Prologue: Page 12As we saw a bit of last week, Futura is REALLY bad with kids. And her jokes still fall flat across all of the age spectrum.
Her two font attendants finally get names, and a bit of dialogue! The tall one with the mustache is Goudy Old Style, and the short ginger one is Copperplate Gothic. When I was originally designing the first Fonternity Ward scene, I was just gonna include two nameless fonts, but I thought that wouldn’t be as fun. The reason I picked Goudy and Copperplate is because they were created by the same typographer, Frederic W. Goudy, prior to 1931 (so it wouldn’t be a historical anomaly to have them present in the first scene).
Goudy Old Style’s letters are less squat and, to my eyes, more elegant than Copperplate Gothic’s letterforms, hence the height difference of their personifications. And Copperplate’s copper-toned color scheme is, well, a bit self-explanatory.
Besides that, there’s some pretty important information on this page. You guys probably thought the fountain pen in this website’s header was just to reflect the idea of fonts - and it is, somewhat - but it’s also an actual object in the comic.
Keep up the good work!
I'm so happy you think the comic is clever! I hope you'll check in tomorrow for this week's new page.
It's curious how Times went on to become the most common font, along with (rolls eyes) Helvetica, and several other 20th century fonts became so common.
I know I've seen that font-kid's font before, but can't place it. -- I like the "gender-neutral" bit, but English makes that difficult: they? one? ... just not, hey you, and surely never, it. -- But I'd argue that a font is for saying anything, even if they're cussing. :) (Despite how I try to avoid that.)
I was surprised how much sympathy I was getting for shy Louis Pepping.
LOL, Comic Sans -- Yeah, it gets a bad rep, but most "regular people" (non-designers) jump to use it. They might use something else if they had a choice, but they do use it.
I'm looking forward to what's next. :) Great comic!
The kid font is my (poor imitation of) Passero One, so you're probably right that you've seen it!
I'm glad you like Louis so far, I was hoping people would be sympathetic to him...and it's true, Comic Sans is still used by a lot of people!
I hope you check back in on Wednesday for the next page, since there's a new one every week! :)
Also - I'm loving "Fonternity Ward"... I hope I don't go into nursing and accidentally say that.