Comic Talk, Tips and Tricks

Hand Write or Type?
harleydane999 at 1:36AM, April 28, 2007
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I cannot decide wheather to hand write my text bubbles like I have been doing, or type them up on the computer when I scan the comic in.
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:45PM
Aurora Moon at 3:40AM, April 28, 2007
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sometimes handwriting is nice, but for the most part typing them in on the pc is usually better.

because usually most people who handwrite it in ends up having an comic that's very HARD to read.
after all, not everyone has perfect and clear handwriting…
I'm on hitatus while I redo one of my webcomics. Be sure to check it out when I'n done! :)
last edited on July 14, 2011 11:10AM
reconjsh at 9:14AM, April 28, 2007
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In your comic NecroLupus, you are currently handwriting. I think if fits the style. A computer text might look out of place, I think.

So, it depends on the art whether you should computer or hand write things… but for you, I'd suggest handwriting. It matches in your comics.

You could always experiement a few times and post the versions here for further suggestions.


last edited on July 14, 2011 3:02PM
harleydane999 at 11:01AM, April 28, 2007
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Thank you so much for your help ^_^
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:45PM
ladybloodskull at 5:52PM, April 28, 2007
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I you like the handwritten look there are a lot of fonts that have a handwritting look. These can be easier to use than actually hand writing your text especially when it turns out you made a spelling goof or forgot a word. They only problem with the “hand written” computer text is that it's kindda obvious that it's a computer font since all the letters are the same. The best thing to do is try them both out and pick which one you like and works the best for you.

If your computer doesn't have handwritten fonts or ones you like you can try this site has a lot of fonts on it and the best part is that they're all free and they work for Macs and PCs.

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last edited on July 14, 2011 1:27PM
glenfx at 2:51AM, May 25, 2007
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One big question you should ask yourself is:

Do you think its better to spend a good deal of time fiddling with the text to make it readable and then carefully inking it…
…or go with the same/better result that you can easily fix and adjust in the computer, and spend much more time doing the art rather than the text?

Text is time consuming, and is a nightmare if you have lots of it.

Id recomend doing it in the computer.

You can also find lots of comic fonts in
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:37PM
ledpusha at 9:03AM, May 25, 2007
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I say type it due to tons of fonts that you can use. has tons of comic fonts for free for comics.
last edited on July 14, 2011 1:30PM
dueeast at 11:38AM, May 25, 2007
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I struggled with this for the first two whole books of Due East. Text is time-consuming! It's especially time consuming when you're doing you're very best to make it legible and dark enough to be read when scanned (I don't ink – anybody want a job? j/k!) and yet, it still was probably the area of the comic most open to justifiable criticism.

Starting with Book Three, I'm experimenting with a nice computer font. If it's well-received, that's the way we'll go from now on. It sure saves me a lot of time!
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joeychips at 4:41AM, May 27, 2007
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The handwriting in your comic totally fits and adds alot of spirit to your characters. You probably want to make sure that the word balloons never (or rarely) touch the letters though. Keep up the good work.
Joe Chiappetta
last edited on July 14, 2011 1:10PM
danthemancartoons at 9:07AM, May 27, 2007
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Quite alot of computer handwriting just plain doesn't fit with the art; usually the line thinkness is completely different.
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:05PM

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