cease some actually exceptional work popping out of the American comics trade final yr, although, and we’re right here right this moment to rejoice our decide for the yr’s prime letterer. Letterers are generally the unsung heroes in comics, bringing the ideas and phrases of our favourite characters to life, in addition to serving to to form the worlds they dwell in, with stylized fonts, sound results, and different particulars not often paid consideration to by many readers. In newer years, expertise like letterers, colorists, and editors have lastly begun to get some love from followers and critics, however they nonetheless deserve a lot extra.
And the winner of the 2020 ComicBook.com Golden Situation Award for Finest Letterer is…
Clayton Cowles is an Eisner- and Ringo-nominated letterer, who graduated from the Joe Kubert Faculty in 2009 and has been lettering comedian books ever since. Throughout the course of his profession, Cowles has lettered quite a few company comics, in addition to creator-owned books like Bitch Planet, Bitter Root, Die, Moonstruck, Redlands, The Depraved + The Divine, and plenty of extra.
You’ve in all probability learn a few of Cowles’ work at Marvel Comics, the place he has labored on comics like Batman, X-Males, and Daredevil. In 2020, he additionally lettered Adventureman and Bitter Root. Bitter Root, particularly, is a extremely stylized e book, with the tone and elegance of the artwork gelling fantastically with Cowles’s work and serving to to create a formidable general package deal, and probably the greatest books of 2020 general.
Cowles additionally made some appearances within the digital-first comics market this yr as a part of the Superman: The Man of Tomorrow anthology title, which featured the work of dozens of creators. That wasn’t his solely DC work this yr, as he not solely put phrases within the mouth of the Man of Metal but additionally of the Darkish Knight and his group of associates and allies in Batman and the Outsiders.
Congratulations not solely to Cowles, who has constantly been probably the greatest and most distinctive letterers in comics for years now however to the stiff competitors on this class this yr, which incorporates previous winners and dynamic creators whose work speaks for itself with or with out one other award to honor it.
- Aditya Bidikar (John Constantine: Hellblazer)
- Clayton Cowles (Daredevil) — WINNER
- Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (First Knife)
- Jim Campbell (The Plot)
- Simon Bowland (The Dreaming)