Dirk Maximus
a monster murder mystery
by Sean Carner

Fontastic (2018-04-21)

I don’t recall if I’ve mentioned this here before, but I created the font that I use for dialog in the comic. I drew out all the characters and then uploaded them all to a website that has a computerized tracing function to convert those drawings into a usable font format. It has worked pretty well for comic dialog so far.

But there were always problems. The font was not usable at larger sizes. As you can see in the image above, the details got all soft in the old font when the computer traced it. The ends tapered off too much, and lines that were meant to visually overlap instead became unrelated shapes. There was also another issue where the bottoms of characters were sometimes getting cut off.

So to fix this, I recently went through and manually redrew the characters in a font-suitable format. It’s a time-consuming and sometimes grueling task, but I had been putting it off for a long time. They now look much better!

I will still have to go back sometime to fix some kerning issues, but in the meantime I’ve already started using the new font. Look for upcoming pages to no longer have a copyright symbol that gets cut off on the bottom!