I’ve had some time on my hands between projects which allowed me to finally start designing some new fonts for myself. Metrics and kerning are no fun at all but I do like the design process itself.
Widget is based on Scott’s hand writing. I originally intended it to be used as a dialog font for the next Atomic Robo series until he suggested I design one based on my own. I’ve designed fonts in the past based on my hand lettering but never really liked or used them much. So, determined, I sat down with a pen and some graph paper and wrote out what became Automatica.
It took a little while to get used to it at first, but after lettering a few pages it started to look more…natural to me. Less like my handwriting and more like a comic font if that makes sense. I made alternate characters for Widget and Automatica as well, mostly to satisfy my own OCD since I’m convinced the casual comic book reader (and most editors for that matter) neither notice nor care about the subtle differences.
Two other fonts in the works are Sp’lurgh! and Brothers Gothic. Both are in various stages of completion since I’ve been designing the characters as I go.
I attended the New York Comic Con this past weekend. It was a fleshy blur of katanas, kilts, He-Man swords and slave Leias. I had a good time meeting some new people and hanging out with friends who were in town for the weekend. I missed the Fringe panel on Sunday due to overall con fatigue but I did get a chance to gawk at my new celebrity crush Jasika Nicole as she walked by on her way to a cast signing.