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Help with Fonts.
GracehFaceh at 3:19AM, July 21, 2009
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So I was originally using Arial font in my comics, mainly because it was readable and didn't seem to cartoony like Comic Sans. However, I read on a webcomic-help blog that Arial is one of the so called ugly Microsoft fonts. So I went to Blam Bot and downloaded Digital Strip font, despite thinking it looked too shouty before. I re-lettered an upcoming page, but I'm not sure which looks better- the orignal or the newly lettered page.

I'd like to know your opinion: Should I stick with Arial or go with Digital Strip? If the latter, should I go back and re-letter all my pages or should I focus on getting the next couple of pages done instead?

Here's the two finished products:

Ignore the art. It's not finished and needs A LOT of tweaking. =P
last edited on July 14, 2011 12:38PM
BlkKnight at 3:28AM, July 21, 2009
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Most comic fonts are all-caps. The digital strip font looks much better and just feels more comfortable.
That's “Dr. BlkKnight” to all of you.
last edited on July 14, 2011 11:26AM
BlueLink at 2:40PM, July 24, 2009
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joined: 10-25-2008
Arial font is bad, on a very minuscule level. It's very flat, but clean. Almost robotic, but there is nothing wrong with it. However, using different fonts can give a comic a big more energizing edge to it. It's very subtle but it does make a difference. Like giving a small spark of life to the comic.

So yes, your digital strip font is a little more interesting to read than arial.
last edited on July 14, 2011 11:29AM
deepcheese at 7:43PM, July 26, 2009
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Experiment with the different fonts. There are a lot of good fonts that aren't all in caps, look around for one that you like, and play around with it for a while. I use Mighty Zeo, but not exclusively. I get my fonts from - there's a really good selection there.

last edited on July 14, 2011 12:10PM
confusedsoul at 2:19AM, July 27, 2009
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joined: 1-9-2006
The Arila font is pretty impersonal, but the digital script gives it more of an action comic feel, which I guess is not what you're looking for. Try having another search around, although if you're feeling lazy then go with the digital script.
last edited on July 14, 2011 11:44AM

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