Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Font Edition
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"Are we going to see President Dog again before November 8th?" -Sara
He will probably make an appearance sometime between then and now. I don't think he can afford not to! I've been reading a lot of articles about the election, and he doesn't appear to be polling very well.
"How did you handle getting/choosing/using fonts for your comic? From what I understand, font choices are a concern for a cartoonist (beyond aesthetics) because some have costs, and some are free, and some have licensing agreements/fees you need to handle. What would you recommend for someone looking to get into webcomics?" -ND
The dialogue font used in my comic is actually a custom-made one, built by a helpful reader using samples of my own writing! My primary style concern at the time was maintaining consitency with older Sam and Fuzzy comics, which were all hand-lettered.
There are a lot of good fonts out there! Unless you're really picky or looking for something really particular, you probably don't need to resort to licensing a pay font... especially if you are just starting out. Blambot -- one of the more popular professional comic font creators -- has a number of fonts that they make freely available to all independent comics, even if those comics are generating revenue. And in the event your work ever gets picked up by a big publisher... well, if that happens, you'll probably be able to afford the licensing fee!
"What did Garcia in Sin's Gambit do to be turned into a monitor?" -CJ
The cockiest decision any comic character could make... he dared to position himself in a panel in need of a punchline.
That's a wrap for this week, team! See you on Monday!