Prologue: Page 6
And that's the last page of our inaugural 6-page update. Welcome to the League of Fonts, you guys! I'm so happy you're here, and I hope you'll stick around to read more of my wacky new webcomic about fonts. You can go to the cast page at the top of this site to learn a little bit more about Times New Roman and Futura. (Don't worry, this is the only time you'll ever have to see TNR shirtless. Which is good, because drawing that ONCE was quite enough for me, thank you).

From now on, each update will be only 1 page long. I wish I could post one of these monster 6 page updates every week, but these things take forever to draw, you guys. I'd have to draw in my sleep to be able to post so frequently! Or I could, you know, make my pages less complicated. But I'm a perfectionist, sooooo... that's probably not happening.

So anyway, next week on The League of Fonts: a page that is, actually, not about fonts at all. Oops. Tune in on Wednesday!
34 Comments, click to add yours
ah, born an old man. i can relate.
Misha 3/7/19 reply
I absolutely love this comic so far - you've developed a simply stunning concept, and I can't wait to see more of it! It feels good to look at a website that's so nicely done. The art and the colors are exquisite, the details are drawn to near perfection, and your style is so unique - I can safely say that I haven't seen one quite like it! (It took me a while to read the 6 pages, actually, because the art itself is so breathtaking.)

Also, I've been reading your Chapel comic for a while now, and have been checking in periodically to see if you updated. I'm thrilled about this new series, and I'm so glad you're better so you can share your amazing personality and your talents with us!
Lily 1/24/16 reply
Oh my gosh, thank you so much! I really carefully designed all the aspects of the website myself, so I'm really glad it makes a nice clean space for you to read my comic in. And beyond the website, your praise of my art means SO much to me, especially that you said I have a unique style! I don't really consider myself to have a style, beyond the way I do colors and how obsessive I am about details, so honestly...this really makes my day to read!

Thank you so much for your kind words. And I'm super happy you crossed over from Chapel and are still enjoying my new work!! :)
 Emma  1/25/16 reply
Having read many, many, many(!) graphic novels, manga, web comics and such, not many things catch my eye immediately and make me want more. Usually, I have to get a good 10 or so pages in before the spark of interest fires. Your work is one of those that had me from the first drawn line. From the premise to the characters, this is something that has an amazing amount of potential, and I can't wait to see what happens.
El Lurkr de Lank 1/21/16 reply
Oh my goodness - this is such a WONDERFUL compliment, this really made my day to read! I've really worked hard to try and make this comic as good as I can, and it makes me so happy to think I might've accomplished that in some small way. I'm so honored it's resonated with you so far, and I hope you'll enjoy what happens next! Thank you so much for your lovely comment :)
 Emma  1/21/16 reply
this is so incredible, emma! i absolutely adore this idea and i can't even imagine how you came up with it! you're awesome, as always! p.s.: i'm so, so happy you're feeling better. sending so much love your way!
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 1/21/16 reply
Aaaah thank you SO MUCH! I'm so, so happy that some of the original Chapel readers are crossing over to read League, I hope you'll continue enjoying it too! And I'm feeling way better, especially now that I can have comics online for people to enjoy again! :)
 Emma  1/21/16 reply
This is so awesome! You've taken huge steps forward as a cartoonist here. I'm really looking forward to reading more.
Barry Deutsch 1/21/16 reply
Thank you SO much, Barry! I'm so flattered - I've really been working hard on this and I'm so happy it's paid off. :)
 Emma  1/21/16 reply
Sorry about the double post. I just realized Times New Roman is my go-to font for journal entries and most writing in general. I just realized that. Will font SIZE actually be dealt with too?
Andy 1/20/16 reply
No worries about double commenting, many people used to do it on Chapel because they knew my policy of responding to every single comment! ;)

Font size won't be dealt with, because each font is drawn at a standard size and then just scaled up and down for people on computers. The only element of font size that is important in the story is the differing "heights" of various fonts - some have letterforms that are much taller, while others are more squat. This is, you'll see, reflected somewhat in their personifications.
 Emma  1/20/16 reply
Very cool. And I continue to learn.

What about other elements such as italicizing and bold. Will that play any part? This whole idea of living fonts is just so neat. There's so much you can do with it. Can't wait to see where it goes.
Andy 1/20/16 reply
Yes, that'll come in somewhat! I'm so glad you're as excited for the idea as I am! :)
 Emma  1/25/16 reply
Wonderful, unique, creative, and original. I LOVE this. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing work. I have to figure out how to subscribe to this page.
Andy 1/20/16 reply
If you click on the "Links" page up ahead, there's an RSS feed you can subscribe to! I was under the impression nobody used RSS anymore, but various people requested it. I'll also be posting a reminder on Facebook each time there is a new update, so you can be reminded there if that works!
 Emma  1/20/16 reply
is it bad that i think tnr is hot
sid 1/20/16 reply
1/21/16 reply
Oh my god
 Emma  1/20/16 reply
1/23/16 reply
Okay, this Prologue compelled me to check out some info on the fonts shown and I was pleased to see that in the Real World, Futura does predate Times New Roman, if only by 4 years (1927 vs. 1931). With a name like Futura, it's just a little surprising it was almost 90 years old, but hey, they looked to the future back then too.

Now, if you haven't filled out the entire Cast of Characters, may I suggest a couple of "my favorites that aren't everybody else's favorites": the big blocky sans Eurostile, the pseudo-monocase of mary-tyler-moore fame Peignot and (if the League needs a librarian, the perfect candidate) Bookman (but remember, there's a serious difference between the Microsoft-supported Bookman Old Style and the 1970s' ubiquitously decorative Bookman Swash). You can tell I'm going to be following this closely and enjoying every page.
Craig L 1/20/16 reply
Yes! I was very careful to make sure that the font shown in this intro scene predated TNR, which is one of the reasons I picked Futura. (If you look at the "Cast" page up above, you can see that I've listed the creation dates for each character that has been introduced so far).

I've already scripted the entire run of this comic - the script is over 200 pages right now - so I already know who the main cast of characters are! Most of the main characters are more popular fonts simply because I wanted viewers to be able to recognize them more easily, but there's a big cast of side characters that use less popular fonts! Bookman is already one of those, actually, but I'll keep Peignot and Eurostile in mind for smaller background characters! I love the idea of Peignot being a librarian, actually, so if she crops up one day it'll be in that capacity for sure!

I'm so happy to hear you've been enjoying this so far, and that you seemingly get as much enjoyment from geeking out over fonts as I do. :)
 Emma  1/20/16 reply
Oh, I've just realized I misread your comment completely - you were suggesting Bookman be the librarian, not Peignot! Which makes much more sense, since that play on words IS really perfect!
 Emma  1/20/16 reply
Amazinnnngggg!!!! Everything is wonderfully detailed and your commentary is excellent. Also, I'm really digging the cliffs out the window on this page.
Grace 1/20/16 reply
Oh my gosh, thank you! I always wonder if people read my commentaries fully...but I hope they do, because I explain a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff in them! And I'm glad you like the cliffs, they were fun to draw.
 Emma  1/20/16 reply
Campaign: Give TNR a shirt 1931
But this is so good! I'm so hyped! Your website is so good and I'm not going to shut up about this ever!
Charlie 1/20/16 reply
You'll be happy to know TNR has a shirt for the entire rest of the comic, haha! He wouldn't have it any other way.
 Emma  1/20/16 reply
campaign: keep all shirts away from tnr as long as possible 2k16
sid 1/20/16 reply
No...I don't want to draw him shirtless ever again...once was bad enough...
 Emma  1/25/16 reply
EMMA!!!! AAHHHHHH!!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S HAPPENING!!!! OMG!!! This pages were such a good start to the comic, I can't wait for updates!! :D
Lotti 1/20/16 reply
I'm so glad you thought it was a good start!! I was hoping this opening chapter would pique people's interest for the rest of the comic :)
 Emma  1/20/16 reply this where Arial is from?? I remember drawing him for SS in 2014 ;V; i'm so glad we get to read about them all now yay
Rex 1/19/16 reply
YES but: no spoilers!!! I don't want to give away anyone's designs...although I'm sure people will guess :)
 Emma  1/19/16 reply
emma i can't believe it oh my god, its all up & running, we get to see your perfect wonderful little storybrain children in all their glory. this is iNCREDIBLE and i am going to be glued to these updates, i cannot wait!! aaaaah
matty 1/19/16 reply
Thank you so much Matty!!! I'm so excited to share this with everyone aah!
 Emma  1/19/16 reply
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