I tend to find it distracting. Plus, do you need to? You shouldn’t. The art should be conveying tone where syntax isn’t. Having different fonts for all characters is kinda like purple prose - yeah, if you can work it, do it, but most likely you”re gonna leave people scratching their heads and wondering what you were thinking. That doesn’t mean don’t try! But, the question was how I felt about it, and the answer is “pretty frowny”.
So how do you guys feel about using different fonts for different characters in comics? I mean, I can see the appeal! It can be fun to individualize the font to each character: some get a slightly silly one, some get a fast scribbly one, etc.; like seeing a character’s handwriting! At the same time, I can see how it’d get annoying fast, seeing a million fonts on the page all at once.
What do you guys think?
- plaidfluff answered: In my “Unity” comics I’ve used fonts to indicate different accents, and colors to indicate languages. It wasn’t a good idea.
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- spacekayce answered: I personally think it can just get annoying. I can see why it would SEEM like a good idea but in practice is best saved for special reasons.
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- andworldbuildingtoo answered: I use different fonts for all main characters and even for extras if i feel generuous. Though, i prefer not to use too fancy fonts.
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- zekedms answered: There are always exceptions, but normally it’s…yeah. Unless you’re Deadpool or The Devil in Dinosaur Comics, no special fonts for you.
- docvalentine answered: i agree in a general sense, i think a different font should only be used if someones voice is really weird, like for inhuman characters
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- alliartist answered: I like to use different texts if the word or phrase is said in a different way. Like a flowery text for a cutesy phrase, or thin for anger.
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- summoningdark answered: It’s entirely distracting. Characterization should happen through the dialogue, not the font.
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- despicableplankton answered: Trust me on this: It is a pain in the ass to have to change the font every other word-bubble.
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