Sunday, April 29, 2018


I think I have a problem -- I actually shelled out money for some Comicraft fonts. Mind you, they're for my own personal entertainment; I do a lot of nutty graphic design stuff in my spare time, so they'll be put to good use -- but part of the reason I did it was to spruce up the old blog a bit more. And of course I could never pay full price for Comicraft offerings, but they happened to run a "Spring Cleaning" sale recently with a 50% off coupon, so I picked up a few of their lower-priced goodies to put me in the mind of late-nineties Marvel, when every comic in the publisher’s stable was lettered by Comicraft.

Thus the "Table of Contents" icon over at right has been updated. Here's a larger version, making use of Comicraft's "Stand by 4 Action" (a mainstay of their AVENGERS and THUNDERBOLTS books circa 1996 - 2000ish) and "Monster Mash":

I've also created new headers for some of the pages which previously lacked them, specifically COLLECTED EDITIONS, EDITORIALS & MISCELLANEA, and X-MEN COLLECTIONS:

The third of these utilizes both the X-Men logo I recreated a while back, as well as Comicraft's "To Be Continued" font, which, again, was very heavily used on X-book covers twenty or so years ago. (Seriously, it's hard to go even a month in the late nineties without seeing this font on at least one cover from that line!) The rest of the fonts used in these headers are freebies from various spots around the web, including Blambot.

Lastly, most of my pages dedicates to reviews of various series have their own logos, borrowed whenever possible from those series -- but my COMIC STRIP REVIEWS and MANGA REVIEWS (which combines separate pages that previously existed for GUNDAM: THE ORIGIN and GUNSMITH CATS, plus THE BIG O, which somehow never got a page after last year's reviews) forego individual series logos, so they also get spiffy new headers, again using freebies from Blambot, plus the one pay font I purchased from them a while back, "Might Makes Right":

Why do I do this? Well, obviously to make the place look nice. It's sort of become an outlet for me. I've long had an interest in graphic design, and while it's nowhere near my chosen profession, it is a pretty major hobby, dating back to the days I've mentioned several times before, when I ran a MARVEL SUPER HEROES roleplaying game in middle school, high school, and college. I would often try to create "issue covers" for the various adventures in which my players engaged, and part of that was coming up with (hand-drawn) versions of the various Marvel mastheads of the time.

Nowadays I still like to do that sort of thing, even if I don't really have any reason for it -- and while I never had any desktop publishing type software -- way too expensive for a hobby -- the advent of the iPad and relatively inexpensive apps that do a lot of the same stuff have made this kind of thing way more fun and accessible to me than it ever was before.

So here we are. Hopefully all this stuff looks as nice to readers as it does to me, but as always, I welcome feedback and opinions on the designs.

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