Typographic Comic.

rfenwick's picture

Hey, I do a weekly comic published here in the foggy wonderland that is Halifax, Nova Scotia, and thought you guys might appreciate it. It's almost purely typographic, hand-drawn, and there are at least three people who like it alot. So let's make it upwards of five, and I'll have achieved everything I have eveer set out to do, and can go hibernate or something.

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Anyways, I hope you like it. I've lurked here for a long time (love the forum widget) so it's nice to *participate*.

Ray Fenwick

dezcom's picture

Looks good Ray!


Stephen Coles's picture

I've added Ray's comic to our repository of "Serifs by Hand" and I dare say his work is one of the finest examples. Imperfect and delightful.

sim's picture

Really good work and well done hand-drawn Ray.

Is it a newspaper, magazine or a book? Which size has it?


rfenwick's picture

It is published in a "The Coast", which is an alternative weekly newspaper here.

Norbert Florendo's picture

They're terrific Ray!
It is so good to see hand-work at that scale and level.
The beauty is in varying letterforms, hand-penned, not "perfect" or sterile... the viewer is reminded that EACH CHARACTER was crafted and like snowflakes none are identical.

A good reminder that we needn't be so font dependent all the time.
Can somebody tell me what font was used for the Coca-Cola script? ;-)

engelhardt's picture

Quite lovely and amusing. But I regret to say my doppleganger must think the opposite and have a stronger opinion of it, to boot. :)

Miss Tiffany's picture

Ray, your work is amazing. If I could doodle a quarter of what you can draw and letter I'd be a happy person.

dave bailey's picture

Yes, beautiful work Ray!!

dezcom's picture

"Can somebody tell me what font was used for the Coca-Cola script? ;-)"

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William Berkson's picture

Humane, literate and charming. Rare qualities. Congratulations!

Zara Evens's picture

Ray, your work is beautiful and inspiring – I always look forward to your posts on Flickr.

karmachameleon's picture

Simply beautiful. I won't say more. Great work.

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Chris Rugen's picture

Nice! I love it when comics and typography/design merge. I need to peruse these at length this weekend. Keep it up and welcome to Typophile (participation).

fredo's picture

Possible commercial idea: Imagine some Typophile t-shirts in this style. Wouldn't that be nice?


dezcom's picture

"Possible commercial idea: Imagine some Typophile t-shirts in this style. Wouldn’t that be nice?"

I've been trying to prod Typophile back into the T-shirt business but have not been hearing any responses. This would be another good reason to pursue it.


fredo's picture

Yes Chris! This could be Your mission, this could be Your very own Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam!


dezcom's picture

"Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam!"

Yup, that too:-)


antiphrasis's picture

Totally off-topic: for those who have sold t-shirts before, do you happen to know the ratio of t-shirt sizes people get? E.g. 25% S, 40% M, 25% L, 10% XL. Thanks!

Dan Weaver's picture

Are you a genius? Yes No Explain. Brilliant

dezcom's picture

Are you referring to Cato the Elder? Fredo's Latin remark was quoted from Cato who ended every speech with it. (Carthage must be destroyed)
I think Fredo was saying that I should end every post with "Put Typophile back into the T-shirt business"
My knowledge of Latin is suspect though.


hrant's picture

I love faux type. Amazing stuff, man.


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