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New Poll - Fonts (v2)
This week's poll on fonts is from chomio. Now most of you (include myself) don't really care about fonts, but fonts are a very subtle art that can effect the perception of the text. It's like characterizing handwriting and what that says about a person. Then again, if you don't know many fonts, then oh well... It's been a few years since I've been a part of a scanlation group, so I don't even remember what fonts we used. I guess there's a reason why I was a proofreader and not an editor?

Edit: Changed the list of fonts, so you guys can all vote again!

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: How much reading (novels, poems, newspapers, blogs, etc) that's not manga (manhua, manhwa, etc)-related?
Choices:
Don't read much manga - votes: 271 (2.3%)
More than I read manga - votes: 2323 (19.3%)
About the same - votes: 3005 (25%)
I read manga more - votes: 5382 (44.8%)
Only read manga - votes: 1032 (8.6%)
There were 12013 total votes.
The poll ended: January 19th 2013

We are a manga site, so that's to be expected...
Posted by lambchopsil on January 19th 7:40am Comments ( 70 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» FormX on January 19th, 2013, 12:51am

"Fonts matter but I don't care enough to know the name" option

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» strixflash on January 19th, 2013, 1:08am

Quote from FormX
"Fonts matter but I don't care enough to know the name" option

This.

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» asmageddon on January 19th, 2013, 4:41am

That. Seriously, I'm an IT guy so I know a bit about fonts among others, but even if I know the names there's no way I can immediately associate them with look of fonts. I think only web devs or scanlators would be able to do it. This poll is interesting, but seriously, 95% of people don't know more than 2 or 3 fonts from this list.

EDIT: And as expected, most people who actually made a choice chose Comic Sans MS because it's the only font in the world that ordinary people can immediately recall.

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» kirika on January 19th, 2013, 12:57am

Where's Wild Words? Or Manga Temple? Or Anime Ace? Or option "none of the above?"

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» Draconic on January 19th, 2013, 5:18am

I wanted to ask the same...

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» That3rdGuy on January 19th, 2013, 8:22am

Those are the only ones I recognize. What the hell is frutiger? Or trajan? Some of these are mildly recognizable, but many are WTF?
I chose Times New Roman, because that's the worst choice, IMO. Should have added wingdings if you'd put any text but the main ones used in scanlation...

EDIT: Webdings? Webdings. laugh roll eyes

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» oriana3k on January 19th, 2013, 1:01am

...I don't think I'll be voting in the font poll. None of the poll options are fonts that I would want to see (or use) in manga. To me, the most pleasant looking fonts for manga are those designed to emulate old-school hand lettered comics. I like things like CCMeanwhile, Comiccrazy, and DigitalStrip, and you can't go wrong with Wild Words. I see Anime Ace used a lot, and I used to sorta like it, but not so much anymore. Too much negative space around the letterforms.

/typophile

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» yarn on January 19th, 2013, 1:11am

I'm not going to google all those fonts to see what they look like...

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» Damnedman on January 19th, 2013, 1:12am

Even with all the negative stigma revolving around comic sans, the readability of the font makes it the font of choice for manga reading imo.

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» PandaRanda on January 19th, 2013, 4:21am

Which publisher or scanlation group uses Comic Sans? Because they seriously need better typesetters. I don't think you realise that Comic Sans is very rarely used, and if it is at all, you'll know, because you'll know how bad everything looks.

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» Damnedman on January 20th, 2013, 1:07am

Ah my bad. I always get wild words and comic sans mixed up. I've been corrected numerous times already but I still forget lol. That said, I still don't get the hate on comic sans besides the fact that it looks unprofessional and is used in the wrong context too often. It may not be the best looking font in the world, but I doubt that many people, including me, actually think it's ugly (hence the popularity). So honestly, I think people hate it just because designers stated that they hate it (probably due to its popularity and gross misuse), thereby shepherding the masses to hate it as well since people think they know better or something. All this culminating into some kind of cultural phenomenon in which people hate something just to follow the crowd (also the reason why it's rarely used now).

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» PandaRanda on January 20th, 2013, 11:49am

Perhaps you're right, but I don't think it's totally unwarranted hate. It really is a terribly ugly font that makes everything look juvenile and screams MS Paint jobs. I would rather resort to Arial if I was forced to use a subpar font for typesetting, at least it's plain enough to be passable. But then I'm extremely biased because I'm an elitist typesetter, so I will actually not read scans that use ugly fonts. Irrational, but true. :3

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» doki-doki-kimochi on January 19th, 2013, 1:17am

Definitely Webdings. eyes

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» connerity on January 19th, 2013, 1:18am

Don't give a damn as long as it's not some fancy artsy style that tries to look cool but fails across the board at readability.

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» silent killer on January 19th, 2013, 2:37am

Quote
Don't give a damn as long as it's not some fancy artsy style that tries to look cool but fails across the board at readability
Pretty much what I wanted to say.

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» VawX on January 19th, 2013, 1:28am

This pole incredibly sucks mmm...
Not even the mass used Wild Words listed, not gonna poll mmm...

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» sarah-eats-cupcakes on January 19th, 2013, 1:51am

fonts don't matter

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» BedrosBoost on January 19th, 2013, 2:02am

So whoever made the options for this poll doesn't actually do typesetting.

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» SilverStorm on January 19th, 2013, 3:44am

Agreed. Terrible, terrible poll.

Nearly none of these fonts are actually used in scanlations.

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» tactics on January 19th, 2013, 6:51am

Quote from BedrosBoost
So whoever made the options for this poll doesn't actually do typesetting.

This.

I mean, typesetting isn't actually one of the jobs I do either, but I can do it, I just choose not to. So even I know that most of these you just don't use.
Comic Sans is a font I wish never existed.

I've noticed Anime Ace is a pretty popular choice overall in scanlations.
I like Blambot Casual too.

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» FutariWaPrettyAnon on January 19th, 2013, 2:41am

Are you serious? No Wild Words, no Manga Temple? These are all terrible fonts for scanlation, and anyone who scanlates with any of these fonts should be stopped. Permanently.

This is a bad poll and you should feel bad.

Shame on you guys, man.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Yes, I'm mad, and yes, it's 2 AM.

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» SlyzertVoltrond on January 19th, 2013, 8:32am

Well, looks like lamb took your and the other scanlators concern seriously. xD

Feeling better now? bigrazz

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» BurningFish on January 19th, 2013, 3:21am

I agree this poll is a bit... sad
Any of those don't look really good and they look out of place. I'm only a beginner typesetter, but I was clearly told to never use those. Now that I do typesetting I only noticed how terrible they look, if used.
Also, there are so many different manga fonts and i believe that many people couldn't recognize them unless they haven't worked with them at least one time.

I like Manga Temple, Wildwords and Blambot Pro, also some others depending on what is said. Actually I love it if the typesetter used many different fonts to descibe the mood, but not too many of course... smile

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» chomio on January 19th, 2013, 3:22am

lol, made this poll some time ago. When I was reading a manga with a terrible font (it was barely readable). bigrazz

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» NightSwan on January 19th, 2013, 3:34am

Personally, I don't think this poll works because these fonts aren't used in scanlations much. Or at all.

The best font for manga in my opinion is Wild Words.
Depending on the manga, I use a couple of others for the main text and some handwritten looking ones for the side text.

But as long as it's soft and not squiggly (people need to stop using unreadable fonts!).
Just because it looks fancy doesn't make it right.

Fonts do matter.
When you don't even think about it (provided you're not a typesetter) it means the job was done well.
It's when you notice them do you understand how important fonts are.

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» PandaRanda on January 19th, 2013, 4:14am

These are terrible font choices for manga typesetting! For essays, maybe, but manga? >_< I'm pretty sure none of the decent scanlation groups or publishers have ever used such bad font choices. And seriously, Comic Sans is one of the worst fonts ever, no scanlator or publisher with any amount of aesthetic sense or just common sense would think to use such an abomination. >_>

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» Claudia on January 19th, 2013, 4:17am

I believe there should also be an option "None of the above" XD
Whoever did this poll is clearly not a TSer ~_~ as BedrosBoost already mentioned

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» SaneJenn on January 19th, 2013, 5:21am

How is it possible that there is practically every single font in existence (yes, I'm exaggerating) but no Wild Words, the most commonly used font for scanlation...? And why are there so many fonts on the list? And where is the "I care, but don't know specific names of fonts" for most people?

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» vietangelix on January 19th, 2013, 6:11am

I choose Comic Sans for the hell of it...but then I realized I'll regret it if it gets popular in the manga world D: I should have choosen Webdings!

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» ReynQi on January 19th, 2013, 6:18am

The most used font is scanlatios are Wild Words, Anime Ace ... why aren't they there ?

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» Harimau on January 19th, 2013, 6:18am

15.8% comic sans ms, haha, such a troll option. It was my selection too.

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» Harimau on January 19th, 2013, 6:22am

This whole poll is a troll. Makes me laugh. Well played.

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» forror on January 19th, 2013, 6:25am

Well, I'm still waiting for that troll to vote for Bodini.

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» Strobe on January 19th, 2013, 7:11am

I'm not a typesetter and I've never heard of these fonts you guys are using, probably because they don't exist in Microsoft words(or I just missed them). But I do know Comic San MS look HORRIBLE in manga because I was encountered it in a manga. It was terrible.

I second the "None of the above", "None of the above" or at least a "Don't know the name".

Many people who read mangas, like me know nothing of the names of the font but I think if people looked more into it they would choose not to vote at all becaue I would rip my hair out if Comic san MS appeared everywhere.

And I wish no one voted at the "Font dont matter" because a good font makes it easy to read. For example, if a character speaks in another language or if there's a special line or situation, it really makes a different.

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» Gradonil_Ral on January 19th, 2013, 7:18am

It depends on the bubble type, etc., but for normal bubbles I'd usually go with WildWords/AnimeAce2 or something similar.

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» That3rdGuy on January 19th, 2013, 8:18am

Where's wingdings?! It would have been the obvious answer. cry

EDIT: Webdings! Wingdings... laugh

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» lambchopsil on January 19th, 2013, 8:30am

List of fonts has been edited

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» SlyzertVoltrond on January 19th, 2013, 8:38am

Great!

I do have one futher suggestion, though; and that is to remove Arial, Arial Black, Comic Sans MS, Times New Roman and Webdings from the list. As they're all ill-suited to use for scanlations and are terrible choices for such endeavour. Dunno about the rest of initial list though, cuz I don't really recognize them.

Maybe replace them with Anime Ace 2 & Blambot Pro.

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» whindel_21 on January 19th, 2013, 9:10am

I am familiar with the basic font used because that was what I usually use when I was still active in scanlating.

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» StarlightDreams on January 19th, 2013, 10:08am

DigitalStrip FTW. But srsly this poll. No one but people who actually scanlate can really give a name to the font they like the most. lol Blambot is 2nd place for me. And there are a few others that I really like that aren't listed but I can't remember their names because I don't scanlate anymore. XD

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» StarlightDreams on January 19th, 2013, 10:11am

Also, I'm too hipster to ever use wild words and anime ace. laugh

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» Badkarma on January 19th, 2013, 10:14am

I picked "Running out of ideas."

Which is amazing, because there's an entire thread dedicated making poll ideas, all of which are better than this one.


Quote from sarah-eats-cupcakes
fonts don't matter

Saying art doesn't matter doesn't trip my berserk button. Art's subjective, and I'll assume you've at least given a bit of thought to saying art specifically doesn't matter in a medium of story-telling where art is fragrantly present. In the end, I take it to mean "I can accept what other people think is 'bad art' if that 'bad art' is the best way to deliver that particular story." For instance, I don't think To-love-ru would've made it past ten chapters with the art of Usagi Drop, but at the same time, I don't think Usagi Drop with To-love-ru's art would survive for very long, either. Or maybe it would, but it'd lose any or all of it's charm and/or wouldn't do as well in it's target demographic.

Quote from me, but since I haven't said it yet, it should prompt the Colonel to whine about me committing a time paradox, but I'll do it anyway cause I've no other way to enjoy the cheese.
I can drone on for pages trying to explain myself here, but like I said, I assume you know what you're saying.


SayIng font doesn'T MATTER when freaking webdingS is an option and when coupled with "art doesn't matter", means I can deliver you a story with a series of grunts and photographs of human excrement in varying stages of decay, and so long as it was a riveting story, you'd be perfectly OK with it.

That said, saying "font doesn't matter" doesn't trip my berserk button either, because I take it to mean "font doesn't matter unless it's an obvious problem", but oddly, I still feel the need to make fun of you because I'm an asshole who uses gratuitous fallacies to make fun of people.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
And since I can't write this message in functional webdings, I'll do it in super annoying format changes and put this message as a foot-note.

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» sarah-eats-cupcakes on January 19th, 2013, 11:52am

Quote from Badkarma
SayIng font doesn'T MATTER when freaking webdingS is an option

I appreciate your efforts at trying to convey your message through "super annoying format" but it was still easily readable and as long as the font is readable it really doesn't matter, so actually i wouldn't mind reading a manga with your super annoying format if i liked the plot

i obviously didn't suggest I enjoy reading webdings when I said font doesn't matter(and im pretty sure everyone else who voted for the last option didn't). ofcourse, common sense should naturally lead you to that conclusion but since you're, and I quote, "an asshole who uses gratuitous fallacies to make fun of people" it looks like I have to state the obvious

Quote from Badkarma
means I can deliver you a story with a series of grunts and photographs of human excrement in varying stages of decay, and SO LONG AS IT WAS A RIVETING STORY, you'd be perfectly OK with it.

yes that's exactly what i meant. but alas! if I don't have a manga quality criteria similar to yours, then I must be a wretched fool! please eat my pancreas

i find your conviction that good art and selected fonts are mandatory to make you enjoy reading a manga silly, and you find the fact that the absence of good art and font don't hinder my enjoyment of a manga silly...so, what now? are you going to make another post with super annoying format to tell me why your subjective manga quality criteria is better than mine?

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» Badkarma on January 19th, 2013, 7:43pm

Quote from s-s-s-so rude!
are you going to make another post with super annoying format to tell me why your subjective manga quality criteria is better than mine?

Nnnnnope.

I will, however, make a post that says 'lighten up'.

Admittedly, I AM guilty of unintentionally mincing my words when I said "I can deliver you a story with a series of grunts and photographs of human excrement in varying stages of decay, and so long as it's a riveting story, you'd be perfectly OK with it" when my intention was more along the lines of "I can deliver you a story with a series of grunts and photographs of human excrement in varying stages of decay, even if the series of grunts obscured what WAS a riveting story, and you'd be perfectly OK with it," so I'll forgive you.

Even given my somewhat misleading statement, I don't remember actually stating my opinion on the matter, so where you drew my stance from is an assumption you formed based on my poor use of font. Fascinating, wouldn't you say? And THAT, my cupcake eating cohort, is precisely my stance on using the wrong font.

Here's the non-riddle version said in more appropriate voice:

Imagine River's Edge.

Imagine River's Edge written in lickcurl pettite.

Imagine River's Edge written in acquaintance.

Those are exaggerations. Imagine River's Edge with a really "happy" looking font.

Imagine River's Edge in a more formal looking font, like Times New Roman.

There, I've just changed the feel or maybe just your expectations of the plot four separate times without changing the words... which is perfectly fine if it's to emulate the original text, but if it's a strange whim of the scanlator that totally misses the feel of the plot, then I almost see it as a translation error. So for me, yeah, the font matters, but maybe more on the level that I question the validity of a translation that has Yotsuba speaking in Times New Roman.

That's it.

As I said though, I did somewhat mince my words, so that's partly my error, but your... other assumptions on what I'm saying are rather strange... and humorous, I might add.

Like this:
Quote from sarah-eats-cupcakes
i find your conviction that good art and selected fonts are mandatory to make you enjoy reading a manga silly

Did I ever say this?? *re-reads my post*

I didn't!! I even went well out of my way to explain a completely contradictory standpoint! Whew, for a second there I thought somebody else was logged onto my account and editing my posts!

Or this:
Quote from sarah-eats-cupcakes
but alas! if I don't have a manga quality criteria similar to yours, then I must be a wretched fool!

W-Where did I imply this!? *re-reads my post*

I DIDN'T!! YOU LIED TO ME AGAIN!!

But especially this:
Quote from sarah-eats-cupcakes
i obviously didn't suggest I enjoy reading webdings when I said font doesn't matter(and im pretty sure everyone else who voted for the last option didn't). ofcourse, common sense should naturally lead you to that conclusion but since you're, and I quote, "an asshole who uses gratuitous fallacies to make fun of people" it looks like I have to state the obvious


This is madness, sarah-eats-cupcakes! MADNESS!! YOU EVEN QUOTED ME! Look! Look!

Quote from badkarma
That said, saying "font doesn't matter" doesn't trip my berserk button either, because I take it to mean "font doesn't matter unless it's an obvious problem", but oddly, I still feel the need to make fun of you because I'm an asshole who uses gratuitous fallacies to make fun of people.


LOOK!

Quote from me again, and the Colonel is fisting himself with RAGE at me. What does that even mean? I DON'T KNOW BUT I PICTURED IT AND IT WAS WEIRD.
I can drone on for pages trying to explain myself here, but like I said, I assume you know what you're saying.


So, you see, the dangers of choosing the wrong font are more damning that one would think, no? Hmmm....

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» sarah-eats-cupcakes on January 20th, 2013, 2:11am

Quote from Badkarma
Imagine River's Edge.

Imagine River's Edge written in lickcurl pettite.

Imagine River's Edge written in acquaintance.

Those are exaggerations. Imagine River's Edge with a really "happy" looking font.

Imagine River's Edge in a more formal looking font, like Times New Roman.

lol...just lol. did you not read what I wrote in the previous post?
river's edge was a great manga, Im pretty sure I wouldn't have dropped it even if the font was a bit unnerving(lickcurl or times new roman...doesn't matter)
so long as I can read the words [caps lock] I DONT MIND [/caps lock]...I should be buying most of these manga anyway if im going to be picky about the quality instead of reading scanlations

EDIT: @blackorion: Badkarma is a female...I think

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» BlackOrion on January 20th, 2013, 2:52am

Quote from Badkarma
Nnnnnope.


and then he did...

sorry i have nothing to do with that, but i think it's funny.
.

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» GGpX on January 19th, 2013, 10:50am

As long as it isn't Anime Ace.

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» Pikapu on January 19th, 2013, 10:58am

LOL at "Comic Sans." LOL. Wtf. Lol.

Well, the last nine font choices are wtf, really.

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» Cessc on January 19th, 2013, 11:44am

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» StarlightDreams on January 19th, 2013, 2:06pm

I quite like CCAstro City! That and DigitalStrip are one of my favorites to use. : D

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» scorpian8867 on January 19th, 2013, 4:29pm

There isn't really a one-size-fits-all option when it comes to fonts. The best option is simply the one that a) looks nice, b) has a thickness that matches that of the balloon's border very well, and c) fits the style of the story. However, I find that it's usually trial and error. I don't think I've ever found a font that fits all three of those guidelines simultaneously. It usually boils down to whichever one simply looks less terrible than the rest on that particular story.

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» TumiAge on January 19th, 2013, 4:37pm

Seriously, who voted for comic san? none dead

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» dosetsu on January 19th, 2013, 4:48pm

Scanlation lettering for the most part is god-awful, so to me, fonts don't matter simply because even if a scanlator picks a super-awesome font, the lettering will still look horrifying because of how bad they are at it. To this day, I've yet to see a single scanlation with lettering other than those of scorpian8867, that aren't just down right terrible.

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» Kirjava on January 20th, 2013, 2:40pm

Something tells me you haven't read the first couple of volumes of Black Lagoon scanlated by Akatsuki Manga. No one I've seen in scanlation has come close to matching Vorbis' work there. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to find out that he'd actually been a professional letterer at some point in time.

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» hikari_kurai246 on January 19th, 2013, 5:01pm

Who can actually read webdings
confused ...let alone be used as scanlation fonts??

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» senile_seinen on January 19th, 2013, 7:53pm

I am a super font snob. In my own scanlation work, on Hoshi no Furu Machi, WA!, and Mangaka-san there was always consideration of authorial intent.the original Japanese fonts used and application of a particular font (SFX, shouts, whispers, printed/displayed vs spoken, etc.)

I tend not to like American-comics-style monocase fonts for manga because they are harder to read than dual case fonts and take up more horizontal space in the tall, narrow Japanese vertical bubbles. Also, in the manga I have worked on, they don't look very much like the fonts in the original. Something like Anime Ace might be ok for shounen action manga, but I don't do those. Oh, and for the record - I don't hate comic sans. It could be narrower, but it has a proper lowercase and would make an OK manga font except that I don't want to be sued by Microsoft for using it. So I tend toward something like SF Cartoonist Hand for a plain conversation font for a talky seinen manga.

I think that most scanlators either don't know, or don't care how much meaning, symbolism, and nuance they are losing in translation by using Anime Ace or whatever their one font to rule them all is this week Instead of looking at the raw and letting the author have his say.

Because, ya know, the professional mangaka might just be better at being a mangaka than the scanlator is. But even if he isn't, it's still his story, not the scanlator's.

For the record, the most effort I ever put into a font choice was for Editor in Chief★Straight Ahead! when typesetting the Haruhi light novel vol 8. Tanigawa actually describes the fonts used by two of the characters in their short stories. But of course they're Japanese fonts, so i had to figure out what might be an English language equivalent to this particular Japanese font. It took some time...

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» Erazen on January 19th, 2013, 8:59pm

If some n00b actually took this as a sign that they should use Comic Sans MS, then there will be blood. eyes

Wild Words FTW.

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» AceBunneh on January 19th, 2013, 9:08pm

Hm.. I'll skip responding to what anyone else has said (mostly) and just simply reply with my opinion.

I feel that there are many manga (at least many being scanlated) where it doesn't matter at all as long as you can read it. Despite what people may say, the writing and story just isn't well thought out enough and the writer doesn't have the talent or hasn't considered the importance of their fonts and writing style for it to matter. Other times they choose a font only for looks and what the look may suggest, but they fail to consider the reader and pacing.. I recall at least one occasion where the scanlator actually hand wrote in some things because no font could closely match the original.. Unfortunately this didn't consider the story nor the reader, because it forced the reader to slow down which threw off the pacing.. It was an intense high stakes high drama scene that didn't require much thought but it slowed you down..

I feel fonts should only force a reader to slow down for a few reasons, such as adding to the suspense.. There is something to be said for someone with such talent that they can plan ahead and make a reader read at the pace you want to give the full effect of a manga... Call me a snob or what have you, but if you don't fully utilize the tools at your disposal (from the art to the font, the writing, everything) then it may as well be a picture book, with little captions under each image.

There are manga where the font and such are extremely important.. It helps set the tone, it controls you and helps you read and invokes such strong emotion within you that it's an experience, not just a story.

If you argue that the plot and dialog alone should do that, then go read a novel. I read those too, and that's when I would agree with you.

Of course this is just my opinion, and as I never remember any names, titles, locations, etc.. I cannot give any examples. I apologize.

Lastly, senile_seinen.. It seems I shall have to check out the things you do because I often long for the quality you say you put into your work (if I can find it).

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» senile_seinen on January 20th, 2013, 10:15am

My typesetting on the first couple of chapters of HnFM is a little embarrassing because I was still learning the mechanics, but I went back and looked at the font choices and found little to complain about. That said, Hara's not the most creative mangaka where fonts are concerned, so I only needed about four fonts plus bold ital for the default speech font. There was a speech font, a handwritten sfx/keigo font, a loud sfx/shouting font, and a 'printed text on the cell phone' font. I was also in charge of editing on that one, so I had to figure out voices for the main characters as well.

Some of the hardcore shoujo scanlation groups put a lot of work into redraws and font choices, and with the exception of the occasional inappropriate curlicue font, they often do a good job at it. I've seen a lot of seinen scanlations that are either oblivious of the original fonts or are copying the mangaka's indifference to fonts (which is what I would see as the right thing to do in that case).

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» BlackOrion on January 20th, 2013, 2:09am

I think if a font is the right choice, it should go unnoticed... meaning that if it fits then one should be too into the history to notice.
I always feel as if the characters where moving and talking in my head when reading, i can't seem to notice the font unless it really doesn't fit and take me out of trance or if i'm editing something my self.

I have to say of some scans, that they do an outstanding job, i read cape comics and others professionally done works and had found much manga, within the internet translated ones, that could be compared with a positive outcome with them

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» kennyqua on January 20th, 2013, 6:27am

Wish someone somehow had well... Perhaps written the names of the fonts in the font... If you know what I mean. It would have made this so much easier and the poll would have been... Available to so many more people.

I read a lot of scanlations but heck... I don't know the names of all the fonts sad .

EDIT: After having voted it became obvious to me that I am not the only on who does not recognize the names of the fonts...

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» Dionaea on January 20th, 2013, 7:46am

I'm not picky about fonts at all, sometimes I'm a bit puzzled as to why people pick a certain font (once read a josei with this super curly script-like font O.o) but it never really bothers me. As long as it's readable I'm happy. I care far more about a manga having at least a semi-decent english translation and nice art than about fonts. I have to be able to read it, that's really my only criterium.

TL;DR I don't care as long as it's legible.

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» sisa on January 21st, 2013, 4:09am

Thank you very much for changing the poll. The first one was like an insult to us typesetters, for me at least. eyes

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» sidzero on January 21st, 2013, 4:32am

Something I've seen once or twice that I thought was really cool, but for some reason, no one EVER does it. Different fonts for different characters, specifically using fonts that reflect a character's manner of speech, or tone of voice, or even their personality. IE: use a fancy font for a high-class type character who speaks more formally, or a font that looks like some sort of childish scrawl for a character that isn't exactly very bright. I think where I saw it before was in the scanlation of Urusei Yatsura, at least in some of the early chapters. I know I've seen this technique used elsewhere before, but I don't remember where. Like using a font that gives that "crazy" feel to a character going through a psycho/yandere moment.

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» senile_seinen on January 21st, 2013, 7:32pm

This is the day of machine lettering in comics and manga both. From what I have seen, the people typing the text into the bubbles are at the very bottom of the manga production food chain. I doubt there's either the time or the artistic force from the letterers to cause such a thing to become commonplace. Lastly, let's not forget that basically all manga are black and white. Font style, weight, and outlining are all the changes that are available.

Further, many, maybe most mangakas seem to think of themselves as artists rather than authors. The text comes second, and a lot of them don't seem to understand or don't care what narrative tools they're leaving on the shelf by not doing more elaborate typography.

And if the mangaka doesn't do it, scanlators won't, as a rule, think to do it either. In my case, even if I thought of it, I would not, as a scanlator, 'put words in the mangaka's mouth' that way. It's the mangaka's story - I'm just bringing it to people (like me) who don't read Japanese.

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» Scyfon on January 22nd, 2013, 4:34pm

The fact that Comic Sans and Webdings are even in the options makes this poll a total joke.
Was that supposed to be troll bait or did the OP really think that it was hilarious? ._.
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» BlackOrion on January 23rd, 2013, 12:59am

Quote from Scyfon
Was that supposed to be troll bait or did the OP really think that it was hilarious? ._.


Isn't that the same thing?, Either way, even if he did it as a joke, and he might, because i had never seen, nor i wish to see, comics sans in a scan, it sadly still has most of the votes on an actual font, second only to Wild Words... none

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» Alwerien on January 24th, 2013, 8:08pm

Well, some of these options (and opinions here) really are hilariously...bad. And some decent ones are still missing but I don't care anymore. Voted for Wild Words since that's what I used to prefer to work with and most of the other options are awful. It's annoying when there is one or two fonts for everything in the chapter though. With white cut-out rectangles in MS Paint- dead
I don't think different font for each character as someone mentioned here is a good idea though, it's not easy to come over a lot comfortably readable fonts. It's a good idea to use different fonts for stuff like talking in foreign language of if there is someone special though. Or if the original uses different fonts for the characters, I guess. Generally if the original also uses different fonts for those situations. If it doesn't...well, why do it in translation. Just...nvm. roll eyes Some of the "psycho" or otherwise special fonts some scanlators use are beyond painful on eyes and extremely hard to decipher. confused If it's being translated for the readers...they should be able to read it. Not stare at some childishly deformed horror-ish or curly beyond readable font. no

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» Shardnax on January 25th, 2013, 3:59pm

Legible and of readable size should be an option laugh.

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