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OHMIGOSH is a series of 12 fonts inspired by the style of classic comic strip lettering. There are 3 widths–1, 2, 3–each with Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic. The direct inspiration for #3 was the strip Gil Thorp, from the days it was drawn by Frank McLaughlin (a classic frame at left). For a fresh perspective on the state of comic strip art, check out the blog Comic Curmudgeon! It’s given me a reason to laugh at the “funnies” again. Includes caps, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

MARKERMAN is yet another comic-book style font. Can be bolded or italicized effectively. Includes 5 useful cartoon symbols, gleaned from Mort Walker’s Lexicon of Comicana and ABC Etcetera: The Life & Times of the Roman Alphabet by A. & N. Humez. From left to right of the bottom row above: the squean (which might float around a drunken character’s head), the grawlix (a substitute for swearing), the jarn (ditto), a phosphene (for a character who’s “seeing stars”), and the quimp (another swear.) Have @#$%* fun! Version 4.0 includes an expanded character set with more punctuation, caps, numbers, punctuation, and international… continued

MAGIC CARPET is a calligraphic font with a lively, brush-like style, even vaguely exotic. It was inspired by the hand-painted titles (below) of the film Lust for Life (1956), a biography of Vincent Van Gogh, directed by Vincente Minnelli, art directed by Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peter and Preston Ames. Includes upper and lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

LAUGHTRACK is a set of 3 fonts in a quirky, cartoon style that says “funny”. Inspired by the work of Jerry Robinson, whose “True Classroom Flubs and Fluffs” was a highlight of the Sunday News comics section when I was a kid. Robinson also did a panel called “Still Life” in a similar humorous drawing and lettering style. Although he’s better known for his work in superhero comics, the “funnies” interest me more. His papers are archived at Syracuse University. Each font includes caps, lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

LAPIS LAZULI is a set of 3 calligraphic fonts. Inspired by a simple, elegant font called “Papyrus” in one of Dan X. Solo’s great font books, but unrelated to the familiar ITC font of the same name. Any additional information would be appreciated. In completely redrawing the font, I’ve regularized and expanded it and added 2 more weights, Demi and Bold. Each font includes caps, lower case, numbers, punctuation, and international characters.

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LA Marker and LA Crayon are big friendly handwriting fonts. They were inspired by the Apple Classic bitmap font “Los Angeles” which disappeared with the transition to TrueType fonts. Marker has a smooth edge, Crayon is rougher, suggestive of the original bitmap jagged edge. Includes caps, numbers, punctuation, numbers, and international characters.

KAELA was one of my early fonts and was “retired” a while back. After a couple requests and a major sighting, I’m bringing it back. Expanded character set, slightly heavier weight for better appearance on screen, and a few other improvements. Originally derived from the handwriting of one of my students. KAELA as seen in use in the opening credits of My Name is Earl, an NBC comedy starring Jason Lee. Includes upper- and lowercase, punctuation, numbers, and international characters.    

JJ STENCIL was inspired by the work of the great American Pop artist Jasper Johns. Perhaps best known for his flag and target series, Johns has also used the “found” look of stencils in many drawings and paintings, including “0-9” at left. My fonts were not made directly from Johns’ work, but from scans of my own similar stencil scratchings. There are four complete fonts, each with a different treatment of the letters. The fonts are designed to be mixed or layered or both. JJ STENCIL 3.0 now includes upper and lowercase. I finally found an appropriate lowercase stencil and… continued

JEST is bold and gestural, as if painted with a brush by a skilled signpainter. It was inspired by a “lost” analog font, Jet, available in the 1970s as dry-transfer lettering. The original had a white inline; in recreating the font I added Solid, Dotted, TwoTone, and Shadow varieties. And now the newest member of the family, Jest Rush, uses another signpainter’s trick to suggest urgency.

IMITATION is a free-spirited brush script, more a fashion statement than the work of a diligent signpainter. Imitation was inspired by the credits of two soapy Lana Turner films, Imitation of Life (1959) and Madame X (1963). They are credited to different art directors so I don’t know who originated the style. IMITATION includes many alternate characters so you can do an all-lowercase look that looks more hand-lettered, or choose from two sets of caps. VERSION 4.0 uses Opentype features to make these useful alternates easier to use, as well as an expanded character set and improved spacing and kerning…. continued

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