Prologue: Page 11This is how it works for the personifications of the fonts: They can be “born” looking any age, but they will all have the mental capacity of an adult, hence this young font’s already somewhat advanced vocabulary. A lot of the more adult-looking fonts, like Futura, are really uncomfortable with this…but really, almost ANYONE would be skeeved out with a 7-year-old with the vocab of an adult.
As we’ve seen in the past few pages, fonts can’t age at all — Futura and TNR look exactly the same after 80+ years — but they CAN alter minor things about their appearances, like their hair. Most fonts tend to keep their look the same over the years, but fashion-forward ones like Futura will adjust slightly to fit changing trends. Hence, she’s swapped out her 30s finger waves for a more modern shaved head.
Another thing that has changed since we last saw this space in the 30s: the medical technology at the League! They finally have modern beds, and — thank god — hospital gowns. No more shirtless font drawings for me, thank you.
The League had to update its rules once design-your-own-fonts programs became available, or else they would be more swamped with fonts than they already are. Hence Futura's comment about fonts now coming only from major design houses or typographers.
Next week: Futura grows even more uncomfortable with child-size fonts. Yay!
It's been a while since I read Chapel; just now reading LoF.
I already have next week's strip completely finished, so I know exactly what happens, but...no spoilers! So I guess I'll see you on Wednesday! :)
And I'm happy you like my hair! To be honest, I don't really have plans to try any other colors. Green has always been my favorite color, and I've had it green for almost 2 years now, so I honestly can't see myself trying anything else...
I'm not in college currently because of my illness, so I do still sew along with drawing!!
your logic is so impeccable....i love all of your clever ideas! amazing once again!
I'm so glad you like it!
Just curious, how far in advance do you draw out and color your comics? I've always wondered how webcomic authors manage their updating schedules...it takes real commitment to give us these pages as regularly as you do, and it's very much appreciated!
Back when I did Chapel, each page was a bit simpler, so I drew each one a couple days before it was due to update. However, since LoF pages are more complicated, I draw them in advance! The amount of "buffer" I have depends on how complex the pages are. Right now I'm drawing a page for 3 weeks from now, which is taking a bit longer than usual because it's complex, but I'm simultaneously drawing a page for a month from now!
I generally draw them in chunks, usually based on how long a particular scene is, so I can get everything consistent within that scene!