Blambot Fonts
Free (Indie Comics) - $40

NATE PIEKOS graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Design from Rhode Island College in 1998. Since founding, he has created some of the industry's most popular fonts and has used them to letter comic books for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Oni Press and Dark Horse Comics as well as dozens of independent publishers. In 2001 he became type designer to Harvey Award Winner, Mike "Madman" Allred, and has had his designs licensed by such companies as Microsoft, Six Flags Amusement Parks, New Yorker Magazine, The Gap, and many more. Nate's work has not only been utilized in comics, but in video games, on television, and in feature films as well.

In 2010, Nate was awarded the annual Rhode Island College Alumni Honor Roll Award for success in the field of design, as nominated by the college Art Department.

When not designing, Nate does cardio and lifts weights six days a week, reads voraciously, writes and illustrates webcomics, and is a dedicated musician. He's married and lives in New England.


  Comicraft Fonts
Price: $29 - $395

Annual New Year's Day Sale: $20.11*
(*the price of the font is equal to the year)

Purveyors of Unique Design and Fine Lettering since 1992, the award-winning Comicraft studio is best known for pioneering the use of the computer in the art of comic book lettering.

Co-founders Richard Starkings and John Roshell's work has been published in millions of comic books and magazines, and they've been the recipients of just about every comic book industry award for both lettering and design.

The Comicraft font library is fast approaching 250 families, with new releases every month. Sign up for their e-mail newsletter to receive lettering tips and tricks, notice of new fonts and periodic sale offers.


  Adobe Illustrator
Price: $199 upgrade - $599

Adobe® Illustrator® software helps you create distinctive vector artwork for any project. Take advantage of the precision and power of sophisticated drawing tools, expressive natural brushes, and a host of time-savers.

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Price: $199 upgrade - $499

Graphic design software for striking visual communication

Put the power of CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X5 behind your ideas and make a bold impact across any media. This versatile graphic design software has it all—vector illustration, page layout, photo editing, tracing, Web graphics and animation in one tightly integrated suite. Get ready to do more than you thought possible!

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  Manga Studio
Price: $49 - $299

The Professional Solution for Creating Manga and Comics!

Manga Studio EX 4.0, the world's leading comic and manga creation software, delivers powerful cutting edge drawing and coloring tools, making it essential for professional comic and manga artists.

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Price: Free

An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.

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Price: Ebay $39 & up


Use FreeHand MX for creative design, storyboarding, document production, and editing with an unparalleled set of creative design tools. Easily repurpose your designs for print, the Internet, or Adobe Flash.

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