I’m testing a variation of the normal font we use for this comic. Please provide feedback in the comics about it!
EXPLANATIONS AND POSSIBLE SHINANIGANS!
Also: Lion is SO awesome, Isa.
Well, I like the font well enough, but didn’t have any complaints about the other one either.
It’s pretty much just version 2.0 of the same font (Anime Ace) we were using before. I was testing out a new image editor and seeing how well I could update the page on my MacBook Air and realized I needed the font, went to the site and saw it’d been upgraded so to speak.
I didn’t notice much. Just seems to be smaller in a few of the panels.
I love this! The implication being that all the Dorothies know the story (at least the basics), as I’m sure all the Alices do, and all the other namesakes, beore they become namesakes.
Who is Jack a namesake for? Jack and the beanstalk? And is there a Milo (from the Phantom Tollbooth)?
Please tell me there’s a Milo. And if you haven’t, please read the Phantom Tollbooth. It fits in SOOOO well with this idea!
Well … I can’t comment on all that much. Spoilers, you know. ^_~ But, I will say this — Jack is a combination of Beanstalk and Giant Killer stories. I’m looking forward to when we reach his backstory.
The problem with characters such as Milo is that the Phantom Tollbooth is still very much under copyright. All of the Namesakes we’re using except one come from public domain stories. But, even with that we’re having to be really careful with how we use that one character and Wendy herself because of the oddness of the Peter Pan copyright. For example, we’ve got to make sure Wendy namesakes adhere to the novel “Peter and Wendy,” which is public domain, and not the scripted play which is still under copyright in the U.S. In Canada, both the play and the novel are public domain.
So, long story short, no Milo. I’m sorry!
At least in the actual story. You can still pretend in your head that he was a namesake
Hmm, I honestly did not notice the change in font until I read the note below the page… or, well, maybe I still don’t. XD Maybe it is a bit smaller?
Yeah, well, Isa just rightfully accused me of being a bit font-obsessed. It’s a hazard of working in the newspaper industry. You become a typography snob! You don’t know how much I’ve fiddled with text at times.
Dang, the Lion has ’70s Big Hair Afro! Is his name Shaft?
I love the design for Nick Chopper. Keeps the original spirit yet looks smoother and more functional.
Who’s the lion with the mane
that led him on to storied fame?
(Can you dig it?)
I must admit some curiosity how much of the books are true to what happened in Oz itself. And what larger story we’re going to see that was hinted at with the story’s start.
The comic’s conceit is that Baum was the chronicler of the first Dorothy, so the books should be quite accurate, though since the tale is the report of a child, some things (such as politics) may be wanting.
Unless you’re talking abut the books Wicked and Son of a Witch (I forget the author), which are a new reimagining of Oz. So far, this story’s holding to the original Baum books!
Isa and Meg, have either of you seen the SyFy miniseries Tin Man staring Zooey Deschanel as DG? It was a really interesting take on Oz that I highly recommend =D
I think Isa has, but I haven’t. I watch Emily Deschanel in BONES, does that count?
She’s Zooey’s big sister so that sorta counts hehe.
I tried watching Tin Man a while back but it just didn’t suck me in. Which is a shame since I adore Zooey Deschanel.
I found it was one of the few re-imaginings of Oz that WORKED. My wife and I just re-watched it a month or so ago. Yes, it starts out kinda slow, but it keeps building and building, kinda like an old fashioned steam train, until it’s careening along at a thunderous pace towards the climax.
I like this font better – it’s very similar to the other one(in fact, I also hadn’t noticed until I read the note at the bottom), but slightly easier to read.
Love the comic, by the way. I’m a bit of a lurker when it comes to comics, so I don’t usually speak up, but it’s worth mentioning. The concept is engaging, the art is lovely, and it’s terribly easy to start caring about the characters. <3
Aw thank you! It’s so nice when people leave us comments, especially ones like these!
I love your art too, by the by, I took the time to sneak a peek… And awesome pigeons on your website! I adore pigeons.
I wish I was artistic. My fiancè is, but not me. I’m a boring computer programmer. I suppose I’m a decent writer though.
With what Meg had to say it makes you wonder what other stories would fit the stereotype of a Namesake book?
With so many books out there… Think of all the possibilities… Of course YOU still have to follow the rules of copyrighting but it’s still fun to wonder…
Not just books. Even though we can’t use her, in my mind, Higurashi Kagome from Inuyasha is a Namesake.
And Lina Inverse?
The first Slayers movie doesn’t count. Other than that, Lina’s never done any traveling between worlds.
Or at least no worlds that survived the entry of The Natural Enemy Of All Who Live.
June 20-22, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. - Meg only
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Hartford, Conn. - Isa and Meg
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