Comic strip speech bubble fonts

chimerical's picture

For speech bubbles, do all comics artists use fonts specially based on their handwriting? Or do they carefully write each letter?

fontplayer's picture

Blambot and Comicraft make those kinds of fonts.
There is also a great freeware set with lots of variations called .
Komika by Wolfbain and Apostrophe. I made something this morning using a couple (attached)

I took the photo on Melrose or Hollyweird Blvd.

Mark Simonson's picture

Many use fonts nowadays, sometimes custom made to match their own lettering style. Some artists still do it by hand. I think the hand lettered ones tend to look better, but it takes more skill and time to do it that way.

Paul Cutler's picture

Comic book artists have designed quite a few fonts by now. ComicCraft which was mentioned has some very nice ones.

Coop comes to mind.

peace

dezcom's picture

My daughter is in the process of doing some fonts from her graphic novels. She makes different fonts for different characters in her books. Now, she just hand letters them but rewrites and edits are a pain--so is copyfitting.

ChrisL

david h's picture

> For speech bubbles, do all comics artists use fonts

No. Both

> specially based on their handwriting?

No.

> Or do they carefully write each letter?

The gang: drawing, inking, lettering

fontplayer's picture

Btw, I bought the Blambot Pro set(see attached) back when I was buying fonts just to play with them. And it is a joy to use. Webletterer Pro looks like a nice one too.


I wanted to make this a series, but couldn't think of anything clever to follow up with. The cleverness of this one may escape you, but it makes me laugh.
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fontplayer's picture

I just saw this nice set (four fonts for $30) in the MyFonts newsletter.

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