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A Rumination On Memory As Triggered By A Webcomic About A Typeface

Where to start, where-oh-where? How about: Wizard (online), running an interview with Shortpacked creator David Willis.

Next up: Wapsi Square, where we get a bit more insight into Tina the Mysterious Barrista(s) (she did refer to herself as we, which I find interesting). Gotta say, Tina being the equivalent of Monica’s personal demons is one thing that I never would have predicted. And as long as we’re stopping off in the Twin Cities, I’ll note that Paul Taylor is listing Wapsi Book 2 for this summer. That’s item #37 on my San Diego purchase list.

How about a good old-fashioned Two Minutes Hate? Nobody likes Comic Sans. Nobody. Seriously, nobody. I think a lot of people don’t get the idea of having a favorite font. Me? I travelled to Antwerp in large part just to visit the Plantin-Moretus Museum so I could see Claude Garamond’s originals (and the fact that Kulminator is practically around the corner was entirely coincidental)

But in addition to a seriously hearty laugh-chuckle, this morning’s Sheldon made me remember my grandfather. He ran a Linotype shop near Manhattan’s old Radio Row (which got torn down to build the World Trade Center); it made me remember the day that he took me to work to show how the keyboard worked, how you could type things here, and slug of metal with backwards letters came out there, and it made me remember how he made one with my name on it in Palatino. Powerful stuff, webcomics.

Irony: is blocked by our corporate firewalls.

It’s classified as a “HATE: site.

I think campaigning to ban a font because it doesn’t suit your personal aesthetic seems… stupid. Then again I use Technical for all the speech in my comics, so what the hell do I know?

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go think of yet another way to break the 4th wall…

Don’t you think you’re fallin’?
If everybody wants you
Why isn’t anybody callin’?

In excelsis daaaaaay-o
Daylight come and me wanna go home

why don’t you come to your senses
You’ve been out ridin’ fences
for so long now

Best I could do on short notice.

Four fonts walk into a bar…

I sort of appreciate Comic Sans in the same way I appreciate campy B-movies. They’re so bad, they’re good. Comic Sans was totally my favorite font when I was like eleven.

Lauren’s post makes me feel old.

Comic Sans is on my birth certificate.

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