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What fonts do you use?
Wark_Ento at 11:39AM, Aug. 6, 2007
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I started out using Comic Sans, but someone complained. In my opinion it really isn't that big a deal, so I would've continued using it on purpose just to piss that particular person off. But then I found some good fonts. Now I use Anime Ace 2.0 (very popular in the free-font world, actually), a variety of stereotypical computerAI fonts (motherboard, android, mars police) and some real random ones (Chinese takeaway, shoguns clan, cocaine sans, feast of flesh, etc.) I also use some of the ones that my compy came with, like Badaboom.
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zero rose at 10:34PM, Aug. 11, 2007
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I use Mouthbreather for non-human characters, Anime Ace for human characters, WizardSpeak for spells, and Barbed Ink for other characters. ^_^ I love fonts…
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BlastAsteroid at 12:27PM, Aug. 12, 2007
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Ooh Ooh! - I got one no one's said yet. I use Whizbang for my word balloons and then a variety of fonts for sound effects. Sometimes I draw sound effects too. Whatever I'm in the mood for or what looks good.
Shawn: \m/ RAWK * !

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Eunice P at 3:28AM, Aug. 13, 2007
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I use a mix of fonts. But for standard wise, I use Letter-O-matic from Blambot for ordinary speech.
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Neilsama at 1:26AM, Aug. 14, 2007
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I use the font Digital Strip. I used to use Comic Sans, but I've since gone back through my archive and purged it from every page.

I don't think Comic Sans should be “banned”, but it is a pretty stupid font to use in particular contexts. And especially for webcomics. One of the biggest problems I had with it is that it becomes unreadable below a certain resolution. I mean, it's ridiculous. I had to really abbreviate a lot of my dialogue, because it just wouldn't fit at a size that was readable.
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herio at 9:29PM, Aug. 14, 2007
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Marker felt its a mid way between Comic Sans and Anime Ace I got it from some free font sight i like it

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usedbooks at 7:31AM, Aug. 16, 2007
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I finally found a new font that fits my comic better, legible at small sizes, and has lowercase letters. Anyway, now I'm using Steel City Comic font.
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crazyninny at 7:36PM, Aug. 21, 2007
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Since I'm a screw job, I actually us differnt fonts for each of my characters. @_@ Lucky for me, some of them get killed off.
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Disgruntledrm at 2:28AM, Aug. 24, 2007
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I went through about 20 fonts, starting with my own hand-writing…which was a bad idea, because I've had to actually go to a writing therapy class (yeah, that's how bad my hand-writing is. And the class didn't help one bit. Eventually they gave up and gave me a laptop to use in class…but that's another drawn-out story.)

But I finally found the perfect font for my style, especially my main comic…Dying to Live. And it's Casket Breath from Blambot. Really, it's the perfect font for my comics.
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Ninja Krow at 1:22AM, Aug. 27, 2007
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I hate Comic Sans yet I used it in my crappy comic becuase i was too lasy to go out to to get my new favorite(s) I downloaded the entire free font list and plan on buying a few of the more intresting ones.

What I really want is All Capital letters with a smaller version of the letters for lower case so that you can see the diffrance of the Cases but still get a capital character.

I've also been working with Feast of Flesh for Titles to practice skills for future Comic Projects. I praying I can atleast Format pages and Bubble and letter up pages for a colab project in the near future.

Till then I'm working with a few fonts. I may pick one appart and make it like I mentioned above with the case issues.

All and All I really Like “Feast of Flesh”, “Evil Genius”, and “Anime Ace 2” For lettering practice and “BadaBoom” and “BLAM BLAM” for SoundFX.

Secial Case Feast of Flesh. Mostly Cobbeling togather Titles/LOGOs.
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bongotezz at 2:29PM, Aug. 27, 2007
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i'm using pig iron bold. it has a nice comic look to it and no one has complained that they can't read it.
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Zippo Prower at 10:16AM, Sept. 2, 2007
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I prefer tahoma, but sometimes I use other fonts.

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AQua_ng at 3:26AM, Sept. 3, 2007
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Anime Ace, it's stellar.

K.A.L.A-dan! Brigade Captain :D
K.A.L.A.-dan forums!
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yadiel at 7:34AM, Sept. 3, 2007
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=D I was lucky to join DD, I've found so many usefull things, and now this thread, well, I know this forum is basically to say wich font are we useing, but I would like to hear some suggestions as to wich would be the best option for this:

I was never convinced when I used astonished, but I couldn't come up with something better.

Also …well I was convinced to stop useing comic sans, so do you think anime ace would be a good option for my webmanga?

Finally, there are some times when you want to show some voice effects with fonts, currently I'm stuck at three of this.
A voice that sounds with some kind of echo (If you visist my manga, is for the sphere thing Adjamir)
There are others, but it would be to much for this post, I'll wait until I really need them.

<— by the way crits are more than welcome =D
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emilin_rose at 3:05PM, Sept. 4, 2007
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moonstar for titles. it's all like pretty and stuff.
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yadiel at 3:36PM, Sept. 9, 2007
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Think I found a nice font, it's all in uppercase, but capitals are actually bigger, anyway, it's comicbook, have anyone used it before?
<— by the way crits are more than welcome =D
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Insanity at 6:47PM, Sept. 15, 2007
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I use Marker Felt, Most of the Time.

I feel a little bit like Hitler right now, too.
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phillip_the_tortoise at 4:46PM, Sept. 16, 2007
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Kid Kosmic for me YAY!

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SarahN at 6:38PM, Sept. 16, 2007
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Aren't font names FUN??!!
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Fenn at 4:18AM, Sept. 29, 2007
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Aren't font names FUN??!!
Yes, they are!

I've used Pig Iron, but I think I'll stick with Anime Ace now. And Badaboom for FX stuff. I may use other fonts for other things like creepy monster dudes and suchlike.
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kyupol at 3:25PM, Sept. 29, 2007
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Verdana or Arial or Copperplate Gothic - Normal talk
Addict or Bloodgutter - for the “creepy voice”

I sometimes use Chiller or Bearpaw for SCREEEAAAMMMIINNNGGG!!!!!


Courier - for stuff like “somewhere in x place”


My favorite font is Bearpaw. Good for slashing, fast speeds, and hit effects. I use “Badaboom” (dled off blambot) for explosions or some hit effects.

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Frostflowers at 7:22AM, Oct. 15, 2007
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I've recently switched over to Comic Sans (though that's in the pages I haven't posted yet), but before that, I used Bitstream Vera Sans. BVS didn't feel right after a while, but I used it in the beginning because I know many people dislike Comic Sans.

However, Comic Sans looks better on my more recent pages, so…. People who dislike it can choose not to read the comic. *shrugs* At least CS is readable - I've come across comics that used fonts that were so strange that they were impossible to read.

I use Papyrus for those narrative text-boxes, though.
The Continued Misadventures of Bonebird - a poor bird's quest for the ever-elusive and delicious apples.
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Rutger at 9:04AM, Oct. 15, 2007
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I generally use Comic Book for the diealogue. For most sound effects I use Winter In Gotham. I've used Badaboom for the Sunday Special, and I think there's some random fonts for one or two effects scattered about the comic.

I got most my fonts at

K.A.L.A.-dan! rutGAR desu!
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Otamie at 12:01AM, Oct. 18, 2007
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i use NOW (started yesterday XD) anime ace, couse my readers (which are also very profound comic artist) told me that comic sans looks boring and amateurish, so i am switching to anime ace, you might think that it doesn't mather but you should change a comic page of yours from comic sans (if you use it) to anime ace, you'll see the difference
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CharleyHorse at 9:11AM, Oct. 18, 2007
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Like Neilsama I also use Digital Strip. In my case I use it for its legibility and because it comes closest to my own printing when I'm motivated to take my time, and so to me, it just looks right.

I might also use fonts for special effects in the future, but at the moment I am still creating those by hand.
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Darwin at 1:28PM, Oct. 18, 2007
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I use Comic Sans MS for my dialogue…and have probably made more of a pariah of myself by insisting on using typical English stylings (IE Uppercase only for the beginning of a sentence etc.). The reason I do that is because I can make emphasis easier with that single word being capitalized than trying to bold or make a larger font out of the emphasis word.

Buuuuuuttt….I have been experimenting with other font styles and have been shoping both “Blambot” and “Acid Fonts” for alternatives to the norm. In FFW I've been using Papyrus for Cabe when he is thinking, or doing internal narration. I'm still experimenting with Sound Effects, and the font depends upon how I want it to look.

I'm open for changing my dialogue, but haven't seen a font that I really want to try as yet…HEH.

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Lemniskate at 10:43AM, Oct. 20, 2007
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I like Blambots KidCosmic and DigitalStrip.

For everything which has much german in it or things I've once lettered by hand I use either Arial or ComicSans, although I'm not a big Comic Sans fan…

I'd like to create a font based on my handwriting, any free programs you know?
 VaƄmyz umoj.
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blntmaker at 10:22AM, Oct. 23, 2007
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I don't think Comic Sans should be “banned”, but it is a pretty stupid font to use in particular contexts. And especially for webcomics. One of the biggest problems I had with it is that it becomes unreadable below a certain resolution. I mean, it's ridiculous. I had to really abbreviate a lot of my dialogue, because it just wouldn't fit at a size that was readable.

You know, if someone here at DD would have stepped to me with this explanation about COMIC SANS, I'd have more respect for them as a person and professional.

Thanks for your input in this forum…and everyone else's for that matter. I'm currently looking for a new font that fits the personality of my comics. I started with Arial for the same reasons USED BOOKS mentioned - It's just good to read at any size. I now use Comic Sans (dialogue) and Anime Ace (narration]. I'll test out a few fonts, but I'm realizing from DD that you cannot please all the people all of the time and it just basically comes down to what's tasteful and readable.

Thanks again everyone :).
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Memmy at 7:57PM, Oct. 23, 2007
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I'm a font addict.

I love using variety of fonts for diffrent purpose so I dont really have a single favorite. However, I do use whatever font is readable for the dialogue and the rest is decorative for titles or whatever.
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okamimako at 8:21PM, Oct. 23, 2007
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….I use Rockwell, which none of you may know. Since I use GIMP, which has no font affects, I use a font that has its font affected variations as other fonts…

It's a horrible excuse, really, but I had another comic where I had another program to do my text in, and it was a bugger. So I just do it all in GIMP…
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