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    Default Q: Good fonts for dialogue?

    Other than comic sans, which other ones do you guys use?

    I'm starting my second comic and I wanted to try new things

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    Dont use comic sans, all designers and letterers and people in general despise it, even though I personally have nothing at all against it as Im not a pretentious typographer who throws an uproar over a font.

    check out blambot, they have loads of free fonts designed for dialogue.

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    my two favorites are smackattack and unmasked both are available for free from blambot and other font sites. Do a google search for comic fonts and you'll almost certainly find one that strikes y'fancy.
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    I use ACME Secret Agent from Blambot. It's free, and looks professional. Comic sans doesn't really look like something to be used in a comic. It always reminds me of Crayola, or a something to be associated with a little kid's drawing.

    http://www.blambot.com/font_acmesa.shtml
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    Quote Originally Posted by de Sosa View Post
    Dont use comic sans, all designers and letterers and people in general despise it, even though I personally have nothing at all against it as Im not a pretentious typographer who throws an uproar over a font.
    Ahem. It's nothing to do with being pretentious -- Comic Sans is badly kerned font and was thrown together in a hurry to meet a perceived need within Microsoft as they were developing Office.

    It's also entirely unsuitable for lettering comics, not least because it only has the "crossbar" version of the capital I, use of which is reserved for the pronoun "I" in comic lettering, such as in the example below:



    With so many free fonts available from Blambot alone, there really isn't an excuse for using something as ugly and inappropriate as Comic Sans. I'd second Rob's recommendation for Unmasked as a good (free) starting point.

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